The Walking Dead introduced two new characters last night, recruiters from a protected community. Looking for new members, they approached Rick and the group to join them. Oh, and they're both gay, and in a loving relationship.
Here's everything you should know about Aaron and Eric.
Aaron and Eric Originate in The Comic BookAaron and Eric appear in the comics, as members of the Alexandria Safe Zone, a community Rick's crew joins in the books. When asked about the relationship, Ross Marquand who plays Aaron says:
We really did our best to create a backstory for these two men. It's not expressly laid out in the comics how long they've known each other. Did they know each other before the apocalypse began? We wanted to think they did. We thought it was a stronger choice that they had known each other before everything went to hell. It's a really endearing love story that way, that these two men had bonded beforehand and then stuck together and protected each other throughout this really difficult time in human history. It's not unlike any other relationship—there's fights that occur, there's little squabbles about how to approach a group. "Should we approach this group? What do you think of these people? Can we trust them?" There's going to be disagreements. It was enormously helpful to discuss that with each other before we shot any of those scenes.
Some People Aren't Too HappyAs with anything that happens on TV (or movies, or comics or video games), some people on the internet weren't too happy about a gay couple being on The Walking Dead.
Weirdly enough, they didn't complain last year when Tara and Alisha were dating:
It's The Newest ShipRick's crew is too jaded and worn out for love. As much as we'd love to see Rick and Michonne, or Daryl and Carol get together, it's not likely to happen until things settle down.
It's great to get a romantic boost!
Here's The Video VersionExperience the full 20 seconds that shook Twitter to it's core.
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