Fear the Walking Dead survival rule
If you don’t know your enemy, how can you fight them?
As I said at the start, this past season of Fear The Walking Dead ended with Madison helping Morgan get to P.A.D.R.E. to help him infiltrate them, but, not before admitting she didn’t even know its location.
While they’ll obviously get to P.A.D.R.E. in the next season, what the hell are they going to do once they get there? They don’t know where it is, and, thus, don’t know how to get back to anything even remotely familiar should they escape. They don’t really know who they’re dealing with. They don’t know how many men they have at their disposal, what weapons they have, or what vehicles they have. For all they know, P.A.D.R.E. might have a fully operational aircraft carrier at their command, ready to blast them to smithereens with Stinger missiles!
The reason I’m saying all of this is because, while dealing with zombies blind is bad enough, it becomes infinitely worse when confronting living people in the apocalypse with no idea what you’re getting into.
Zombies, at the very least, can’t plan or coordinate when you encounter them, but people? We’re defined by our ability to plan and innovate. If you run into a group of hostile people in the apocalypse, it’s going to be the one who knows more about their enemy that’s going to survive. If you know that your potential enemy has an advantage over you, and they don’t, you can trick them into thinking you’re more trouble than you’re worth or you can maybe get out of dodge before they realize how easily they could squash you. On the other hand, if your enemy has an advantage over you and you don’t know it, you could easily walk right into the lion’s den, where your enemy is just waiting to tear you apart.
If you’re going up against a hostile group, always try to learn as much about them as you can before you try to start any kind of conflict with them, so that, when the time comes, you’re not just strolling into certain doom.