Published on November 13th, 2011 | by Michael Legge1
The Walking Dead: A Low Down Dirty Shane
So I started to think, what to write about? After tuning in to the third episode of The Walking Dead on Friday night (I watch on FX for those of you who download) I had my answer.
Before I go any further if you are not up to date on the second season stop reading now! Spoilers will be littered through the rest of this piece but please come back once you have caught up and let me know what you think.
Firstly, I love the TV adaption of Walking Dead. It is rapidly becoming one of my all time favourite shows to have graced our TV screens, with the make-up of the zombies being some of the best seen in any TV programme or film. But what has me gripped is how well the producers, directors and actors have portrayed the characters from the books.
Andrew Lincoln as Rick is an inspired choice but the one character who I am most interested in at the moment is Shane, played brilliantly by Jon Bernthal. Lovers of the books will all be aware that Shane leaves us early as he gets shot by Carl in the Atlanta woods when Carl thinks that Shane is going to kill his Dad, Rick. You really feel the sizzling tension between Rick and Shane come out of the books in the build up to the shooting and this has been translated equally as well onto screen.
However, Shane very much carries on with the living in the TV series and it is the development of his character which has me interested. The dark side to Shane has always been there – pulling your best friends wife whilst he lies in a coma as one example (tut, tut) – but the third episode of this season sees Shane sacrifice Otis to the hoard of zombies chasing him and Otis, so he can escape to get the all important medical equipment back to Carl.
OMG! His love for Lori and Carl is so clear in this episode, so my question is what else will Shane do? We lose Shane early in the books, so we don’t see how his character affects the dynamics of the group as they continue to try and survive but I for one cannot wait to see how the rest of the TV story unfolds. Will he be around for what I hope are the scenes set in the prison? Who knows, maybe Shane’s death at the hands of Carl is not too far around the corner but I hope he stays around for a bit longer and the triangle between him, Rick and Lori continues to develop.
Let’s have more of the dark side of Shane. Roll on episode four!