Meet The Walking Dead’s New — And First Gay Male — Character!

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After two major character deaths in the last two episodes, The Walking Dead needed some fresh meat talent.

Enter Aaron, played by actor Ross Marquand! The newcomer made his appearance at the very end of the Season 5 episode entitled “Them,” so if you haven’t seen it yet, beware the spoilers below!

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Here’s what we know so far …

Aaron shows up at the end of the episode, when he literally walks out of the woods and greets Sasha and Maggie, who are mourning the loss of Tyreese and Beth, respectively.

Rick and company have been traveling on foot to D.C. for days and are physically and mentally exhausted. So the sight of a clean-shaven, upbeat Aaron declaring himself as “a friend” is quite a shock. Turns out Aaron has been watching them for awhile (he knows Rick by name) and may have been the one who left the group water seeing they were dehydrated. That’s pretty much all we know so far.

In the comic book, Aaron is gay, and creator Robert Kirkman confirmed a prominent gay character was being introduced in the second half of Season 5. It’s rumored that the small-screen Aaron will lead the group to Alexandria, VA, where a whole new major story arc will begin.

Of course, the show has veered from the source material wildly at times, but Aaron’s introduction has so far mirrored that in the comics.

If Ross Marquand looks familiar, it’s because he played Paul Newman on another AMC show, Mad Men. Ross actually auditioned for the role of Terminus leader/cannibal Gareth, but didn’t get the part.

In other TWD news, Gotham star Benjamin McKenzie recently revealed he’d love to be reunited with his Southland costar Michael Cudlitz (Abraham) and even play a walker. Sadly, producers shot down the idea. Too bad because another Gotham star — Robin Lord Taylor (The Penguin) — has already appeared on The Walking Dead as Sam, the hippie who gets his throat slit at Terminus.

With Aaron’s addition, the cast has become quite large. Who do you think should become zombie food next?

[Image via AMC.]

Feb 16, 2015 1:57pm PDT

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