Edit because for whatever reason, it’s not showing in any of the tags. I’m really sorry to put this on you submit4nova, and it’s long, so you don’t have to read it, but if it’s no trouble, could you please bring this to Seamus’ attention? :/
I don’t know…
Yeah. Having an anxiety disorder makes dealing with even normal life harder, but it doesn’t make you a freak, it doesn’t make you a liability, and it doesn’t make you stupid. Sarah couldn’t help being born with an anxiety disorder and then being forced to live in a zombie apocalypse. She DOES try to get stronger, such as by asking Clementine to teach her how to shoot. Though she is terrified of Carver, she’ll yell at him if he hits you, even if you haven’t been nice to her. And unlike so many other characters, including Lee and Clementine, she hasn’t actually gotten anyone killed. People hate on her for being unresponsive, even though she lost her only living family not even a day ago. If anyone saw a loved one just shot down like that so suddenly and then devoured, they’d start screaming and then go into shock. That’s a natural reaction, even for someone who DOESN’T have an anxiety disorder.
See, what’s another thing that really pisses me off about the Sarah hate, and the overall idea that the ONLY way your life means anything is if you’re a big strong emotionless tank - it took a lot of guts for Sarah to stand up to Carver the way she did. After he, y’know, tortured her father and murdered one or two guys right in front of her, and/or held either Sarita or Clementine at gunpoint.
It’s really frustrating when people turn a blind eye to someone legitimately pushing themselves out of their comfort or safety zone and focuses solely on how much of an inconvenience their existence is.
It’s the same shit my family pulled with me. No matter how hard I tried to improve, no matter how much progress I made, they only ever saw me as their personal punching bag and a born liability.
Not to mention, like you said, when you have anxiety, it’s extremely difficult to stand up for yourself, or even just someone else. I shake involuntarily at conflict and I’m always terrified when I hear the sound of a cupboard slamming or something dropping onto the ground, but there was this one time that a woman wanted to hire me to watch her dog for her for a couple of days, and after seeing her abuse her dog, I tried to help her find a trainer (and offered to let her use my pay to cover it) to work with her.
Her dog was fearful and anxious (sound familiar?) and her way of handling her was to put her in a prong collar and YANK on it, and drag her by her throat and force her to be around people (which she was terrified of).
I tried so hard to help her, but instead, she got verbally abusive and tried to intimidate and bully me into abusing her dog. She shamed me for being kind and forced me to stay at her house for several hours. The first time she realized I was uncomfortable with her methods, she told me this story about how a guy came over to do work for her, and when there was an issue with the work she wanted done, instead of letting him speak, she kicked him out.
She did that to me in the end, but I stood up to her. I was embarrassed for shaking while I did, but I tried to be as diplomatic as possible about it and declined her offer to pay me in favor of getting her dog to a trainer I recommended to her. It was a huge step for me.
I still can’t stand up to my abusive family members, but that’s what my husband and I are working toward.
Nobody realizes Sarah’s strengths. She’s not as clueless as people think. She even calls Clem out on her attempts to lie about what her father is doing. She TRIES to learn how to use a gun so she can take care of herself.
The bad writing of Episode 4 only serves to make it all worse. Luke screaming at Sarah is not going to get her moving. He’s shown to know that in earlier episodes, but has either forgotten or just no longer cares.
Rule of Rose does a better job of portraying a weaker character, and she doesn’t even seem to have an anxiety disorder.