He’s right. If I take him out and he falls to the mutts, Peeta is sure to fall with him. We’ve reached a stalemate. I can’t shoot Cato without killing Peeta, too. He can’t kill Peeta without guaranteeing an arrow in his brain. We stand like statues, both of us seeking an out (Collins, ch. 25).
What is the BEST synonym for the word “stalemate” in the passage?