The latest episode of The Walking Dead confirms that the character Jesus is gay.
In the original Walking Dead comic books created by Robert Kirkman, Jesus is written as gay – however his sexuality was yet to be addressed by the TV adaptation, until now.
Season 7 episode 14 sees Hilltop Colony member Jesus, played by Tom Payne, come out as gay during a conversation with character Maggie.
“For the first time, I feel like I belong,” he says, discussing the forming of factions among different groups. “When I was first here, I was never here,“ he continues. ”I always found it hard getting close to anyone – neighbours, friends… boyfriends.”
Jesus, real name Paul Rovia, is the sixth LGBTQ character to emerge from the plot of The Walking Dead.
When previously asked about his character’s sexuality, Payne said: “I think that would be amazing.”
He continued: “Yeah, who cares? He’s a badass and he happens to be gay.”
“I think that’s one of the strongest things about Robert [Kirkman] and how he writes the comic books. Why wouldn’t he be? And I see no reason why that would be different in the show.”
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