Crime and the Imaginary of Disaster: Post-Apocalyptic by Majid Yar (auth.)

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However, Sarah’s growing sexual attraction to Ralph makes him uncomfortable, and he appears simultaneously drawn to her yet unable to transcend the taboos around inter-racial relationships that have configured American society (even though that society no longer exists in any recognisable form). Even after the end of the world, racism continues to cast its shadow over human relationships. The narrative becomes more conflict-ridden when Ralph and Sarah are joined by a third survivor, a white man named Benson Thacker (Mel Ferrer).

A challenge to his authority emerges in the character of Dale ‘Barbie’ Barbara. A former soldier-turned-debt collector for organised crime, Barbie is an outsider who gets trapped in Chester’s Mill while visiting on business. When an increasing number of people start to look to Barbie as an alternative leader, Big Jim frames his rival for murders he himself commits, then organises a manhunt to capture the ‘criminal’. Once Barbie is apprehended, Big Jim orders the construction of a gallows in front of the courthouse.

Rick’s group stages a rescue attempt to retrieve their friends from Woodbury. In the wake of this incursion, The Governor addresses the town: I should tell you that we’ll be okay, that we’re safe, that tomorrow we’ll bury our dead and endure. But I won’t, cos I can’t, cos I’m afraid ... I’m afraid of these terrorists, who want what we have, who want to destroy us! ’ The Governor then leads his people in an assault on the prison, with the intention of killing anyone who is not under his absolute control (and in the course of which he also summarily guns down a number of his own men who express reservations about going to war against the prison-dwellers).

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