The little we do know about Berkeley’s past we learn secondhand from Wichita. He’s only a couple of years older than Little Rock, meaning that he too came of age in a zombie-infested dystopia, and he has stuck to a policy of strict conflict avoidance, a revelation that sends Tallahassee into a fit of rage. (“I have nothing against pacifists. I just want to beat the shit out of them,” he explains.) Unlike Madison, Berkeley doesn’t seem to be in hiding: We first see him out and about hitchhiking, and he’s the first to warn Little Rock and Wichita about the emergence of a new, more resilient type of zombie—valuable intel that the others dismiss until they see it for themselves.
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Part of the fun of the original Zombieland was that it showcased multiple strategies for surviving the apocalypse. Sure, there was Tallahassee, the traditionally rugged cowboy who relishes offing zombies in gruesome ways, but his foil was the equally capable Columbus, an uptight everynerd who kills only out of necessity and credits his survival to wearing his seatbelt and double-knotting his shoes. We got to see Wichita and Little Rock scam other survivors out of their supplies and Bill Murray use a little movie magic to blend in with the brain-hungry hordes and go about his business. Though there was plenty of blood and guts to go around, not every problem needed to be solved by bashing in a zombie’s skull.