Tonight, The Walking Dead didn’t necessarily kill off a major character … but it did still do something rather gruesome with Aaron and his arm.
Tonight, the character ended up getting amputated in what was a pretty nasty, gory scene — but also one that brings in some new creative possibilities for the character. You already had someone who was different from many other survivors as a gay man, but now, he also has a sudden disability. He will have to come to terms with what that means for him, and take on a number of different obstacles. Creatively, this could be interesting, especially if Aaron becomes a more prominent character after whatever happens to Rick Grimes a little bit later this season.
So why tell this particular story now? This is something that executive producer Angela Kang touched on after the fact in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly:
“…[We] thought that it would be interesting to tell the story of somebody who didn’t start off with something that was a physical disability, but that gains one and really has to learn to re-navigate the world and do very well at it. That’s the hopeful thing that we’ll see in the future for Aaron. But it’s something that also sparks a lot of anger for Daryl. We’ve shown that has been a good friend with Aaron. And Aaron has really helped him find his place in Alexandria. And so, there’s just a lot of consequences that roll out from there and are part of the mystery of the first few episodes that ensue.
So long as they continue to find a way to touch on Aaron’s story, we do think that this could be effectively and a smart move for the series to do. Yet, simultaneously we’re not as intrigued by this if they just forget about it. That has happened before with The Walking Dead; after all, that does tend to transpire on a show with this many characters.
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