SPOILER ALERT: Do not read any further unless you have seen last night’s episode ‘The Distance’. NO COMIC SPOILERS BELOW. I repeat - no comic spoilers!
Leading up to this evening’s episode, Twitter was aflutter with questions. A hashtag, #WhoIsAaron popped up last week during the ‘Stranger Danger’ scene, and viewers who hadn’t read the comics were asking all sorts of stuff and thangs.
We got to know Aaron this week, not only where he came from but little quirks of personality that hinted at an individual still tethered to some semblance of sanity from before the madness began. Aaron quickly became one of the first true ‘people’ we have seen on the road in like….a really long time. Even while trying to wrangle the wild Grimes gang like a freaked-out feral cat into a carrier Aaron exhibited a strong sense of humor, all while keeping his wits about him and his game face on.
So, what exactly did we learn about Aaron this week?
One – He doesn’t like applesauce. He is clearly not starving as he squirms away from a spoonful of the stuff like it’s a scoop of mayo or something equally vile. (Mayo is the worst, you can't convince me otherwise….) Being a picky eater is an amazing luxury in this new world, and even though Aaron is totally being a gigantic baby here his reluctance to eat the applesauce shows that there is hope for our survivors…at least in the food department.
Two – He collects license plates, which is yet another indication of his humanity and “personness”. Good luck with Alaska and Hawaii, buddy.
Three – He has access to electricity. How do I know? Clean-shaven? Check. Pictures developed? Check. Applesauce? Check. No one wants to make that shizz without a food processor fo sho.
Four – He’s been tracking our gang for a while. Clearly they passed the water test, and the not killing each other and all, but I’m curious to hear the exact metric this group uses to assess new recruits. They must have their own, more complex version of ‘The Big Three’.
Five – Speaking of ‘The Big Three’, Aaron tells Michonne that he has has killed two people. Two is a far cry from how many the majority of our gang has killed, but it’s nothing to shake a stick at.
Six – He smiles after Rick sucker punches him directly in the eyeball. Aaron's totally like the Energizer Bunny of apocalypse survivors.
Seven – Aaron has a partner named Eric. Big reveal, Aaron’s gay! His relationship with Eric showcases an honest sort of love, a love that makes our gang look at them with a bit more trust in their eyes. (Side note - To all the haters I say, love is love, and if two men kissing are more offensive to you than brutal beheadings and evil cannibals, maybe you need to take a chill pill and reassess your priorities.)
I, for one, am totally psyched about this new pairing because that means….(drum roll pleaseeeee) it’s time for a couple name!
Without further adieu: