Unlike other comic book shows that can draw upon decades of stories in print, The Walking Dead is unique in that the universe which Robert Kirkman built only exists in one title, allowing readers to easily keep track of Rick's post-apocalyptic world.
As a result of this, AMC's #TheWalkingDead faces a more tricky challenge than the likes of Arrow or The Flash; If the show sticks too close to the source material, then there are no more surprises for those who read the comic, but if they stray too far, then fans will be outraged.
While the majority of viewers kept a close eye on the comics this year to determine who would die at the hands of Negan, the most important question of course was whether the show would remain faithful to the source material and portray Jesus as gay. Well, maybe not the most important question, but we sure were curious.
After all, Jesus engaged in a complicated relationship with Hilltop doctor Alex in the comics, but since his TV debut in Season 6, the character otherwise known as Paul Rovia hasn't revealed his sexuality.
However, those who have been shipping Jesus and Sasha in recent episodes may be disappointed to discover that the two aren't likely to share communion any time soon. That is, if Tom Payne's latest interview is anything to go by.
Speaking to The Huffington Post, the actor who plays Jesus has revealed his thoughts on seeing this aspect of his character come to life on the small screen, stating:
“I think that would be amazing.”
Looks like our prayers have been answered!
As if that wasn't enough reason to shout hallelujah, Payne also shared his views on why this development would be integral to the character of Jesus in the show;
“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.”
Salvation is at hand, Jesus fans.
Reacquaint yourself with Tom Payne in his debut on The Walking Dead:
The only issue of course is that no time frame has been given yet regarding the future of Jesus on the show. Season 7 has been even slower to develop characters than normal as each episode shifts between various groups of survivors, so it may be a while before Payne's character explores his sexuality on The Walking Dead, particularly with more pressing concerns looming close by, such as Negan and his penchant for skull smashing.
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Some may also question why the sexuality of Jesus should even be a priority on an apocalyptic show overrun by zombies and this is true to an extent. After all, in the past, The Walking Dead has always incorporated diversity naturally into the show's story lines, rather than turning them into central narrative arcs. It's likely that the show will continue in this trend by just casually revealing that Payne's character is gay later down the line. This way, The Walking Dead can stay true to the comics while also normalising Jesus as a likeable, well-rounded character who just so happens to be gay.
Amen to that.
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[Source — The Huffington Post]