The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that a new character is coming to The Walking Dead season 6. He is none other than Paul “Jesus” Monroe, well-known in the comics version of the zombie apocalypse franchise. Jesus will be played by actor Tom Payne, known in the HBO series “Luck.”
The news first spread after an onset photo was leaked, but at that time, the actor who would be playing Jesus was not yet known. ET, which was first to get the exclusive photos, described the new addition as a “gay, zombie-killing character.”
Jesus is an expert fighter who first appeared on the 91st issue of the comics. He is seen as a connection between the Alexandrians and the other communities.
It was a while when Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman talked about adding Jesus in the TV series. “When it comes to characters like the Governor, Michonne, Abraham, and others like Jesus and Negan who are fan-favorite characters in the comics, it’s always a challenge to get it right because it’s those characters — much like Rick Grimes in the beginning — that fans already have a sense of and expectations for.”
Another possible new character in the show is Negan. Fans were quick to point out the possibility via a casting call for a character named “Orin.” The casting call, which was posted on Facebook, was looking for someone in his 30s to mid-40s. “A physically imposing, charismatic, brutal, smart, ferocious, frightening, hilarious, inappropriate, oddly friendly, fun loving sociopath that is both a leader of men and a killer of men.”
The sixth season of “The Walking Dead” will premiere on October 11 on AMC.