The Walking Dead just recently finished its seventh season, as is already renewed for its eighth season. At the peak of its popularity, the hit AMC show shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. And while the show seems to add more characters than it does get rid of them, Jon Bernthal who played Shane isn’t burned that he met a doomed fate. In fact, he seemed quite ecstatic about his character’s fate on The Walking Dead when he spoke to IGN during the Tribeca Film Festival.
“I knew going in. During the audition process, all the men they were looking at had to audition for both Rick and Shane, and I was very clear with [then showrunner] Frank [Darabont] that I wanted to audition for Shane. That’s what I wanted, and he said, ‘You know he’s not going to last…” and I said, ‘That’s the character. The guy had a built-in beginning, middle and end,’ and often times you don’t get that as a character. I sort of prefer that. I loved knowing that he was going to die. I loved knowing that he was going to lose his mind. I loved being able to star in it, from the absolute opposite end of the spectrum — being the best friend possible and loving this man so much and knowing that I have to go to the place where he was going to go. I thought it was such a great opportunity and I’m super grateful to Frank Darabont for giving it to me.”
Bernthal left The Walking Dead early on, but he certainly made a name for himself while starring in films like The Accountant, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Fury. Additionally, he was featured as The Punisher in Netflix’s second season of Daredevil, where his performance was met with unanimous acclaim. He’ll next be seen in the standalone The Punisher show that will air on Netflix sometime this year. IGN attempted to discuss The Punisher with Bernthal but he remained opted to remain tight-lipped. IGN later stated that there’s a chance he could be playing The Punisher longer than he’s played Shane, and he responded with a perfect comment to close out the interview.
“Yeah, until people can’t stand it anymore.”
The Walking Dead returns in October.
Jon Bernthal will next be seen in Marvel’s The Punisher and Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, which hits cinemas on June 28th.