Although nobody is planning it as of now, Jon Bernthal looks to be ready to come back as Shane in the spinoff show Fear The Walking Dead. During the first two seasons of The Walking Dead, Shane Walsh was Rick’s best friend and partner, who protected Rick’s wife Lori and son Carl after the zombie outbreak. He started having an affair with Lori after what they both thought was Rick’s death, causing chaos when Rick came back and took over the group.
Shane had become more ruthless during the second season and felt that the group’s only chance of survival was to show no mercy. During the finale, he tried killing Rick, but, ended up getting killed by Rick instead. Although he hasn’t been a part of The Walking Dead for years now, Shane is regarded as one of the best characters on the show, courtesy the performance of Bernthal. Shane’s impact is still felt, and Rick considers him to be the father of Judith. Shane was last seen during a season three cameo when Rick mistakenly thought that an approaching gunman was Shane.
Bernthal’s acting career has risen to great heights after that, and he is not in want of work. In a recent interview with The Daily Express, he was questioned whether he would think about making a comeback as Shane in Fear The Walking Dead, which was based on the initial stages of the outbreak. Although Bernthal didn’t reject the notion, he didn’t sound much enthused about it either.
I loved Shane and whilst I’m super grateful I got to do that, he was a character that had a beginning, middle, and end, and I got a whole rounded opportunity. I feel like we’ve seen all we need to see of Shane. If we got to see him backwards – that would be interesting. But Shane died in that field. Doing the show and being killed off the show are two of the best things that have happened in my career.”
Bernthal’s point related to Shane is quite valid, thus, for him to appear again on Fear The Walking Dead, necessitates a compelling storyline. If we look back at the timeline, it is not easy to spot where such an appearance could fit, but, if Bernthal is interested, the producers will manage something. Lennie James’ Morgan is also going to be seen during the Season Four of the show, which makes it possible for the characters from either of the series to do a crossover.
Bernthal has just wrapped up Netflix’s The Punisher series, where he was highly praised as Frank Castle. His movie career is flourishing, and he has been a part of Baby Driver, Wind River and The Accountant in last few years. Frankly, it would be fun to see him play a cameo on Fear The Walking Dead, but, in the absence of a great idea, it might just become a poor effort at nostalgia to improve the show’s ratings.