‘The Walking Dead’: Ross Marquand on the Meaning Behind Aaron’s New Weapon in Season 10

Aaron (Ross Marquand) is the latest character on The Walking Dead to lose a hand. In season 10 we will see how his character changes physically and mentally because of this.

Showbiz Cheat Sheet talked to Marquand about his character at PaleyFest on Oct. 5. This is what he said about the meaning behind Aaron’s new weapon and more.

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 10 clip showed Aaron’s new mind set this season

A clip was released before the new season started. It showed Michonne (Danai Gurira) yelling at Aaron for crossing the border between them and the Whisperers.

“We’ve all been acting like this is normal holding our breaths for months. This isn’t normal,” he tells her. Michonne tells him that they have to keep their cool or they win.

“I’ve been keeping my cool my whole life,” says Aaron. “I’ve always been the nice guy, the good Samaritan. The thing is Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson) is dead. Jesus (Tom Payne) is dead and I’m god damn sick of being nice.”

It looks like the character is going through a mental and physical change this season.

Ross Marquand talks about Aaron’s stance against the Whisperers

Ross Marquand attends "The Walking Dead" - PaleyFest New York 2019
Ross Marquand attends “The Walking Dead” – PaleyFest New York 2019 | Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images

Marquand talked about the teased scene and how it’s less about having tension with Michonne and more about Aaron. He is going through a big change this season.

“I think Aaron is just grappling with it himself because he’s always been so diplomatic,” explained Marquand to Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “He’s always been such a nice, good guy that wants to give everyone the benefit of the doubt and give him second chances.”

The actor continued, “But he’s just positing this question to Michonne because he–he wants to know if they are doing the right thing by beating them head on and then either living within these boundaries. Or actually being more proactive and going across the boundaries and starting an actual war with the Whispers.

We already know which way the character will go this season. “Really past episode one he’s resigned himself to the to the more proactive approach and he feels fine with it,” said Marquand. “You know and I think it’s good to see that because I’ve loved playing nice guy Aaron for five seasons but seeing a more bada** like angrier and is like–very exciting.”

He says Aaron’s new tool shows they need to fight back with violence

Aaron lost his hand and later gets a new weapon to replace it. The actor said it is “a tool defense and also something that can be used to really take out a bunch of walkers all at once. It’s cool.”

We noted that the spikes at the end of the prop is kind of similar to Negan’s bat, Lucille. Marquand said, “Yes, I mean I definitely see that similarity and I feel like that’s that’s a great physical manifestation of where Aaron’s mind is at. You know if we’re going to meet this new threat in any real or meaningful way we’re going to fight like them.”

The actor noted how this year’s villains are different from those in the past. “The Saviors at least you could live within their rule structure if you gave them half of your things. You can’t do it anymore. You get these people are absolutely out of their minds and the only way to defeat them is to beat the violence with more violence.”

The Walking Dead Season 10 premieres Oct. 6 at 9/8 CDT on AMC.