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The Walking Dead's Tom Payne Talks Jesus and Maggie's Plan to 'Fix' Gregory

The Walking Dead’s Jesus and Maggie have known for a while that the day would come when they’d have to “handle” Gregory. But now that the Hilltop’s leader has gone so far as to threaten Jesus, the day might just have arrived. “They’ve recognized that it’s a bit more dangerous with him now,” Tom Payne told TVLine on the PaleyFest L.A. red carpet Friday. “I mean, he tried to give up Maggie and Sasha before.”

Between that treachery, Gregory’s attempt to intimidate Jesus and his overall scuzziness, “I think they’ve realized that this is something that’s not going to get better,” said the actor. “So they are thinking about how they can fix their particular predicament.”

At the same time, Jesus and Maggie are also planning for the looming war with Negan and the Saviors. Not just the Hilltop but “all of the communities are pretty much figuring out how they’re going to attack this problem,” Payne noted. “Everyone has the same problem, and the Hilltop has been dealing with that problem a lot longer than Alexandria or these other communities.”

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  1. Jason says:

    I love seeing Maggie blossom into a great leader, with Jesus as her right hand. And with Daryl as her most devoted soldier, she’ll be someone to never take lightly. Their best bet with Gregory, is to convince the people of Hilltop to oust him. Unless he forces their hand, sooner. Then things might need to get violent.

  2. Brigid says:

    Gregory scares me now. After last weeks episode and his talk with Negan’s guy, I know if Hilltop ousts him, he’s going straight to Negan and telling him about the revolt. I’d take him out!

  3. Jimmy says:

    Maggie has been sidelined for a little while in both this season and season 6, but recently, she’s taken the forefront at the Hilltop and it’s been great to see her evolve into a leader. Gregory won’t stand a chance, especially when Rick and Co. get fed up with his sleaziness. And seeing Maggie take over will be great after all she’s gone through.

    Jesus has become one of my favourite newer characters, along with Ezekiel. They’ve definitely breathed new life into the show, and the adaptation of both characters from the comic to TV has been great. And Simon, even though he’s a villain, is extremely entertaining. At times, he can be even more menacing than Negan, and Steven Ogg sells the role so well.

    Speaking of Negan, I appreciate that the show isn’t shoving him down our throats anymore, the way they did at the beginning of the season. Overplaying the character lessens his impact, and it was starting to feel like all Negan would do was obnoxiously taunt everyone and make empty threats. Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been phenomenal though.

    Final thought, what’s Eugene’s angle here? Is he actually planning to stay with Negan now because he wants to, or will he pull a stunt and turn on him (hopefully with Dwight’s help) that could end up saving someone, like Rosita? I really hope it’s the latter, because nullifying the growth Eugene has gone through since his introduction by having him turn on the group would be really disappointing.

    • LAwoman says:

      I agree with all of that! As for Eugene, he gets more respect among the Saviors than he did with his original group. They mostly treated him as weak and useless (which isn’t completely wrong.) I am hoping he will do something amazing and perhaps help Sasha get out or help recruit Saviors from within to go against Negan.

  4. Netty says:

    And here I was kinda shipping Jesus with Maggie…