Tom Payne, a former star on The Walking Dead, has revealed his frustration at his character’s role on the show.
The mid-season finale offered up another death for a major character on the show, with Jesus being the one to bite the dust this time around. This might have been a shock to fans but actor Tom Payne is actually relieved to be leaving, saying that his role on the show was frustrating.
Payne explained to THR that he had great hopes for the character but was constantly disappointed by the material he was given: “I loved the character. It’s sad to say goodbye to the character. But there was just so much potential in the character that wasn’t realized. I was frustrated by that and wished we had explored it further. I wasn’t sad to say goodbye to that frustration. It was constant. I had been training for two years. I was so prepared for this character and what he was capable of.
“There was just lots of unrealized potential. That was very frustrating for me. When we finally showed off this year what he was able to do, that was great. I have no wish to go back to being frustrated by a character. It’s really just part of being on an ongoing series. You’re constantly hoping the next episode you get, something will happen for you. You’re on the edge of your seat all the time, pressing your hands together and hoping that something cool will turn up. You can only do that for so long. I’m looking forward to doing something now that has a beginning, middle and end, so I can see the character in front of me. I spent a long time hoping my character was going to have more to do. I was happy to have a great beginning, a great bit [in the middle] with Lennie, and then a really great ending. That’s enough for me.”
It’s certainly sad to hear that the actor was disappointed with his role on the show. What do you think? Was Jesus used to his full potential in the series?
The Walking Dead season 9 airs on Sundays in the US and on Mondays in the UK.