I was talking to someone in another thread a few years back (I know...I haven't been here in a while). And I mentioned in passing that I'd like to have seen what things were like when Shane was the leader of the Atlanta Camp before Rick arrived. I got this response, which I agree with. I think he has it right. Shane was a former cop, and probably kept everyone motivated. It's weird to think about it now, but Shane probably looked to Dale as an advisor, much in the same way Rick later looked to Dale and Hershel. (Of course we know the Shane/Dale friendship went down the toilet the second Dale caught Shane aiming his rifle at an unsuspecting Rick) I wish we could have seen how Shane would have kept the Dixon brothers in line (if that were possible). I know it was revealed later that the brothers planned to "rob that camp blind," and I think they would have gotten away with it under Shane's leadership. I don't think Shane had the manpower to overcome a situation like that. Who would his right-hand man be? Morales? I am really surprised that Merle didn't take over that group when Shane was in charge. Shane nearly beat Ed to death, but I don't see him doing that to either of the Dixon brothers. I just don't. But what else is interesting to me is how Rick eased into taking the leadership spot from Shane. Throughout season 1, each time Rick made a decision, he went straight to Shane for approval -- going back to get Merle and the guns, going to the CDC, etc -- Rick always had to get Shane's blessing first. But I think that by the time they got to the CDC, Rick was acting like the man in charge, going out of his way privately to thank Jenner and everything. It seemed that Shane gradually eased back and began to follow Rick's lead himself, although he often nitpicked at his decisions. But long story short, how do you picture things going under Shane's leadership early on? And would things have fallen apart quickly at the camp had Rick not arrived?