The Walking Dead has added its first openly gay male
Showrunner Scott Gimple confirmed to
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
“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!”