However, his gradual descent into the dark side proved his undoing as he was stabbed by his best friend Rick Grimes after he challenged him to a duel. In a shocking turn of events, he reanimated to become a walker and was shot to the head by Rick’s son, Carl.
In memory of Shane, here are the most memorable quotes from one of the show’s most enduring characters. He could be the only one to accept that the world is now different from the previous one they lived in – although, some of his arguments are morally wrong too, his willingness to forget his humanity in order to survive.
From Season 1
Season 1 Episode 1: “Days Gone Bye”
Rick: What’s the difference between men and women?
Shane: Is this a joke?
Rick: No, serious.
Shane: Never met a woman who knew how to turn off a light. Born thinkin’ the switch only goes one way, On.
Shane: Begins to say things be then keeps changing his mind.
Shane: Come home, house all lit up, and my job, you see, apparently because my chromosomes happen to be different is that I gotta walk through that house and turn off every single light this chick left on.
Rick: Is that right?
Shane: Yeah, baby. Oh Reverend Shane is preachin’ to ya now, boy. Then this same chick, mind ya, she’ll bitch about, uh, Global Warming. This is where Reverend Shane wants to quote from the Guy Gospel and say, “Uh, darlin’ maybe if you and every other pair of boobs on this planet could just figure out that the light switch, see, goes both ways, maybe we wouldn’t have so much Global Warming?”
Rick: You say that?
Shane: The pull-out version. Still, that earns me this look of loathing you would not believe and that’s when the Exorcist voice pops out “You sound just like my damn Father! Always yellin’ about the power bill and tellin’ me to turn off the damn lights!”
Rick: What do you say to that?
Shane: I know what I want to say. What I want to say “Bitch, you mean to tell me you’ve been hearing this your entire life and you are still too damn stupid to learn how to turn off a switch?”
Shane: We are surviving here. We are day to day.
Season 1 Episode 3: “Tell It to the Frogs”
Shane: [Rick is leaving the camp to save Merle] Well look, I-Idon’t, okay Rick, so could you just-could you throw me a bone here, man? Could you just tell me why? Why would you risk your life for a douchebag like Merle Dixon?
Daryl: Hey, choose your words more carefully.
Shane: Oh no, I did. Douchebag’s what I meant. [bitterly]
Shane: Merle Dixon: guy wouldn’t give you a glass of water if you were dyin’ of thirst.
Rick: What he would or wouldn’t do doesn’t interest me: *I* can’t let a man die of thirst, me: thirst, and exposure. We left him like an animal caught in a trap, that’s no way for anything to die, let alone a human being.
Shane: “Shane, do you think I could have a second helping, please? Please? Just one?”
Lori: Yeah, I doubt that.
Shane: [to Carl] Don’t listen to her, man. You and me, we’ll be heroes. We’ll feed these folks Cajun-style Kermit legs.
Lori: I would rather eat Miss piggy. Yes, that came out wrong.
Season 1 Episode 5: “Wildfire”
Rick: I’ve gotta do what’s best for my family. If it was your family you’d feel differently.
Shane: I kept them safe. Looked out for them like they were my own.
Shane: You can’t tell me that fixing your marriage is worth putting peoples lives at risk.
Lori: Folks around here can make up their own minds without bringing my marriage into it. It’s a habit you need to break.
Season 1 Episode 6: “TS-19″
Carol: Rick, I have something that might help.
Shane: Carol, I don’t think a nail file’s gonna do it.
Carol: [brings out a grenade] Your first morning at camp, when I washed your uniform, I found this in your pocket.
From Season 2
Shane: Dale, shut up. Just shut up and give me the guns.
Dale: Am I gonna have to shoot you? Do I have to kill you? Is that what it’s gonna take?
Shane: Eh. Yeah. That’s what it’s gonna take.
Dale: This is where you belong, Shane.
Shane: How’s that, Dale?
Dale: This world, what it is now, this is where you belong. And I may not have what it takes to last for long, but that’s okay. ‘Cause at least I can say when the world goes to shit, I didn’t let it take me down with it.
Shane: Fair enough.
[pulls out gun]
Shane: Hey, Hershel, man, let me ask you something. Can a living breathing person, could they walk away from this?
[shoots walker in its chest]
Rick: No! Stop it!
Shane: That’s three rounds in the chest. Could someone who’s alive, can they just take that? Why is it still coming?
[shoots walker in its chest again]
Shane: That’s its heart, its lungs. Why is it still coming?
[shoots it again]
Rick: Shane, enough!
Shane: Yeah, you’re right, man. That is enough.
[shoots walker in the head, killing it]
Please let us know what other quotes you like from Shane.