Jon Bernthal Reveals Alternate Ending For His Character On THE WALKING DEAD

Jon Bernthal recites an alternate version of Shane's demise that he pitched to The Walking Dead's producers. It's very different but will certainly appeal to some.

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By Mark Julian - 5/29/2012




Very interesting, right? Instead of the monster that Shane was presented as, we were almost given a glimpse at an individual who's even more layered and conflicted than previously shown. That sounds like damn good television but I can understand why the producers didn't follow through with the idea as it would put Rick in a precarious relationship with the audience when he's already teeter tottering on the protagonist slope.

Special thanks to Andrew of NerdRepository for the heads-up.





The Walking Dead is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed for television by Frank Darabont. It is based on the comic book series, The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard.

The series stars Andrew Lincoln as Sheriff's Deputy Rick Grimes who wakes up after being in a coma to find the world dominated by "walkers", resembling the zombies of George A. Romero's horror movies. He sets out to find his family and other survivors along the way.

The series premiered on October 31, 2010, and is broadcast on the cable television channel AMC in the United States. The first season premiered to wide acclaim and was nominated for several awards, including the Best Television Series Drama at the 68th Golden Globe Awards. Based on its reception, AMC renewed the series for a second season of 13 episodes which premiered on October 16, 2011. Two episodes into the second season, AMC announced that the show would return for a third season.

The first season of The Walking Dead was well received by critics, with a rating of 82 out of a 100 on Metacritic. The season one premiere was watched by over 5.3 million people. The season two premiere was watched by more than 7 million viewers. The Walking Dead also received many nominations, including a Writers Guild of America Award and a Golden Globe Award for a Best Television Series Drama.










Running Time: 60 minutes (45 min actual air time)
Release Date: February 12 (Season 2-midseason premiere)
TV Rating: TV-MA for sex & nudity, violence & gore, profanity, alchohol/drugs/smoking and frightening/intense scenes
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal,Sarah Wayne Callies,Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus
Creators: Frank Darabont (show) Robert Kirkman (comic)
Written by: Frank Darabont, Charles H. Eglee, Jack LoGiudice, Robert Kirkman, Glen Mazzara, Adam Fierro, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore, Evan T. Reilly

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ManOfKrypton - 5/29/2012, 7:03 AM
I like Jon Bernthal's ending a lot better... This would have sent Rick into turmoil knowing that Shane never wanted to actually kill him!
Ha1frican - 5/29/2012, 7:05 AM
Wolverine...
HavocPrime - 5/29/2012, 7:30 AM
that sounds pretty awesome
RorMachine - 5/29/2012, 7:38 AM
Yeah I like that better.
SkullFace616 - 5/29/2012, 7:43 AM
@Ha1frican HELL YES Wolverine!
crowlers - 5/29/2012, 7:47 AM
I prefer this version.
Sparrowsabre7 - 5/29/2012, 8:01 AM
I think that would've been a much cooler scenario, but considering how far off the deep end Shane's gone I'm nto entirely sure if it would have sat true to his character.
Brashlight - 5/29/2012, 8:03 AM
Wow, that would have been a great ending! I like how they did it but i really think this ending would have added so many new layers to Shane and would have brought him back from being a cancer to actually redeeming himself before he dies. And the emotions that would have been running through Rick would be killer for season 3!!!! Too bad they didn't go with this one
Zoidberg - 5/29/2012, 8:11 AM
To me it doesn't make sense. His character was waaay too selfish to do something like that.
JimmyPesto - 5/29/2012, 9:08 AM
That's [frick]ING awesome!!! They should've gone with that. Much more dramatic. I think everybody will agree they should've gone w/ that.
ForceOfLegend - 5/29/2012, 9:08 AM
Not bad, but I don't really like the idea of Rick becoming a dick.
thalidomide - 5/29/2012, 9:19 AM
^ pffft


Anyway, I hope they filmed that scene and include it on the dvd/blu-ray extras :)
timepuzzler - 5/29/2012, 9:22 AM
Soooooo...this happened today...
Lizardking310 - 5/29/2012, 9:32 AM
This show is on a downward spiral the minute they completely changed things from the comic. Some change is good but the show shouldn't be even called the walking dead it's so different than the source material
FoxForce5 - 5/29/2012, 9:40 AM
Would have been a good way to go. It would have just added to the psychological "kick in the nuts" that Rick will continue going through in Season 3.

But, alass...
SuperSomething616 - 5/29/2012, 9:48 AM
Yeah it came out better in the show...whats the point in redeeming a character just to kill him off...

Also it woulda been like a massive middle finger to the viewers of the show...cause it would've been like...

Oh shane yeah he's a real b**tard look at all the bad stuff he's doing we're really going to make you hate him...oh wait then at the last minute...no shane isn't so bad lets make Rick the hero the b**tard!!!

Yeah this wouldnt have worked in the context of the show...nice try though...
blueorangeny - 5/29/2012, 9:50 AM
Look as a fan. I understand, the show is probably about 40% accurate and follows the comic but I expected it. I look at it as Kirkman just going with a "What if..." the paths went this way. Another reason I think it plays to my thought is that it's on AMC. Shit if the show was on HBO we would be seeing things play out at least close 75% to the comic. [frick]....EARMUFFS PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T READ. We would even be expecting to see how Lori and new born would really die, but being it that it's shown on AMC I thought we will see it play out that way. It is what it is, at least we get some level of zombies playing out the small screen. BTW has anyone read the Rise of the Governor. I just finished it and I was like, holly shit. Never expected it.
MarsivNayr - 5/29/2012, 10:48 AM
It's funny how people say the show is "going downhill" and "going to get cancelled after season 3" and "blar blar blar" when the ratings are some of the best on Television and anticipation is sky-rocketing.

It would seem most people (the people/fans who WATCH the show) recognize good TV when they see it. I do.

On the above note, yes, redemption is awesome, but either way, Rick WANTED to kill Shane. That man was done with his bullshit...
MarsivNayr - 5/29/2012, 10:55 AM
And why is everyone so phuggin butthurt over the "not faithful to the source material" issue? Do those same people not appreciate the big screen CBM's? Why does everything have to be just like it was in the comic? What's the point of the show if they go that route?

Bet money Kirkman is true to his word and this next season ramps things up; just like things ramped up in the comic when they were at this point.
Talontd - 5/29/2012, 10:56 AM
For anyone who cant watch youtube at work like me, here is the transcription from BLASTR.com:


"He wanted Shane to knock Rick's gun out of his hand, then they'd wrestle, Rick would stab Shane, and Shane would reanimate as a zombie, as we saw. Here's where it differs. Rick would grab Shane's gun, intent on killing the zombie and it would click. Click. Click. No bullets. The idea was that Shane had never intended to kill Rick at all, but had brought Rick out into the woods to kill him. Jon Bernthal is convinced that Shane knew he was a cancer to the group and that he had to go. He just wanted Carl and Lori to be safe and for Rick to man up and take the role he was supposed to take. He said he truly believes that Shane was never as heartless as he wanted to appear that he was, and that's what makes him so entertaining to watch."


valeriesghost - 5/29/2012, 11:11 AM
i like that ending just as much. It would have been great IMHO to have Carl kill him like in the comics. But for what they are doing with the characters i like the way this season ended just fine.
DCwanabe - 5/29/2012, 11:16 AM
Wow that would have been amazing!!!
iMVuze - 5/29/2012, 11:55 AM
@ Supersomething616 if you were a murder and you felt bad wouldn't you want redemption?
Anyways Jon Bernthal thought of that? That's impressive stuff and to be honest Shane was never a truly bad guy in my eyes. Everything he did I thought was in the right. Killing Otis even. He saved Carl because of what he did and if he didn't well maybe all 3 of them would have died. All in all, if this was the ending it would have fit the character. Sense all of his choices are the right calls but just poor execution.
TheMyth - 5/29/2012, 1:57 PM
Wow, that would'a been really cool. But he's right in the end, the audience needed to feel that Shane really was trying to kill Rick and take his family. Nice twist though Jon Bernthal, I could've definitely lived with that alteration.
ISeeStupidPeople - 5/29/2012, 1:59 PM
Thanks, Talontd.

Would have been an interesting way to end a season.
TheMyth - 5/29/2012, 2:03 PM
TheDarkSpider, I know!!! But notice, it is only fanboys that are hating, everyone else LOVES this [frick]ing show. I have read the entire comic series 3 times over now and I still feel the show is every bit as awesome as the book. My wife, who I've only managed to get to read a handful of X-Men books in our 9 years together, read the entire TWD comic series after seeing the show and she anticipates new issues as much as I do. And you are correct, ratings for this show are record breaking and the anticipation is almost palpable. Again, it is only pissy fanchildren that dislike this show.
CaptainObvious - 5/29/2012, 2:04 PM
I actually like this ending better than the real one. It would have redeemed Shane in the eyes of the group and it would have made them see him as a selfless person.
TheMyth - 5/29/2012, 2:26 PM
Furthermore, Kirkman himself has said many, many times he WANTS the show to deviate from the books, he wants the readers of the book to be surprised and torn as they were when reading the books. The show would be nowhere near as fun for me if it were a carbon copy of the book. I don't see what's so hard about that for some of you or why you're pissed over it. What fun would it be to already know everything in a story where suspense is a primary driving force for said story? How are you supposed to form an attachment to a character you already know is going to die soon? Furthermore how are the non-comic fans in all our lives supposed to enjoy these things when many of you are the kind of assholes that would spoil that shit for them? Don't lie, many of you pisser's likely do already. It's ignorant to judge the show, or CBM's for that matter, on this basis because you already have a preconceived notion of what it "should be" before every even seeing it, which just sets you up for disappointment.
SamHell - 5/29/2012, 7:56 PM
glad they didnt listen to that f*ckwad



































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