It was a one-word reveal, but "The Walking Dead" fans did not miss it, and they did not fail to react.
In "Walking Dead" Season 7, Episode 14, Paul, aka Jesus (Tom Payne) had a chat with Maggie (Lauren Cohan) about how he finally feels like he belongs somewhere, thanks to Maggie and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) coming to Hilltop. "Trying to make sure you and Sasha became a part of this, made me a part of this. When I was first here, I was never here. I always found it hard getting close to anyone. Neighbors, friends, boyfriends." He gave Maggie a look after "boyfriends" and she just smiled.
That was it.
The character of Jesus is gay in Robert Kirkman's "Walking Dead" comic, and it was already known that he would be gay on the TV show, too, but it's not always clear how that would be expressed. We know Aaron (Ross Marquand) and Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson) are currently together, and Tara (Alanna Masterson) was dating Denise (Merritt Wever) until Denise was killed. Actor Tom Payne talked to TVGuide.com at PaleyFest about the possibility of Jesus and Aaron eventually becoming a thing, as in the comic. "I've spoken to [Ross] about it," Payne said, preparing him for the idea that "somewhere down the line, we might get together."
In the meantime, fans reacted to the not-so-big reveal with mostly positive comments (and religious jokes), but also some disappointment -- a few liked the idea of Maggie and Jesus getting together after a while, or they mourned the loss of another hot guy to the other team. (There's still Gregory, ladies!) Some fans now hope Jesus and Aaron can be a thing, or even Jesus and Daryl (Norman Reedus), since Daryl is still an undeclared free agent.
— Charlie Rowan (@_CharlieRowan_) March 20, 2017
— MarissaBrooks (@IssaBrooks) March 20, 2017
— Sue (@walkingkeacher) March 20, 2017
#TheWalkingDead JESUS CAME OUT AS GAY ON A SUNDAY HAVE A BLESSED DAY
— erica (@ericarxnee) March 20, 2017
— emma (@stuffxthangs) March 20, 2017
— Daryl Dixon (@BAMFDarylDixon_) March 20, 2017
— ✨ (@nefariouslypure) March 20, 2017
Did he just say boyfriend?! #TheWalkingDead WHAT. All the good ones are either taken or gay
— marah sercier (@sarah_mercier91) March 20, 2017
— Tiffany Hess (@SoEffingAwkward) March 20, 2017
— Beverly Hernandez (@BevInTheMiddle) March 20, 2017
#TheWalkingDead Jesus and Maggie =JeMag???lol I know bout yall bt it looks like Jesus gona be the baby daddy...
— 2nas (@2nascious) March 20, 2017
If Jesus becomes Maggie's new paramour...I wouldn't hate that #TheWalkingDead
— Jen Lei (@Jen_Lei) March 20, 2017
— •Amber• (@papatwd) March 20, 2017
— shelly (@LFreenor) March 20, 2017
"The Walking Dead" Season 7 only has two episodes left, Episode 15 and Episode 16. It airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.
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