Where do you want to be?
When the world starts coming to an end. When the dead come back to life. When all the George Romero flicks become a reality.
Where do you want to be when the zombie apocalypse starts?
I think one of the most compelling shows on TV right now is The Walking Dead. Yes, it can be argued the show kinda-sorta jumped the shark already. But the drama that leaves your heart-pounding and the characters that stir up your emotions cannot be denied. Seriously. Who didn’t cry when — *SPOILER ALERT* — Sophia came stumbling out of the barn at the end of the mid-season finale of Season 2?
I thoroughly enjoyed the March 3 episode “Clear”. The tone was a bit more subdued than other recent episodes, and the writing was definitely more cerebral. The plot centered around — *SPOILER ALERT* — Rick being reunited with Morgan Jones, an integral character from Season 1 that is brilliantly portrayed by Lennie James. The acting during the seminal moments of the dialogue is Denzel-esque, and it really got me thinking: Where do I want to be when everything goes to hell?
Believe me. My wife and I have had serious conversations about this, and we’re both in agreement as to our preferred destination once the walkers come a-snarl’n (and no, I won’t tell you where that is, because if I tell you then everyone will want to come, and there just won’t be enough room for all of us).
But the interesting dilemma remains. Are you better off in a big, urban setting, with a large number of people and thousands of places to hide? Or is it best to be out in the woods, away from the noise and the panic, simply waiting for the chaos to come to you? Would it be best to be on a cruise liner when everything goes down, off in the ocean where the apocalypse – hopefully – can’t get to you?
And what if it does get to you? What if you watch your family and friends perish one by one? What if your memories of those you knew become like those of the character Morgan James? “And I see red. I see red. Everything is red. Everything I see is red. And I do it. Finally. Finally was too late.”
It’s a nightmarish proposition to think of how we’d react or how we’d survive when everything we’ve known and loved is gone. But perhaps that’s part of the genius of the show. It not only gets us to think of what we’d do in worst-case scenarios, but also to appreciate the many blessings we currently have. It reminds through fiction that even when things are tough, they could be a million times worse.
Like I said … the most compelling show on TV.
And as for where you want to be when the zombie apocalypse finally comes? I can tell you it’s not next to me, simply because ……