Parenting Gone Wrong In The Walking Dead

Parenting Gone Wrong in The Walking DeadA post-apocalyptic world where zombies dominated would definitely offer up a lot of major parenting questions and decisions.  What if my kid turns into a “walker”?  Do I hide them and hope there’s a cure someday?  Would I follow a maniac who calls himself The Governor, if it meant temporary safety for my kid?  If walkers chased after my kid, would I risk my life and run after her, even if a team of armed men was helping me?  Has my obsession with zombies and the show The Walking Dead gone too far?

 

This post contains spoilers, so please go and watch the show before you read.  I don’t care if you have to hide in your closet with your phone to watch The Walking Dead, pretend you’ve got diarrhea and hangout in the bathroom or lose sleep to watch it.  It is that good and it’s essential in preparation for a zombie apocalypse, because it’s completely plausible, right?  If you disagree, then go and watch Contagion first.  It’s a preface to The Walking Dead, at least as I see it.

 

This leads me to the hypothetical questions this show has posed and forced me to lie awake and stare at the ceiling thinking about.  If you’re sure you’ll never watch the show, you can still read this post and obsess over…uh, I mean ponder your answers to these questions too.

 

If a walker chased your kid into a forest, would you risk your life and run after him/her, even if a team of armed men was helping you?

Brief synopsis: Carol was posed with this question and needed to make a quick decision, when a walker discovered her daughter Sophia while she was hiding.   Sophia got scared and ran into the forest.  The walker chased after Sophia.  Carol stood there and then let her friends hold her back, while three men with guns, knives or bows and arrows ran to Sophia’s rescue.

 

My thoughts: WTF?  I’ll say it louder…WTF?!?!  If my daughter ran into a forest and a walker chased after her, I would have the strength of seven Sampsons.  I could break free from any friends’ grip and chase after her, even if there was a whole army trying to rescue her.  How can you count on someone else to protect your own kid from zombies?  What if she gets lost and they are forced to give up their search (which is exactly what happened)?  I would rather become a zombie, then sit back and count on someone else to save my child.

 

What if your kid turned into a walker?  Would you hide them and hope there’s a cure someday?  Or, would you assume that being a walker sucks and put them out of their misery?

Brief synopsis: The group searches for Carol’s daughter Sophia for an entire season.  The longer they search, the less there is hope that she hasn’t already changed.  Towards the end of the season, it’s discovered that Hershel, a farmer that they’ve all been staying with, has hidden several walkers in his barn.  It’s never clear what the reason is, but we do learn that his wife is among them.  The rest of them finally discover the barn-walkers and spend a couple of episodes fighting over how to handle the situation.  Shane, in a rogue state of distress, opens the barn door and they end up having to shoot them all.  But, wait, there is one last walker…and it’s Sophia.  Rick, the leader, shoots her.  Carol stands back and cries.

 

My thoughts: Again, WTF?  Why do all of these people assume being a walker is so terrible?  How do they know walkers suffer?  It’s like saying if you’re in a coma, it’s definitive that your mind stops.  And, if there’s a cure someday, why not try to keep your loved one alive?  Maybe not for years, but until it appears there may really be no hope.  (Note: Shaun of the Dead spoiler ahead) Simon Pegg kept his best friend, who turned into a zombie, in his shed and they still played video games together.  What was wrong with that?

 

The minute Carol sees her daughter, she cries but doesn’t run to her.  Again, someone holds her back, but this is her kid we’re talking about.  Here is where I would need an entire army to hold me back.  My child may have turned into a blood-sucking walker, but she’s still my child.  I love my child no matter whether she wants to eat my brain or not.  Geez.

 

Would you follow a maniac who calls himself The Governor, if it meant temporary safety for your kid?  What if he and his minions had set-up a civilized life for everyone with cold lemonade, scotch and warm showers?

Brief synopsis: During a zombie invasion at the farm, Andrea, one of the original cast members, gets separated from everyone and runs into Michonne, a tougher than nails chick who walks around with a katana and her loved ones in neck shackles.  The two hangout together for several months, until they are found by a man, who calls himself The Governor, and his minions.  They are transported to a small, but heavily guarded town with several other minions who are living a fairly civilized, post-apocalyptic life with showers, beds, water and booze.

 

Michonne wants to leave, because she’s suspicious of The Governor.  Andrea wants to stay and feel “normal” for a while.  Michonne leaves.  That same night Andrea is taken to an uncivilized show that the town has put on.  Basically, it’s WWF with zombies in shackles making up the ring.  And, get this, there are young kids egging on the fighters from the audience.

 

My thoughts:  There is food, water and temporary safety there for your kid.  If you’re on your own and have no kids, then by all means leave with the bad$$S chick with the katana, but if you have kids you may be forced to stay.  You still have your own bedroom and privacy.  You can still teach your children right from wrong.  There are zombies out there.  You can go for long stretches without food, but your kid can’t.  Unless you’re a trained shooter and have access to unlimited bullets, you don’t have much of a chance out there, until your kid is old enough.  I say wait it out and tell your kid to close his/her eyes during the zombie WWF shows.

 

The other side of me says run like mad and find Simon Pegg at the Winchester.  He’ll know what to do.

 

Would you let your kid shoot you, if you knew you were going to turn into a walker?

Brief synopsis: Laurie has an affair with her husband’s best friend, Shane, while she thinks her husband, Rick, is dead.  Somehow she forgot that you could still get pregnant in a zombie post-apocalyptic world and she gets knocked up.  Rick is alive.  Laurie and Rick already have a son together named Carl.  Over time and tough experiences, Carl learns how to use a pistol.

 

Laurie goes into labor, during a zombie invasion, and is left with a young woman named Maggie and her son, Carl.  Something goes wrong with the birth and she starts to bleed, so Maggie has to give her a C-section.  Laurie is losing a lot of blood and there’s no way she’ll survive, so she knows she’ll turn into a zombie.  After the birth, Carl tells Maggie to wait by the door and shoots his mother (or at least we’re led to believe he does or tries to).

 

My thoughts:  Take the gun and shoot yourself.  Seriously?  You’re going to make your kid shoot his own mother?  First, this woman has an affair with her husband’s best friend and fails to use birth control, while zombies are running rampant.  Then, she makes her son shoot her.  WTF x 3?!?!?

 

If you can’t shoot yourself, tell your son to find his dad or someone else and have them finish you off.  Or, let them keep you on a leash, until someone finds a cure.  Who are these people?

 

I’ve said it before, if everyone turns into a zombie, I hope I can find an unchanged Simon Pegg and spend my final days drinking pints with him and his crew at the Winchester.

  1. LMAOOOOOOO my husband and I we discuss this like crazy ALL THE TIME…..hahahaha I loved this post! Shows me that we’re not the only crazy ones that dream of this stuff hahaha! OH PS You’re award winning! http://www.chewylicious.com/blog-post-long-overdue-awards-thankyou/

    Comment by Chewylicious — November 14, 2012 @ 10:16 am
  2. Oh god damn you! I wanted to do a similar subject for Theme Thursday soon! I’m still doing it. You should link this. Or maybe write another. Hooray for zombies.

    Comment by Jenn @ Something Clever 2.0 — November 14, 2012 @ 10:53 am
  3. Thanks so much for the award! I knew you would appreciate this post! Have you bought your katana yet? :)

    Comment by Mommy Unmuted — November 14, 2012 @ 11:04 am
  4. Well, great minds think alike. I look forward to reading your post!

    Comment by Mommy Unmuted — November 14, 2012 @ 11:05 am
  5. My husband is equally obsessed with this show. I must share this with him. He’ll LOVE it!

    Comment by Jen — November 14, 2012 @ 12:12 pm
  6. I love my fellow zombie lovers! Have you tried watching the show?

    Comment by Mommy Unmuted — November 14, 2012 @ 12:24 pm
  7. A few episodes…good story but the visuals are hard for me to stomach. I’m a light weight. P.S. He RT’d my post about this. P.S.S. He has MANY followers ;) Keep writing about zombies and he will hook you up ;)

    Comment by Jen — November 14, 2012 @ 12:28 pm
  8. Yeah, I don’t love the gory scenes, but the storyline makes up for it. I watch those scenes through my fingers. Again, please thank him. I am OBSESSED with zombies, so they’re easy for me to write about!

    Comment by Mommy Unmuted — November 14, 2012 @ 12:36 pm
  9. OK…I am SO with you on most of this. But of course, being Child-Free-By-Choice, I’ve wanted to do away with Carl for at least one season. This is why 10 Reasons Carl Must Die: http://www.collegehumor.com/article/6743808/10-reasons-why-the-walking-dead-should-just-kill-carl

    Our friend Nick Provenzano @thenerdyteacher agrees!

    But I gotta say, this season Carl has stepped it up and though he seems like he’s moved past the potentially sociopath route to the hardened little scouting supplies solider route, I’m apt to let him live now – but yeah…he shouldn’t have had to shoot his own mom. Bummer.

    I also would build a Winchester IN Woodbury! Talk about a livin it easy & safe during a Zombie Post-Apocalypse solution!? So what if the Governor likes a little Undead WWF & has a home theatre of aquarium zombie heads???..there’s no TV or Internet! I don’t judge! “Showers, beds, water and booze….” \FTW!//

    Cheers for a great blog post!

    ~Gwyneth Jones

    The Daring Librarian

    Comment by Gwyneth Jones The Daring Libra — November 15, 2012 @ 8:46 am
  10. OMG I’ve had stop many of the same thoughts!

    you forgot or didn’t have two of my thoughts.

    one, sorry but you gotta get rid of baby. you cannot have a baby in this world sorry. stupid, stupid, selfish beezee!

    two maybe you could try to breastfeed your infant for a few of those last moments givingyour companions little extra time to get it some sort of nutrition. so the baby you gave up your life for has some sort of shot?

    Comment by running mama — November 17, 2012 @ 1:07 pm
  11. Winchester IN Woodbury! Yes! I agree…who the heck knows what we would do for entertainment in a zombie apocalypse :) Headed over to read your post!

    Comment by Mommy Unmuted — November 21, 2012 @ 9:31 am
  12. I feel like they should have tried to keep Laurie alive for at least a little bit and try to find Herschel. I agree about the breastfeeding, too.

    Comment by Mommy Unmuted — November 21, 2012 @ 9:33 am

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