AMC's The Walking Dead has added its first openly gay male couple.

Showrunner Scott Gimple confirmed to Deadline Hollywood in December that a gay male character would be introduced in the second half of the show's 5th season but wouldn't reveal any details.

On Sunday's episode, The Distance, newcomer Aaron (played by Ross Marquand) struggles to win over the trust of the survivors as they reach the Alexandria Safe-Zone on their way to Washington, D.C.

Near the end of the episode, Aaron is reunited with Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson), who is lying down inside a store room with a broken ankle.

“It's not a big deal,” Eric says as Aaron kneels down to inspect his foot. “I'll just go to the infirmary when we get back.”

A quiet Aaron looks up, and the men share a passionate kiss.

Response to the kiss on social media was mixed.

“Walking dead first gay kiss aww,” Amon'e Brown tweeted.

“A #ZombieApocalypse needs us gays,” Mike Lamore-Robins messaged.

But @momofgeeks49 said she was sorry but “I like men to be men, and women to be women,” while @grantsanityroy tweeted: “EW GAY ON WALKING DEAD! WTF!”