It’s interesting to think that, if Robert Kirkman had gone with his original idea to kill of Rick early on, The Walking Dead you’re watching today would be centered around the relationship between Carl and Shane, not Carl and Rick.
And although Shane is not very well-remembered by some fans because of his conflict with Rick and some not-so-nice things he did, actor Jon Bernthal wanted a different ending for Shane that would have made it clear he did it all for Carl.
As shown in the video above and reported by comicbook.com, Bernthal revealed his version at Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con.
“The way that I wanted it to go down was that Rick was going to take his gun out, and he was going to throw it away and say, ‘I can’t kill you, brother. What do you want from me?’ And that would enrage Shane, and he would push him even further, saying worse and worse and worse stuff to him,” said Bernthal.
Bernthal continued, “The point being that basically what I wanted to have happen was that I would rush him and force him to stab me. And then he would stab me, and I would fall on the ground. And when I reanimated, I would get up as a zombie. And since Rick threw his gun, when I’m approaching him as a zombie, he would pick up my gun, which was on the floor. And he would point it at me to shoot me. And he would just go click, click, and click. And my gun was empty. And then, Carl would have shot me. So Shane took Rick out there to make Rick shoot him to make him be man enough to raise his child. And to sort of infect his head and his psyche forever to put that on him. It’s the most selfish and selfless thing to do there.”
Obviously, Bernthal’s idea was shot down and we got the less noble ending that appeared in the show. So, what do you think? Would it have worked?