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L.A. Noir Casting Item May Signal a Walking Dead Character’s Death

Warning: Potential spoilers follow for the rest of The Walking Dead‘s second season.

Back in November, almost four months after showrunner Frank Darabont was unceremoniously fired from The Walking Dead, TVLine carried a blind item asserting that in the turmoil that followed, one upset cast member asked to be released from his or her contract only to have a change of heart after the wheels had been put in motion to write the character out of the show.

Nothing more seemed to come of the item — it’s a safe bet the disgruntled actor wasn’t Madison Lintz, who played poor Sophia — until over the weekend, when a curious article appeared in Variety: It seems Jon Bernthal, who stars as the troubled Shane, is in early talks for the lead role in TNT’s period crime pilot L.A. Noir, which is being developed by none other than Darabont.

Shane, of course, has far outlived his comic-book counterpart, who died in the sixth issue of The Walking Dead — before the survivors ever reached the Greene farm. So his death in the second half of the season wouldn’t come as a complete shock to fans. But it would help to explain why the show’s writers have transformed the group, and the farm, into a pressure cooker, with the increasingly erratic Shane feeling most of the heat.

Perhaps the tension is building so that, just as the midseason finale saw the death of Sophia, the season finale will see Shane meet his end. If that’s the case, then the question is who’ll pull the trigger: the same person as in the comic, or someone else? From Rick and Lori to Dale and Hershel, there are certainly plenty of people with a motive — and let’s not forget Otis’ widow Patricia.

The Walking Dead returns Sunday, Feb. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.


  • Michael Sacal

    Never read the comic, really like the show.

    I wouldn’t mind if Shane was the character that is leaving. I was worried it be Dale.

  • Kkain113

    Read the book and love the show! One part that makes me enjoy the show is the difference in the story including Shane taking more breaths that his book counterpart.  I am really digging his character and hope the bastard sticks around.

  • Chris Katrev

    SPOILERS MOILERS. I really hope it’s Shane and he leaves the way he leaves in the comics.

  • Anonymous

    Yea, with this and giving us the Governor, its really the only two things I hope they follow. Outside of that, I don’t care what they do just so they don’t sit around 6 episodes to do it. 

  • TheRealWadeWilson

    I hope its the same person that killed him in the comics.

  • Anonymous

    That would be interesting seeing their relationship in the show!  I wouldn’t mind it being this character either.

  • Demoncat4

    i don’t blame the actors after all the turmoil with frank and they or even just shane potrayer wants to leave the show. fans will have to watch and find out the truth. though if they are getting rid of a character that frees the show to be able to birng on characters like Mihone and finaly the Governor

  • Roberto Briceno

    Here is an idea, if Shane dies, have it be like in the comic book. 

    Anyway, if I was the actor, Jon Bernthal, I would be: “AMC: BYE!!! Hello, Frank!! I missed you!!!” 

  • Aaronabrowne

    I love this show! Have not read the comic YET.

  • Joshua Wolf

    I still think there’s something in the whole “red shirt” thing… If you notice at the end of the last episode (with Sophia as a walker), not only is Carol wearing that red shirt she found in the car, but it looks like both Shane and T-Dog have red shirts as well (due to lighting and not actually wearing red, although it could have been zombie blood)… I think Carol may be ending her life sooner than we see in the series, and T-Dog’s end could signal Tyreese’s arrival…

  • alex_sinister200713

    Pretty much assumed that Shane will meet his end by the end of the season, pretty damn assured it ain’t going to be the same person who does it in the comic.