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[[caption-width-right:250:A story of survival]]
-->'''[[TheHero Michael]]:''' [[OpeningNarration Nothing scared me back then. I didn't fear death or what might be on the other side if today was my day. That was then, and this is now.]]

When a tiny riot in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles turns out to be not so tiny after all, US Army reserve Lieutenant [[TheLancer Angel Tunudo]] is told to call his subordinates to arms, but only two of them - Sergeant [[TheHero Michael Cross]] and Specialist [[TedBaxter Saul Tink]] - show up to greet him at the reserve base. After working out that the riot is actually the start of a ZombieApocalypse, the three men decide they have to take matters into their own hands. They rescue a handful of other people and set up camp in the apartment building where Angel's girlfriend used to live, but even with things going well at first it isn't long before the situation [[RealityEnsues takes a realistic turn for the worse]].

And that's not even the half of it.

A WebOriginal [[RadioDrama audio drama]] created by KC Wayland and available [[http://www.zombiepodcast.com/ here]]. Each chapter is released for download over the Internet in 3 parts every 4 weeks. (The only exceptions so far have been the [[SeasonFinale Season Finales.]] "The War" was 4 parts long, while "The Harder They Fall" and "Scorched Earth", were released as single, hour-long episodes.) Aside from the official site, there is a [[http://www.zombiepodcast.com/forum/ forum]], a [[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Were-Alive-The-Zombie-Story-of-Survival/123891458184 Facebook page]] and a [[http://zombiepodcast.com/forum/showwiki.php?title=Wiki wiki]].

* The first season began on May 4th, 2009 and finished on April 19th, 2010.
* The second season began on August 23rd, 2010 and ended on July 30th, 2011.
* The third season began on January 2nd, 2012 and ended on December 5th, 2012.
* The fourth season began on August 26, 2013 and will be the final season.

'''Chapters so far:'''

[[folder:Season One (May 4, 2009 - April 19, 2010)]]
* #01. "It Begins" (May 4 - May 18, 2009)
* #02. "The Two Things" (June 7 - July 22, 2009)
* #03. "The New Arrivals" (July 6 - June 20, 2009)
* #04. "Rules And Regulations" (August 2 - August 16, 2009)
* #05. "Lady And The Tink" (August 30 - September 14, 2009)
* #06. "The Remains Of Eastern Bay" (September 27 - October 12, 2009)
* #07. "Blood, Sweat And Fears" (October 26 - November 9, 2009)
* #08. "Where Do You Go When You Sleep?" (November 23 - December 15, 2009)
* #09. "The Road To Living Death" (December 29, 2009 - January 18, 2010)
* #10. "Purgatory" (February 1 - February 15, 2010)
* #11. "R&R" (March 1 - March 15, 2010)
* #12. "The War" (March 29 - April 19, 2010)
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[[folder:Season Two (August 23, 2010 - July 30, 2011)]]
* #13. "Separate Dying Embers" (August 23 - September 6, 2010)
* #14. "Out Of The Ashes" (September 20 - October 4, 2010)
* #15. "Desperate Times" (October 18 - November 1, 2010)
* #16. "Over The Air-Waves" (November 15 - December 6, 2010)
* #17. "There Might Be Others" (December 20, 2010 - January 10, 2011)
* #18. "No Place Like Home" (January 24 - February 7, 2011)
* #19. "The Catalyst" (February 21 - March 7, 2011)
* #20. "About Last Night" (March 21 - April 4, 2011)
* #21. "Mark of the Beast" (April 25 - May 9, 2011)
* #22. "Our Doubts are Traitors" (May 23 - June 6, 2011)
* #23. "The Devil's Workshop" (June 20, - July 11, 2011)
* #24. "The Harder They Fall" (July 30, 2011)
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[[folder:Season Three (January 2, 2012 - December 5, 2012)]]
* #25. "Inadequate Strength" (January 2 - January 16, 2012)
* #26. "Who Overcomes..." (January 30 - February 13, 2012)
* #27. "The Thirty-First" (March 6 - March 19, 2012)
* #28. "Last Dying Breath" (April 2 - April 16, 2012)
* #29. "Beyond Our Walls" (April 30 - May 14, 2012)
* #30. "Short Term Memory" (May 28 - June 18, 2012)
* #31. "Family Ties" (July 2 - July 16, 2012)
* #32. "Captive Hearts" (August 6 - August 20, 2012)
* #33. "Red Winter" (September 3 - September 17, 2012)
* #34. "It Only Takes One" (October 1 - October 15, 2012)
* #35. "The End is Near" (October 29 - November 12, 2012)
* #36. "Scorched Earth" (December 5, 2012)
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[[folder:Season Four (August 26, 2013 - Present)]]
* #37. "Balance of Power" (August 26 - September 9, 2013)
* #38. "Unity Makes Strength" (September 23 - October 7, 2013)
* #39. "Chemical Reactions" (October 21 - November 4, 2013)
* #40. "Monsters" (November 18 - December 2, 2013)
* #41. "Eye of the Storm" (December 16, 2013 - January 6, 2014)
* #42. "Chasing Ghosts" (January 20 - February 3, 2014)
* #43. "The Darkness Ahead" (February 24, 2014 - Present)
* #44. TBD
* #45. TBD
* #46. TBD
* #47. TBD
* #48. TBD
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!!This series provides examples of:
* AchillesInHisTent: Michael spent the first part of season 2 sulking in his room after [[spoiler: Burt]] took over as leader of The Tower. He comes out of it by volunteering to find medical help for [[spoiler: Saul]] and by the time he gets back from The Colony he's ready to take back command.
* ActionBomb: During the Second Battle of the Tower, [[spoiler:Kalani]] saves the Tower [[spoiler:from the tanker truck bomb being sent in by the Mallers. '''By flying his helicopter directly into said tanker.''']]
* AgentMulder: Saul is the first to guess that he and his friends are actually dealing with zombies.
** AgentScully: Angel refuses to believe Saul's theory at first. Instead, he thinks it might just be a bunch of mental patients escaping from a nearby insane asylum.
*** Saul himself becomes AgentScully temporarily in "Lady And The Tink" when Lizzy tries to explain how the zombies could set up a trap.
* AnyoneCanDie: Established in the first chapter when the Commander and Cindy both fall victim to the attack. [[spoiler:Very firmly ingrained during the Second Battle of the Tower.]]
* ApocalypseHow: Species Endangerment on either a Continental or Planetary scope.
* ArcWords: "That was then...This is now..." Heard at the start of each season opener and at the beginning of several other episodes. Always spoken by [[TheHero Michael.]]
* AStormIsComing: In Chapter 40, as Victor and Tanya prepare to make a trip into Ground Zero, the sounds of thunder and rising winds can be heard faintly in the background. Victor notes this by saying "Those are some nasty looking clouds, you sure you want to do this?"
* AttemptedRape: After taking Lizzy captive, Tardust tries to rape her only to be stopped by a very pissed off Scratch.
* BackForTheDead: [[spoiler: Angel]]
* BadassGrandpa: Burt. {{Justified|Trope}} because he's a RetiredBadass Gunnery Sergeant from the USMC.
* BedsheetLadder: Used by Angel, Burt, Kalani, and Riley in Chapter 23. [[spoiler: It broke while Kalani was climbing down, leaving Angel and Burt stranded]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Used a few times.
** When Angel, Riley and Datu are escaping from The Arena, they appear to be trapped, when Michael, Burt, and Saul show up with the Hummer to bail them out.
** In Chapter 36, The Colony appears to be on the brink of collapse when [[spoiler: [[GunshipRescue Michael and crew show up with the helicopter to cut down zombies with an M134]].]]
** Skittles even gets his own Big Damn Hero moment when he saves Angel and Kalani from the behemoth at the Army Reserve base.
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Used by Burt to disarm Bill in chapter 4.
* BleedEmAndWeep: After [[spoiler:Pegs]] kills [[spoiler:Latch]]
* BlueOniRedOni: Latch and Scratch, respectively.
* BolivianArmyCliffhanger: Both the Season 1 finale: "The War" and the Season 2 Finale: "The Harder They Fall".
* BoomHeadshot: The easiest known way to actually ''kill'' a zombie.
* BreakingTheFellowship: Began when Burt [[spoiler: kicked Lizzy out of the Tower]] in Chapter 19. But the group really began to fracture when [[spoiler: Saul, Victor, and Burt]] got left behind in Chapter 24.
** And then [[spoiler: Pegs, Kelly, Datu and Hope]] got PutOnABus to Boulder in Chapter 29.
* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler: Datu and Hope]] get out of Boulder and make it to Irwin in chapter 34. [[spoiler: Pegs and Kelly]] return in Chapter 36.
* ButtMonkey: Angel has some elements of this.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Remember what Kalani said about the zombies somehow crossing all the islands of Hawaii without boats or anything? [[spoiler:Yep. They can swim.]]
** When Bricks takes away Scratch's knife she says she always has a spare. [[spoiler:Durai later takes away Scratch's knife and gun while publicly accusing her of [[TheStarscream betrayal]] only for her to bring out that spare and stab him in the chest with it.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: The zombie that attacks Saul, Lizzy and Burt in the first part of "Lady and the Tink" turns out to be one of the smarter zombies that the survivors are especially scared of. It successfully breaks into the Tower at the beginning of "R&R", killing 1 person and threatening the lives of several others.
** Then in "Mark Of The Beast", it attacks the Mallers the same way it attacked Saul and company.
* ChekhovsHobby: Riley mentions in "It Begins" that she is [[TheStraightAndArrowPath extremely skilled with a bow and arrows.]] However, she can't put this to use until she finds a hunting bow in a sports shop at the end of "Where Do You Go When You Sleep?".
* ChekhovsSkill: Tower-dwellers successfully attract a group of zombies to a particular spot in "Blood, Sweat And Fears" by dropping bottles of human sweat from the top of a nearby building. This knowledge and the remaining bottles prove essential in attracting a ZergRush of zombies to decimate the Mallers at the end of the first season.
* TheChick: Pegs.
* TheCoconutEffect: The silenced pistol has the standard HollywoodSilencer sound that listeners have come to expect rather than sounding like an actual silenced pistol.
* ConflictBall: Kelly owns this throughout Season 1, occasionally letting Burt borrow it, but [[HeelFaceTurn eventually dropkicks it into low orbit]].
* ContestWinnerCameo: Dr. Guin in 29-3.
* CrazyPrepared: Burt has a [[SurvivalistStash vault full of various weapons and ammo]] including ''claymore mines.'' He also had an [[spoiler: RPG with ten grenades]] in his smaller safe [[spoiler:that was stolen by the Mallers.]] Apparently ol' Burt "thought that whole [[Main/MillenniumBug Y2K thing]] was some kind of take-over."
** There's also CJ who has a whole apartment building filled with weapons, ammo, how-to books and various plans she's designed. She also keeps a network of safe houses and gardens for her to live on. It should be noted that while she did have others with her at first, she has since then been keeping all of this stuff maintained ''by herself'' for several months.
* CultColony: Seems to be the case with the appropriately named Colony, though not everyone's buying into it.
* CynicismCatalyst: Todd's death at the hands of the zombies is Lizzy's main reason for wanting to kill every zombie she sees.
** After Samantha's Death, Datu spends a lot of time being generally depressed and hopeless. During The War and its aftermath he is completely convinced that everyone is going to die and begins leading some of the other Tower members in prayer rather than trying to help fend off the Mallers/zombies/fire. It isn't until Michael, Pegs and Kelly return from the Colony with Samantha's daughter, [[MeaningfulName Hope,]] that he really gets better.
* DeadlyClosingCredits: Chapter 35-1 [[spoiler: Scratch stabs CJ, just before the episode ends.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Samantha
* DeathByChildbirth: [[spoiler: Lizzy]]
* DescriptionCut: From Chapter 3:
--> '''Saul:''' Whatever, Michael would have done the same thing
--> '''Angel:''' Well he's not here now. He's probably back at the Tower surrounded by ladies.
--> ''(Cut to Michael and the other Tower residents besieged by zombies)''
--> '''Michael:''' Shoot that bitch in the face!
* {{Diary}}: The main FramingDevice of the story, which is being told through the journal entries of the characters.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Pegs, though only at first -- she slowly grows to tolerate them, and will even use them ever since she saved Michael's life during the First Battle of the Tower. And while she is more willing to use a gun when necessary afterwards, she still prefers not to use a gun.
* DueToTheDead: "Out Of The Ashes" ends with a funeral for all Tower-dwellers and allies thereof who have died because of the First Battle of the Tower, complete with Angel [[TheDeadHaveNames listing off every single name]]:
-->'''Angel:''' Bill Norris; Ryan Brown; Tommy Pick. And to those that we've already lost, you're not forgotten: Paul Bailey; Todd Fisher; Cindy Benson. Anyone else?
-->'''Datu:''' [[spoiler:Samantha.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Angel.
* EliteZombie: "runners," "jumpers," "smart ones," "behemoths," and "little ones" on top of the regular "biters."
* EverybodysDeadDave: After the Second Battle of the Tower, those on the helicopter, ([[spoiler: Michael, Pegs, Riley, Kelly, Datu, Tanya, and Hope]]) thought they were the only ones left alive [[spoiler: after the Tower collapsed]].
--> '''Kelly''': Who else was in there?
--> '''Michael''': ''Everyone!''
* ExploringTheEvilLair: Riley and Kalani end up doing this by accident when they find [[FanNickname Ink's]] TortureCellar in chapter 23.
* {{Flashback}}: The entire story is being read from the journals of people who lived out the pandemic in the Tower. Whether or not these people have survived the ''whole'' pandemic has yet to be determined, if it ever will be at all.
** Chapter 27 tells Kalani's story from his journals going back to his arrival in L.A. from Hawaii.
* FictionalCounterpart: Saul and Victor discuss watching [=DVDs=] of the TV show [[Series/{{Lost}} "Found,"]] and their frustration that they'll never know how it ends.[[note]]The ZombieApocalypse happened in May, 2009 so they never found how the show ended. Saul claims [[TakeThat "They'd probably just screw it up, anyway"]][[/note]]
* FindingJudas: Turns out the only reason [[spoiler:Kalani]] became TheMole was because the Mallers [[spoiler:were holding his daughter hostage.]]
* {{Fingore}}: Scratch cutting off [[spoiler: Burt's]] finger.
* FireForgedFriends: Many, many examples. It would be easier to list the combinations of people who ''haven't'' become this.
* GasCylinderRocket: In 40-2, Victor shoots at a scuba tank that a little one was tangled up in. The tank goes flying across the street and gives the Little One a nasty case of road rash.
* GatlingGood: The only way to actually kill a Little One or Behemoth with any certainty seems to be the M134 Minigun.
* GeekyAnalogy: When discussing the possibility that Lewis might be TheMole, Angel says that he is unlikely to have [[spoiler: killed Pippin]] because he was on the top floor of the Tower filling the generator at the time.
-->'''Angel:'''"So unless he's secretly [[Franchise/TheFlash Jay Garrick..."]]
-->'''Michael:'''"Who?"
-->'''Angel:'''"The...nevermind. It was a nerd joke."
* GunPorn
* HandicappedBadass:
** Michael becomes a minor example of this after he breaks his arm fighting one of the behemoths.
** Burt starts to suffer from trembling in his hands in season 2. He later reveals that he started suffering from these shakes when his wife died, but they went away when the outbreak started.
* HeelFaceTurn: Kelly, gradually.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Kalani]] -- see ActionBomb above.
* HollywoodSilencer: See TheCoconutEffect above.
* ICallItVera: Burt names his favorite pistol Shirley, after his deceased wife.
-->'''Burt:''' Well, that way she's always with me.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: After being bitten, [[spoiler:Datu]] begs [[spoiler:Michael]] to kill [[spoiler:him]] before turning, because suicide would be "unforgivable."
* KatanasAreJustBetter: CJ's weapon of choice.
* LethalChef: Pegs.
* LivingLieDetector: Kelly is able to do this from her background as a lawyer. She's able to detect when one of the Colony members is lying, allowing her to save Pegs and Michael in time to escape [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Gatekeeper's]] coup. She is less able to get a read on Pippin though, because his face was so badly swollen from the beating the Mallers gave him that she couldn't read him facial tics.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LoopholeAbuse: In chapter 8, Kelly falls asleep on guard duty and doesn't notice Latch and Scratch approaching the building. When Michael threatens to kick her out of the Tower she points out that there's no rule against sleeping on guard duty. [[note]]There was a rule that said everyone has to "pull guard duty" but it apparently didn't say anything about staying ''awake.''[[/note]] Michael fixes this with an ObviousRulePatch.
* MeaningfulName: Hope.
* MeleeATrois: By the end of the first season, it's the Tower versus the zombies versus the Mallers.
** The Colony was was positioned to become yet another faction, before [[spoiler: the Mallers took it over.]]
* MilestoneCelebration: The 100th Episode ended with [[NuclearOption "a bang"]] with the destruction of [[spoiler: Boulder]]
* MissingFloor: The Tower [[ThirteenIsUnlucky has no thirteenth floor]], instead going directly from 12 to 14.
* TheMole: It turns out that [[spoiler: Kalani]] used the CB radio behind everyone's back, telling the Mallers about the Tower and its weaknesses. This same Mole then later [[spoiler: killed Pippin, who was also a Maller spy.]]
* MorningSickness: Lizzy in chapters 20 and 21.
* MyFistForgivesYou: Chapter 13, After putting out the fire and clearing out the zombies threatening the Tower, Angel calls Burt out for his earlier attempts to run off. [[HitMeDammit Burt responds by giving Angel a "free shot."]] After Angel lays Burt out, all is forgiven. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny (Though Michael can be heard shouting "Hit him again!" from an overlooking window.)]]
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: Michael chastises a bunch of rebellious Tower dwellers by saying "I just sent two of my friends out there to help you people, and I'll not have you throw it back in their faces!" Angel brings it up a bit later:
-->'''Angel''': Didn't we send three people out there?
-->'''Michael''': I said two ''friends''. The other one was just Burt.
* NightmareSequence: The first two minutes of "Desperate Times".
* NoZombieCannibals: A confirmed aversion, which could be why the other zombies pick up their fallen brethren and take them back to the Arena.
* NotUsingTheZWord: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Although not all the time, the Z word is used from time to time. They just prefer to call the zombies "them".
* NuclearOption: Bye, bye [[spoiler: Boulder]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Mallers seem to be fond of this: Latch, Scratch, Bricks, Puck, etc. [[CultColony The Colony]] also has Gatekeeper who [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep names himself after whatever his job is.]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When Burt and Angel are trapped in the hospital in chapter 23, Burt yells for Riley and Kalani to leave them and run for the helicopter on the roof of the hospital by saying "Get to the chopper!" Angel asks if that was a quote from Film/{{Predator}}. When Burt says "What?...Oh, no, it was just a coincidence." Angel goes into OhCrap mode.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Most are a merger of [[PlagueZombie Plague Zombies]] and [[FleshEatingZombie Flesh Eating Zombies]]. But some, specifically [[spoiler:the "little ones"]], may be [[ArtificialZombie Artificial Zombies]].
* PrisonerExchange: Saul tries to set one of these up in Chapter 24, by offering to kidnap and hand Pegs over to the Mallers in exchange for the captured Lizzy. [[spoiler:But both sides end up trying to screw each other over. The Tower folk use Riley as a decoy and plan to ambush the Mallers to get Lizzy back, while the Mallers use a decoy of their own, who they promptly shoot to cause confusion, to allow Scratch and company to pull an end around and attack the Tower while its best fighters are away.]]
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: Pegs, Kelly, Datu and Hope]] were all sent to a safe zone in Boulder, CO.
* RapeAsBackstory: [[spoiler: Scratch]]
* RealityEnsues: In Chapter 13, Burt, Angel and Riley try to use [[ShootTheFuelTank filled gas canisters as improvised explosives]] to fend off the zombies while they try to start up a fire truck. Unfortunately when they toss the canisters out into the crowd and shoot them...nothing happens.
** Happens again in Chapter 24 when Burt tries to [[ShootTheFuelTank shoot the tanker truck bomb]] the Mallers are driving toward the building and again it doesn't work.
** Finally there's [[spoiler:Angel]], who [[spoiler: was left on the roof of the Tower, when it collapsed,]] but was pulled out by [[spoiler: Scratch]]. Unfortunately the fall left him with injuries so bad he would probably be paralyzed, his hands were torn to shreds from trying to repel down the broken zip-line without gloves, and he was covered in burns from landing on the burning remains of [[spoiler: the Tower's fuel truck]]. The doctor flat out said that he was dying and that it was amazing he even survived at all. [[spoiler:Then Scratch executes him when he refuses to tell her where the others have gone.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Bill.
* RulesLawyer: Kelly (See LoopholeAbuse above.) She is a ''lawyer'' after all.
* ShootTheFuelTank: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], twice. First when Burt Angel and Riley try to use gas canisters as bombs to hold of the zombies in Chapter 13 and they fail to explode when shot. And again in Chapter 24 when Burt tries to shoot the Mallers' fuel truck bomb before it reaches the Tower and it fails to explode.[[note]] It takes Kalani's HeroicSacrifice, flying his helicopter into the tanker, to get it to explode.[[/note]]
* ShoutOut: Burt can't resist the urge to quote ''[[MadMax Road Warrior]]'' in "The Remains Of Eastern Bay":
-->'''Burt:''' Just walk away. We'll spare your lives; just walk away.
-->'''Lizzy:''' [[LampshadeHanging You and your fucking movies...]]
** In 21-3, "Mark of the Beast" Burt does it again, this time quoting ''Main/{{Airplane}}''.
** Scratch chastises another Maller who kept her waiting by threatening to "...feed your ass to the sisters!" WordOfGod has said that this is an explicit reference to TheShawshankRedemption.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedHead: Samantha
* SmugSnake: Marcus, as much as we got to see of him.
* TheStarscream: Scratch. She may have started out as a DragonWithAnAgenda, but after Durai publicly accuses her of betraying "The Family" by [[spoiler: killing Angel]] she reacts by [[spoiler: killing Durai]].
** Gatekeeper was this for Marcus. He staged a coup to take control of The Colony in Chapter 19.
* TheStinger: After the credits for the Season 2 finale, there is a final part which reveals [[spoiler: that Angel and Burt were still alive but but had fallen into the hands of the Mallers.]]
* TheStraightAndArrowPath: Riley was once a pro archer and prefers to use a bow over a gun, which works out in many situations since its quiet and the zombies are attracted to loud sounds.
* SurvivorGuilt: Datu finds it really hard to forgive himself for letting [[spoiler:Samantha get taken]].
* TechnicallyLivingZombie: The zombies have demonstrated a need to breath, eat, and sleep. They can be killed by gunshot wounds to the chest rather than requiring a [[BoomHeadshot headshot]], and they can even bleed out from amputated limbs.
* {{Team Pet}}s: Mr. Whiskers and Lady.
* ThanksForTheMammary: Burt cops an accidental feel on Riley while trying to put a shoulder holster on her in chapter 24.
* ThemeTwinNaming: {{Subverted}} -- Latch and Scratch are ''[[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname nicknames]]'' for the twin Mallers. We find out later that Latch's real name is John, but Scratch has yet to reveal her real name to anyone.
* TitleDrop: Early in season 1, Pegs makes a sign to announce that there are survivors in the Tower which says... you guessed it: "We're Alive".
* TookALevelInBadass: Once she got behind the controls of the helicopter [[TheChick Pegs]] became ''much'' more confident, even telling both Datu and '''Michael''' to shut up at different points.
* TortureCellar: [[FanNickname Ink]] apparently has one in the basement of the hospital. Riley and Kalani find it while [[ExploringTheEvilLair exploring the hospital]] in chapter 23.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Mostly, separate storylines are confined into their own chapters, or even multi-chapter [[StoryArc story arcs.]] But occasionally multiple storylines will appear in the same chapter or even the same episode. For instance chapter 18 features Michael, Pegs and Kelly's journey to The Colony, which is cut with Angel and Kalani going to the Army Reserve base to secure [=MREs=].
* UnreliableNarrator: Mostly averted so far, but the story is being told from the journals of the characters which makes the story susceptible to this.
* VillainBall: Marcus again. You know, if you value someone's capacity for loyalty so much, you probably shouldn't tell them [[WhatAnIdiot they can't go help the person they're loyal to]].
* WeHaveToGetTheBulletOut: Done on Saul in chapter 14 despite the lack of adequate tools, antiseptics or morphine. Plus the only one with the medical knowledge to perform the operation is Saul himself.
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: Scratch's]] reaction after the death of [[spoiler: Latch]]
* ZombieApocalypse
* ZombieGait: {{Inverted}}, generally. Most, if not all, of the zombies are significantly faster and stronger than the average human, and some of them are smart enough to play tricks on us. Loud noises seem to be the primary method of attracting them, so at least you can avoid them to an extent by keeping quiet.
* ZombieInfectee:
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] for most people as those infected usually turn rapidly.
** Tanya mentions that she has seen examples of people turning slowly over the course of days or weeks.
** Some of the survivors from [[spoiler: Boulder]] began turning at the checkpoints to enter Irwin.
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with Saul who was chained up for much of season 2 out of fear of this but then got better.
*** Again Subverted with Saul's mother, Tanya, who is locked up through most of season 3 after a bite mark is found on her wrist, but she never showed any symptoms, even 5 months later.
** The first truly [[PlayedStraight straight example]] of this has been [[spoiler: Datu]] in season 4.
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