“That was in the script. Just paying a little homage to the grave marker that appears in Issue 7 of the comics,” said Robert Kirkman on Talking Dead. In the latest episode, the cross for Carl Grimes was actually meant to showcase Shane’s comic death.
At the beginning of Season 8, Episode 10, Rick Grimes and Michonne stood by the grave of Carl Grimes. In the comic book, the gang put Shane’s hat on the side of the cross. On the show, Rick temporarily put Carl’s gun on the cross.
The scene was a little awkward but Rick Grimes is allowed to feel awkward. Essentially, the scene was meant to show Rick’s remorse and honor Shane Walsh.
Thinking Of Shane While Honoring Carl Grimes
“Everybody on the writing staff loves the comic and we know there are people out there [who love both] and they like looking for those little things. Those little connections. Anytime we can do that, we try to,” said Robert Kirkman.
Not long ago, we saw another homage to the comic when Rick Grimes brought the Heapsters to the Sanctuary. At the bottom of the water tower, a dead sniper hung upside down with no face.
This was actually an homage to the death of Father Gabriel in the comic book.
Life After Shane Walsh On The Walking Dead
With an homage like this, we can’t help but wonder what Shane Walsh would be like if he had made it this far. Of course, Shane had to die because he was in Rick’s way and threatened the Grimes family.
Ironically, Rick could use him now more than ever. Shane died because he was being too evil for the survivors at the time. Meanwhile, people like Negan and the Governor were forming much more evil groups all around the community.
Now, Rick Grimes has to make a decision. He can either listen to his son’s dying wish and be merciful or he can be more like Shane Walsh. Based on the final minutes of the premiere, it looks like he’s going to get himself killed one way or another.
Hopefully, Rick Grimes will be able to find the balance between good and evil.
Do you think Robert Kirkman will kill off Rick Grimes this season?