‘Walking Dead’ Star Gets Candid About His Exit: “It Was Constant Frustration”
In the case of The Walking Dead The midseason finale of The Walking Dead concluded with a big shock for both comic book fans and show-only viewers: the death of Jesus (Tom Payne), a fan-favorite character who is still alive and well in the comics by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. The Whisperers, the newest antagonists in the AMC zombie universe, are responsible for Jesus’ death in season nine. The Whisperers disguise themselves as zombies by wearing refurbished skin suits. As shown in the comics that served as the inspiration for the television series, Jesus comes face to face with the Whisperers on several occasions and survives each battle, including beating the community’s most lethal member in a two on one do-or-die brawl.
Given his character’s tragic death, it’s understandable that series regular actor Jeffrey Payne would be saddened by his decision to leave The Walking Dead.
After years of being dissatisfied with the direction his character was taking, Payne, who has been with the show since season six (and a regular since season seven), expressed his desire to depart in a candid interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
In Payne’s opinion, the character’s final stand was far closer to his vision for Jesus all along, making it a note he’s more than delighted to end his career on.
- “But I’m thrilled.” What was the process of putting Payne’s Walking Dead departure together?
- As you’ll see in the video above, Payne is excited about all of this and more, including the romance with Aaron (Ross Marquand) that never happened, what it was like filming his final episode with Norman Reedus and Josh McDermitt, and many other topics.
- I’m looking forward to everyone seeing it.
- For me, the program has always been about expressing myself.
- They provided me with a fantastic conclusion, and I am grateful for it.
- They were well aware that I would not be unhappy if they were to fire me.
- I was quite dissatisfied with what the main character had been up to.
In the course of the struggle with the Saviors, the only individual with whom he came into contact was a man who was on his side.
He catches a grenade and throws it back at the attacker.
And he wasn’t put to any use at all.
I was prepared and eager to get started.
Their understanding was reciprocal, and they were certain I would be okay with it.
When the phone call came in, Angela was taken aback by how calm I was about the situation.
Andy and Lauren’s agreements had already been worked up previously, so this was the first time they were being discussed.
It would have taken a large number of people or a complete surprise for him to be killed, which is exactly what happened in the end.
No one is safe, and that is exactly what the program is about.
It was a mutually beneficial arrangement, and I was overjoyed with the outcome.
I couldn’t stop thinking, “This issofun.” “This is exactly what I had hoped to be doing!” I had the sensation that Jesus was experiencing.
It’s possible that it cost him his life in the end!
The entire event was a fantastic narrative in and of itself.
This is what the show is all about, and I just wanted to be a part of it in some way.
I ended up being quite fortunate in the end.
It’s a watershed point in the show’s development.
That was the primary cause for my dissatisfaction with episodes seven and eight.
It was a lot of fun.
I believe it is unjust to the audience to tease the viewers with Aaron and Jesus’s relationship in this way.
I’m glad they went ahead and did it.
If I just had that episode and then had to return to the Hilltop, would it be worth it?
You’ve already said that you didn’t want to see Aaron and Jesus in a romantic connection, as they are shown in the comic books.
I appreciated that they had a connection, but I didn’t believe that they needed to pursue a more formal relationship in the future.
“They should get together!” says the author.
That’s something I could imagine occurring.
That’s something I’m not sure of.
It was pleasant to have them converse since their sensitivities were similar to mine.
The Walking Dead’s Jesus is not only a beloved figure, but he’s also a beloved LGBT character in popular culture.
To be a part of that group and to provide exposure as a homosexual character on one of the most popular television programs in history has been an incredible experience.
However, I was unhappy that it wasn’t there in greater quantities.
During season seven, there was just one scene with Lauren.
However, there are still some individuals who are unaware that Jesus was gay.
However, even if you’ve lost Jesus, you still have Aaron and Tara (Alanna Masterson), and now Magna (Nadia Hilker) and Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura), so there’s still representation on the program.
It’s a pity, though.
They could have earned a lot more money out of it.
That was something I was really looking forward to playing.
Other storylines, it seems, take precedence over this one.
As a result of the time shift, there are several potential storylines involving Jesus that audiences have yet to witness.
Sticking in the background or showing up merely for the purpose of showing up are not something I am interested in doing or being around for.
If the material is strong, I would be interested in learning more about it.
People had varying opinions regarding leaving the concert, and I was quite pleased with that!
While it was frustrating at times, I was glad that we were able to communicate this wonderful narrative via the play we were doing.
It’s exactly what I want to achieve in my professional life, and to be allowed to do so on this show.
I’m really grateful to Angela for putting me in this situation.
I adored the main character.
Nonetheless, there was a lot of promise in the character that was never fully realized.
I wasn’t sad to say goodbye to the irritation that had plagued me.
I’d been in training for two years at that point.
There was just a great deal of untapped potential.
It was fantastic when we were able to demonstrate what he was capable of doing this year.
(Laughs.) It’s just a normal aspect of being a member of a long-running series.
You’re always on the verge of jumping out of your seat, squeezing your hands together in the hopes that something exciting may appear.
The prospect of working on something that has a beginning, middle, and finish excites me because it will allow me to clearly see the character in front of me.
I was delighted to have a fantastic start, a fantastic scene with Lennie, and then a very fantastic conclusion.
That’s plenty for me. I’m glad it came to a satisfying conclusion in a lighthearted manner that had a significant influence on the plot. But, at the same time, I’m ready to move on from this situation. THR.com/WalkingDead.
Walking Dead Actor Was “Kind of Bored and Unhappy” Before That Big Death
This post includes spoilers for the midseason finale of The Walking Dead (season 9). While Jesus may have met his end on AMC’s The Walking Dead, don’t weep any tears for actor Tom Payne. Even though he had been a touch tired with his character’s plot over his three seasons on the program, the actor was really rather delighted with the hero’s death that his character earned after three seasons. Meanwhile, showrunnerAngela Kang went with a tried-and-true excuse for why yet another character had to be killed off this season—despite the fact that Jesus is still alive in the comic books.
- There should be enough of difficulties for the group to contend with when the series returns in 2019.
- However, because Jesus is still alive in the Walking Deadcomics and looked to be on his way to a relationship with Aaron right before he died, some fans may have been reluctant to let him go.
- “I had sort of reached a moment in the show where I was a little bit in stasis, and I was like, ‘Well, you know, I have to do something with my character, else I’m cool with getting killed off,'” Payne admitted in a startlingly honest interview with Entertainment Weekly.
- “Let’s do something, let’s murder some people, let’s kill myself, I don’t care,” he declared, implying that he intended to spice things up.
- “It was a shock when Carl died last year, but I expected a lot of people to die in the fight against the Saviors and just a few did,” the actor continued.
- Let’s embody the essence of this show.’ And I’m delighted to have been a part of it this season.
- “I’m pleased with it.” Payne said that he was dissatisfied with the program in the months leading up to his character’s death, citing, in particular, the ways in which his character’s depiction diverged between the original comics and the series.
- A significant amount of such content was never seen on the screen.
But I’m pleased that, in the end, we were able to include everything, and that’s satisfactory.” According to Payne, “you know, usually speaking, you’re satisfied on the program if you get one nice thing to do,” and “I’ve got a pretty cool beginning and an even better finale, and that’s enough for me,” he continued.
(For what it’s worth, though, he’s very certain that at least one of those characters ended up with another during the show’s six-year time leap).
This is what Angela Kang had to say: “For a program that deals with problems of life and death, as well as individuals who have heroic and surprise ends, it’s difficult because practically everyone you murder on our show or write out is going to be a member of some underrepresented group on television.” I hope the rest of television will follow suit.
We just seem to attract a lot of attention as a result of it.”
Here’s Why Tom Payne Asked To Be Killed Off On The Walking Dead
AMC After a lengthy and difficult run, AMC’s long-running zombie dramaThe Walking Deadwill air its last episode, bringing an end to one of the most tumultuous runs in the history of cable television, with the once-dominant show now boasting a much diminished fanbase. The show will depart the airways with a cast that is nearly totally different from the one that debuted on the air, with the exception of a pair of original cast members –Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride– who are still navigating the post-apocalyptic environment.
- Both of these factors were present in the instance of Tom Payne’s character, Jesus (sort of).
- “I’d even mentioned it last season, saying, ‘I mean, ’cause we’re having a battle, you know, and people aren’t dying,’ and it was met with laughter.
- If you want to murder me, I don’t care.
- “And then I was simply frightened — not worried — nervous about what was about to happen.
- And because Jesus is the most proficient combatant on the planet, it needs to be an organized attack on him or something he can’t stop himself from doing, else it wouldn’t be Jesus doing something.”
Tom Payne is quite happy with how Jesus departed The Walking Dead
To AMC’s credit, Tom Payne accepted the offer and expressed delight at the prospect of exiting The Walking Dead in such great style, as well as in service of progressing the plot by introducing the evil Whisperers through a kick ass combat sequence. “However, the manner in which it occurred, I believe, was quite interesting. I was saying it with the understanding that I would be fine with it. The narrative is everything to me, and if the story is excellent and they tell it the proper manner, I don’t care how they tell the tale.
As a result, I’m quite pleased.
The middle was a letdown, but the conclusion was fantastic, and I’m quite pleased with it overall.” Given that death does not usually spell the end of a character in The Walking Dead, many fans questioned if we will see Jesus return at some point in the series’ future.
“The Walking Dead world does not allow for the return of any characters, although there is always the chance of anyone returning.
The Walking Dead’s Season 11 Negan Kill Recreates Jesus’ Death
The Whisperer’s techniques are being used by Negan in Season 11 of The Walking Dead, according to the show. This one method is reminiscent of Jesus’ crucifixion in season 9. There are SPOILERS for The Walking Deadseason 11 part 1 finale in the next paragraphs. Survivors learn a few tricks from the Whisperers in the Walking Deadpart 1 finale, but one Negan kill is disturbingly similar to Jesus’ death in Season 9: The Walking Dead. Because of Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) ability to demonstrate what he learned from his time with the Whisperers, he and his friends Maggie, Elijah, and Gabriel are preparing to retrieve what Pope stole from Meridian with their own walker army.
- No one can disagree that Alpha wasn’t a particularly nice lady, but there’s no doubting that her Whisperer techniques were incredibly effective.
- This deft warfare strategy is what brought Jesus (Tom Payne) to a premature end in the first place.
- This proves to be fatal for Jesus.
- Negan’s murder at the start of The Walking Deadseason 11 episode 8, “For Blood,” is eerily similar to the method used to assassinate Jesus on the cross.
- This time, though, the assault is precise: Negan deflects Wells’ punch and then delivers one of his own before disappearing into the camouflage of the throng once again, leaving Wells bewildered and confused.
- Using the same techniques as the one that killed Jesus, this trick takes advantage of the victim’s surprise with an unexpected sidestep and a rapid stab.
- This death serves as physical evidence that Negan learned a great deal from Alpha and the Whisperers during his brief association with them.
Negan’s time with the gang has proven to be beneficial in a variety of ways, including allowing him to murder Alpha.
Despite the fact that the Whisperers have been disbanded, their techniques are given new life by Negan and the surviving members of the group.
They will almost certainly never agree on anything, especially after Negan’s admission in the previous episode, but this kill demonstrates that they can be lethal when working together in a group setting.
Negan and Maggie have the potential to become one of the most formidable duos that The Walking Deadhas to offer if they can work together.
The Walking Dead season 11 part 2 premieres on AMC on February 20, 2022, with AMC+ getting a week ahead of the rest of the world.
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Walking Dead Midseason Finale: [Spoiler]’s Death & NEW Villains Explained
Despite the fact that they’ve been hinted throughout the course of the last several episodes, the Whisperers make their formal debut in The Walking Deadseason 9 midseason finale. Moreover, while viewers have already heard them whispering amongst themselves when Eugene and Rosita attempted to flee the herd of walkers, it is not until one of the Whisperers murders Jesus in the cemetery that they hear them as people for the first time. Due of the fact that he was whispering, the Whisperer said to Jesus, “You are in an area where you do not belong.” It seems unusual to speak into someone’s ear before killing them, but fans of The Walking Dead have seen crazier things – both in comic books and on television – before.
In issue 134 of The Walking Dead, Jesus overhears one of the Whisperers talk and is immediately perplexed as to what they are.
and you find yourself in a situation where you do not belong.” In the end, Jesus kills everyone except for one person – Lydia, who will appear in The Walking Deadseason 9 in 2019.
They are an extremely savage bunch of people, although they do not fight others until they are provoked or if another group of people enters their territory – in this case, Eugene and Rosita, and then later Aaron, Daryl, and Jesus – in which case they attack them.
What Happens When Walking Dead Season 9 Returns
That anything may happen on The Walking Dead is something that fans have come to understand over the course of the series’ run. Looking at the comics, though, there are a variety of events that may take place in order to move the tale ahead and fully integrate the Whisperers into The Walking Dead. Because the surviving survivors are encircled by gravestones in the cemetery, it is likely that they will be captured and held hostage. In the season 9 midseason premiere teaser, it appears like they are able to make it out of the cemetery unharmed, which is encouraging.
This article is related:The Walking Dead: What the “X” Scars Could Mean Considering that Alpha, the leader of the Whisperers, is set to emerge later in season 9, it appears like The Walking Dead is at least headed in the same direction as the comic series.
Of course, things may not play out exactly as they did in the comics (which seems to be the case rather frequently, in fact), but the source material serves as at the very least a guideline for the The Walking Dead television program to follow.
Exactly what Negan does next is still up in the air; but, based on what has transpired in the comics thus far, it is reasonable to assume that his next movements will take him closer to the Whisperers.
Given that he has made some headway towards redemption in the The Walking Dead television program, there is always the possibility that he may join Alexandria in their fight against the Whisperers. It is a tiny probability, to be sure, but it is a possibility.
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A Killed-Off ‘Walking Dead’ Character Will Return In Season 9B This Winter
What is dead may never be resurrected? While this isn’t true for all zombies on The Walking Dead, it is true for at least one recently-deceased character who will be returning to the show in some way, despite his recent death on the program. There will be spoilers below. Tom Payne’s Jesus was killed by a Whisperer during the enemy group’s epic reveal in the season 9A midseason finale as he attempted to slash something he believed to be a walker, but instead it was a person dressed in walker skin whododged the sword and knifed him in the back, according to the show’s official website.
However, he intends to return.
“There’s a six-year time jump in which a lot of stuff occurred, and there’s those strange markings on Michonne and Daryl,” Payne explained.
In addition, Jesus may have a hand in some of these events, according to the researcher.
Michonne also discusses how she was forced to make a difficult, unpopular decision in order to rescue everyone, which resulted in a division in the community as well as a rift with Maggie, despite the fact that they appeared to be getting along well when we last saw them during the Rick period.
- Despite the fact that we don’t know precisely when she departed to travel with Georgie, it appears that she was very much required to be present throughout “the terrible days,” whatever those may have been.
- As previously stated, Payne was very vocal about his dissatisfaction with the direction his character was taking.
- I’m curious how The Walking Dead will handle this flashback, because six years is a long time, and whatever struggle this was appears to have been rather substantial, so can it really be condensed into a handful of scenes or a single 40-minute “flashback” episode?
- This season’s first half did not have a single genuinely “poor” episode, which is something I don’t believe I’ve ever seen before on the show.
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The Walking Dead: Looks Like Tom Payne’s Glad TWD Killed Jesus
To say that it’s a hectic moment in the world of The Walking Dead would be a generous and modest assessment. Angela Kang, showrunner/executive producer, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and the rest of the cast and crew are back in the studio recording the six “extra” episodes that will bridge the 10th and 11th seasons, which are slated to air in early 2021, according to Deadline. Following that, the main series will enter its eleventh and final season, which will consist of 24 episodes.
- As a result of the show’s conclusion, viewers will be treated to a Carol (Melissa McBride)-Daryl (Reedus) spinoff, spearheaded by Kang, as well asTales of the Walking Dead, an anthology series created by Scott M.
- Season 9, Episode 2 of The Walking Dead features Tom Payne as Paul “Jesus” Rovia.
- His portrayal of Jesus was a popular one, and his death served as the sadly official beginning of “The Whisperer War,” as well as a source of anxiety for many of his followers.
- On TWD, when Payne was mentioned in a tweet by someone who stated that they were relieved that Jesus had been slain, Payne reposted the original message with the remark, “So was I!” along with an emoji that appeared to be laughing hysterically.
- What do you think about that?
After that, have a look back at the following excerpt from the preview and mini-trailer for the upcoming episode of Fear the Walking Dead, titled “Honey”: This is an example of how to use frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer” allowfullscreen=”1″ loading=”lazy” src=”autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” In “Honey,” the fifth episode of Fear the Walking Dead season 6, Dwight and Sherry are determined to bring Ginny to justice.
- Morgan, however, stands in their way.
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- In the aftermath of being ripped apart by Virginia (Colby Minifie) and her Pioneers and scattered among her vast towns, the group has now been separated.
- Individuals in Virginia’s communities may find stability and opportunity appealing, while others will succumb to despair, and yet others will rise up and fight back against what has been foisted upon them by the state.
- Photograph courtesy of Ryan Green/ AMCAMC’s Stars of Fear the Walking Dead Lennie Jamesas is an American singer-songwriter.
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- Dany Garcaas Luciana Galvez and Garrett Dillahuntas are two of the most talented actors in the world.
- Sarah Rabinowitz, Colby Hollmanas Wes, and Zoe Collettias Dakota are among the cast members.
- The Walking Dead has a fantastic page divider that all of the cool kids are clamoring for.
- As you’re going to see in this sneak preview and mini-promo for this Sunday’s The Walking Dead: World Beyond, the stranger makes an offer that Iris (Aliyah Royale) and the rest of the group can’t seem to turn down despite their circumstances.
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- Some will rise to the level of heroes.
- All of them, though, will eventually discover the facts they seek.
- Gimple and Matt Negrete that stars Alexa Mansour as Hope, Nicolas Cantu as Elton, Hal Cumpston as Silas, Aliyah Royale as Iris, Annet Mahendru as Huck, Nico Tortorella as Felix, and Julia Ormond as Elizabeth.
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The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 8 Recap: Jesus Dies as the Whisperers Arrive
It wouldn’t be a Walking Dead midseason finale without the death of a major character, and Season 9 was no exception to that rule. After Jesus was fatally stabbed in “Evolution,” Tom Payne joined the ranks of characters such as Chandler Riggs, Austin Nichols, Tovah Feldshu and others in the Episode 8 death club (a designation I made up). His death was crucial to the season’s main narrative, since his death brought up the disclosure that the allegedly “advanced” walkers who have been communicating and hunting for the previous few episodes are not walkers at all but are rather live individuals wearing walker skin.
- With Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Aaron (Ross Marquand), Jesus was part of a search party that was looking for Eugene (Josh McDermitt), who was hiding in a barn because his dislocated knee was too injured to attempt to run with Rosita (Christian Serratos).
- Even though the other guys were skeptics, Eugene presented a compelling case for the walkers’ evolving nature.
- And, because it isn’t precisely dead, it has the potential to evolve.
- Despite the fact that this theory would be disproven by the end of the episode, it is an interesting one to consider!
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- A spooky, foggy cemetery was their final destination, and they became stranded there because they couldn’t open the gate and Eugene was too injured to climb over the fence.
- Magna-ficent timing, you could say, if you were a bad person.
As Jesus was turning back to help Eugene, the last walker in his immediate vicinity dodged when Jesus swung his sword at it, quickly got behind him, produced a long knife, and jammed it up through the opening in Jesus’ armor to his heart.
“You are in a place where you do not belong,” the Whisperer said in hushed tones before dropping Jesus and standing there looking like Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Daryl noticed a seam on the back of the man who killed Jesus’ head and cut it open, revealing a freshly-killed man beneath a mask of skin he had previously removed.
As the episode came to a close, they were trapped in the cemetery, surrounded by Whisperers who were psyching them out by telling them to “keep them together.” As effective an action-horror scene as The Walking Dead has ever produced, that final sequence was a highlight of the season.
It was a fantastic conclusion to the best half-season of The Walking Dead since at least Season 6 and possibly even Season 5 of the show.
As long as the writing remains passable and does not devolve into the tedious speechifying of previous showrunnerScott Gimple, she should be able to sell it.
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The Walking Dead: Let’s Have a Chat About That Unexpected Midseason Finale Twist
Warning: This section contains spoilers for the most recent episode of The Walking Dead. At the very least, we can always bank on The Walking Dead to surprise us with something fresh season after season! After Andrew Lincoln’s departure, the six-year time leap, and the appearance of Rick Grimes Jr., the midseason finale on Sunday is likely to knock you off your feet even more than those previous surprises. It was a completely unexpected turn of events that brought the season to a close with the death of Paul “Jesus” Rovia, who had been a fan favorite since his arrival in season six.
- They made their initial “appearance” in episode seven, following Rosita and Eugene into a ravine and tricking them into believing that zombies were getting the capacity to communicate.
- Just as the gang is about to make it safely out of the walker-infested cemetery, one of the disguised Whisperers grabs Jesus and stabs him in the back, killing him instantly.
- A terrible blow for the gang, especially when they realize that they have been encircled by the remaining Whisperers, and the episode finishes with us wondering whether we will lose another fan favorite before the season’s nine episodes are completed.
- His death is yet another significant departure from the comics, though we should by now be accustomed to it (RIP Carl).
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the former series regular admitted that he had become dissatisfied with the path his character had taken over the previous several years and that he was relieved that Jesus’s final stand was more in accordance with the character’s position in the comics.
He’s the most capable member in the entire gang, without a doubt!
It’s an incredible show, and I feel really privileged to have been a part of it, but being the same character for so long without having anything interesting to do may be a little irritating.” Now that Jesus’s trip on the TWD has come to an end, the people of the established villages will have to face the Whisperers without the benefit of his war experience.
We have no idea how the tale will unfold, given how far the program has strayed from canon, but something tells us that there is a long way to go before the looming battle is brought to a close. Image courtesy of AMC
‘They knew I was a bit unhappy’: ‘The Walking Dead’ star says he was frustrated and bored with his role on the show
Precaution: This section contains spoilers for the most recent episode of The Walking Dead! At the very least, we can always rely on The Walking Dead to surprise us with something fresh season after season. After Andrew Lincoln’s departure, the six-year time leap, and the appearance of Rick Grimes Jr., the midseason finale on Sunday is going to knock you off your feet even more than those events. Paul “Jesus” Rovia, who had been a fan favorite since his entrance on the show in season six, died at the end of the season in a shocking twist of circumstances.
- The lethal gang of survivors made their initial “appearance” in episode seven, pursuing Rosita and Eugene down a ravine and tricking them into believing that walkers were acquiring the capacity to communicate with their victims.
- Before the gang has a chance to safely exit the walker-infested cemetery, one of the Whisperers, dressed in a gravedigger’s garb, snatches Jesus and stabs him to death.
- A terrible blow for the gang, especially when they realize that they have been encircled by the remaining Whisperers, and the episode finishes with us wondering whether we will lose another fan favorite before the season’s nine episodes are over.
- His death is yet another significant departure from the comics, though we should be accustomed to it at this point, to be honest with ourselves (RIP Carl).
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the former series regular confessed that he had become dissatisfied with the way his character had taken over the previous several years and that he was pleased that Jesus’s final stand was more in accordance with the character’s position in the comics.
He’s the most capable member in the entire group, without a question!
It’s an incredible program, and I feel really privileged to have been a part of it, but being the same character for so long without having anything interesting to do may be a little tedious.” Now that Jesus’s trip on the TWD has come to an end, the people of the established towns will have to combat the Whisperers without the benefit of his warfare skills.
Due to the show’s significant departure from canon, we have no idea how the tale will unfold, but something tells us that there is a long way to go before the looming battle is brought to a close. AMC provided the image.
Payne had a request for the way his character went out on the show.
He wanted his exit from the program to be as memorable as possible if he was going to leave. Gene Page and the American Medical Center What Payne requested for Jesus’ exit from the program was “simply to make it extremely awesome because he’s a difficult guy,” Payne said of his request for the character’s departure. In order for him to walk out, it needs to be done in an extremely harsh way with a lot of people, or it has to be a complete surprise, which is exactly what happened.” And he died in a dignified manner.
- “It was actually really good,” Payne recalled of how his death scene played out.
- With this weapon, everything is so simple for him.
- Gene Page and the American Medical Center “Overall, I was rather pleased with the outcome,” he continued.
- I’d much prefer be in that position than continue to reside on the Hilltop for another few years.” Payne couldn’t express how thrilled he was to finally be off the Hilltop and able to participate in a sequence with the other participants in the race.
- “After three years on the program, I worked with a lot of different individuals at first, but then, while I really enjoyed working with Lauren, Xander, Katelyn, and Sonequa, that was pretty much it in terms of collaborations.
- So, for me, it’s just the opportunity to collaborate with Josh, Ross, and Norman on projects.
A mutual decision to leave the show
On season eight of “The Walking Dead,” Tom Payne appeared in a scene that he described as “very good” and in which he played Lennie James. Gene Page and the American Medical Center Payne received his phone call from Kang late in the summer, but conversations regarding his departure had taken place much earlier. “It’s something that we started talking about at the beginning of the year and have continued to do so. The decision on which character to write out is influenced by a variety of variables, including the following: “Angela Kang, the showrunner, spoke with INSIDER.
Besides Rick and Carl Grimes, who are widely considered to be the program’s primary protagonists, there are two additional actors who have been written out of the show recently.
It’s a harsh and terrifying bunch of people.
Accordingly, there is a death in the comic book as a result of this, and so we knew that there would have to be some type of epic battle that led up to it, and we also knew that whomever ended up dying, their life should have mattered a great deal, and their death has an impact.
Gene Page and the American Medical Center After mentioning what Jesus’ life meant to other characters on the series, Kang continued, “Jesus was somebody who truly carried a torch of togetherness and unity for our people at a time when they may be more divided than they have ever been before.” “This is something that really contributes to the overall feel of the season.
- He emphasized that the choice was a joint one between him and the program.
- They were aware of my dissatisfaction, and I had stated, ‘I don’t give a damn what happens.’ All that remains is for us to murder a few more individuals.
- “Because there are so many characters on the program, it’s tough for everyone to find their own area, which I entirely understand.
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Concerns over backlash from fans
When a major character on a television program gets killed off, there is always a risk that there would be some type of backlash from the audience, especially if the character is homosexual. Numerous opinion articles have been published on how TV writers have killed off powerful LGBT characters on their programs. Despite the fact that Jesus is no longer on the program, there are still four prominent characters who are gay: Aaron, Tara, Magna, and Yumiko, who were just introduced. “Characters die on this program, and that is part of the appeal of it.
- Our title states that we do not take death lightly, and we do not regard them as if they are a casualty “Kang said himself.
- Some organizations are more outspoken than others.
- “This will, without a doubt, come as a huge disappointment to comic-book readers who are fans of the figure of Jesus.
- Rick continues to be the main character in the comics, and we had to write off Andrew Lincoln for the year.” Kang went on to say more.
- Our writers’ room has a tremendous amount of variety.
It is our goal to simply demonstrate that there is a diversity of individuals on television, just as there is in the real world, and we are happy of the way that diversity is represented on screen.” You can’t argue with the fact that “The Walking Dead” has always featured a diverse cast of characters from a range of various social backgrounds.
- Fans, on the other hand, he feels, will be outraged for a different reason.
- “To be really honest, I believe there would be a bit more of a backlash if anything like that happened.
- He specifically recalled a conversation he had with Negan during the fight against the Saviors.
- Jesus is engaged in a second battle with Negan “Payne was used as an example.
- At the conclusion of that season, I was a little dejected and disappointed.
- It’s a sequence that Payne wished had taken place on the big screen.
- After years of friendship, the two main characters in the comics have a romantic involvement with one another.
Is it true that they are or aren’t?
Gene Page and the American Medical Center “I understand,” Payne said when asked about the ambiguity around the Aaron and Jesus interaction.
Because we have the season premiere this year, but it was like seven years ago at this point.
And then, yes, we had these two episodes that are currently airing.
I thought that was a great little tribute to the comics and the possibility of a link between them.” Regarding those seeking for a confirmation on the couple’s relationship status, Payne and Kang both acknowledged that the two were simply incredibly good friends.
To see more of Jesus and Aaron, you’ll have to stick with the comic books. More information may be found at: Tom Payne claims that there was an extra sequence of him with a boyfriend that was deleted from the show.
Payne is keeping his long hair, for now
Recognize the truth. With his long hair, Payne is a sight to behold. Gene Page and the American Medical Center When Payne is no longer a part of the program, what will happen to his long locks that he grew out for the role of Jesus? If you’re concerned, Payne assures you that they will remain, at least for the time being. When Payne started laughing, he remarked, “That’s the thing.” “After two and a half years, and because there aren’t many male actors with long hair, I’m planning to maintain it because it could provide me an advantage in certain roles in the future.
For the time being, I’ll leave things alone.” Of course, anything is possible in the future.
Tom Payne revealed that he has been growing his hair out for more than two years in preparation for his part as Jesus.
“They were quite courteous to me and provided me with a fantastic conclusion.
“Because of this, even though I didn’t have much to do in the middle of the show, other from that battle with Lennie, which was fantastic, I had these two moments in the show to look back on.