Shane Walsh

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Name: Shane Walsh
Occupation: Police officer
Title/Rank: Deputy
Location: Georgia
Status: Deceased
Relationships: Lori Grimes (lover), Rick Grimes (best friend and partner)
Fandom: The Walking Dead
Other: played by Jon Bernthal
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Shane Walsh is a fictional character from the comic book series The Walking Dead and was portrayed by Jon Bernthal in the AMC television series of the same name.

he feels entitled to what has kept him alive thus far, and he will do anything to get it back, even if while doing so he continues to further push those he cares about away. He doesn't want to do it, but he has to, at least that is his thought process. It's this urge born out of rage and fear and suffering and pain, it' tragic but it's clear. [1]


At the beginning of the series Shane is a police officer, his best friend and partner is Rick Grimes. Rick is shot by a criminal and slips into a coma, during which the Zombie Apocalypse begins. Believing Rick is dead Shane gets Rick's wife Lori and son Carl to safety. Shane and Lori begin a romantic relationship. When Rick awakes from his coma he tracks down and finds Lori and Carl. After Rick's return Shane and Rick constantly disagree on how to run the group and how to protect Rick's family, Shane believing he would be better for Lori and Carl. At the end of Season 2 Shane plans to kill Rick, but Rick kills him first. After death Shane turns into a walker and Carl has to put him down.



Common Tropes in Fanworks

  • No Zombie Apocalypse AU: modern setting where no Zombie Apocalypse occurs, usually he knows or meets other characters from the series
  • Pastfic: focusing on Shane's life before the Zombie Apocalypse, often exploring his relationship with the Grimes family
  • Shane lives: Shane does not die, he remains with the group or leaves and returns later in the series


  • Attempted rape: At the end of season 1, after Rick's return, Shane forces a kiss upon Lori, and tries to initiate sex, which Lori resists. Some fans felt this characterization of Shane was incorrect, and that the scene served no purpose. Later, it was pointed out that this could be the beginning of the dark path Shane's story line goes down in season 2.[2]


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