The Walking Dead theories: Ezekiel exit ‘sealed’ as actor lands huge role away from series

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King Ezekiel (played by Khary Payton) has faced a number of dramatic storylines during his time on The Walking Dead. Whether it be a battle against the Whisperers and their evil leader Alpha (Samantha Morton) or being a key part to the downfall of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his Saviours, Ezekiel has proved himself to be an integral part to the group of survivors. However, he faces a fresh challenge in the AMC series after fearing he has thyroid cancer.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from The Walking Dead.

When he discovered the mass on his neck, Ezekiel sought the help of resident Siddiq (Avi Nash).

Ezekiel was convinced the lump must be thyroid cancer, citing a history of the illness within his family.

Despite Siddiq’s reassurance that he can’t be sure, Ezekiel has been going ahead with the mindset he has the deadly disease.

With no clear passage for treatment, it appears the mass could prove fatal for the TWD stalwart and it’s a storyline showrunner Angela Kang has hinted could have devastating repercussions.

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Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, she radmitted: “We had a lot of conversations about what are some things that we wanted to explore further with Ezekiel, because he’s been through so much and he’s such a strong character,

“We had been talking for a while in our room about the reality of the world is that people get terminal and chronic illnesses.

“We live in a wondrous time, and yet cancer is always scary, but there are cancers that are much more treatable than others, particularly the one that he has, being one of those.

“We wanted to explore what it means for a character to get that kind of a diagnosis in this world, and especially with a character who is so joyful and such a strong leader, and so optimistic, and to have to grapple with something like that.”

This “grapple” with the illness has led to Ezekiel heading into the city in the search for some sort of treatment.

The last viewers saw of Ezekiel, he, Eugene (Joshua McDermitt) and Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura) stumbled across Princess (Paola Lazaro) during their journey into the city.

And while TWD fans may have more clarity on Ezekiel’s fate when the delayed season 10 finale airs later this year, a new move by the actor may not bode well for the former Kingdom leader.

Away from TWD, Payton had landed a new recurring role in Amazon series Invincible.

Based on the comic books from TWD creator Robert Kirkham, Invincible is the new animated series in which Payton will lend his vocal talents.

Kirkham confirmed the news on Twitter, tweeting: “Sweet news today! But I have to point out, not even close to the full cast! More to come!!”

Payton will take on the role of Black Samson, a member of the Guardians of the Globe, alongside former Star Trek Zachary Quinto, whose casting was announced at the same time.

But what could this mean for the future of Ezekiel?

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With Payton taking on a recurring role away from the AMC horror, could it pave the way for Ezekiel to succumb to his illness?

Several fans predict Ezekiel will be killed off in the near future, with one tweeting: “I think that waiting for s10 e16 of #TWD is going to be the death of me :/ I’m so ready to see Maggie again!! I’m also scared tho bc Ezekiel is obviously going to die sometime in the near future and I ain’t ready for it @WalkingDead_AMC.” (sic)

Referencing the season 10 finale, another fan agreed: “I’m 99% sure that Ezekiel is going to die in this episode. He doesn’t sound too good. #TWD.”

Fans will have to tune into the final episode of the season to find out what the future holds for Ezekiel for sure.

The Walking Dead season 10 concludes on AMC and Fox UK later this year.

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