‘The Walking Dead’: Tom Payne’s Looking A Lot Less “Jesusy” These Days…

So it’s been a little over a month since The Walking Dead alum Tom Payne announced on social media that he was shedding his flowing Jesus locks now that his run on AMC‘s The Walking Dead is over (minus any prequel / flashback projects) and to get ready for his new lead role in FOX’s upcoming thriller pilot Prodigal Son.

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But now the time has come to check out a “cleaned-up” version of Payne: still rockin’ long-ish hair and some stubble, but looking a lot less “…and His 12 Disciples”-like then we’re used to:

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So I’ve been wondering how I should reveal what I look like now. Then I realized it’s been a long time since I posted and got over myself. So @jjakerman took this yesterday while I was planking and I liked it so I’m posting 😝 #ShortHairDontCare

Here’s a look at the original post:

It was pretty clear to fans of the The Walking Dead that actor was shuffling out of the series’ universe (at least for now) when his character Jesus shuffled off the mortal coil of AMC‘s long-running series during the ninth season – returning briefly in “Bounty” during a flashback sequence. It was made even clearer when it was announced that Payne would replace Finn Jones (Marvel’s Iron Fist) as the lead in FOX’s upcoming thriller pilot Prodigal Son.

But then he posted images of his old flowing locks – and the reality became a little too real:

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New Beginnings…..

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But Payne’s (and our) loss was a very important gain for Wigs For Kids, which provides free, custom hairpieces to children with medical-related hair loss – and the agency Payne tagged in his post.

But we’ll always have the memories…

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Jesus has left the building 😆🤘🏻

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FOX’s Prodigal Son centers on Malcolm Bright (Payne), who has a gift. He knows how killers think, how their minds work. Why? His father Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen) was one of the worst — a notorious serial killer called “The Surgeon.” That’s why Bright is the best criminal psychologist around; murder is the family business. He will use his twisted genius and razor-sharp instincts as a forensic profiler to help the NYPD solve crimes and stop killers, all while dealing with a manipulative mother (Bellamy Young), annoyingly normal sister, a homicidal father still looking to bond with his prodigal son and his own constantly evolving neuroses.Intelligent but deeply damaged, Malcolm has a self-deprecating sense of humor and a surprising level of compassion.

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