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The Walking Dead character comes out as gay on screen

This article contains spoilers about the latest episode of The Walking Dead in the US.

One of the zombie drama’s characters has revealed their true sexuality for the first time in the television series.

Hilltop Colony member Jesus – played by Tom Payne – revealed that he is gay during a conversation with Maggie (Lauren Cohan) in last night’s episode (19 March).

Although the character has been out in Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel, this is the first time he’s spoken about his sexuality in the AMC series.

“For the first time, I feel like I belong,” Jesus says to Maggie, as they discuss the two factions coming together for the impending war with The Saviours.

“When I was first here, I was never here. I always found it hard getting close to anyone – neighbours, friends… boyfriends.”

The Walking Dead has a great track record when it come to representing LGBT characters in the show, with Jesus becoming the sixth one.

He follows Tara (Alanna Masterson), Alisha (Juliana Harkavy), Aaron (Ross Marquand), Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson) and Denise (Meritt Wever) as LGBT characters who have been in the series to date.

New episodes of The Walking Dead air on AMC on Sundays at 9/8c.

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