Religion: not determined yet
Name: Shane Walsh
Other Names: Shane
First Appearance: The Walking Dead #1 (Oct. 2003): "Days Gone Bye, Part 1"
Number of Appearances: 29
Comic Book Appearances: 10
TV, Film Appearances: 19
Teams/Affiliations: Rick's zombie apocalypse survivor group
Enemy of: zombies
Worked for: Cynthiana Police Department
BELOW: Dale talks to Rick and Shane about his living situation with Amy and Andrea, pointing out that he's not doing anything with them, despite Donna's suspicions and religious objections: Whatever Donna might suspect is happening in Dale's RV, it seems unlikely at this point that her suspicions are correct. Dale, whose wife died about 6 to 7 weeks previous, is indeed living with two young women (Amy, who is 19, and Andrea who is 26). But he tells Rick and Shane that they're "not doing anything" (meaning that they are not doing any sexual, i.e., fornication, which is Donna's apparent concern).
Rick: Lori tells me Donna just won't shut up about you and the girls living together in that camper. She started right after we got back from target practice a couple days ago and hasn't let up since. Pretty much the only thing she's talked to me about since I let Carl start practicing with us.
Dale: Donna ain't shown a lick of gratitude for my saving her life. I don't see how Allen puts up with her.
Shane: Those poor boys... Think about how she's going to be raising them twins.
Rick: Y'know, I figure you've earned the right to have two pretty young women keep you company. Without all your camping gear, we'd be screwed.
Dale: C'mon guys... I'm not doing anything with those girls. To be honest, I'm an old man... My plumbing ain't what it used to be. It's just-- after losing my wife not two months ago... It's nice having them around. They keep the place clean... Remind me of what it was like with her around.
Rick: You don't have to explain yourselves to us... It's your business. Donna's just an old housewife who doesn't have soap operas to keep her small mind occupied. Don't let her get to you.
Source: The Walking Dead #5 (Feb. 2004): "Days Gone Bye, Part 5", pg. 8, panels 1-5. Written by Robert Kirkman. Art by Tony Moore. See also: sexual morality; judging others; Rick Grimes; Dale Horvath; Amy; Andrea; Shane Walsh; Donna
BELOW: Dale warns Rick that Shane has "had his eye on" Rick's wife: Soon after Rick Grimes arrives at the camp on the outskirts of Atlanta where he finds his wife Lori, son Carl, and friend Shane Walsh, Dale (one of new people he meets in camp) gives him a warning. Dale believes that Shane has "had his eye on" Rick's wife Lori. At this point, he dismisses Dale's concerns because he trusts his friend. After leaving Dale, Rick says to himself that Dale is a "crazy old man." Rick later find out how right Dale was about this. Later, Shane's covetousness even drives him to plan to murder his friend Rick.
Dale: So you're Lori's husband, huh?
Dale: I don't want to stir nothing up... And you gotta understand this has nothing to do with your wife. She did nothing but talk about you while you were gone... She worried about you. She felt bad about leaving you. But that Shane... He's a good man... He helps out a lot around here... He took care of your wife... But he's not glad you're back. He's had his eye on Lori for as long as I've known them.
Rick: I appreciate the advice, but Shane's my friend. He was just keeping her safe. I don't have anything to worry about.
Dale: I wouldn't trust him around my wife...
Rick: I'll keep that in mind.
Source: The Walking Dead #3 (Dec. 2003): "Days Gone Bye, Part 3", pg. 8, panels 4-6. Written by Robert Kirkman. Art by Tony Moore. See also: thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife; Rick Grimes; Lori Grimes; Dale Horvath; Shane Walsh
BELOW: Shane Walsh's grave site is marked with a simple cross: Shane Walsh tried to kill Rick, but Rick's son Carl shot and killed Shane first. The remaining survivors in their camp bury Shane next to Amy and mark his grave site with a simple cross made out of sticks.
Source: The Walking Dead #7 (Apr. 2004): "Miles Behind Us, Part 1", pg. 4, panel 1. Written by Robert Kirkman. Art by Charlie Adlard. See also: cross; Shane Walsh
BELOW: It is revealed that Lori committed adultery with Shane, something she regrets and refuses to continue, despite Shane's continued covetous desire for her: When Lori's wife Rick is out of camp, searching for guns in Atlanta, Shane approaches Lori with the intention of seducing her. She refuses.
Shane: Come back to camp. It's too cold to be out in this rain. C'mon... Staying out here isn't going to make him come back any sooner. I'll keep you company.
Lori: Shane-- Don't. You've got to stop.. Rick is back now... He's alive... And he's my husband. You've got to stop this.
Shane: But what about that night when we-- On the road down here?
Lori: That night-- ... That night was a mistake.
Source: The Walking Dead #4 (Jan. 2004): "Days Gone Bye, Part 4", pg. 21-22. Written by Robert Kirkman. Art by Tony Moore. See also: thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife; adultery; Lori Grimes; Shane Walsh
BELOW: Rick Grimes expresses his belief in the sanctity of life after Carl kills Shane: Rick Grimes' long-time friend Shane Walsh was about to commit murder by killing him. Before Shane could pull the trigger and kill Rick, Rick's son Carl shot Shane. Shane dies grotesquely and horribly. Carl is distraught at seeing this and rushes to his father for comfort. When Carl observes that killing Shane was not the same as killing the undead zombies which have been attacking them, Rick states that it should never be the same. Rick here expresses a belief in the sanctity of life. For him, killing a living person is a different thing from killing a soulless zombie.
Rick: Oh, son...
Carl: It's not the same as killing the dead ones, Daddy.
Rick: It never should be, son. It never should be.
BELOW: Lori Grimes commits adultery with her husband's best friend, Shane Walsh: Lori Grimes is generally portrayed as a fairly ethical, upright person. But in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, and away for husband for weeks, Lori turns to Shane Walsh for comfort and the commit adultery. Based on what has previously been revealed, it can be assumed that this was the only time she did this with Shane. Also, she clearly expressed regret about this incident and later called it a "mistake."(Note that this scene is a flashback, showing Lori's memories of the incident as she looks at Shane's gravesite after he died while trying to kill Rick.)
Source: The Walking Dead #7 (Apr. 2004): "Miles Behind Us, Part 1", pg. 1-3. Written by Robert Kirkman. Art by Charlie Adlard. See also: adultery; Lori Grimes; Shane Walsh
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