The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has defended a shock death in Sunday night's episode.
'Save the Last One' saw Shane (Jon Bernthal) shoot Otis (Pruitt Taylor Vince), sacrificing his ally to zombies so that he could escape.
"The Walking Dead is a world where you have to do what you have to do to get by," Kirkman told Entertainment Weekly. "Starting with [this] episode, we're going to see that Shane is appearing to be uniquely suited for this world."
The writer went on to defend Shane's actions, calling the shooting "a somewhat justifiable homicide".
"Otis was slowing him down, and Carl's life hangs in the balance," he reasoned. "We're existing in that gray area and we're really pushing the boundaries of that.
"But at the end of the day, Shane shot that guy and left him for dead and ran off. It's a pretty dark moment and it informs Shane's character and sets up a lot of things that are going to be happening moving forward."