The end of Sunday's Walking Dead
episode took a dark turn that, while it meant the sad demise of one character, also meant that one character just got a lot more interesting. Or, as Walking Dead
creator Robert Kirkman said, Shane has changed the game.
I'm talking, of course, about the flashblack twist that viewers saw at the end of "Save the Last One," showing that -- contrary to Shane's story that Otis sacrificed himself to zombies so that Shane could get medical supplies back to save Carl -- Shane actually shot Otis in the leg so he could get away, and then watched as the walkers feasted on the suffering farmhand. Some might call it survival of the fittest. Others might call it cold-blooded murder. Since none of us have ever lived in a zombie-ridden post-apocalyptic wasteland, the morality's a little murky.
But two things are for sure: Otis is dead, and Shane will never be the same. And I'm not just talking about his heavily-symbolic shaved head.
To that end, check out this preview clip from The Walking Dead season 2 episode 4, "Cherokee Rose," in which Shane attempts to comfort Otis's grieving girlfriend Patricia by telling her the (fake) story of how -- and why -- he died:http://www.buddytv.com/articles/the-walking-dead/the-walking-dead-episode-4-sne-42454.aspx