Welcome back to Behind the Characters, where I talk a bit about the cast of Her Name Was Abby and give you some insight into the characters. On the menu today: the bad guys.

Spoilers ahead, read at your own peril.

Just like in His Name Was Zach, we have two main bad guys this time around. The first one we encounter is Isaiah. Now why did I include Isaiah? Because I feel like every post-apocalypse/dystopian story needs a good psychopath who thinks himself a prophet! It’s fun, it’s tantalizing, and (let’s face it) it’s pretty reasonable to assume that if zombies roamed the Earth, quite a few people would snap and decide to follow the first guy who sounds like he knows what he’s doing.

That’s what Isaiah did. He ‘correctly’ predicted these End Times and many who had listened to him preach now see him as God’s mouthpiece on Earth. His word is as good as law in their eyes, and they’ll do whatever he says.

While Isaiah was fun to write, his little town gave me quite a few problems. It got very difficult at different points to 1) bring Abby to the town and 2) get her out in a believable fashion. Enter Emma, Abby’s newfound friend, and things began to click. She gives Abby a shot at escape, and with good planning (and a shot of luck), they escape Isaiah’s town together.

The other villain in this story is President Cyrus Arthur. Before anyone asks: no, he is not based on the real President. Arthur is entirely my imagination, and a good thing because he’s terrifying.

That being said, scenes with Arthur generally ended up being some of my favorites. His dinner with Abby and Derrick was so much fun to write and I got quite a few laughs out of it, though Derrick and Abby no doubt did not find it quite so humorous. He brings an unnerving intensity to each scene he’s in and I think it’s great.

Also like Isaiah, he’s a charismatic figure, though Isaiah has that insane kind of charisma whereas Arthur has that smooth-talking charm. With his silver tongue, bright green eyes, and a dashing smile, he’s a guy who can make you love him if you’re not careful.

His death scene changed quite a few times. I had considered letting him commit suicide or be gunned down by the mob, or even be arrested and formally tried for treason. I tried to weave Abby, Derrick, and Hiamovi into it a couple times. But it never quite worked.

That’s when the colonel came around. An unnamed hero, he received the honors of slaying the villain. Not much is known about him. He was a loyal officer while unaware of the depths of Arthur’s depravity. But once he realized the hopelessness of the situation, once he saw Arthur for the monster he truly was, he took matters into his own hands.

Any questions about the bad guys? Let me know in the comments below! And as always, a big ‘thank you’ for reading!

Published by Peter Martuneac

Marine, Boilermaker, husband and father. I'm here to share my thoughts on all things political or philosophical.

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