And with seven (soon to be eight!) seasons to choose from, there were plenty of performances to single out and give their just due, like our No. 4 spot on the list, when Rick and Shane Walsh’s personal feud finally comes to a head in the penultimate episode of the second season.
The animosity between the former best friends had been brewing since the very first episode of the series where it was revealed that Shane had been sleeping with Rick’s wife, Lori, while Rick was in a coma. The build-up between the two had been a long time coming, and the performances from both Andrew Lincoln and Jon Bernthal did not disappoint, especially as Rick Grimes broke down while he was forced to stab Shane to death in a him-or-me situation. When you throw Carl in the mix and the audience watches him choose to help his father by shooting reanimated Shane in the head, it adds an extra layer to the entire situation. It’s a tough moment to watch, but one that fans recognize was ultimately inevitable as the conclusion to their deeply personal feud.
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