It looks like AMC has casted Tom Payne for the upcoming season in The Walking Dead as a possible recurring role and if you don’t want to be spoiled about who is character is and what it could possibly mean for the show, don’t read ahead, you’ve been warned.
THR reports that Payne will play Paul Monroe, aka Jesus. In the comics, Rick and the group come across Jesus around the same time they take settlement in Alexandria. Jesus is a character that resides In a fortified neighborhood called Hilltop Colony, his character is described as the following: “a rare logical man and skilled adviser with a strong sense of morals and values who is well-adapted to the new world.” He does serve a huge role in moving forward with the story and would possibly mean we will be getting the nastiest, baddest villain we’ve seen so far…. Negan.
Here’s what showrunner Scott Gimple had to say about the following arc in the upcoming season.
“There’s a particular story in that arc that I’m very excited for. But because we know where we’re going, we have some opportunities to play around with it and put some things in that will lead up to [Negan and Alexandria] in different ways yet fulfill the story Robert [Kirkman] told to the Nth degree by utilizing some slightly different approaches. Lineups and timelines and the whole 9 yards.”
So Negan is not a matter if her will show up more then when he will, and he will show up in a big way. For those of you who don’t know who Negan is, he is the leader of the saviors, his own group of followers and is one of the most notorious in the comics ( POSSIBLE SPOILERS). In the comics the first time we meet Negan he bashes in Glenn’s Skull with a baseball bat infront of everyone, and does other nasty things from killing off characters to throwing a grenade into Alexandria to get Rick’s attention, he’s a real nasty guy.
Andrew Lincoln who plays Rick talked about the arrival of the villain and how it sets the stage for the upcoming season.
“There are astonishingly brilliant and thrilling characters that I am convinced we would be idiots not to meet in our journey; I would be very surprised if we don’t see Negan on the horizon in the not-too-distant future. What struck me, that I’ve always been excited about, is we’re coming into the sixth season of this show … and it’s the medieval part of The Walking Dead comic, where you realize that there are these isolated communities that don’t really know other ones exist. But they’re all building and forming themselves with their own image. And then there’s a clash of those communities. That, to me, is really interesting and when it gets really exciting with all the action. It turns into this insane, near-apocalyptic landscape that we’ve never seen before. That is almost a reimagining and a restart for society and humanity. And that is such a rich thing to tell.”