Well here’s a shocker to start your Monday off, The Walking Dead Mid-Season Finale killed off a main character and you might not have realized it from the end of the episode.
Yup, Jesus is dead. After showing some badass swordplay against a herd of Walkers, the Hilltop leader fell to the blade of one of the series new villains, The Whisperers. Jesus (portrayed by Tom Payne.) had become a fan favorite among the new characters recently introduced.
In a chat with THR following the episode’s premiere last night, Payne revealed that he wasn’t sad to leave the show. In fact, he had long been unhappy about the handling of Jesus.
“I know people will be disappointed and shocked,” Payne told the site. “But I’m happy. I’ve been bummed for the last two years, that the character hasn’t gotten as much cool stuff as he has in the comic books. They gave me a really cool ending, and I’m happy with that.”
He continued, “They were aware I wouldn’t be unhappy if they got rid of me. I expressed unhappiness last season. I was very frustrated with what the character had been doing. He arrived in a very cool way, and then he floundered at the Hilltop. During the war with the Saviors, the only person he had a fight with was a man who was on his side (Morgan). In the comics, he has this massive fight with Negan. He catches a grenade, and throws it back [at his enemies]. He’s the most capable member of the entire group! And he wasn’t used at all [on the show]. In the background, I was training every single week. I was ready and raring to go. You can’t help but feel a little bit despondent when you’re not released to do some cool stuff. It was mutual and they knew I would be OK with it.”
“It’s an amazing show and I was so honored to be a part of it, but at the same time, being the same character without anything fun to do is a bit frustrating.”
The Walking Dead will return with the second half of Season Nine Sunday, February 10 on AMC.