Former Sheriff’s Deputy and partner to Rick Grimes, Shane assists Lori and Carl in escaping to Atlanta following the outbreak. Believing Rick to be dead, Shane has a brief affair with Lori, something that causes much contention when Rick shows up alive.

A stubborn, hard man, Shane often takes a firm stand on issues that might have dire consequences for his fellow survivors. He clashes with Rick early in the story, wanting to remain near Atlanta in hopes that the Army will show up to save the refugees. He also demonstrates jealousy over Rick reuniting with his family, and great reluctance to give up on the idea of a possible future with Lori.

Shane can often be relied upon to dominate and control the group, and to make decisions weighted in his own self interests.