At first glimpse, I figured this show might be too be too scary for me. I’m a bit of a fucking pansy when it comes to anything I think might give me nightmares. But with all the press and award nominations the first 6-episode season got, I hiked up my skirt and gave it a try. The first season is available to “watch instantly” on Netflix so I grabbed my iPad and settled in on the couch Sunday morning to test it out. My normal plan of attack with any show I think might scare me a little is to watch in broad daylight – that way the monsters will forget about me by the time I go to bed.
After the first episode, I was intrigued. After the second episode, I was hooked. The writing and visuals are astounding. The zombies, or “walkers” as they’re called in this show, are frighteningly gruesome. Despite my weak stomach for horror-style programming, I found myself not able to look away from my iPad (which, by the way, was a mere inches from my face!) This show is deliciously violent and awesomely grotesque. Not for those who wither at the sight of blood and guts.
I will admit that the final two episodes of this season slowed down quite a bit, but the final scenes of the finale had my heart pounding and I was chomping at the bit for more. And thankfully I won’t have to wait long. The second season premieres on Sunday, October 16th.
So this show got me to thinking about my own preparedness for the zombie apocalypse. Were we properly stocked with not only food and supplies, but guns and ammunition too? You see, the only way to kill a zombie is a bullet (or some other sharp object) to the brain. The CDC has a page specifically dedicated to preparation for such an event. They treat it a lot like any normal natural disaster. I disagree. Hurricanes and tornadoes and earthquakes do not eat your face off.
The CDC suggests the usual items: water, food, medications, tools and supplies, sanitation and hygiene, clothing and bedding, and first aid supplies. What they fail to mention, however, is the dire need for weapons. If you think you can defend your domain without some sort of firepower, you are sorely mistaken. I’ve already told my husband we need to start stocking up. And I need to start taking target practice. I’m not sure how I expect to pick off a zombie at 50 yards if I can’t even hit a grouse with birdshot.
Be prepared people. You never know when the zombies will strike. And they will eat the flesh of you and your loved ones. Here are a few tips (from the CDC) for action should the “walkers” invade your area:
- Pick a meeting place for your family to regroup in case zombies invade your home. Pick one place right outside your home for sudden emergencies and one place outside of your neighborhood in case you’re unable to return home right away.
- Identify emergency contacts – police, fire department, local zombie response team. Although be careful, you never know if the law has been infected.
- Plan your evacuation route. When zombies are hungry, they won’t stop until they get food (read: flesh), which means you need to get out of town fast! Plan an easily defendable spot ahead of time and map out multiple routes to it in case flesh eaters are blocking one of the roads.