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- "You really did it for me, buddy! You really did it! Oh, yes you did! I'm nothing now, Rick! NOTHING! I've got nothing, Rick!! No friends! No family!! No respect!! No fucking life!! This fucking world! This fucking God-forsaken world of shit! There's nothing for me here Rick!! Nothing! I thought I could make it... I thought I could hold out... wait until they came and rescued us. They would have brought us nice beds... and hot showers... and fresh clothes! They were coming Rick! WE WERE GOING TO BE OKAY!!"
- —Shane to Rick during their final confrontation.[src]
Shane is a character and later an antagonist first encountered in Issue 1 of Image Comics' The Walking Dead. He grew intimate feelings for Lori and led her and her son to safety during the initial outbreak. Shane was the leader of the Atlanta survivors before sharing the role with his sheriff's deputy partner, Rick. He served as the primary antagonist of Volume 1: Days Gone Bye.
Originally a good friend to Rick and his family, Shane's downward spiral began after his presumed-dead partner arrived to the camp and was reunited with his family. This friction between Shane and his best friend was primarily caused by Shane's infatuation with Lori, with whom he shared one passionate night with after both assumed Rick was dead. It is also implied that Shane had feelings for Lori even before the apocalypse. After Rick's return, however, Lori completely spurns him, leaving Shane heartbroken and deteriorating his mental health. As the conditions in the camp worsen, Rick and Shane begin to butt heads with increasing frequency over whether or not to move the camp. While Rick correctly surmises that staying close to the city is dangerous, Shane almost delusionally believes the government is coming to rescue them, despite it becoming more and more apparent this isn't the case. After a walker attack on the camp that leaves Amy and Jim dead, the tension between Rick and Shane finally boils over and leads to a fight which culminates in Shane punching Rick. When Rick attempts to reconcile with him, Shane pulls a gun on him and is prepared to murder the man he once called his best friend. During his unhinged rant, Shane blames Rick for derailing his life, ruining his chances with Lori and slowly usurping his leadership. Because of this, Shane held out hope that the government would come and rescue them, but snapped once he was confronted with the truth, as in his eyes it meant that he was left with nothing. Despite Shane turning on him, their relationship was strong enough that Rick felt obliged to travel back to the campsite weeks later and put down the now-reanimated Shane. Shane's transformation from his best friend to a desperate and unstable emotional wreck haunts Rick for years to come, and serves as a reminder that even the best people can turn into monsters under the right circumstances.
Shane was born in 1978. Before the outbreak, both he and Rick were stuck in a firefight with an escaped convict, both debating how to deal with the situation. Rick, unfortunately, ended up getting shot in the incident, with Shane taking care of the convict.
While Rick survived, he was left in a coma, and it is then the dead started rising. With the population being ordered into the major cities by the government, Shane, seeing the crisis worsen, accompanied Rick's wife, Lori, and her son, Carl to Atlanta to find shelter.
Shane proved instrumental in getting the two to Atlanta. As they neared the city, Lori became depressed over Rick's assumed death, and the fact that they essentially abandoned Rick in their town's hospital. Shane, however, comforted Lori and the two became closer. Eventually, Lori was so desperate for closeness that she had a passionate night with Shane on the highway to Atlanta, something Shane had wanted for a long time (hinting that he could have had a long-term fixation with Lori even before this). Afterward, Shane assumed the two were now lovers in a relationship and asked Lori, assuming the crisis would end soon, if she would tell Rick about their relationship if Rick was still alive. Lori, however, confessed she didn't know. Unbeknownst to the two of them, Shane had impregnated Lori, being that she is revealed to be pregnant not long after Rick returns. The three, unable to enter the zombie-overridden city of Atlanta, settled on its outskirts and joined up with Dale and the survivor group he had formed. Shane, an authority figure, became the group's de-facto leader, and the group of survivors, eventually expanding, lived on the outskirts of the city, with Shane repeatedly preaching the government would arrive and save everyone.
When Rick eventually arrives and joins the group, Shane is initially overjoyed; however, once Rick arrives, Lori quickly breaks off the relationship between her and Shane. Though he acts as if he accepts her decision, he gradually becomes jealous of Rick and Lori getting back together and becomes obsessed with her. Lori confronts him, telling him that he "ha[s] to stop". While he believes she is referring to their romance, she really means his fixation on her. At one point, he attempts to bring up their moment on the highway, which she immediately silences, saying that "it was a mistake". Distraught by this, and with his obsession with Lori impacting his mental state, he is sent into an emotional spiral, leading to a fight with Rick over the topic of staying at camp.
Rick supports moving the camp to a safer location, while Shane insists that they would still be saved by the army. This severely damages the relationship between the two, with Rick at one point blaming Shane for the deaths of those who died during a zombie attack on the camp. Lori sides with Rick after a momentary fight, quickly getting in between them while lashing out at Shane, calling him insane. The sight and realization of Lori going to Rick's side, along with the rest of the group's shock at his actions, cause Shane to have a meltdown, running into the nearby woods, with Rick pursuing, until Shane stops and holds him at gunpoint. He begins to yell at Rick, saying how he believed Lori would eventually come back to him (thus hinting to Rick about the brief romance between them), and feels Rick "should have stayed dead". Shane is abruptly shot through the neck by Carl, Rick's son, in an act of defense of his father.
In a flashback, Shane comforts Lori after they witness that Atlanta has been destroyed and the two have sex. In the present, the group buries Shane outside of the camp, leaving Shane's Police hat on his cross. Enraged over his actions, Lori spits on Shane's grave and Rick grieves Shane's descent into insanity and the loss of his best friend, telling Allen that if the current world could change a man like Shane so drastically, then "we're in deeper shit than we thought."
After learning that everyone is infected, Rick returns to where he buried Shane and digs him up. He finds him reanimated and shoots him in the head. Rick says to his corpse that he won't bury him again and leaves.
Shane shows up for the last time begins with a flashback when the dead began to rise. Lori and Shane are having sex on the grass at the side of a road. After they're done, Shane checks in on Carl. He informs Lori that he is fine and she thanks him. They begin talking about Rick's situation, and Shane says that everything will be fine. He says that when he wakes up, he'll go home and so will they. Shane asks her if they are going to tell to him about them. Lori starts to answer that she doesn't know.
- Killed By
- Carl Grimes (Alive)
Seeing that Shane is completely insane and is moments away from killing Rick, Carl, having followed and witnessed his father in danger, shoots Shane in the neck.
- Rick Grimes (Zombified)
After the group discovers that everyone who dies will turn, regardless of the manner of death, Rick travels back to the Atlanta and digs up a now zombified Shane.
Rick states to Shane that he was a good man and is sorry that he became insane, just before shooting him in the head and putting him down.
This list shows the victims Shane has killed:
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- It is revealed that Shane is 25 years old in the script book.
- Shane, Rick, and Reggie are concurrently the first characters in the Comic Series to be introduced.
- Shane also speaks the first line of dialogue in the Comic Series.
- Shane is the first person seen in the Comic Series to attempt to kill another survivor.
- Shane is also the first antagonistic survivor of the post-apocalyptic world.
- Shane is the first living character to be killed by another living character.
- Shane's killers are the opposite of the TV series: in the TV show, Rick killed him as a human and Carl killed him as a zombie, but in the comic, Carl killed him as a human and Rick killed him as a zombie.
- In both the TV series and the comics, Shane turning confirms for Rick that everyone is infected and will turn no matter what after having previously learned of the possibility in another manner.
- In the comics, Rick learns of the possibility after witnessing Julie and Chris turn after being shot and strangled respectively.
- In the TV Series, Rick learns of it from Dr. Edwin Jenner, but he later admits that he didn't really believe it until Shane turned in front of him due to how insane Jenner had become.