The Walking Dead actor Tom Payne has confirmed his character Jesus is gay.
In the original Walking Dead comic books created by Robert Kirkman, Jesus is written as gay, but his sexuality has yet to be addressed in the hit AMC TV series.
Asked by The Huffington Post if this aspect of Jesus’s life could be shown on screen, Payne said: “I think that would be amazing.”
Payne then added: “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,” he continued. “Why wouldn’t he be? And I see no reason why that would be different in the show.”
Viewing figures for The Walking Dead have plummeted in the US since the opening episode of season seven.
The premiere debuted to 17.1 million people, and became the second-highest rated episode in the show’s history. Since then, the number of Walking Dead viewers has declined. The sixth episode of the season, which aired earlier this week, drew less than 11 million viewers.
It’s the first time the show has had less than 11 million viewers since season three. The reason for the decline is unclear but one theory is that fans are not happy with the format of the season, with each episode jumping to a different story and set of characters.
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It was also recently confirmed that The Walking Dead has been renewed for an eighth season. Season eight will premiere in late 2017, kicking off with the show’s 100th episode.