Jon Bernthal recently reveled there was another possible ending during a panel at the Phoenix Comic-Con, one that had the possibility to be an even MORE charged & exciting scene!
WARNING! WARNING! DANGER, WILL ROBINSON!! IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE FINALE OF SEASON 2 OF THE 'WALKING DEAD' ON AMC, CONTINUE READING AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!
(On a side note, if you HAVEN'T seen the season 2 finale.....what the hell is wrong with you? And you call yourself a Horror Fan, pffffffff.)
Now, for those of us that saw the finale, we know the tension between Shane & Rick has been building at an exponential pace, leading to the final show down between them & ending in Shane's death. For the most part, the alternative ending is the same up until Shane is shot, and is starting to re-animate as a zombie. The ending was already intense - the theater I was watching the finale in was going nuts - but this version adds a complicated twist, and appears to add a depth to Shane that we never knew existed. It's a pretty badass idea, and I'm not sure why they didn't run with it; perhaps they were worried that some of the audience wouldn't understand the significance of the empty gun? Whatever the reason, you can listen to him explain the idea here, courtesy of www.nerdrep.com. There's some slight background noise, so you may want to turn the volume up a bit.