Merle Dixon, on 03 January 2012 - 03:04 AM, said:
still caring for zombies doesnt make me hate him, what makes me hate him is that he cares for the zombies more than he cares about the other humans and there is NO EXCEPTIONS im sorry
You mean he cares more for the sick family members, friends, and neighbors that he's lived his life among than he does
for a bunch of dangerous gun-toting barely-in-control-of-themselves refugees?
I don't particularly like Herschel, but you have to see his side. He's conservative in the full, not political, sense of the word. He lives his life among people he knows; people whose grandfather knew his grandfather. He doesn't like change, doesn't think much of the modern world or modern culture, and probably thought things were going to Hell in a handcart long before any Walkers showed up.
Again, you have to remember this world is slightly different from ours- there are no "zombies". Unlike "Shaun of the Dead" or "Zombieland", no-one says the Z-word or makes any cultural references to them.
As far as Herschel knows, he saw on TV that a new virus had broken out, and people in the city were panicking and going crazy- something thar probably wouldn't surprise him too much. Heck, people in my old hometown (Vancouver) riot over hockey games.
Remember, he's a medical man, specifically a vet. He knows about the spread of exotic diseases like Avian flu and the Ebola virus; he knows about rabies and other behavior-altering illnesses. As far as he can see, this is something like that, and, any talk about people coming back from the dead would be dismissed as superstitous nonsense believed in by a bunch of people who are panicky and scientifically-illiterate.
One thing we have to remember is our own experience of the time-frame. We've been living through this for a year; for the characters it's been weeks. As far as Herschel knows, the infected people have stabilised; nobody's getting better, but nobody's dying either. We know why (bruwahahaha), but he doesn't. Some of them may start to fight it off, somebody may show up with an acquired immunity, it may occur in an animal (Hershcel would know about the develoment of the smallpox vaccine from cowpox), or the radio may crackle to life tomorrow saying the Army Medical Corps has started setting up vaccination centers
Meanwhile he's got this half-crazed heavily-armed group camped on his land who are convinced his sick family and friends are some kind of monsters from a horror movie. No wonder he wants them gone.
The tragedy is, of course, that they're absolutely right and he is totally wrong- but he doesn't know that.