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Aaron is a main character and a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. He was the recruiter of the Alexandria Safe-Zone. His good-natured and charitable personality mixed with his survival skills and good judge of character made him a valuable asset to recruiting new members for the community.
Aaron went along with his boyfriend Eric Raleigh, who both met before the apocalypse and fell in love. He was responsible for bringing Rick and his people into Alexandria and developed a close bond with the group, making Aaron one of Rick's most trusted allies.
In the middle of the war against the Saviors, Aaron adopts an orphaned Gracie after the death of Eric during battle. Following the end of the war, Aaron loses an arm while trying to help rebuild a bridge to join the communities. Six years after Rick's assumed death, Aaron continues to be Gracie's adoptive father and now has a prosthetic arm.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Pre-Apocalypse
- 3 Post-Apocalypse
- 3.1 Alexandria, Virginia
- 3.2 Season 5
- 3.3 Season 6
- 3.4 Season 7
- 3.5 Season 8
- 3.6 Season 9
- 3.7 Season 10
- 3.7.1 "Lines We Cross"
- 3.7.2 "Ghosts"
- 3.7.3 "Silence the Whisperers"
- 3.7.4 "What It Always Is"
- 3.7.5 "Open Your Eyes"
- 3.7.6 "The World Before"
- 3.7.7 "Squeeze"
- 3.7.8 "Stalker"
- 3.7.9 "Morning Star"
- 3.7.10 "Walk With Us"
- 3.7.11 "What We Become"
- 3.7.12 "The Tower"
- 3.7.13 "A Certain Doom"
- 3.7.14 "One More"
- 3.8 Season 11
- 4 Killed Victims
- 5 Relationships
- 6 Appearances
- 7 Trivia
- 8 References
Aaron is described as "an affable, good-natured, adventurous guy. Despite feeling like a bit of an outsider for most of his life, he's passionate about people and the good they can do. He doesn't think twice about putting himself in danger if he believes something positive can come from it."
Aaron had been mistreated and ostracized most of his life, mostly due to him being openly gay and the reaction of people's homophobia, including abuse from his own mother. Despite this, Aaron consistently saw the good in people even though they were acting offensive. He has a good judge of character. Aaron is very altruistic and always wanted to help others, leading him to join a NGO and give supplies to those residing in the Niger River Delta.
Alongside his charitable personality, Aaron also has a sense of humor and optimism. He aims to keep people at ease with him. Sometimes his humor goes over people's heads, but he still aims for them to see the brighter side of things as he does. Aaron was supportive of Daryl's status as an outsider as well as comforting Maggie when Glenn disappeared. One of the things he enjoys doing is photography and collecting memorabilia from the places he had visited. After the apocalypse, he began collecting license plates from each state to create a mural on a wall in his house.
Aaron extremely loves and cares for Eric, his boyfriend. Both had been outsiders, treated with bigotry, and were the only people in the world who understood each other. Both worked together in recruiting outsiders for Alexandria as well as collecting license plates for their collection. Aaron is willing to tolerate many things, but one thing he can't tolerate is Eric being threatened or harmed in any way. He would even result to violence, something he is usually against, if it meant defending Eric, including putting himself in danger.
After Aaron brought Rick Grimes' group into Alexandria, he and Eric grew a close bond to one of the group members, Daryl Dixon. Aaron saw that, like himself and Eric, Daryl was an outsider to both his own group and Alexandria and that people fear him even though they do not know him. Because of Eric's near-death experience, Aaron had him retire and gave the position to Daryl so that Eric could stay safe and that Daryl could get out more and be himself. Aaron's affection gave Daryl purpose and was willing to sacrifice himself for Aaron's safety so that he could be safe if nothing else.
During the seventh season, despite Eric being against Rick's plan to rebel against the Saviors, considering it to be too risky and there could be a lot of victims from this conflict, Aaron believes in Rick and his will for freedom and argues that in order to ensure their freedom they must fight, even if there will be victims, as the war will be the only way to build their future.
After Eric dies during the war with Negan and the Saviors, Aaron becomes deeply depressed, as he was the only person Aaron had ever cared so much about. He becomes even more willing to do anything in order to put an end to the war forever. He and Enid then ask the community of Oceanside to aid them in finishing the war with the Saviors once and for all. The negotiations are hard, but Aaron finally convinces the Oceanside citizens to join the fight, which results in the victory for the Survivors against the war with the Saviors.
After the war, Aaron starts training with Jesus to become a stronger fighter and takes a more proactive role in the community, including becoming a council member for Alexandria. When conflict with the Whisperers increases, Aaron becomes more cautious and less willing to take risks or let more people into the community. Despite any adversity, Aaron still clings to his humanity and tries to be the "nice guy", something he grows tired of as the Whisperer war continues.
Aaron was born and raised in Vermont. Later in his childhood, Aaron had a younger brother. The two had a close relationship, as they would ride on their bicycles around their neighborhood together as long as possible. His brother had a fascination with cars and, like Aaron, enjoyed being with other people.
Growing up openly gay, he was abused by his mother and was forced to go through conversion therapy, such as eating foods he did not like to "make [him] more manly", as she was a "very confused woman" who tried her hardest to make him tougher. These foods became unbearable for him to eat them as an adult, such as: applesauce, salmon patties, and onions.
Aaron later attended college and fell in love with a man during his education. The summer after he graduated, he and his boyfriend traveled to Eureka, California and hiked in the woods nearby, and the two found themselves in the middle of a Native American village ruins - to which Aaron reflected on what life was like for the Natives and their hopes for the future.
In his adult life, he moved to Washington, D.C. to become a politician. He started working in the political circuit but felt that he could do his best work abroad in a hands-on approach that would utilize his skill set. He then joined a charity non-government organization where he was tasked with giving supplies and food to people in need in the Niger River Delta and Liberia and often had to deal with dangerous people in the process. He constantly encountered and had to negotiate with African warlords and violent militias while in his field.
Through working in the NGO, he met Eric Raleigh. Aaron and Eric soon became best friends and worked well together in Africa, with Eric knowing how to handle the nature and terrain due to being raised in the Appalachian region. The two developed a deep-trust and eventually started dating. It wasn't until their fifth date that Aaron admitted his love for Eric, in which he responded: "I had a hunch." They became partners and lived together in D.C., but became victims of homophobia by people who, according to Aaron, were well-meaning but otherwise offensive and bigoted.
Aaron and Eric were living together in Washington, D.C. when the outbreak went global. Early in the outbreak, Aaron's younger brother died, affecting him greatly. Due to working in the political circuit, Aaron and Eric were among the first evacuated from D.C. and directed by the military to evacuate to a safe-zone in Alexandria, Virginia, a neighborhood community. Two weeks later, however, the military abandoned the safe-zone due to Operation Cobalt. Among others evacuated to Alexandria were Ohio Congresswoman Deanna Monroe and her family had also been evacuated there. Aaron and Eric remained with the Monroe family and several others who had elected to remain within the area, as they saw promise with the supposed "safe-zone".
Eventually, walls were built around the area and a community was formed. The community now had Deanna as its established leader. She believed that who people were before their lives had been changed by the outbreak mattered in sustaining the community. Because of Aaron and Eric's work in the NGO, their charitable nature, and ability to travel in dangerous terrain, it made them assets in the recruiting program designed to bring in more survivors. Aaron and Eric were tasked with finding survivors and monitoring them for several days to see if they were eligible for the community. Aaron would then approach the survivors with the news, with Eric being his guard, and bringing the survivors back to the safe-zone for "auditioning" in front of Deanna.
In their spare time, Aaron and Eric began a hobby of collecting license plates from abandoned cars from each state, making a mural of all fifty states in their home, in honor of his younger brother's love for cars. They also collected other vintage items to decorate in their home. In order to convince survivors to join the safe-zone, Aaron took up photography and took pictures of the community as evidence. Back at the safe-zone, despite rescuing a majority of the members there, the community still treated Aaron and Eric as outsiders because of their intolerance towards Aaron being openly gay, causing Aaron to avoid any gatherings and events of the community for fear of public ostracism in front of Deanna.
At one point, Aaron and Eric recruited a man named Davidson, who was the leader of a small group, but the group could not reside peacefully in the community. Deanna exiled them and had Aaron, a supply runner named Nicholas, and her son Aiden drive them out. The recruiting for larger groups was suspended, focusing now on lone survivors. This occurred for several months until Deanna realized that in order for the community and its members to survive, they would need more people who have been out there longer to teach them how to handle the new world. Aaron started to look for larger groups along with Eric. At one point, Aaron encountered two people who sought to kill him, forcing him to kill them. It is unknown if Eric had been there to help him.
Aaron observed Rick Grimes and his group as they traveled to Washington, D.C., in hopes of finding other survivors. Aaron left bottles of water for them on their path as a test, but the group declined to drink from it, fearing it may be poisoned. When a storm emerges, Daryl Dixon informed the group of a barn he'd seen earlier and lead the group there to safety, and this quick-thinking act to keep his people alive convinced Aaron that they needed to be brought back to Alexandria. The following morning, upon seeing that the group had survived the storm and the walker attack, Aaron told Eric to remain nearby and watch in case anything happened to him.
Aaron saw Sasha Williams and Maggie Greene exit the barn together and go to an open field alone to watch the sunrise. Using this opportunity, Aaron appears from the woods and carefully approaches the women. He comes off as friendly and cautious greeting the pair, though they aim their guns at him, which he understands as "stranger danger", and asks to speak with their leader, knowing his name to be Rick, before informing them that he has good news.
Aaron revealed to Maggie and Sasha that he has a community not far from their location, and that it's been looking into recruiting surviving outsiders to help maintain their community. Maggie and Sasha bring Aaron to the barn where the rest of their group is. They have taken all his possessions away beforehand. Aaron wants them to come back to his community with him. Rick Grimes, the leader whom Aaron has been monitoring, chooses not to believe him, and tells the group that Aaron has another agenda. Aaron shows them a small set of photographs of his community which he had taken as evidence of its existence. As Aaron is explaining what his community is about and emphasizing on its security, Rick punches him in the face, knocking him out. After he wakes up having his hands tied behind his back, Aaron remains positive towards the group, complimenting Rick's strength.
Rick asks Aaron about the number of people waiting for him and his group. Aaron responds saying how it does not matter whether he informed him of how many, as it would not affect whether or not he would trust him any more than he does then informs him that there is only one. Aaron also reveals that he and his accomplice have vehicles that they had tried to bring closer to the barn, but had been blocked by the trees. Rick allows Abraham Ford, Rosita Espinosa, Glenn Rhee, Maggie, and Michonne go check out the vehicles, whilst everyone but Rick, who elects himself to stand guard over Aaron and watches his own daughter, scours the area in groups of two to search for anyone else who might be watching. The groups leave, Rick warns Aaron that if his people do not return in one hour, he would kill him. When Judith starts crying, Aaron offers Rick some of the applesauce in his bag. Rick force feeds it to Aaron before Judith to ensure it is not poisoned, then cautiously tries it himself before allowing Judith to have some. When everyone returns with the food from Aaron's vehicles, Aaron again tries to persuade them to leave for his community, which Michonne persuades the others to do. He gives them instructions of a clear route, but Rick decides to take an uncleared route at night to stay hidden from any of Aaron's friends.
Hands tied behind his back, Aaron rides in a car with Michonne, Glenn and Rick to his community. When showing Michonne the pictures from his community, she wonders where the pictures of his people are and grows concerned. She asks him Rick's three questions, in which Aaron reveals he has previously killed a lot of walkers and two people who had tried to kill him first. After the group runs into numerous walkers, the car eventually crashes and stalls due to walker parts in the engine. When a lit flare is seen from afar, Aaron starts to panic, concerned of his partner's safety. He frantically requests for his freedom, but after the group denies him, he starts to become violent, kicking the door open and knocking Michonne over, running off into the forest. The others follow him, with Glenn saving his life when a walker attacks him. Glenn tells him that he can leave if he wants to, but Aaron says that he would prefer if Rick and his group would come with him to safety.
They then save Rick and Michonne from a group of walkers attacking them after Glenn untied Aaron and gave him a weapon to defend himself with. When they arrive at where the flare was fired, they reunite with the rest of the group. Aaron, worried Eric might be injured or even dead, runs inside the garage to find Eric alive but with a broken ankle. The two share an emotional reunion, with Eric surprising Aaron with another license plate, only to have Aaron reveal that he lost them all. Aaron then thanks the rest of the group for saving Eric and tells them they'll leave in the morning. Rick tries to keep him from sleeping next to Eric so that they could not conspire together, but Aaron announces that the only way they would keep him from sleeping alongside Eric was if they were to shoot him.
In the morning, Aaron is in the RV watching over Eric. He tells Noah that at his community, there is a surgeon named Pete who could try to fix his leg. He is then seen exiting the RV when they reach the safe-zone, leading the way in and helping his boyfriend to the infirmary.
Aaron leads the group into Alexandria while carrying Eric inside. After letting Eric go off to the infirmary, he stays at the gate with Nicholas as the group enters. Aaron asks that group comply with Nicholas' orders to turn over their weapons, and that they will need to speak to the leader, Deanna. After she spoke with Rick, Aaron guided Rick and Carl to the two vacant houses in the safe-zone, and that he and Eric will be four houses down if Rick or anyone else needs anything.
From the time Aaron and Eric have been home since recruiting the Survivors, he wished for Eric to be retired considering his injury and near-death experience. As for his replacement, Aaron saw fit that Daryl would make an exceptional recruiter, and had Deanna hold off on giving Daryl a role in the community as he needed to observe him more. As he watched him, Aaron knew that Daryl was an outsider to both the safe-zone as well as his own group, much like Aaron.
Aaron goes out of the safe-zone to follow Daryl on one of his hunts and follows him, under the guise of hunting rabbits. When Daryl spots Aaron, he questions Daryl if he can really tell the difference between a good guy and a bad guy. Aaron then joins Daryl on the hunt, during which they come across a wild horse that children of the community have dubbed "Buttons" and Aaron and Eric have been trying to wrangle for months. When Daryl attempts to get Buttons, they are attacked by walkers and flee the area.
Aaron then reveals that he knows how Daryl feels, like an outsider. He goes on to explain how before and even now back at the safe-zone, he and Eric are seen as outsiders because of people's homophobia. Aaron mentions that people fear what they don't understand and that Daryl should join the safe-zone's welcoming party. Soon after, Aaron is attacked by walkers and Daryl rescues him. They come to find Buttons being devoured by walkers, so both Aaron and Daryl kill the walkers, with Aaron shooting Buttons out of its misery.
Aaron goes back to the safe-zone with Daryl but doesn't attend the party so that he can help mend Eric's broken ankle. When Daryl arrives to the Monroe house but declines to go inside, Aaron invites Daryl over for spaghetti dinner. Aaron and Eric then surprise Daryl with a motorcycle and reveal that Eric is retiring and Daryl is to take his place, as Aaron saw that Daryl could handle himself out there, is in need of a friend who understands him, and that like Aaron and Eric he knows the difference between a good and a bad person. Daryl is grateful and forms a friendship with Aaron and Eric.
Aaron can be seen in his car, behind Daryl. The two of them are going on a mission to find new recruits.
Aaron and Daryl are out in the night during their reconnaissance mission when they see something a light off in the distance. They go to investigate it. The next day, while still out in the woods, they find a body ripped apart on the ground and then a walker bound to the trunk of a tree with a 'W' on her forehead. Daryl kills her when she reanimates before they keep moving.
Aaron and Daryl still continue their recruiting mission. The two are following a man with a poncho, smearing mud all over his face. Aaron asks Daryl what the man is doing and Daryl tells him the man knows how to keep the bugs off his body by using the mud. The two continue following the man until they soon lose track of him and come across a seemingly abandoned building with large trucks on the parking lot. The building is gated. Aaron explains to Daryl that they need more food for the people at Alexandria. The two then begin to kill the walkers that are near the place by drawing them to the gates. Finished, they opened the gate, and Aaron is thrilled to have finally find another plate number he has been searching for many times before. One of the trucks of food is locked, so Daryl opens it up, only to be shocked by a stream of walkers swarming from each of the truck, which each were unlocked by Daryl's opening. The walkers close their attention to the two of them, filling the once-empty parking field as they try to reach both him and Daryl. The two are forced to get into a car. As they are searching for a thing to cover up the windows so that the walkers might lose interest by not being able to see food, Daryl finds a note from someone who was trapped in the car before; the note reads: "Don't Stay, Bad People Coming".
Upon finding the note, Daryl and Aaron engage in conversation. Aaron tells Daryl that he knows that Rick and his group were good people, after he saw Daryl telling his group about the barn the night of the storm he had found when he had been alienating himself from the group. Daryl tells Aaron to stay put while he tries to run to the gate and then make a run for it when it was clear, suggesting he sacrifice himself for Aaron, and Aaron refuses to leave him and insists that he will go with Daryl. Daryl gives him a smile and Aaron smiles back. Just a second before the two open the doors, they are rescued by a mysterious survivor, who beats down the walkers effortlessly with his staff. It is revealed to be Morgan Jones. Outside the gates, Aaron introduces himself and Daryl to Morgan, whom neither of the two knows, and asks him to join Alexandria. Morgan declines the offer, stating that he is heading somewhere, and asks for directions instead. As he gives his map to Daryl, Daryl is surprised that the map that Morgan has been using has Rick's name written on it.
The trio returns to the safe-zone late at night, after the death of Deanna's husband, Reg, and just as Rick executes Pete Anderson, the town's surgeon. Rick and Morgan lock eyes in surprise, and Aaron stands in shock behind Morgan as he watches the scene.
Aaron soon reunited with Eric after witnessing Pete's execution by Rick. After the events that occurred, he and Daryl are officially retired from the recruitment program by Rick, per what happened to them earlier that day by the Wolves. Aaron and Eric later attend the meeting in Deanna's house led by Rick to discuss the nearby quarry containing a herd that threatens the Safe-Zone. Rick makes a plan to use diversion teams to lead the herd down the road and use a makeshift wall to curve the herd in the other direction. Aaron and Eric go out with the community to dig and build the wall, and later they return to the Safe-Zone.
Shortly after returning to the Alexandria, the Safe-Zone is invaded by the Wolves. One of the residents, Holly, is attacked and stabbed by a member of the Wolves but is rescued by Aaron, Eric, and Rosita. The three bring her into the infirmary to Dr. Denise Cloyd, who has come out of seclusion after the death of Pete. They group begins to formulate a plan, as Aaron tells Eric that he has to go out there but wants him to stay inside with Holly. When Eugene Porter volunteers to stay inside, Aaron disagrees, but Eugene is permitted to stay.
Aaron and Rosita then go out and flank the houses to take out a few members of the Wolves. He manages to successfully kill one of the members of the Wolves. After the attack, Aaron sweeps the area. Upon approaching Deanna's house, he finds a member of the Wolves with his personal bag that he dropped back at the Del Arno Factory. The bag contained photos and information on Alexandria, and Aaron begins to sob as he realizes that it was his fault that the Wolves were led to Alexandria and that he is indirectly responsible for the deaths in the community.
In the aftermath of the Wolves attack, Rick returns to the safe-zone with a herd following him which soon surround the walls. Rick gives a speech to reassure the safety of the citizens, with Aaron by Eric's side, looking concerned at each other. When the people of Alexandria criticized Rick, Aaron stepped up and defended Rick, claiming that Rick knew what he was doing and that his plan is working and that the others will return shortly. Aaron then admitted that he was at fault for leading the Wolves to Alexandria by leaving behind his pack.
Soon after, the citizens began to write the names of those who died in the attack on the wall as a memoriam, and Aaron becomes overwhelmed at the loss of life because of his fault. He then sees Maggie prepare to leave, and insists that he help her escape and find Glenn and the others. He shows her a way into the sewers that goes underneath the wall and outside the safe-zone, and rejects Maggie's pleas to stay behind. When they enter the sewer, they find the exit overrun, and Maggie breaks down. She believes Glenn is dead and that reveals that she's pregnant. Aaron then comforts her.
Later that night, Aaron and Maggie were on post during nightshift. Maggie went down to the memoriam to erase Glenn's name, believing he is still alive. Aaron goes over and with Maggie he erases Nicholas' name. He then jokingly suggests Aaron as a name for the baby, and Erin for a girl's name.
When the herd invaded the safe-zone, Aaron got separated from Eric and retreated into the infirmary with Heath and Spencer along with the other wounded while Eric retreated back in their house with Olivia. Aaron helped Denise in when she escaped from the Wolf leader. He assured her that all of her patients were fine.
Meanwhile, Carl was shot and Rick and Michonne were fighting the walkers as they were running to the infirmary. Aaron and Denise spotted them and wondered if he was bitten, and Denise concluded that he wasn't and ordered Aaron, Heath, and Spencer to prep for surgery. Rick and Michonne brought in a wounded Carl and Rick went back out to kill the walkers. Aaron concluded that he needed to go out to help Rick and Michonne, and Heath and Spencer joined them.
The defensive then inspired Eric and Olivia to help and soon the rest of the able-bodied community. Aaron and the others continued as Daryl lit the lake on fire and took out the rest of the walkers. Later that morning, Aaron was joined with Eric alongside the rest of the community outside the infirmary, covered in blood.
When newcomer Paul Rovia, known as Jesus, brought Rick and members of his group to Paul's settlement, the Hilltop Colony, Aaron helped guard Alexandria alongside Sasha. When Rick returned, he had Aaron and the others go inside the church for a meeting regarding the merger. Rick explained to them the situation of the merger with Hilltop, and their part in the deal being to neutralize the group known as the Saviors and their leader, Negan, who previously attacked Daryl, Abraham, and Sasha. While Morgan suggested a peaceful approach, Aaron stood up and reminded them of the mistakes he made regarding leading the Wolves to Alexandria, and that they couldn't take that chance again. Aaron sided with Rick in killing these Saviors.
The next day, Aaron went out with the battalion. Their plan involved using a walker head double to fool the Saviors into thinking it's Gregory's, the leader of the Hilltop. But Aaron and the others quickly killed the guard outside and began a sneak attack while the Saviors slept. However, an alarm was triggered that resulted in a firefight. Aaron quickly got cornered and was nearly killed by one of the men with a shattered bottle, but he managed to kill him, claiming it would've been him or them. He then regrouped with Rosita as they charged out with the others. Before they headed out, they neutralized a fleeing Savior but soon discovered there were more out there and had Carol and Maggie.
Aaron insists on going with the group to the Hilltop, and when Rick says no, Aaron tells him the only way to stop him would be by punching him in the face again, so Rick reluctantly allows him to come.
As they set off for the Hilltop, they repeatedly run into blockades of the Saviors stopping them from getting to the Hilltop. Carl asks Aaron why he came, to which he replies that he owes Maggie.
The group encounter another blockade, this time a large pile of logs. The Saviors' captive from earlier is then thrown over the bridge with a chain around his neck. As the man struggled, Aaron suggested shooting the chain or to at least put him out of his misery, but Rick argued that it wouldn't work and they needed to save the bullets. They are then forced to watch him die.
Realizing the Saviors' were always going to be one step ahead, they decided to bring Maggie to Hilltop on foot while Eugene took the RV back home. As Aaron helped carry Maggie to Hilltop, the group began to hear whistles. They started running, the whistles growing louder until they were surrounded by nearly a hundred men, with Eugene and the RV captured. Aaron was forced to give up his weapons and was put onto his knees alongside the others, as well as the captured Daryl, Glenn, Michonne and Rosita.
Negan finally approached the group and delivered a speech how he doesn't wish to kill them, because he wants the Survivors to work for him, but he states that the group needs to be punished for killing dozens of Negan's men. Negan, using his barbed baseball-bat named "Lucille", decides a victim by "Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo." A victim was decided and Negan beat their head in while the others screamed in horror.
During the line-up, Aaron had flashbacks of his happiest moments leading up to this, including: finding the Survivors and recruiting them for Alexandria, befriending Daryl, and reuniting with Eric. Despite his fears of dying, Negan instead chooses Abraham to kill. Aaron is shocked and saddened to see Abraham killed. However, Daryl then attacks Negan for taunting Rosita about his death, which leads to Negan killing Glenn as well, which devastates Aaron and the rest of the group to tears.
After Rick threatens to kill Negan, Negan takes Rick away in the RV, leaving Aaron the rest of the group in the same spot with Abraham and Glenn's bodies still present. After returning, Negan orders his men to put guns up against the back of Aaron's head as well as everyone else in the group, and threatens to open fire unless Rick cuts Carl's hand off. Negan then offers mercy and Rick understands what Negan wants. After the Saviors depart, Aaron comforts Maggie as he helps with Glenn's body as they go to Hilltop.
As the Saviors ransack Alexandria, Aaron and Eric watch the commotion from their front porch as Saviors remove a mattress from their house. Later, Anna is among the townspeople present at the church, where she appears anxious when Rick informs them that he is no longer in charge and that all guns need to be turned over to the Saviors in order for Olivia to be released from her captivity. Eric whispers to Aaron and wants to ask Rick about what he will do regarding Negan, but Aaron unsuccessfully tries to stop Eric, telling him it wasn't the appropriate time to bring up that discussion.
Aaron is in Rick's house preparing for a run to scavenge supplies for their weekly offering to the Saviors. He heads downstairs to let Rick have a private moment with Michonne before leaving for the run.
Aaron and Rick emerge from a box truck having stopped there to rest for the night. "We didn't see that last night," Aaron says, looking at something on the road.
Aaron and Rick approach a gate with a sign: "Keep going, only thing here 4 you is trouble." Feeling the pressure of only having one day left to find supplies, they hop the gate. They soon encounter another warning sign; this time, the writer threatens to shoot anyone who comes for his food, supplies or ammo. They move past the sign and reach a pond filled with walkers. They see a dilapidated houseboat floating in the center of the pond.
At the walker-filled pond, Aaron and Rick find a boat riddled with bullet holes. Rick tells Aaron he doesn't have to help him, and Aaron tells him he'll pretend he never said that. They climb in and row the boat towards the canoe in the middle of the pond. As they get closer, a walker pulls Aaron underwater. He escapes and swims to the houseboat.
As they rummage through supplies on the houseboat, Aaron finds a note with a drawing of a middle finger: "Congrats for winning, but you still lose."
Aaron and Rick get the houseboat to shore and load the cargo truck with supplies. Rick mentions how Michonne feels about their deal with the Saviors – that it isn't living. Aaron says he knows they're doing this to stay alive: "Either your heart is beating or it isn't." They finish loading the truck and prepare to leave, unaware that someone is watching them from across the pond.
Aaron and Rick arrive at the Alexandria gate and are surprised to be greeted by Saviors, who inspect the goods that they brought back. Laura finds the note that Aaron found previously, and David accuses him of disrespecting them as he tries to explain. He and Gary begin to beat up Aaron as Rick is held at gunpoint by Laura.
Once they are finished, Rick helps Aaron to his feet. "My heart's still beating, right?" he asks Rick. They hear a gunshot and rush to investigate, where Eric holds Aaron up. As Negan demands to know who made the bullet, Arat points her gun at Aaron until Eugene confesses it was him.
When the Saviors arrive at Alexandria looking for Daryl, Simon comments on the bare pantry shelves. Aaron explains that they're having a hard time scavenging.
After the Saviors leave, Rick asks Aaron about the pantry. Aaron and Tobin explain that Gabriel disappeared from his night shift, along with most of their food, weapons and a car. Rick finds a the word "BOAT" left by Gabriel in the inventory notebook and shows it to Aaron.
As Aaron packs a bag to accompany Rick back to the boat, Eric begs him not to go; he knows they're taking on the Saviors and Aaron is still recovering from when they beat him up. Aaron tells him he has to, for Gabriel and for them.
The group arrive at the boat and follow some footprints, which take them to a junkyard. They are then held at gunpoint and knifepoint by a large group of strangers.
Aaron is seen along with the others as prisoners of Jadis. He remains silent and confused as his captors swarm him and align in a circular formation around the Alexandrians. He does not speak as Rick demands that Gabriel be brought to them before he negotiates. Aaron reacts quickly when a skirmish erupts between Rosita and one of their minders, first trying to break up the fight before receiving a smack to the head by one of the others. He remains still as Gabriel and Rick barter for their lives and their support against the Saviors. When Rick goes with Jadis to be tested for his worth, Aaron is wary of the other group, but allows himself to sit in a wicker chair and be tended to by Gabriel. Aaron, Michonne and Rosita all rush over to the landfill Rick was tossed into and watch as he fights a walker outfitted with metal and spikes.
When he is finally able to defeat the walker, Aaron's weapon is returned to him along with the other weapons taken from his friends. As Rick and Jadis argue over what the terms of their deal would be, a third of the Saviors' supplies and half of Rick's, along with an assortment of firearms and jars. Aaron jokes about not wanting Eric to see his face after the blow he had sustained. He and Michonne are grateful that Rick was able to earn their freedom when he returns to them. Aaron and Rick carry their supplies back to their vehicle, receiving one final warning from their former captors that their deal would expire soon if the terms were not met.
Aaron first appears in one of the two rowboats the Alexandrians use to travel across a river, paddling alongside Tobin and Eric for his boat. He and Eric have a brief discussion during their preparation to attack Oceanside. Eric quickly agrees with Aaron over the necessity of their attack, Eric justifying it to himself and Aaron that he wasn't going to allow Aaron to be randomly beaten on any given visit from the Saviors.
Once the raid had concluded and Tara had been saved from Natania, Aaron forms a line with the Alexandrians and the capable Oceanside fighters to take on the horde of walkers that swarms the camp because of the noise from the explosions and gunfire. Aaron and the others successfully defend their front without a single casualty, but Natania refuses to be convinced to join Rick's cause to take on Negan, and allows them to have their weapons. Aaron helps carry out the Oceanside camp's weapons to their vehicles and drives back to Alexandria with them.
Following their arrival back to Alexandria from Oceanside, the group discovers Dwight's change of allegiance from the Saviors to Rick and the community to ruin Negan, warning them about an attack by Negan because of a mole alerting him of resistance from Rick and the community. With the Scavengers help, Aaron and the community prepare for the battle with Negan and the Saviors using Oceanside's guns.
Jadis and the Scavengers arrive at Alexandria in a caravan of garbage trucks and bicycles. Rick greets Jadis inside the gate. Daryl, Rosita, and Aaron wire explosives in an empty cargo truck outside the Alexandria gate.
On a truck, Aaron guards the wall of Alexandria with Eric. When Negan and the Saviors arrive, the explosives that Aaron, Daryl and Rosita prepared failed to go off. At that moment, the Scavengers betray Alexandria. One of the Scavengers aim there gun at Aaron and Eric. However, when a reanimated Sasha attacks Negan, Carl leads the attack against the Scavengers and the Saviors during the distraction. Aaron and Eric follow Carl's lead and help against the attack.
Aaron and Eric fight the Scavengers and Saviors, followed by the assistance with the Kingdom and Hilltop residents. After driving out the Scavengers and Saviors, the community prepares for war. Aaron is shown giving Jerry an apple. Aaron can be seen next to Eric, listening to the speech by Rick, Maggie, and Ezekiel.
Aaron along with Eric, helped prepare for battle against the Saviors. At Hilltop, Eric helped arm the cars with sheets of metal. Shortly before the battle, Eric began to pray despite previous non-beliefs. Aaron catches him praying and Eric tells him that he was always meaning to and that it's never too late. He then attended the speech held by Rick about fighting for a better future. Aaron and Eric then traveled with the militia to the Sanctuary and opened fire against the Saviors and then left the Sanctuary with the others as the herd crew summoned the herd of walkers to the gates of Sanctuary.
Aaron leads a force from the Militia against a Savior outpost. When Eric becomes distressed at the battle, Aaron reminds him that they only need to hold the Saviors off for a while as their plan is to let the dead Saviors reanimate and turn on their comrades as walkers. As the battle continues, Aaron notices Eric being ambushed by Saviors and runs several over with a car, saving his boyfriend's life. To Aaron's horror, he discovers that Eric has been shot in the abdomen and is seriously wounded. Aaron abandons the battle in favor of getting Eric to medical attention, helping Eric to limp away.
Aaron and his team continue their assault against the Saviors with gunfire, but the Saviors begin to make their way inside the compound to assist Morales. Meanwhile, Aaron helps Eric away from the gunfire after he sustained a bullet wound the abdomen. Aaron insists they will get him to the Kingdom's doctor. Aaron breaks down and apologizes to Eric, feeling guilty for bringing Eric into the fight, but Eric tells Aaron he will be fine and that the other members of their team need Aaron's help more than he does. Aaron reluctantly agrees and they kiss goodbye, with Aaron telling Eric he loves him, with Eric responding with, "I always had a hunch," referring back to the first time they admitted their love for each other. Aaron then rejoins the fight.
Aaron is seen rushing to Rick and Daryl's aid in the outpost, killing the remaining Saviors. With the gunfight now over, Aaron goes to retrieve Eric, only to discover he has died and reanimated as a walker, wandering off towards a nearby herd. The sight of his loved one among the undead makes Aaron break down in tears as he tries to get to him, Scott appears and tells him it's not Eric and they have to go. Later, Aaron sits with blood on his hands. He hears a baby cry and sees Rick walk out with Gracie in his arms. Aaron offers to take the baby to Hilltop with him and Rick agrees.
Aaron is first seen at the Hilltop, giving Maggie the letter about the updated on the war, and bringing Gracie to her. In the office, Aaron talks with Enid about the loss of Eric and the weight he is carrying as a result. Maggie is holding baby Gracie. She says the feeling doesn't go away but it helps to do something about it. Aaron exits the room. Outside, he packs a car. Enid rushes to him. He says he is going to make sure they win and she wants to go with him. "Grab your stuff and some food," Aaron said. "We might be gone for a while."
Aaron is first seen with Enid in a car, they are driving to Oceanside. She asks Aaron if they will talk to them, Aaron responds "I hope so", they drive down the road, when Aaron goes in the woods near Oceanside, Natania attacks him and tells Aaron that he never should've come. As Natania prepares to impale Aaron with a spear, she gets shot from behind by Enid. Moments later, Aaron and Enid are surrounded by the Oceanside residents.
Aaron and Enid are handcuffed in Natania's house by Cyndie, Rachel, Kathy, and Beatrice. The Oceansiders decide to leave the decision on what to do with the two Alexandrians to Cyndie, who, after some convincing from Enid, decides to let them live.
Taking them to the forest, Cyndie refuses to join the fight, feeling that what they've already contributed was enough. She gives a warning for them to never return to the community. Enid briefly confronts Cyndie about their community's killing of newcomers, but is only met with the same warning.
Aaron insists on staying at Oceanside, despite their warning and reluctance to fight, to try and convince the community to join their forces, he believes he has a chance to successfully enlist their help due to Kathy and Beatrice showing interest during an earlier visit. He won't leave until he gets the Oceanside to fight. He orders Enid to return to the Hilltop and inform Maggie of his plans, imploring her not to return for him. Enid, while adamant that Oceanside has made their minds up, allows Aaron to continue with his plan and leaves for the Hilltop.
As the women of Oceanside return from fishing, an emaciated and weak Aaron kills a walker that appears nearby before collapsing. Having been spotted in the area often by the women, Aaron is ignored except for Beatrice to tell him to find something to drink.
During a rainstorm, Aaron gathers water, only to be set upon by a small pack of walkers. Having not eaten in days, Aaron is too weak to put much of a fight, losing his knife in the mud. However, Aaron succeeds in killing the walkers with a tree branch before passing out.
Aaron eventually wakes up to find himself surrounded by the women of Oceanside. Aaron tells the women that they blame Enid for Natania's death, but the fault really lies with the Saviors who forced the women into hiding and to change who they are. Aaron urges them to fight the Saviors before passing out again.
As Tara, Alden and the other Savior defectors prepare to defend the Hilltop against attacking Savior forces to buy time for the other survivors to get away, Aaron suddenly arrives with the women of Oceanside. Aaron and the women firebomb the Savior attackers, killing them and preventing a battle.
After the war with the Saviors ends, Aaron officially adopts Gracie as his daughter.
On the road, Aaron and Jesus kill some walkers. Aaron asks Jesus if he can teach him some of his skills, to which he agrees to teach him in a class at the Hilltop.
Later that day, Aaron and the group go to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., to search for a covered wagon and farming equipment. However, he stays outside as a lookout along with Tara, Jesus, and Alden.
Shortly after, the group leaves D.C. and prepare to head back to their own communities.
On the road, Daryl and Rosita catch up with everyone to inform them that the main bridge is out due to a storm. Rick tells Aaron, Tara, Gabriel, and Anne to head back to Alexandria and the rest will go to an alternate route and spend the night at the Sanctuary.
While constructing on the bridge, Aaron shares with Daryl his experience as a father with Gracie and tells him someday he'll make a great dad. Meanwhile, Henry arrives to give water to the workers. Justin shoves him down for not giving him extra water and starts drinking from the jug. Henry gets angry and knocks him down with his stick.
A furious Justin gets up to retaliate, but Daryl stops him, saying that the kid's just doing his job. Justin swings at him and Daryl punches him in the face. They start fighting. Aaron tries to intervene, but is stopped by Jed.
Rick arrives and stops them. He tells everyone to go back to work.
A while later, a herd of walkers arrive at the labor site and a commotion ensues. Jed panics and lets go of one of the giant logs, making it fall onto Aaron's arm, crushing it. Daryl yells to the crew to lift the log while he double-knives the walkers around him. They lift the log but Aaron's arm is crushed. Daryl carries Aaron to the camp as Rick and his group arrives to hold off the walkers.
Daryl rushes Aaron to the infirmary and Enid quickly decides they need to amputate. Aaron reluctantly agrees as Daryl ties the tourniquet. Enid amputates his arm.
At night, Rick visits Aaron and apologizes to him for what happened. Aaron says that he couldn't know and claims that thanks to Rick: "It's not the end of the world anymore... It's the start of a whole new one," believing that he made a worthwhile sacrifice to help rebuild the world.
Six years later, Aaron, now with a metal prosthetic, along with Eugene, Rosita, and Laura find Judith in the woods helping Magna's group. Wanting to take them in, Judith declares she won't go return to Alexandria until they accept them. Aaron and the others reluctantly agree.
In Alexandria, Magna's group arrives at the gates and Judith assures them they'll be safe. They get escorted inside, where Gracie runs over to Aaron. Rosita updates Siddiq on Yumiko's condition and he escorts her to the infirmary. Magna tries to tag along, but is stopped by D.J.
Michonne arrives on horseback and doesn't look pleased to see the new arrivals. She frisks Magna and asks Eugene why they're here. Aaron claims it was his call, but Michonne reminds him it's not his call to make. "I decided," Judith tells her. Michonne scolds her, but Aaron says they're here now and they should decide their fate together, while Gabriel suggests they vote tomorrow. Michonne agrees and instructs her people to put them in holding. She leaves as her sheriff figurine falls out of her pocket and Judith picks it up.
The next day, Magna's group stand before Aaron and the rest of the council for questioning. They ask who their leader is and Magna claims they're a team, while Luke explains their group used to be bigger. Gabriel asks about their former professions. Luke was a music teacher, Magna was a truck stop waitress, Connie was a journalist, and Kelly was a high school student. Luke says they should trust them, but Michonne isn't done with questions. She stands up and asks Magna to see her left hand, which has a prison tattoo. Michonne then calls her out for the hidden knife on her belt, which she puts on the table. Michonne storms out, saying she'll second any of their motions. Magna tries to question her but is shut off.
On the road, Aaron jumps Jesus on horseback and the two playfully fight in a field until they're worn out and go sit to catch up. Jesus asks if Michonne has reconsidered joining the upcoming fair but Aaron said she won't even put it to a revote. Suddenly, a flare is fired in the air close by and they rush over to investigate. They find Rosita wounded by a tree, who tells them she left Eugene in a barn. Before some walkers get close, they grab her and promise to look for Eugene tomorrow.
In the morning, Daryl, Carol, and Henry arrive at Hilltop and hug Tara. Carol tells Jesus that Henry wants to learn how to be a blacksmith. Aaron greets Daryl and tells him they could use his help locating Eugene. Henry tries to tag along but Carol instead says he needs to stay and she will help him find a home.
With Dog leading the way, Daryl, Aaron, and Jesus head out to find Eugene.
In the woods, Aaron, Daryl, and Jesus discover a herd middling around in the middle of a field. As they leave, an odd-looking walker watches them from the herd.
Later, Jesus tells Aaron that Daryl used to trade with Hilltop before he stopped coming to visit. Aaron encourages him to embrace his new leadership role when Daryl cuts them off and says he can hear the walkers nearby through the wind. As they leave, Jesus looks with suspicion at the incoming herd.
At night, Daryl, Jesus, and Aaron locate Eugene hiding in a barn cellar. A terrified Eugene warns them a herd of walkers is looking for him and they need to leave immediately. "This wasn't a normal herd... They were whispering to each other", he tells them. They look at him confused, when suddenly Dog barks, warning them of the nearby herd.
In the foggy woods, Eugene suggests to the group that the walkers are evolving. Daryl calls bullshit when Aaron notices they're drawing closer. Jesus demands they split up but Daryl says that instead, he will guide the herd away while he and Aaron take Eugene to the horses.
A while later, Aaron, Jesus, and Eugene end up at a foggy cemetery. They quickly get trapped by a locked gate, forcing Aaron and Jesus to go kill the walkers, while they hear whispers around. Suddenly, Daryl, Michonne, Magna, and Yumiko arrive to help them unlock the gate.
Jesus tells Aaron and Eugene to get out while he finishes the walkers and starts taking out several with his sword. He goes to kill the last one but as he attacks it, the walker dodges and stabs him from behind through his chest, shocking everyone. "You are where you do not belong", the walker whispers to a shocked Jesus before throwing him on the ground.
Daryl shoots it in the head as several more Whisperers arrive and the rest of the group run in to finish them off. As Aaron goes over to Jesus' body, Daryl notices something on the back of the walker and cuts into his neck, revealing a mask. Before they can process the situation, whispers around them get louder and the group circles up preparing for a fight.
In the cemetery, Aaron and the rest proceed to kill the Whisperers and walkers around them. When more arrive they're forced to carry Jesus' body away and lock the gates. As they leave, a whisperer opens the lock.
On the road, Aaron claims to Magna and Yumiko that Jesus was a good man and tells Eugene to not blame himself for his death. Suddenly, the group notices a small group of walkers nearby. Daryl corners them on a bridge and uses his crossbow to see who are whisperers. He hits one in the leg and the man falls down screaming in pain, attracting walkers to him. The rest try slowly escaping to the other side, where Michonne is waiting for them. They draw their knives and attack, but Michonne and the rest kill them with ease as the final whisperer gets on her knees to surrender. Daryl rips off her mask, to reveal a girl begging for her life. Michonne angrily questions her but when more walkers show up Daryl decides to take her with them.
Later, Aaron and the group arrive at Hilltop with Jesus' body and the captive girl, causing the whole community to react in disbelief. Aaron hugs Enid, comforting her.
Afterward, Aaron apologizes to Michonne for doubting her, affirming that Alexandria is self-sufficient enough without Hilltop. Michonne apologizes too.
A while later, a funeral is held for Jesus and everyone take turns hammering the nails in his coffin. Aaron looks in sadness and then proceeds to leave with the rest of the group to Alexandria.
In Alexandria, Aaron listens as Michonne scolds her council for keeping her in the dark about their radio mission. Gabriel argues they should be more open to new communities, but Aaron reminds him about the Whisperers and how they should trust Michonne's discretion. Siddiq argues that Michonne's not always right and her decision to cut ties with The Kingdom proves it. Michonne draws a hard line and asserts she's not willing to sacrifice her people to save the Kingdom.
Later, Michonne visits Aaron to announce she has decided to let the council send a delegation to the Kingdom's fair. Aaron pushes back, but Michonne says the people should be allowed to decide for themselves. "I hope we don’t regret this," Aaron says and agrees to her decision.
In Alexandria, Aaron goes to Michonne's house to inform her that Daryl's at the gates with Henry, Lydia, and Connie. From a guard post, Michonne tells Daryl she's skeptical of Lydia but he assures her she’s on their side. Aaron tells her they shouldn't trust Lydia, but Michonne tells him she trusts Daryl.
In the past, Aaron, Michonne, Rosita, Eugene, and Gabriel follow Winnie to a factory where they find several kids hiding out. At night, he watches as Jocelyn’s kid group enjoys a bonfire with a younger Judith and the community kids. He tells Michonne Rick would've been proud of her and from wherever he is he's watching them.
In the present, at night, Aaron says farewell to Daryl as he prepares to leave for the Kingdom. He reminds him about the time he told him he would be a great dad and he has proved it by taking care of Lydia and Henry. However, he remarks that was back when their main focus was building a bridge and then pats him goodbye.
In the past, Aaron watches as Michonne and Daryl return to Alexandria with the missing kids. He immediately goes over to help them both.
Several months after the fair massacre, Aaron accompanies Michonne and a group of Alexandrians to help the Kingdom residents travel safely and move to the Hilltop. On the road, the group spots walkers in a field but keep moving undetected.
Later, as more snow starts falling, Michonne decides to take the group to the Sanctuary for shelter during the night. In the Sanctuary, Aaron listens as the leaders map their route through a frozen lake on Alpha’s land and Michonne warns they have to leave now or they won't make it. He accepts to take the route and claims that if Rick's bridge had been built, they would have arrived half a day earlier. The group gets ready and leave the Sanctuary.
In the woods, the group passes the pikes into Alpha's territory. Michonne kills frozen walkers, unsure if they're Whisperers or not, before reaching the frozen lake. Daryl notices Lydia’s missing again, so Carol leaves to find her and instructs him to get everyone across safely. Suddenly, walkers awaken from the snow banks and the group kills them one by one before escaping across the ice.
In the morning, Aaron and the group finally arrive at Hilltop, where Daryl knocks off the head of a frozen walker. The next day, he and the others return to Alexandria, along with Carol and several Kingdom refugees. He then plays with the group in a snowball fight.
Some months after the blizzard, Aaron and the Coalition form a militia in order to train the several residents of the communities to face any future treats. He takes part in a training exercise on the Oceanside beach. As Ezekiel and Jerry methodically release walkers from a shipwrecked boat, Aaron and the other militia work together as a unit to take out the walker threat.
A while later, Aaron radios Gabriel at Alexandria to warn him about the recently discovered Whisperer mask at the beach, suggesting they go on lockdown. Michonne instead advises they stay vigilant while they split up and look for more signs of the Whisperers.
On the hunt, Aaron asks Michonne if they're the good guys, reminding her they're the villains in other people's stories. Suddenly, he spots walkers on a bridge and rushes in to kill them. Michonne saves him and angrily reminds him not to cross into Alpha's border. However, Aaron reminds her about the people they've lost and claims he is tired of being nice. Michonne reiterates he still needs to be careful.
Michonne then radios everyone to circle back but Yumiko tells her they have found something. In the woods, they catch up with her and find an abandoned campsite full of corpses and a walker skin. Aaron declares one of the Whisperers has been here. At Oceanside, Michonne explains to Aaron that people can't be afraid because of how fear will impact the community. She also tells him they have to choose to be the good guys, even when it's hard.
That night, Aaron and the others decide to cross Alpha's border to put out the fire and avoid it burning down Oceanside. They discover the remains of the satellite and start combating the fire. Some use water while others dig a means to prevent the fire from spreading until the morning arrives. The group runs out of water as a herd of walkers approaches the group. With their backs to the fire, the group prepares for a fight.
Aaron and the group take their formations and start fighting off the herd. As they keep killing the walkers, Daryl tosses an axe to cut a tree down and have it fall onto some walkers. Later, the fire is put out and everyone recovers. Aaron claims they have been lucky so far and Michonne asks him where Daryl and Carol went.
Aaron and the rest of the Alexandria residents face against waves of walkers pouring onto the community gates over the next 49 hours. After prevailing from the exhausting battle, the community discovers that a new herd of walkers is approaching from multiple directions. In the morning, Aaron helps to clean up the community from the corpses while Eugene warns that it will be an hour until the next wave hits.
Later that day at an emergency council meeting, Aaron listens as Michonne decides that instead of retaliating against the Whisperers, she and a small group will meet with Alpha at the border to work things out. Under Michonne's plan, Aaron is placed in charge of leading a team to take out the southern wave of walkers. While he screws a mace onto his arm, Gabriel informs Aaron Negan's going to fight alongside him due to a lack of soldiers at the moment.
In the woods, Aaron and Negan kill some walkers. When Negan finds a crowbar, Aaron demands him to put it down. Negan says he's not the guy he thinks he is but Aaron makes him continue to use the broomstick to kill the incoming walkers. At night, Negan takes out a walker with the crowbar which prompts Aaron to demand he heads back. When Negan tries to dismiss him, Aaron pushes him to the ground. "I did what I had to do back then," Negan claims about his past actions. Aaron asks why Eric had to die and Negan tells him if he doesn't protect what belongs to him then it belongs to someone else. Aaron shoots back that if he failed Eric then Negan failed his wife and she died hating him.
Aaron is suddenly attacked by walkers as Negan escapes. He kills them, but the blood causes his eyes to go blurry. As Aaron searches for Negan, he stumbles into a cabin where his blurry vision causes him to bang around the cabin as walkers storm in. Negan saves him with the crowbar and tells him the flowers growing out of the walkers are called hogweed and can lead to blindness. He hands him water and tells him they'll leave in the morning. At dawn, Aaron regains his vision and tells Negan he can finally see. They then head back to Alexandria.
Aaron trains the residents in Alexandria on close combat when he notices Gage, Margo, and Alfred harassing Lydia. As she leaves, Aaron tells them it's their turn to practice. Later that day, Aaron is at the dining hall enjoying a meal when Lydia makes a scene by gutting a dead squirrel, upsetting Gage, Margo, and Alfred. He watches as the three leave in disgust before returning to his meal.
Later that night, Aaron and the council reunite in the meeting house to discuss Lydia's attack. They question Gage and Alfred, who lie and say they were attacked. Gabriel asks why Lydia's the one in the infirmary. They claim to them how their friends got beheaded by the Whisperers and now Margo is dead. The council then lets them go.
While the council discusses their vote on Negan's fate, Aaron opposes to Negan being spared due to all the people he has killed and that something inside him is broken. Daryl arrives and says he believes Lydia, which ties the vote. Gabriel announces he'll take the night to make his decision by tomorrow.
The following morning, Aaron and Gabriel discuss Negan's escape when Lydia walks by and tells them she is responsible, much to their shock and confusion.
Aaron is looking for Negan in the woods while also practicing with his sword. While passing over a bridge, Aaron hears footsteps and hides to investigate. He watches as Gamma cuts open a walker and spill its guts on the river in order to contaminate the water.
Later that day, Aaron encounters Gamma by the creed again and tosses her some bandages after watching her cut her hand. He introduces himself and tries to get her to do the same, but she picks up the bandage and runs off. Aaron sarcastically yells that she is welcome and then leaves.
Aaron and Gamma meet on a bridge at one of the borders. She questions how his community is full of supplies like bread. He offers her some but she turns him down. Gamma then notices a drawing by Gracie in his bag and he reveals he has a daughter. She is surprised to hear that they have children in the community and explains that children hold you back. When Aaron asks about siblings, Gamma lies and tells him she's an only child.
Later that day, Aaron tells Gamma she can keep the drawing and tries to ask about her past. When she doesn't answer, he calls her out for digging for intel and thinks he should be doing the same. He then opens up about his younger brother and tries for her to the same. Before she can give in, Gamma leaves while repeating the Whisperer motto to herself.
That night, Aaron meets with Gamma again. She hands him back Gracie's drawing and when he reaches for it, she grabs him from behind and puts a knife to his neck to question him. Suddenly, Carol emerges from the woods with her arrow pointed as Lydia also arrives. Aaron then sees as Gamma panics and runs off into the woods. When Carol tries to stop Lydia from leaving as well, he watches as Lydia hits her with her stick and crosses the border too.
Aaron meets Gamma at the border on the bridge again and she asks if the baby that was left to die outside Hilltop is still alive. When she reveals he is her nephew, Aaron says he was rescued by a family and is named Adam. She offers him information in exchange for seeing Adam. Before accepting any type of deal, Aaron makes her take off her mask and to tell the truth. Gamma says her name used to be Mary and reveals to him the location of Alpha's horde.
Upon arriving back at Alexandria, Aaron is informed about the recent events regarding Siddiq's death. He claims to be disgusted with how oblivious he was to Dante being spy living among them for the past four months, especially after he treated Gracie once. When Carol tells him not to blame himself, he reveals that he has been talking with a Whisperer and she has told him the location of Alpha's horde, explaining she just wants to see her nephew Adam. Despite his skepticism, Daryl orders Aaron to summon a group from Hilltop to help them with the mission.
Later that day, Aaron attends the funeral service for Siddiq and listens to Gabriel's religious remarks. He silently pays his respects and then leaves the ceremony with his daughter. At their home, they play a game where Gracie has to guess the capitals of each state from the license plate mural he made with Eric years prior. After winning, she asks for a story as her prize. Aaron tells her he once went hiking with a man he loved in Eureka, California. They stood in ancient ruins and listened to the sound of the ocean waves which were far away and wondered what life was like for the old civilization. She asks for the villagers' whereabouts but Aaron doesn't know what happened to them.
Aaron then goes alongside Daryl and Carol to the woods to meet up with the group from Hilltop. He hugs Magna and Kelly after not having seen them for a while. That night, the group crosses one of the borders in the woods to continue their mission. The next day, the group arrives at the location of the horde in a clearing only to find it's empty. Despite this, Aaron is confident Mary didn't lie but an angry Daryl says it was a waste of time and now they have to go search for the missing Lydia. When Carol chases after Alpha into a dark building, Aaron and the others follow her inside. The group then falls below a cave into a trap where they find themselves surrounded by most of the horde.
Having become trapped in the cave with the horde, Aaron and the group recover from the fall and realize Alpha is watching them from the top as they look around for a possible exit. He watches as Carol screams in anger and then helps Magna as she tries to climb a wall in vain. The group starts seeking other avenues of escape and eventually they decide to jump from rock to rock onto the other side of the cave in order to find another exit.
As the group moves through the cave, Aaron discusses with Jerry how much food they have left when Kelly tells them they don't have enough. He also tells Magna they don't have time to blame each other and they have to work together. When Magna is ambushed by a Whisperer, the group engages in a fight and kills several Whisperers, before deciding to follow the ones who escaped to find the exit. They follow the path and squeeze trough narrow tunnels until they find an underground mine station where Kelly discovers a box of dynamite. As the group starts digging for a way out, Aaron tells Magna to rest a little but she says she wants to escape to reunite with Yumiko.
When Carol accidentally drops a stick of dynamite in an effort to destroy the herd, the explosion causes the cave to begin collapsing. Aaron and Kelly make it to the surface and kill some Whisperers while Jerry holds a beam to prevent it from collapsing as they wait for the others. Daryl and Carol escape but Magna and Connie stay back and kill several Whisperers to protect Jerry, but he cannot hold the log anymore and leaves through the hole. The rest of the dynamite immediately explodes and the cave implodes, trapping Magna and Connie inside.
Aaron watches as Daryl tries to excavate trough the debris and tells him it could take weeks to reach them as he starts to sob. Kelly states that the explosion will attract walkers and Whisperers in the vicinity and they should leave because they won't be able to help Connie and Magna if they die. Daryl then tells the group to head home and inform everyone they found the horde, while he'll find the other entrance to the cave.
Aaron returns to Alexandria the next day and is in disbelief when he sees new graves and realizes several Alexandrians were killed during an attack last night. He then informs to Gabriel and Scott that not everyone from the scout group escaped from the cave. Afterwards, Aaron and Gracie leave with a group in wagons towards Hilltop so Rosita can be healed by the doctor and to discuss the incoming battle against the Whisperers.
Aaron arrives at Hilltop with the group, and Earl asks Aaron about who Mary is, the latter reveals her to be a former Whisperer that has defected, and that she wishes to see her nephew, Adam. Earl promptly shoots down this notion, not trusting Mary. Alden agrees with Earl, and assures him that they will only allow the Alexandrians to see Alex.
Aaron joins the discussion about what should be done with the Whisperers. Lydia thinks they should run, explaining that even if the explosion at the cave took out half the horde, Alpha would still have thousands of walkers left. Earl thinks the Whisperers might bypass them and go for Alexandria first, but Lydia negates this. Jerry wishes to stay and fight instead, while Dianne agrees with Lydia, believing that they can rebuild in another location. Earl is skeptical, however, and reckons that they will never find a place as good as Hilltop. While Yumiko points out they're heavily outnumbered, Earl insists that fighting is the best course of action, and even if they die, they will die for a place that means something. Aaron points out that there are children at Hilltop, too. Daryl agrees that they should get the kids out first, and instructs the others to pack up and regroup at Oceanside.
Later, Mary spots Adam and attempts to talk to him, but is intercepted by Alden, who prevents her from doing so. Despite Mary's pleas and Aaron's attempts to reason with him, Alden remains adamant about keeping Adam separate from Mary. Aaron is shown when everyone equips their weapons and armor.
As everyone is gathered on the front lines, Kelly puts her palms on the ground and confirms that the horde is close. Indeed, the horde soon emerges from the bushes and approaches the Hilltop. While they are momentarily halted by the electric fence, the walkers soon break through it and approach the second line of defense. Aaron orders the survivors to split ranks. The shield-wielding survivors reinforce the makeshift barbed wire fence, while the melee weapon-wielding survivors start taking out the walkers. The archers, meanwhile, stay in the back and rain arrows on the herd. Behind the herd, Beta commands the Whisperers to launch the sap they collected earlier using makeshift catapults into the front lines, drenching most of the defenders as well as the Hilltop's walls. This is followed by the Whisperers launching fire-arrows into the front lines, setting one unfortunate Hilltop resident ablaze. With no choice, the defenders begin to retreat towards the Hilltop, but are trapped when the Whisperers launch another volley of fire-arrows into the Hilltop's walls, setting the community ablaze.
Aaron survives the fall of the Hilltop and escapes with an injured Luke, dragging his unconscious friend to safety on a makeshift sled. In the nearby woods, Aaron encounters Negan who tries to convince Aaron that he is not a threat to him. However, Aaron is too angry to hear Negan out. The confrontation is interrupted by the approach of a small herd, forcing Aaron to fight them off to protect the still-unconscious Luke while Negan escapes.
Aaron appears in Michonne's hallucination during the line-up where Michonne chooses who she will kill with Lucille.
Aaron watches over Beta in the upper floor of the windmill with Alden, who communicates information to Aaron via sign language. From a distance, Aaron and Alden spy on the herd and radio their observations to Gabriel, noting that they are heading towards Oceanside as expected. Aaron tells him they will continue to follow the herd and notify them if anything changes. Shadowing the horde, Aaron and Alden notice it changing direction, so try to call it in. Failing to get a signal, they decide to retreat, but before they can do so, they are surrounded by a group of Whisperers, one of which holds them at gunpoint.
Aaron and Alden manage to fight off the Whisperers, who are then further assisted Maggie Rhee, who had returned per the community's request to help end the Whisperer War, and her armed escort. Aaron, along with Alden, Maggie, and her escort; arrived at the Tower just in time to kill the invading Whisperers and save Gabriel's life.
With the survivors killing many of the Whisperers, Daryl killing Beta, and Carol and Lydia leading the herd off a cliff into a ravine - the Whisperer War is efficiently ended. After the battle, Aaron takes Gracie to reintroduce Maggie to her. Gracie and Maggie recognize and embrace each other.
Aaron will appear in this episode.
Aaron will appear in this season.
This list shows the victims Aaron has killed:
- Buttons (Out of Mercy)
- Holly (Indirectly Caused)
- Shelly Neudermeyer (Indirectly Caused)
- Richards (Indirectly Caused)
- Erin (Indirectly Caused)
- Stacy (Indirectly Caused)
- Michael (Indirectly Caused)
- Natalie Miller (Indirectly Caused)
- Bobby (Indirectly Caused)
- Dinesh (Indirectly Caused)
- Dan (Indirectly Caused)
- Samantha (Indirectly Caused)
- O'Hara (Indirectly Caused)
- Charlyne (Indirectly Caused)
- Jeffery (Indirectly Caused)
- Park (Indirectly Caused)
- Adrian (Indirectly Caused)
- Dino (Alongside his fellow Militia members)
- Mara (Caused, alongside his fellow Militia members)
- Natania (Indirectly Caused)
- Paul Rovia (Before Reanimation)
- Rifle Whisperer (Alongside Alden)
- 2 unnamed people
- 2 unnamed Wolves (1 Alive and 1 Before Reanimation)
- 2 unnamed Alexandria residents (Zombified)
- 18 unnamed Saviors (6 Direct, 12 alongside Oceanside militia members)
- 1 unnamed Scavenger
- At least 9 unnamed Whisperers (1 Alongside Kelly, 3 Alongside Alden)
- Numerous counts of zombies
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- The casting call for this character used the name Logan.
- Aaron was described as "Early to Late 30s. An affable, good-natured, adventurous guy. Despite feeling like a bit of an outsider for most of his life (or perhaps because of it), he's passionate about people and the good they can do. He doesn't think twice about putting himself in danger if he believes something positive can come from it."
- Robert Kirkman hinted on a Talking Dead special in November 2014 that the second half of Season 5 "will contain a very prominent gay character from the comics", likely referring to Aaron. Ross Marquand was later confirmed in January 2015 by TVLine to be playing the character.
- Before Ross Marquand received the role of Aaron, he auditioned for the role of Gareth. Because of his comedic roots, the casting director thought Ross would be better suited for Aaron because of the character's humorous personality and had him return shortly after auditioning for Gareth to audition for Aaron.
- Ross Marquand confirmed that Aaron and Eric were in a relationship before the apocalypse: They met through work in their NGO and lived together in D.C., becoming one of the original members of the Safe-Zone.
- It could be considered that Aaron is the first politician in the show followed by Deanna Monroe, a former U.S. Congresswoman, considering how he was a politico in D.C., but he left before he had an official title. This was because he believed he could better use his altruistic personality in a hands-on approach in the peace corps rather than becoming a politician.
- Ross Marquand revealed that Aaron is a fan of The Smiths, his favorite song specifically being "Hand in Glove", which in the lyrics alludes to lead singer Morrisey's sexuality and the homophobia that gay couples encounter when being public.
- Aaron was originally planned to appear in the episode "Start to Finish", but his scenes were cut.
- Aaron is the first Alexandrian to appear in the series and the longest lasting survivor from Alexandria. Coincidentally, Aaron is the only remaining main character introduced in Alexandria.
- Aaron collects license plates, as he states he wants to collect every state in "The Distance".
- In the script for "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be", there were 3 alternative death scenes, where two of them involved Aaron dying. One of them involved Maggie and Aaron dying, and another one where Aaron died first and Eugene dying afterwards.
- In "The Bridge", Aaron's left arm is amputated after being crushed under a fallen log.
- Aaron is one of three characters (The others being Merle Dixon and Hershel Greene) known to use a substitute appendage on an amputated limb.
- He is also the first character on The Walking Dead who use an iron arm prototype to substitute his own lost arm.
- As of Jesus' death in "Evolution", Aaron is the only openly homosexual male character still alive.
- Actor Tom Payne also confirmed that while Aaron and Jesus had a friendship, they had a sexual encounter at least once during the six-year time-jump. Ross Marquand added that had Jesus survived, he and Aaron would eventually become romantic.
- Aaron and Gabriel are the only remaining characters introduced in Season 5.
- With Tara's death in "The Calm Before", he is now the longest-living LGBTQ+ character on the show.
- Ross Marquand confirmed an interview that at some point, Aaron did reveal to Gracie that she was adopted by being rescued from the Saviors during the war. However, he neglected to tell her that her father was directly killed by Rick in the battle.