Shane is Rick's partner in the sheriff's department and best friend since high school. When the apocalypse occurs — with Rick in a coma — Shane helps save Lori and Carl by fleeing with them toward Atlanta. Shortly after the evacuation, Shane begins having an affair with Lori. When Rick shows up among a group of survivors returning from Atlanta, Lori seethes at Shane and warns him away from her family. "You think I’m not happy" Rick's alive, Shane asks. "Why would you be?"