Advance apologies to any first time readers.
If you run away screaming and never come back, I get it, I understand ….
That being said?
If you decide to do so, please do not expect me to include you when the zombie apocalypse unfolds and my #zombiesurvivalcrew is headed for a pre-planned safe harbor.
Now that we’re headed to the back end of a painfully short season, I find the show is forcing me to reevaluate the composition of my Zombie Survival Crew.
I am not crazy. Odd? Maybe. Crazy? No.
I am a former foreign war correspondent with SAS-run combat training, writer of both fiction and nonfiction, and an avid monster freak from birth. Zombies may not attack tomorrow, but it never hurts to be prepared for an emergency, so yes, *puts hands on hips and glares* I DO have a zombie survival plan.
I am also a great believer in the power each one of us has individually to act humanely towards one another regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or otherwise – and have repeatedly endorsed cooperation and self-sufficiency as keys to surviving a zombie apocalypse (or massive natural disaster or man-made attack).
- Me (hey, it’s my crew, so yeah, I get listed first)
- A former Army medic
- A colleague who is survivalist that can build a log cabin or grow food in any climate
- A fellow writer who is quite well trained on using knives and swords
- A pilot (a cashier at my local Blockbuster who initially, but politely, ran away from me when I told him my plan)
- An engineer
- Another writer who excels in double fudge brownie making, who would likely become trip-her-to-escape nominee number one for my third writer friend on the crew
That was until The Walking Dead came into play …
Lesson 1: Ya need a redneck, y’all
Now I know I saw an interview somewhere with Norman Reedus – who plays the squirrel tossing Daryl Dixon — where he joked he would likely curl up in a ball and cry if the zombie hordes began shambling down the street.
So, that means I have to go with Michael Rooker – who plays Merle, Daryl’s tough-as-nails brother – as my resident redneck tough guy. Ummm, yeah, Rooker is playing a character, of course, but the man was born in Alabama, has known hardship and has that look in his eyes – so I’m going to run with it.
Now that’s not to say I wouldn’t save a space for Norman on the bus – especially if he brings his crossbow. (Hey all the Boondock Saints weapons work has got to mean something, right?)
He even begged a little, tho he DEFinitely didn’t have to!! or wait, maybe that was the other way round … (see the comment section for his actual post but here it is!!)
Lesson 2: The Voice of Reason
You’ve got to have a core group of people willing to step up and tell it like it is – even when the telling is tough. Enter T-Dog, played by Robert “IronE” Singleton, who hasn’t had the most dialogue of the cast, but does have lines that stick, such as:
I’m not strolling through the streets of Atlanta with just my good intentions, okay?
Again, IronE is playin’ a part, but I’m adding him to my list because he’s got a look and a public persona that says this might actually be him in a post-apocalypse situation. Plus, he’s a trained dancer and former football player – I’m thinkin’ grace and speed, y’all, grace and speed.
IronE is officially on the bus ! http://twitter.com/ironesingleton/status/7118241419759616
Lesson 3: Law and Order
I always avoided including law enforcement personnel in my zombie survival crew in the belief that first-responders and the law would likely be decimated in the initial days of a zombie infestation as they responded to emergency calls without realizing the danger.
But I’m considering reconsidering now that I am watching Rick and Shane play out their roles in the survival group. Both have their strengths, both have weaknesses (which I may devote an entire post to later). But both are seriously handy with guns and crowd control.
So …. Andrew Lincoln (Rick) or Jon Bernthal (Shane) ???
Well, Lincoln can ride horses (sort of) and surf…. And if he’s anything like Rick in real life, he’d sacrifice himself to save a friend left behind – Andrew Lincoln said so himself.
And, yes, I realize neither one of them is a police officer, they just play them on TV, but I had a rhythm going here ….
so sue me, or raise your hand if you are a cop!
I’ve got an open slot ….
Added bonus! Another The Walking Dead cast member, Anthony Guajardo, has officially joined the #zombiesurvivalcrew ! Thank you Anthony!!
Originally from: http://twitter.com/AnthonyGuajardo/status/8614775516823552