What Would You Do If … Dilemmas In A Zombie Apocalypse: No. 20 – The Lone Survivor’s Dilemma

19 Jul

You are rummaging through an abandoned house looking for any canned food which those who’ve come before might have overlooked. Suddenly there’s a noise outside the room you’re in. You run into the dark corridor where you see a shadow shambling towards you – or is it two? You’ve only got one bullet left so you don’t want to waste when you can just run away. With the way to the front door blocked, you run to what you figure must be the back door and dive through. Unfortunately, rather than finding yourself outside, you find yourself in a small cupboard. Before you can go back into the corridor, you hear hammering on the door. You assess the situation: you’re trapped with no way out unless you go back into the corridor, you’ve got a gun, but it only has one bullet in it and you’re really not sure if there’s one zombie on the other side of the door or two. If there’s one zombie, you’ll be able to shoot it and escape, but if there’s two the second one will get you after you’ve used your last bullet to kill the first. The chances of you being rescued is pretty much zero as you haven’t seen another living human in weeks, and the longer you wait the greater the chance of more zombies turning up. What do you do?


As always, this dilemma is just here to make you think, so there’s no right or wrong answer. Vote in the poll to let others know what you do if you were in this situation, and if you want to give a more detailed answer, leave a comment on this posting.

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2 Responses to “What Would You Do If … Dilemmas In A Zombie Apocalypse: No. 20 – The Lone Survivor’s Dilemma”

  1. RStorey 19/07/2013 at 22:52 #

    I picked the first option. Sitting around waiting isn’t going to do me any good. So when I’m ready I go go go go go…don’t stop, don’t hesitate. Hopefully they are the slow shambling kind and I can catch it (or them) off guard and head for a window. If I can save the bullet, all the better. Tuck and roll, and patch myself up when I’m in a secure location.

    • cmdrysdale 20/07/2013 at 11:13 #

      While I like to think I’d go with the first option, I rather suspect I’d end up doing the third, and hestitate while I tried to work out exactly how many were out there. In a situation like this, however, I think any such hesitation would be fatal…

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