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The Walking Dead casts key comic book character known as Jesus

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Jesus is coming to The Walking Dead. British actor Tom Payne — best known to U.S. audiences for his role on HBO’s Luck — will be joining the show later in season 6 as comic book favorite Paul Monroe, also known as Jesus.

A master of hand-to-hand combat, Jesus arrives in issue 91 of the comic and connects the Alexandrians to other communities — like the Hilltop — that trade services and goods for the betterment of all. But this connection also draws Alexandria into conflict with the most infamous villain in Walking Dead history — Negan.

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Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman recently discussed the possibility of adding Jesus to the show. “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. So we’re always careful, and I feel like we’ve done a really good job servicing those fan expectations. Hopefully that trend will continue… if the characters you mention are to appear soon.”

Well, now that The Hollywood Reporter has broken the news, it seems at least one of those characters (shown below) will be appearing sooner rather than later.

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