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Zombie Entertainment: A Lesson in Cognitive Dissonance and the Red Pill
SHTFPlan ^ | 11 Dec 2012 | Kimberly Paxton

Posted on 12/13/2012 6:55:07 AM PST by FrogMom

Zombies are the new vampires in the entertainment world, but unlike pop culture vampires, they don’t sparkle, they aren’t sexy and brooding, and you don’t want to turn into one.

The most popular show in cable TV history is The Walking Dead. Dozens, if not hundreds, of zombies are slain in every episode. Head shots are taken with no more compunction than swatting as mosquito before it lands on your arm. An axe to the skull, a pick through an eye socket, blunt objects, arrows, daggers – anything goes. What’s more, it doesn’t matter if the zombie is a man, woman or child – it must be killed immediately as it staggers hungrily towards you.

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KEYWORDS: brainwashing; hollywood; moviereview; popculture; walkingdead; zombies
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The whole zombie thing has been a hoot. I assumed (I know, I know) that "zombie" was simply a variable to cover whatever came over the hill. Whether it was a hungry mob or a ravaging gang.

This puts a different spin on the whole thing.

1 posted on 12/13/2012 6:55:08 AM PST by FrogMom
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To: FrogMom
Interestingly enough, Redneck Daryl is the most popular character on the Walking Dead. Seems that even liberals understand that in the zombie apocalypse, you want a redneck at your back.

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Its kind funny, fans of the show all cheer in unison when a touchy feely liberal gets taken out.
2 posted on 12/13/2012 7:03:30 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: FrogMom

Moslems or Zombies — what ever you want to call them — the reason why the TWD is so popular - it’s about survival and doing what is right when society collapses...

Zombies could be a horde of chaotic people that come after small groups by shear numbers — and what would you do?...it’s about tactics and planning ahead - pulling like minded people together to beat the overwhelming odds...with high unemployment, the fiscal crisis weeks away, and the number of enemies the US has inside and outside grows - TWD makes sense and people tune in...


3 posted on 12/13/2012 7:04:59 AM PST by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: FrogMom
Golly, for a minute there, I thought you were describing what happens to unborn children in abortuaries.An axe to the skull, a pick through an eye socket, blunt objects, arrows, daggers – anything goes.

And we've become pretty numb to that, so why not all this Zombie crap? Just sayin' . . . part of the culture of death . . . sorry for the digression

4 posted on 12/13/2012 7:11:22 AM PST by laweeks
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To: laweeks

Actually the show has dealt with abortion and the right choice was made.


5 posted on 12/13/2012 7:14:13 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: FrogMom
We are being socially programmed to find the unacceptable to be a matter-of-fact, everyday occurrence when we watch an axe be delivered to the head of a dirty, hungry, feral child. Forget racism – we are being taught a new kind of bias – the categorization of someone terrified and hungry as something less human than us – a threat to be enthusiastically destroyed without remorse.

Possibly correct as to the intent and effect.

However, it should be pointed out that the zombies are by definition already dead.

It's not "a hungry, dirty, feral child," it's a mindless living dead zombie. They ARE less human, in fact non-human.

6 posted on 12/13/2012 7:14:51 AM PST by Sherman Logan (Brought to you by one of the pale penis people.)
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To: cripplecreek
Interestingly enough, Redneck Daryl is the most popular character on the Walking Dead.

Yup, if Daryl goes, so does the fan base. For some reason, I also really like Glenn. Not sure why, something about him. He's a survivor. Not as adept at killing walkers as Daryl, but willing to do what it takes to get the job done, several times over.

7 posted on 12/13/2012 7:15:56 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: FrogMom

Zombies are a perfect corollary for columns of refugees. Great training to mind numb the kids to slaughter the homeless and helpless in the Apocalypse. The visual trigger is the rags for clothing, the justification as always is that they are not fully human. (Dirty Refugees, Muzzies, Joooos, N***ers...)

Hitler would be proud of this Administrations welding with Hollywood and the MSM. The greatest propaganda machine in history. Agenda 21 must go on, and the slaughter of the masses will be perpetrated by the masses this time.


8 posted on 12/13/2012 7:16:36 AM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: FrogMom

People like enemies that everyone hates equally and generates absolutely no sympathy from us.


9 posted on 12/13/2012 7:16:39 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: cripplecreek

Except for his brother...no one wants him at their back.


10 posted on 12/13/2012 7:17:57 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: RandallFlag

for the ping list


11 posted on 12/13/2012 7:19:23 AM PST by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: cripplecreek
Actually the show has dealt with abortion and the right choice was made.

Good. I haven't watched any of the shows. Kinda' turned off by the title . . . I'd rather watch black-n-white reruns of old shows.

12 posted on 12/13/2012 7:20:17 AM PST by laweeks
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To: stuartcr

Merle’s days are numbered. He’s a piece of crap but he gets all the best one liners.

When he locked the zombie in with Glenn. “He’s gonna be hungry again in an hour.”


13 posted on 12/13/2012 7:20:23 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: IYAS9YAS

I’m amazed that there hasn’t been any major outrage over Carl. That kid has done some brutal stuff simply because they needed to be done.


14 posted on 12/13/2012 7:23:31 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: stuartcr

“People like enemies that everyone hates equally and generates absolutely no sympathy from us.”


Especially those that are easy to kill. We also get to imagine ourselves in the situation.

The problem is, it is much more likely that those coming after “us” will be hungry and ruthless. Slow and mindless? - probably not so much. The only advantages we might have is that they will be out of their element and reckless.

The advantage they might have is that they will be, well, hungry and ruthless.


15 posted on 12/13/2012 7:24:18 AM PST by freedomlover
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To: FrogMom

If the zombies want to generate sympathy from the Left they need to learn to mutter anti-American slogans while trying to devour the living.


16 posted on 12/13/2012 7:24:42 AM PST by hometoroost (Frodo lives!)
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To: FrogMom; waterhill; ixtl
About the only show I watch. Love it!

Walking Dead (((ping)))!

17 posted on 12/13/2012 7:24:50 AM PST by Envisioning (Call me a racist........, one more time..........)
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To: cripplecreek

Hope so


18 posted on 12/13/2012 7:30:24 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: FrogMom

He’s being very selective in how he views the show, and other zombie fiction. One of the ongoing plots of the genre is people struggling to grasp that zombies aren’t people anymore. If this is trying to desensitize us to death that trope really doesn’t make any sense, because it runs in the exact opposite direction.

Then you have to look at events in the real world. People are all freaked out over the deaths of 3 people in Oregon. If there’s been a decades long (zombie fiction ain’t new, only it’s current popularity is) attempt to make us accept death it would seem to have failed.


19 posted on 12/13/2012 7:31:35 AM PST by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: FrogMom
We are being socially programmed to find the unacceptable to be a matter-of-fact, everyday occurrence when we watch an axe be delivered to the head of a dirty, hungry, feral child. Forget racism – we are being taught a new kind of bias – the categorization of someone terrified and hungry as something less human than us – a threat to be enthusiastically destroyed without remorse.

This is the money line.

I don't watch any of the shows (don't have TV), and the thread is certainly not about abortion, it's about conditioning.

The NWO bunch want a 75% reduction in the population. Of the world.

...the categorization of someone terrified and hungry as something less human than us – a threat to be enthusiastically destroyed without remorse.

20 posted on 12/13/2012 7:31:58 AM PST by FrogMom (Chicken Little is coming, and he's right!)
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To: FrogMom

Action based TV Shows / movies need a villain.

Remember the good ol’ days when Russians, Chinese, drug cartels, communists, north africans etc... were common “bad guys”? Wonder why they’re gone?

It’s the same reason vampires and then zombies have become so popular. Zombies and Vampires do not have legal defense funds (well, not real ones anyway) and lawyers who sue when their “constituents” are “defamed”. They can safely be used as villains for that reason. I suspect we’ll see a turn to aliens and other mythical villains once the zombie / vampire thing becomes played out.

The era of “real life” villains who are not rich, white and male pretty much ended with 24.


21 posted on 12/13/2012 7:32:38 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act - Orwell)
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To: discostu
If there’s been a decades long (zombie fiction ain’t new, only it’s current popularity is) attempt to make us accept death it would seem to have failed.

Agreed.
22 posted on 12/13/2012 7:35:02 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: FrogMom

23 posted on 12/13/2012 7:37:41 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: FrogMom

24 posted on 12/13/2012 7:45:02 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: FrogMom

While I sort of agree here that seeing the zombies get killed en masse might deaden the senses to videos of real mass murder, i think it’s a stretch to make the complete logical leap. The “threat to be enthusiastically destroyed” in Walking Dead would literally eat them alive if they didn’t fight back. Its like the author intentionally misses that point to make his own.

They’re not “dehumanizing” people to glorify / justify killing them as if the show were set during WWII in Auschwitz with Nazis as the heroes.


25 posted on 12/13/2012 7:48:21 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act - Orwell)
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To: cripplecreek
"Interestingly enough, Redneck Daryl is the most popular character on the Walking Dead. Seems that even liberals understand that in the zombie apocalypse, you want a redneck at your back."

No doubt about it.

Also, despite the screeching I've seen from feminists that The Walking Dead treats women and minorities terribly----and I have no idea WTH they're talking about----they seem, almost involuntarily, to be attracted to the character of Daryl. I think this is because women, sometimes in spite of themselves, just like real men. The males on this show are a welcome change from the feminized, polished little metrosexuals seen elsewhere on TV.

26 posted on 12/13/2012 7:48:54 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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Also, despite the screeching I've seen from feminists that The Walking Dead treats women and minorities terribly----and I have no idea WTH they're talking about

No kidding. Michonne is a major character and those who follow the comic book sound like the new black guy "Tyrell" is a major character. Glenn is asian and he's a central character. T-Dog was a major character till he got lunched.
27 posted on 12/13/2012 8:15:36 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Normally I don’t pay any attention to race in shows, just not on my “watch list”. But even I have had to notice that Walking Dead seems to have a 1 black guy rule. We had T-Dog for 2 seasons, then he gets killed an episode or two after Oscar, then Oscar gets killed the same episode Tyreese comes in. Now I know in TV world you can’t generally have as many characters for people to follow, and T-Dog was a lame character and they obviously weren’t doing anything with Oscar, and Tyreese is a great character from the books. But it’s still odd that they had that “bridge” black guy character in between T-Dog and Tyreese.


28 posted on 12/13/2012 8:24:07 AM PST by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: cripplecreek

Exactly-—how could a show have a stronger female character than Michonne?

I was reading a message board where the feminists were howling in outrage at Glenn’s concern over whether Maggie was raped....see, he was being disgustingly “patriarchal.”

Freaking insanity.


29 posted on 12/13/2012 8:44:33 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: discostu

That’s what some of the liberals are complaining about (no offense to you).

I’m just not keeping track of the race of the characters as they come and go. And Michonne is hardly blonde and fair-skinned.


30 posted on 12/13/2012 8:47:21 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Normally I don’t, but this one was too obvious. Especially when they killed Oscar the same ep they brought in Tyreese, just a couple of scenes apart.


31 posted on 12/13/2012 8:50:07 AM PST by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: CatherineofAragon
I was reading a message board where the feminists were howling in outrage at Glenn’s concern over whether Maggie was raped....see, he was being disgustingly “patriarchal.”

In the liberal utopia, a man would see his girlfriend half naked with the captor insinuating that he had a good time with her and the boyfriend would just shrug with no concern.


32 posted on 12/13/2012 8:50:35 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: FrogMom

hmm if a vampire bites a zombie does the zombie become a vampire or does the vampire bcome a zombie?


33 posted on 12/13/2012 8:50:53 AM PST by rolling_stone
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To: rolling_stone
I have heard that if a zombie bites Chuck Norris - Chuck Norris doesn’t become a zombie - the zombie becomes a Chuck Norris. ;)
34 posted on 12/13/2012 9:05:07 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: BCW

I have zero interest in zombies. Never liked them There are countless more interesting monsters, including vampires. I hate the Romero movies. Nevertheless I love The Walking Dead.

Zombies are just part of the premise. What makes for a good tv show is something else altogether.


35 posted on 12/13/2012 9:05:37 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: Sherman Logan

The show is unclear on whether they’re actually dead or somehow otherwise magical. Every iteration gets to fashion its own rules. I think the explanation in the Night of the Living Dead movies is that hell is full. Or maybe that was just for one of them. Anyway, The Walking Dead has it as a disease, and everyone’s infected. People seem to die first then wake as zombies, but you can’t be sure.


36 posted on 12/13/2012 9:09:48 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: rolling_stone

Something must happen to you before you die to turn into a vampire or zombie. It doesn’t work on corpses. Vampires and zombies are already dead, so they can’t be turned into eachother.


37 posted on 12/13/2012 9:13:58 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: CatherineofAragon

Minorities of all sorts do die more often, but that’s because they are more likely to be minor characters. There may also be confirmation bias, because people look for that sort of thing. White people dying you tend to forget about. I don’t even remember how many members of Herschel’s family died on the farm.

As for women, they did at least write the Lori character horribly. Everybody hated her, and not in the way they hate Merle. This is a problem general to tv shows, and maybe to victim as a whole. It stems from the fact that most writers are men, and while they are able to invent good woman characters some of the time, they always let bad eggs through.


38 posted on 12/13/2012 9:20:49 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: CatherineofAragon

His brother’s a real redneck man, and no one likes him.


39 posted on 12/13/2012 9:22:54 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: discostu

You’re right. The usual complaint is that the black guy dies first, and in my opinion that’s overblown. A better complaint is that black people die more often, but that’s still probably not statistically true. The real thing is that black characters are more likely to die. That’s true because black people are more likely to be minor characters. Whatever nonsense they feed you about “anyone can die,” they are still reticent to kill off major characters.

Okay, so that old guy, Shane, and Lori died. But do we imagine Rick will bite it? Or Daryl? Maybe, but if they do it’ll be seasons apart. Also, you can bet someone from the original cast will make it to the end of the show.

Back to black dudes. You can complain there aren’t enough major black characters. Michonne is one, but that’s it for the series. But if you want more than one black in the cast, they’re gonna be minor characters and alot of them are going to die. That’s the tradeoff.


40 posted on 12/13/2012 9:30:37 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: rolling_stone
hmm if a vampire bites a zombie does the zombie become a vampire or does the vampire bcome a zombie?

Zompire

41 posted on 12/13/2012 9:35:08 AM PST by tnlibertarian
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To: Tublecane

But why shouldn’t there be female characters who are bad eggs? They shouldn’t all be written positively just because of their gender.

The bitching I’ve seen from liberal women seems to be because they once showed female characters doing laundry, and occasionally cooking. The idea is that the male characters should be doing that, too. Yeah...let’s take Daryl’s bow away from him and have him whip up dinner. That would benefit the group.

I can’t say I’ve forgotten about white people dying....I don’t quite understand that. I still miss Shane, and then of course there was Dale and Lori. I miss T-Dogg as well. Oscar, I felt, was turning out to be a good member of the group, but we didn’t get to know him.


42 posted on 12/13/2012 9:48:36 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: stuartcr
"His brother’s a real redneck man, and no one likes him."

True, but Merle's a bad apple first and foremost, whether he's redneck or not. And he's proven to be as much of a capable survivor as his brother.

43 posted on 12/13/2012 9:51:04 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: Tublecane

Haven’t seen the show, so I probably really shouldn’t be commenting on it. Though that never seems to stop anybody.

The relevant point is that one doesn’t have the option of taking in that poor, pitiful, hungry, dirty feral child and caring for her.

She’s hungry all right, and it’s for your brains.


44 posted on 12/13/2012 10:05:04 AM PST by Sherman Logan (Brought to you by one of the pale penis people.)
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To: Tublecane
I always thought the title “The Walking Dead” refered to the suvivors not the zombies. There dead (figuratively) they just don't know it yet!
45 posted on 12/13/2012 10:08:37 AM PST by zavvone
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To: FrogMom
Interesting spin, but thanks for the link. I didn't know they were making World War Z into a movie. YouTube Trailer at link.
46 posted on 12/13/2012 10:38:20 AM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: FrogMom
We are being pre-conditioned by the entertainment industry to accept death on levels so massive that they make concentration camp videos look like a Disney movie.

Isn't this exactly the same thing that liberals say when they try to ban violent video games? I wonder if the author would say about those.

47 posted on 12/13/2012 11:53:58 AM PST by Mr. Know It All
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To: FrogMom
Yup. that's the money line and it looks like it's completely lost on the people of this thread or they just don't care. Yup,

As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn, The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

48 posted on 12/13/2012 12:10:19 PM PST by SwankyC
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To: discostu
One of the ongoing plots of the genre is people struggling to grasp that zombies aren’t people anymore

Not at all do they struggle. Where do you see them struggle?
They toy with the idea briefly humoring the older Christian gentleman (even his very existence in the show) in season 3 (I forget his name) that believes they are still human and can be cured.

The notion evaporates quickly with a summary execution of his wife - or was is daughter, the short haired lady's daughter, everyone else in the barn and his subsequent repudiation of his belief.

49 posted on 12/13/2012 12:18:51 PM PST by SwankyC
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To: SwankyC

Andrea’s insisting on waiting for her sister to reanimate before re-killing her. Herschel’s keeping the zombies in the barn insisting that a cure will be found. The Governor’s keeping of his daughter in captivity, and the experimentation he insist take place. Tyreese’s survivor group being unwilling to kill their member who has been bitten. These are all examples of people continuing to think of zombies as their original people. And that’s just an off the top of my head list, many of the characters have come to grips with the reality, but many are still fighting it.


50 posted on 12/13/2012 12:23:09 PM PST by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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