Jesus Monroe from The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead casts fan favorite Paul 'Jesus' Monroe for Season 6

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Sep 23, 2015, 6:36 PM EDT

The Walking Dead has cast a key player for the upcoming sixth season of AMC’s hit zombie drama series.

The Wrap reports that British actor Tom Payne (Luck, The Physician) has been cast as Paul “Jesus” Monroe. A huge fan favorite, Jesus first appeared in the pages of issue #91 of Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead comic-book series. A former member of the Hilltop Colony, Jesus becomes a trusted adviser to Rick (Andrew Lincoln) in Alexandria.

The new character -- who may give Daryl (Norman Reedus) a run for his money crossbow as the coolest Walking Dead guy on the series -- will appear in a recurring capacity for Season 6, with an option to return for Season 7. 

Jesus is said to have a strong sense of logic and justice, and becomes a major player in the war that breaks out (at least in the comics, and I think the show is poised to follow that storyline as well) between the residents of Alexandria and The Saviors, who are led by the villainous Negan. But not before The Wolves make their apparition in the first half of the upcoming season.

As for Negan himself the character has not been officially cast yet. However, the recent addition of Salem and 24 alum Xander Berkeley to the cast in an as-of-yet-undisclosed role suggests he could be playing a character based on Negan, although he may actually be playing Hilltop leader Gregory.

What do you think of the casting of Paul “Jesus” Monroe on Season 6 of The Walking Dead? Are you excited to see the character interact with Rick and the rest of the gang?

The Walking Dead returns Oct. 11 on AMC.

(via The Wrap)