EXCLUSIVE: Has 'The Walking Dead' Cast Paul 'Jesus' Monroe? See First Look Photos From Set!
By Leanne Aguilera
Has The Walking Dead finally cast one of the comic books' biggest badasses?!
For years, fans of the AMC hit have been dying to know when Paul Monroe -- aka "Jesus" -- would cross paths with Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Daryl (Norman Reedus) and the rest of our beloved post-apocalyptic gang, and now seems that the fan-favorite role might have finally be filled.
ET has exclusive photos from the set of the adrenaline-pumping drama, and it appears a mystery man may have been tapped to play the gay, zombie-killing character in the highly anticipated sixth season.
The skilled fighter, who was first introduced to fans in Issue 91 of Image Comics' The Walking Dead, is known as "Jesus" because of his long locks and savior-like behavior.
On set, this mystery actor is dressed in a dark beanie and a Daryl-worthy vest, and if this is our man, we're pleased to report that he's spitting image of how Jesus looks in Robert Kirkman's critically acclaimed graphic novels.
In 2014, Kirkman, who is also an executive producer on the show, took to Reddit and shared a great explanation for why he had revealed Jesus to be gay: "In my opinion there should be more awesome gay people in fiction because there are plenty of awesome gay people in real life. I want Jesus to be a character where his sexuality is as unimportant as Rick or other heterosexual characters. So we won't focus on it constantly and it won't be the focus of any big storylines for him... but he'll make it with a dude every now and then... before going out and drop kicking zombies. He's one of my current favorite characters."
True Walking Dead fanatics noticed a brief glimpse of Jesus in the action packed trailer from Comic-Con, and now that we see he could be interacting with Glenn (Steven Yeun), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), Michonne (Danai Gurira) and the rest of the gang, we're even more pumped for season 6!
And of course, it wouldn't be a typical day on the Walking Dead set unless there was plenty of blood and a gruesome zombie stumbling about.
Season six of The Walking Dead premieres Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.
Alright Walking Dead fans spill! Do you think this actor is playing Jesus? If so, are you happy with the casting? Shout out your thoughts to @LeanneAguilera on Twitter!