So Sayeth the Odinson: The Perfect Group Dynamic for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

Greetings from the Odinson,

The Perfect Group Dynamic for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

If you have been alive at any time from 1968 (the debut of Night of the Living Dead) to 2019 (the debut of Zombieland: Double Tap) and beyond, and you are a horror fan, then chances are you are quite of aware of what it takes to survive a Zombie Apocalypse.  The information that follows is for the uninitiated. 

If the end of the world comes, then already there is a less than 1% chance of survival.  But, if you heed my words, and follow the rules, then your chances for survival may improve, slightly.

Though everybody may not make it, the absolute best thing one can do to improve their chances for survival is to surround themselves with the right group of survivors, a motley crew of individuals with the right skills and knowledge to help get thee through these harrowing times.   

The Group Needs

A Leader – Usually this person is thrust into the leadership role reluctantly.  They are commonly appointed by circumstance, the death of an Alpha, or because of proven action.  They don’t have all the answers, but when called upon, they are willing to make the tough decisions.  Even if they did not ask for this responsibility, the safety and continued survival of the group is always their highest priority.  In D&D terms, they are the Paladin.

Examples: Ben (Night of the Living Dead), Rick Grimes (The Walking Dead), Shaun (Shaun of the Dead), and Bill (Maximum Overdrive).

Muscle – These are those that know how to take care of themselves and protect others.  They usually come in the form of former police officers or soldiers.  They are well versed in firearms, self-defense, and tactics.  In D&D terms, they are the Fighters. 

Examples: Peter and Roger (Dawn of the Dead), Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine (Resident Evil), Rick and Shane (The Walking Dead), Tallahassee (Zombieland).

Someone with Special Skills – These are the people that can do things nobody else can do.  Usually, they are a helicopter pilot or mechanic or doctor.  They may even be (keyword) proficient with a special weapon like a machete or samurai sword.  In D&D terms, they are the ranger or thief.

Examples: Flyboy (Dawn of the Dead), John (Day of the Dead), Selena (28 Days Later), and Michonne (The Walking Dead).

Potential Romance – There has to be hope for the future.  In the aftermath of the Apocalypse, somebody will be responsible for repopulating the world.  These may have been preexisting relationships from before the dark times began, or burgeoning romances prompted by close proximity and/or lack of other options.  Unfortunately, during the end of days, not everyone will survive, so many of these romances will end in tragedy, but perhaps not before the seeds of the future are planted.  In D&D terms, they are the healer. 

Examples: Flyboy and Fran (Dawn of the Dead), Ana and Michael (Dawn of the Dead remake), Jim and Selena (28 Days Later), Bill and Brett (Maximum Overdrive), and Shaun and Liz (Shaun of the Dead).

A Person that Knows the Rules – This is the person with knowledge, and knowledge is power.  They know how to destroy the zombies and/or how to protect against them.  They may even be the one that discovers a cure or a way to end the Apocalypses.  If they don’t initially have this Intel, they discover it through research and/or deduction.  They are an invaluable asset to the group’s survival.  In D&D terms, they are the mage.

Examples: Robert Neville (I am Legend), Poppa Smurf (Purple Smurfs), Max Brooks (Author of The Zombie Survival Guide), Columbus (Zombieland).

Now that the perfect team is assembled, here is list of five things your group must avoid at all cost if they wish to make it through this Apocalypse.

5 Things to Avoid During the Zombie Apocalypse:

1 – Nomadic motorcycle gangs that love nothing more than to ride in, break up your happy home, and cause general chaos (i.e. Dawn of the Dead).

2 – Ill-tempered or mentally unstable military or political leaders only interested in personal gain, even at the expense of fellow survivors (i.e. Day of the Dead and Land of the Dead).

3 – Leather jacket-wearing, cigarette-chomping sentient zombie kings that ride on pale choppers with hell following in their wake (i.e. Deadworld).  

4 – Beefy former gym teachers with a dark sense of humor and a proclivity for murdering your friends with a barbed wire-laced baseball bat (i.e. The Walking Dead).

5 – Large canisters filled with contaminated waste and undead samples from a previous outbreak, as well as infected, caged primates that carry a highly contagious rage disease, and purple Smurfs that only say the word “gnap” and tend to bite other Smurfs on the tail (i.e. Return of the living Dead, Purple Smurfs, and 28 Days Later).

NOTE: Yes, the Odinson counts I am Legend, Maximum Overdrive, Purple Smurfs, and 28 Days Later as Zombie Apocalypse scenarios as the circumstances and rules for survival are the same.

There it is, folks.  When deciding who you are going to hold up with in that boarded up rural farm house or your favorite pub and ride out the end of the world, make sure you consider your group’s dynamic carefully and avoid those pragmatic monkey wrenches. 

This should increase your chances for survival and the ability to hold out until help arrives by about 2%. 

Good luck.

This is Odinson bidding thee farewell     

NOTE: Be sure to check out my book – The Survivors: A Glen Haven Tale.  Available in Paperback, Kindle, and Audiobook.

About Odinson

I am a lifelong comics fan and pop culture enthusiast. Comic books, novels, games, television, movies, I love it all. From fantasy to science fiction, drama to comedy, as long as the writing and execution are interesting, I love it, and I want to talk about it.

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