Between the fact that Jesus is an elusive and taciturn guy to begin with, and the fact that these characters are living in fear of a fascist dictator during a zombie apocalypse, it’s no surprise that it took a while for the subject to come up. But Jesus knows who he is – he’s one of the more self-possessed characters in the cast – and there is no dramatic “coming out” moment here, during a moment of bonding between Jesus and Maggie.
During the same conversation, we learn Jesus grew up in a group home, and has never felt like he belonged anywhere until now. He’s always had a hard time getting close to anyone, he says, “neighbors, friends, boyfriends…” Maggie tells him he should try it sometime. Jesus/Daryl shippers, start your engines. (I’m semi-kidding, but they do share a scene together later in the episode and i could almost hear the GIFs being made in light of this new revelation.)
The Walking Dead has gone from having zero LGBT representation in its early years to a fairly strong track record in recent seasons, with Aaron (Ross Marquand) and his boyfriend Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson) sharing a kiss that set off a few bigots, but Kirkman is fearless as a producer and show creator. Aaron and Eric are still around, but the show’s major lesbian character Tara (Alanna Masterson) wasn’t so lucky. Her girlfriend Denise (Merritt Wever) was controversially killed off.
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