“Jesus” Comes Out On The Walking Dead [VIDEO]

Harper’s Bazaar reports:

Ever since Tom Payne made his The Walking Dead debut a year ago as fan-favorite Jesus, speculation has brewed over how much of his persona from the comic books would be retained – and specifically, whether his sexuality would remain the same. Payne said last year that he saw no reason why his on-screen Jesus wouldn’t be gay, as he is in the comics, and in tonight’s [last night’s] episode “The Other Side,” he officially became the show’s third major gay character.

Between the fact that Jesus is an elusive and taciturn guy to begin with, and the fact that these characters are living in fear of a fascist dictator during a zombie apocalypse, it’s no surprise that it took a while for the subject to come up. But Jesus knows who he is – he’s one of the more self-possessed characters in the cast – and there is no dramatic “coming out” moment here, during a moment of bonding between Jesus and Maggie.

The Walking Dead did have a fourth gay member in the primary cast and her gruesome murder remains controversial among the show’s devoted fans.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Jesus flat-ironed his hair? Never knew that.

    • EweTaw

      There are many of us who have naturally straight hair.* I’ve had all of mine hacked off, but I still catch myself trying to flick it out of my face by flipping my head. Old habits.

      *I had an epiphany several months ago when I realized Julian Assange wore his receding hair that same way I did. So, I whacked it off. It’s a whole new world.

      • Tor

        My hair is stick-straight. It was more than shoulder length when I had it cut 25 years ago. I still miss it, and in my dreams, I’m often surprised to find it has grown back overnight. Not going to grow it back because that middle-length period is so miserable.

        • EweTaw

          Yeah, when it gets to ear level life is a bitch. Agreed. But beyond that, it’s great.

        • Gene

          Dads pure cherokee blood….I have hair so thick..and when it grows, straight, that it would be a pain in the ass. looong ago, working in a hospital (lot of time in the ER), on m y THIRD experience with lice, I remembered how much I enjoyed having it all cut off for ROTC…got some clippers, and it has never been longer than a “2” setting ever since.

          Hair? who needs it? of course….I have watched the King and I 100 times and the 10 commandments at least 50.,,,NOT that I had it BAD as a 13 year old for Yule Brenner or anything 😉

    • Goodboy

      I wish I had his hair:)

  • RaygunsGoZap

    That linked article was published a year ago today! Co-inky dinks.

  • Michael R
    • Tawreos

      Those eyes are kind of mesmerizing

    • Boreal

      Shoulda kept the beard.

  • EweTaw

    I don’t watch this program, but because my life is all about me I thought it worth mentioning that I looked exactly like that guy in the photo (only with black hair) from 17 to 48. Around 22 years I was able to grow a reasonably thick beard. I miss hair. 🙁

  • danolgb

    This makes my Facebook feed last night make more sense.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    There is a fourth in the secondary (tertiary?) cast, Aaron’s boyfriend, Eric.

  • JWC

    OMG holy shit JEEBUS is GAY! Queue the tweets, protest and all 17 of the the Miliion Mom ( ya you guys) Bring out the big guns

  • Gerry Fisher

    I loved the show until Negan showed up. His gruesome intro scene was part of it (unlike in the comic books, gruesome killings of beloved characters should usually take place off screen). Another part of it is that the story seems to be morphing way past anything that interests me. They’ve long ago left “will they survive?” and “what if the surviving humans lose their humanity?” Now, it just seems stuck on Repeat.

    • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

      I hate every scene Negan is in. Part of it is the writing, part of it is Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s cartoonish acting.

      • Gerry Fisher

        Multiple times this season, I watch a scene and curse the writers. It’s as if they’re leaning too hard on symbolism and leaving behind reasonably realistic dialogue. (If you want to see something funny, watch or listen to John Cleese make fun of Rick’s accent. Especially how he says “Carl!” 🙂 )

        • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

          Let me guess, “Coral”?

          • Gerry Fisher

            Yes! Spoken slowly and dragged out as if it has 5 syllables. But…yes!

        • As a comics reader, I find Morgan’s Negan almost spot-on. His dialog is sometimes verbatim from the source material.

      • KnownDonorDad

        Dave Chappelle did a great take on Negan, though. It’s even funnier if you have some familiarity with his old characters.


      • Todd

        Yes, this. I don’t understand why he can’t deliver a line without leaning backward. It grinds my last good nerve to watch him and listen to him talk.

        • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

          Yeah, that overdone cocky lean back/smile makes my skin crawl. I don’t know whether to blame the actor or the director.

          • Daniel Jenkins

            Sounds like he’s doing a good job as an actor considering that he’s supposed to be a character who makes your skin crawl.

          • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

            I don’t agree. We’re supposed to be repelled by him by his actions and how he treats people. In the comics, he’s domineering and charismatic. Being a cocky prick with every line reading is on the actor or director.

          • Only he did exactly the same business in Grey’s Anatomy and The Good Wife…that doesn’t make a good actor in my book, just a one-trick-pony

      • TK

        “…cartoonish acting”

        YES! I cannot stand to see him on screen. It’s not even a hate for the evilness of the character, it’s the way he’s portrayed. The swag with ever single word, it’s too much. I cannot believe for a second that if this were reality, somebody wouldn’t have killed him by now. The bat is a useless tool against a gun and his crew is loaded down with guns.

    • Jake

      Yep, stopped watching it after that episode. Haven’t gone back. The writers suck now. They used to be good.

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      I have watched this since day one and its got two more episodes to get better or it goes in the trash heap with other shows “Lost”, “Revenge”, and “The Americans” that just went on too long and became snooze-fests.

      • Gerry Fisher

        I still remember giving up on “Lost.” “You’re just messin’ with me!!!” 😉

      • Gene

        3 perfect examples.

        the people who never got bored with lost…almost scare me. I know people who cried when it ended and I just DONT get that.

        Revenge got ridiculous….
        the Americans…great…for a while

        • ZhyKitty

          I never got bored with Lost because I never saw the show until after it had ended its run on tv. When I found it, I was in a very low place emotionally (I had just lost my twin), so I just sort of locked myself in my room and didn’t get out of bed much until I’d binged my way through the whole thing.
          I loved the ending.

        • JCF

          Guess I’m scaaaaary then. ;-p [But I didn’t cry at the end of “Lost” either.]

      • Michael R

        I learned my lesson back at ” Twin Peaks “

        • Skip Intro

          Season 2 of “Twin Peaks” was painful, but I found “Fire Walk With Me” to be vastly entertaining.

      • Jeffrey

        Loved Revenge until it lost its way. Shows in America aren’t built to end. With the exception of Breaking Bad, which had a perfect story arc planned for seven seasons and it ended perfectly.

      • Todd

        That’s where I stand too. They’ve broken up the ensemble cast so that each individual character is getting very little screen time. There’s a complete lack of character development, and the whole show has become one big snooze-fest. I figure I’ll watch until the end of this season but if something doesn’t change, I’m done.

      • margaretpoa

        Battlestar Galactica is the best example I can think of for a great show went to shit literally overnight. In fact, they managed to do it to both iterations of Galactica. The Walking Dead isn’t there yet and it can still go either way.

        I came so close to not watching after Rob Kirkman and Scott Gimple told us how awesome it was that they made us wait 7 months to find out who Negan bashed in the head. That first person viewpoint was too much by itself but leaving us in the dark for more than half a year and then telling us how wonderful it was that they did it that way….. Just about made me stop watching. Gimple said “Who doesn’t like a cliffhanger?” and Kirkman chimed in, saying that “all of the comic issues end in cliffhangers”. News flash: You’re addressing a TELEVISION audience, not a COMIC BOOK audience!

        • Do you watch How to Get Away with Murder? Major, major cliffhangers, months of waiting!

    • Gerry Fisher

      Some of the characters are really starting to grate on me. As much as I’d loved her in the past, Carol is annoying to me (though she seems to be headed toward “bad ass” again). The preacher and the nerdy pseudo-scientist drive me nuts, as well. They’re more like symbols rather than characters.

      • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

        I got over my dislike of preacher Gabriel. But it really bugs me that he wears his white preacher collar while he’s on the night watch.

        • joeyj1220

          I’ve said this not only about Fr. Gabriel but about everyone… it’s in the South and its the summer time. Why would ANYONE be wearing jackets, scarfs, long sleeves, and least of all a uniform around your neck (the roman collar Gabriel wears).

          • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

            If out where walkers are, I think wearing heavier clothes would be a good idea, especially like Jesus’ long leather duster. But not within safe confines, like Negan and his leather jacket. The biggest clothing gripe I have is there are no colors or no prints. They all dress in dark neutral colors. And so many women walkers wear long skirts that haven’t been in style since the late 60’s/early 70’s. None of the living women have been seen in those long skirts.

    • Dk6

      My problem is there are too many episodes. I realize it’s AMC’s cash cow, but there are too many filler episodes. It should be a 12-13 episode season and not split into two. it’s not well written/smart enough to be a straight up drama, like Better Call Saul or the like. It needs action and almost shocking things to happen every episode in order to carry the momentum through

      • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

        I know I’m in the minority, but liked the slower, more conversational episodes earlier on, like the one between Daryl and Beth. But we were still getting to know who these characters were at that point and those episodes shed light on that. Now, everyone is a known quantity, well except for Negan. We don’t know anything about who he really is, unless I fell asleep during that exposition.

      • KnownDonorDad

        So the exact opposite problem of Game of Thrones.

    • Goodboy

      That’s actually what got me watching again. Negan is awesome! Very well developed bad character.

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    • Jeffrey

      Never missed an episode. It was our favorite show on TV. Then that one episode, that one scene, killed it for us. No pun intended. The real monsters of the show have always been the humans, but as you say once they lost their humanity there wasn’t anything left to watch. Im sad that happened, but its just TV. Breaking Bad taught a master class in how to show gradual loss in humanity, but by the time that happens they have switched who you are rooting for.

    • Todd

      Negan turned me off to the show too. My husband still watches it so I do something on my phone half listening to the show in the background. I don’t find Negan a compelling bad guy; in fact he actively turns me off. As for the rest of the show, not much seems to happen. I get the sense that the writers don’t know how to create an interesting story if it’s not violent.

    • SnowFlake

      i actually like the Negan character….every show needs a good villain

    • dcurlee

      That first episode of the season was so gruesome I wasn’t sure if I would continue watching. Thank goodness it hasn’t been as bad since. I do have mixed emotions about Negan and how vile he is..”..but for him have me hate him so much is great character acting I’m just wishing something bad happens to him soon

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Kill one of the few, strong Asian characters, especially the way it was done, kill my interest.

    • Strepsi

      I disagree, I found the Governor stuff to be a bit boring, and the stakes are higher this year.

    • margaretpoa

      No doubt the first half of this season was incredibly hard to watch and I seriously came close to doing something else on Sunday evenings. It was just Negan going around being cruel and brutal. I think they may have over established the fact that he’s an asshole.
      The second half has been better and though I love Jeffrey Dean Morgan, I seriously would like to see Negan eaten by Shiva. I know he gets caprured in the comic and blah, blah, blah but heck, turning him into tiger shit would also be cool.

    • JWC

      They say that if an actor can evoke extreme emotions they are damned good actors

    • HappyDance904

      My hubby and I gave up after the mattresses were left burning in a pile along the side of the road.

    • janey

      I can see why they keep running into bad guy and going into vamping mode, but they need to make some progress along the way. It is really boring to put the people in danger and have them up against it time after time with no progress in other areas.

  • Boreal

    Stopped watching after the extreme gore in the season premiere.

    • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

      Isn’t it crazy that they can show such extreme gore involving a beloved character, and not show a single naked butt? They studiously avoid showing any nudity. America is so fucked up.

      • Boreal

        Decapitation and dismemberment is A-OK

        ‘Oh my god two men kissed’ or ‘that woman’s nipple is showing.’ Won’t someone think of the children.

        • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

          They even showed a young boy get eaten alive along with his mother. But no, they can’t show the Governor’s bare ass as he gets out of bed, because children are watching?

    • Scott Carpenter

      I used to DVR the episode Sunday night and watch it first thing Monday morning. After the first episode this season I started watching it … whenever. Sometimes a couple of weeks would stack up before I’d find the time. Now that maybe, finally, someone might use that bat to tap on Negan’s head, I’ve started watching it sooner. He so needs to die screaming.

  • Max_1

    12 boyfriends… One was a cheater.

  • bkmn

    OneMassiveMom will be sending out email alerts in 3..2..1…

  • Blake Jordan

    Too bad the tv version of the character is not as cool as the comic book version…

    But the fact that they did not “de-gay” him is still welcome!

  • spamalot78

    TWD has become an utter snoozefest – and that’s saying a LOT if you’ve made it past season 2. They need to come up with something more than group hunkers down -> group is threatened -> group is splintered after defeating threat -> group is reunited at new place to hunker down -> repeat ad nauseam…

  • kcken

    Watched the first few seasons. I learned that no matter how bad zombies supposedly are, there are always a successive line of humans that far worse. Couldn’t take the gore killings (human vs human) anymore so i stopped watching.

  • HZ81

    I started rooting for the zombies 2 or 3 seasons ago and haven’t looked back, but Jesus is cute—not enough to make me watch again, but…

  • Natty Enquirer

    “Just like in real life.” Except for the eating brains part.

    • Gregory In Seattle

      Well, it IS the Trump administration, so… Oh, you mean “eating brains” on the show.

      • Mikey

        if zombies attacked the White House they’d probably starve to death.

  • SnowFlake

    jesus is sort of cute in a very strange way.

  • pj

    more than his sexuality…… just like in real life.

    thank you

  • dcurlee

    Can I get a hallelujah. He’s hot

  • I haven’t watched the show but it seems they cast an archetypal northern European for Jesus. Is there a reason to do so? Like I said I don’t know anything about the show, I”m just a white guy putting it out there.

    That being said, the above photo is lovely.

    • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

      The character’s actual name is Paul Monroe. His nickname is “Jesus” because he resembles the standard (although as you point out, incorrect) representation of Jesus, with the long brown hair parted in the middle and the brown beard.

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  • bmoore4026

    Million Moms to pop up in five, four, three, two….

  • fuzzybits

    Yay Jesus! I’ve watched since the first episode and sometimes think it’s time to end it. I would miss certain characters though. And Negan is just boring and long winded. He never shuts up.

  • Canadian Observer

    I am a little puzzled at the dislike being expressed for the Negan character and story arc. Frankly I find the character significantly more believable than, say, the calmly rational cannibals is the Terminus story arc. Perhaps the problem is that he is an essentially happy character unlike, for example, the Governor — he is a break from the story telling convention that all evil characters must be intrinsically tortured and miserable. Of course he is a sociopath, but he is a happy sociopath… it is like he has found the (Ayn) Randian utopia (the kind that Paul Ryan or Rand Paul frap off to) that allows him to act out his belief that nothing apart from himself exists… hence his insistence that all the Saviors identify themselves as Negan. I don’t want to get all ham-handed with the political analogies, but picture Trump if he wasn’t so totally insecure and on constant alert for slights…

  • Blackfork

    And where are the packs of wild dogs and other gruesome animals that undoubtedly would roam around looking for meals? Plagues of rats and mice? And why are there no episodes that take place in the winter? You’re in Virginia now for goddess’ sake–snow? ice? Seems to me the dead frozen days of winter would be a great time to go out and kill some super-frozen, slow walkers….

    • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

      I wish they’d do at least a couple of snowy episodes. It would sure be a nice change from the last 7 seasons.

  • Maggie 4NoH8

    Oh my… this is gonna do poor Monica Cole in! She better make this a 2 xanax afternoon.

  • Skip Intro
  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    “I want Jesus to be a character where his sexuality is as unimportant as Rick or other heterosexual characters”

    That’s a quote from the creator of The Walking Dead. I wonder what would make it “important”? We’ve had hetero sex scenes, or post sex scenes, with Andrea/Shane, Andrea/Governor, Rick/Lori, Rick/Michonne, Lori/Shane, Glenn/Maggie, Abraham/Rosita, Rick/Jessie kissing. The relationships with all the afore mentioned characters have driven a large portion of the plot, so they were pretty important. So if the creators want to treat Jesus equally, not importantly, then they should give him a relationship and sex scenes, no?

  • Joseph Mora

    Thought show was about zombies, boring! I gave up like 5 seasons ago, and recentlly read that the ratings are in a 4 year low.

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