When will they die…again?
It’s the question that sparks debates and mini-wars all over the zombie loving community. The question of what will ultimately bring a stop to a zombie outbreak. Will it be the frigid temps of winter that will freeze their rotting flesh solid and prevent them from shuffling after us? Will the scorching high temps of summer speed up the progression of the already rotting corpses? What about if they don’t eat any people for a while?
We can’t help but debate the possibilities in an attempt to give ourselves a small sliver of hope that maybe, just maybe something other than a bullet to the skull will get rid of the problem that is the undead.
But what if there is no answer but brute force? What if once the outbreak begins, it never actually ends? How long can we humans hope to survive against an enemy that never gets hungry and never grows tired and that can track us into places where we will barely be able to survive ourselves?
It is an unpleasant thought. The idea that we could be up against something that nature will not solve for us.
With no known predators and almost no limitations, zombies could replace us at the top of the food chain. What in the hell could be more frightening than that?
But, before we get our drawers all bunched up, let’s keep a few things in mind.
The key here is, in order to truly be able to predict the length of a zombie’s life cycle, we’d have to have more information about what caused the outbreak to begin with. Is it a virus where the person is still alive but has lost it completely? If so, we’d have a better chance of the zombies having weaknesses that were not that dissimilar from our own.
However, when you talk of zombies that are the dead reincarnated, all bets are off. This is when the argument has the potential to take all sorts of turns because of course, to some degree, we’ve gone out of the range of reasonable possibilities and into the fantasy realm where anything can happen.
But that’s the point isn’t it? We lovers of the genre, like to go off into the what if’s and the how to’s of a world that operates on a different set of parameters than our own. That’s what makes zombie movies and stories so damn interesting.
We are a community of debaters and “musers”. We take themes and ideas set forth by movies and works of fiction and we run with them. When the season is over or the credits have rolled, we’re not done hanging out in the landscape that has been opened up to us.
The imagination is an incredible thing and we watchers and readers are participating in the stories that are being created for us, more than we know. Through our questions, we are writing parts that did not previously exist. That is the magic of fiction and fantasy. So debate away…for now.
Whether zombies can or cannot be killed through natural causes, we won’t have the time to debate it later if everything goes south. We’ll all be too busy running around, firing shots and making sure that we don’t join their ranks.
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The stench of rotting flesh is in the air! Welcome to the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2015, with 30+ of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of June.
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