5+1 Sentences On The Walking Dead “Judge, Jury, Executioner” s2e11

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Look at the this from the boy’s eyes: he failed to pull the trigger on his captured foe, so now Dale is dead; and Dad failed to pull the trigger on his captured foe, so guess what happens next. As far back as Lost characters have tried to solve (without appealing to religion) the post-postmodern paradox of civilized men having to kill a dangerous prisoner, and while they struggle with the morality of it they beat their prisoner senseless to reveal how noble they are that they stop short of killing. But the paradox offered to viewers is a lazy trick, because it’s not a decision a single man makes; having a society around crowdsources the superego and allows it plausible deniability about tough moral questions, like targeted assassinations and bombing villages into oblivion: I didn’t do it, it was The Big Other, and I guess they know best what needs to be done. In real life Leader Rick would have found a way to be unable to stop Shane from killing the prisoner, and also why Rick was able to pretend that he couldn’t bring himself to euthanize poor Dale: he knew that the job would get done anyway. Sorry, Brother, this isn’t me doing this.

And yet still they do not call them zombies

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One Response to 5+1 Sentences On The Walking Dead “Judge, Jury, Executioner” s2e11

  1. Guy Fox says:

    I haven’t seen the show, so this is speculation, but if the living are on a farm, pretty much under intermittent z%*$ie-siege, there’s another level of captives-captors going on. It’s also interesting to compare the compassionate-captor/dangerous-prisoner dyad to the heartless-captor/human-prisoner one, where the captor discovers his humanity in a reversed mastery-slavey sort of deal, which you get in e.g. Schindler’s List and Das Leben der Anderen. In the Schindler’s List version, the captors are powerful and discover their humanity in dealing with powerless captives, but the z*&bified version gives the z*&bies power by virtue of being beyond all humanity. Z*&bies aren’t even evil humans with a core of humanity to be uncovered beneath it all; they’re just totally morally vacant. So there can be no dyad in a z*&mbie story; it can only about how the living fight with themselves and each other.

    When does the ‘man is good deep down, if we shear off the corrupting influences’-narrative a la Schindler’s List get more traction in the culture than the ‘man is a mess of psychic phenomena, so pick your poison’-narrative that the z*&bie genre is milking, I wonder?