10 Genius Escapes The Survivors Pulled Off

10 Genius Escapes The Survivors Pulled Off

When it comes to zombies, most characters do not make wise decisions. Since zombies aren’t smart and are rarely fast, the only way for exciting action and drama to happen is when good people make bad choices. That being said, when the lead characters do make smart decisions it can be a lot of fun.

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On All of Us Are Dead, the South Korean zombie series on Netflix, the high school students are trying hard to decide what will give them the best chances of survival when they are battling the hoards of zombies or fighting against other cliques and bullies. So when anyone makes a brilliant choice and they actually make it work, everybody cheers. But which decisions impressed the fans the most? It might be a tough decision, but there are quite a few character choices that were more memorable than others?


Selfish Silence

In the earliest episodes, a small group of high schoolers gathers together to survive (though they don’t all agree much). One particularly selfish whiner, Lee Na-yeon, seems to impede the group and instigates arguments. After infecting a fellow student, Na-yeon leaves the group and allows Ms. Park (one of their most likable teachers on All Of Us Are Dead) to be bitten in order to save herself.

Her solution for survival isn’t for everyone but for somebody who doesn’t get along with others and is only looking for herself. She stays quiet and slips into a supply closet that happens to contain snacks and drinks. Although not the best long-term solution, her selfishness kept her alive for quite some time.

Moving Through The Storm

In one of the more memorable sequences of the show, many fans were deeply impressed by how the students managed to navigate themselves around the zombies during the rain and thunder.

Since the zombies were distracted by the sounds of the storm, the children come up with an ingenious plan to escape by going around them so they can reach the mountains. The move through the storm also allows the kids to connect with the archers and lets Ha-ri show off her major archery skills (saving a lot of other students slipping in the mud and rain). It might have been something they thought up quickly, but it was effective nonetheless.

A Fire Hose

Na-yeon in All Of Us Are Dead

In the second episode, the entire group of teens moves carefully down one floor (from the science lab to the broadcasting room). They scale the exterior of the high school by lowering a fire hose with knotted footholds out the window past a floor full of infected.

Of course, Na-yeon demands she go first, almost knocking another student off the hose but the others have to hold her back. However, the plan does end up coming in with some rewards as they discover Ms. Parkis still alive in the broadcasting classroom. She proves to be a great asset to the kids as she helps them get over some of their petty fights and focus on staying alive (so if the kids didn’t execute this plan, who knows where they would have ended up)

Drones, Drones, Drones

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Drones are not used once but twice in the series. The first time, the high schoolers realize that there is a drone in the science lab that they can use to scout out other rooms to see if they’re safe before they move. The second time, in the season finale, the military flies drones through Hyosan playing a sound that attracts the zombies.

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Both are a brilliant use of technology to help outwit the infected. Though the kids don’t realize yet that noise attracts these walkers, it’s a great way for them to avoid getting blindly attacked. The military drones lure the undead toward specific sites where they’re bombed, allowing soldiers to finally rescue the last survivors.

Furniture Fight

Dae-su and other students holding a barrier in the music room in All of Us Are Dead.

In the music room (where Na-yeon hides in the closet), the kids decide to make a wall out of furniture. One of the bravest things Yang Dae-su did was hold up the furniture wall until the very last minute so everyone else could escape. Fortunately, he made it out just in time and they escape the music room to make it to the roof.

For many fans, this was a well-executed plan since it bought them one of the most precious things – time. Although the zombies are fast and can climb that wall, the fact that the teens built it quite tall was quite clever as they knew that it would be a challenge for the zombies to get over. The wall also allowed the teens to think about what happened next.

The Chicken Shop Moped

Police Officer Song Jae-il seems braver and smarter than most – especially compared to his reluctant companion, Jeon Ho-chul, who really only seems to weigh him down. Jae-il seems certain to survive this apocalypse, unlike the teens.

It’s a moment of relief when Jae-il manages to make it out alive with the little girl they found. Although it was not the most ideal plan, fans thought it was quite clever that they used the chicken shop scooter to help them escape since they were aware they wouldn’t be able to escape the zombies’ superhuman abilities. It was just a perfect example of how individuals use the objects in their surroundings to their benefit.

Bows And Arrows

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The archery team is returning from a tournament at the beginning of the series. They haven’t done well and are reprimanded by the coach. Once they get back to the high school campus and realize what’s happening, the archers get down to business and they’re not messing around.

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Only two of the team seem to have survived including Su-hyeok’s sister, Ha-ri. The archers don’t just have one great escape–their talents are impressive–but rather they are methodic, efficient, and precise with their every move. They were definitely some of the most important assets in the series.

Another Fire Hose

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In episode four, Nam So-ju, On-jo’s dad and the Captain of the Hyosan Fire Station Rescue team, ends up protecting an important politician and her staff. A helicopter is supposed to pick them up on the roof of the building and, as everyone races up flights of stairs, So-ju does when he must to delay the zombies.

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The captain is one of the bravest characters on All Of Us Is Dead and adeptly uses a fire hose’s powerful water pressure to knock the walk dead back down the stairs. This also keeps the infected at a sufficient distance–until the water runs out and So-ju is forced to use the actual hose and nozzle to beat the zombies back. It’s a great plan as it allows the other survivors to have more time to escape and think about what happens next.

All The Sports Equipment

The students gathered together in All of Us Are Dead

If there is one thing that these teens are good at, it’s taking advantage of every single object around them as a weapon. They grab brooms, mops, shovels, and even computers–literally anything they can get their hands on. So when they end up stuck in the gymnasium equipment locker, they have to get very creative.

First, they all put on elbow and knee pads to protect against bites. They make baseball mitts into shoulder pads. They use aluminum bats for weapons and lash together wheeled ball crates to create a circle to keep the zombies at a distance, then slowly roll it into the gym. It doesn’t go quite as smoothly as they had hoped but it gets them out and finally to safety.

One Voice

Once one of the fan’s favorite lead characters is bitten, Lee Cheong-san knows that he needs to help his friends and his first love escape before he turns. Rather than wallowing in self-pity or crying about his own impending death, Cheong-san quickly concocts the plan that will save his entire crew.

As they’ve discussed before, if one person makes enough noise and heads toward the roof, then the others can raise to the basement and escape the military’s impending bombs to irradicate the zombies. So, Cheong-san goes–he makes as much noise as he can and races to the roof allowing the others to survive. It was one of the most selfless and altruistic acts the viewers had ever seen.

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