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The Walking Dead

Walking Dead Season 5: Aaron’s Offer Divides Group in “Unexpected” Way

Put yourself in that barn in The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 11 “The Distance,” which we’ll see this Sunday, February 22. Some random guy has just approached Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) at dawn. He already knew Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) was their leader. He said he had “good news.” Would you even let him finish a sentence before shooting? It’s kind of surprising that Sasha let him live, considering how trigger happy she was in Episode 10.

AMC’s promo and sneak peek for Episode 11 show the group not trusting Aaron (Ross Marquand), since they would be stupid to just take him at his word. However, this group would not exist at all if they didn’t trust some people. Despite what Sasha told Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz), they are friends. They’ve earned trust. And they are truly desperate for “good news.” So they are going to hear Aaron out. And then what?



Lauren Cohan talked to The Hollywood Reporter about how the group will react to Aaron’s offer, without spoiling what the offer is. (Get your comic-based spoilers over here.)


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Lauren said it will be revealed in Episode 11 if Aaron was the "friend" who left them water in the road in "Them." (Guessing it's a solid yes.) "All we know about him now is that he says, 'I'm a friend,'" Lauren told THR. "I love that he looks like a Boy Scout leader but who knows, he may be a danger or he may not be. Or he may he may be something of a guardian angel to the group at this juncture."

Episode 10 showed how much this group needs a guardian angel — Mother Nature was off-and-on for them with the heat, rain, thunder, and lightning, and they seem open to more divine intervention. "It's interesting because we needed what happens in this episode for the group to get so low — even for Maggie to get so hopeless, which is something we don't really see happening in her — for the possibility of what Aaron is offering to be believable, and for the group to be interested in what he offers," Lauren continued. "They would be so much more cynical after Terminus and Woodbury and everything if they weren't at the absolute lowest of the lowest of the low right now."


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However, they aren't so low that they are naive. As Lauren noted, "What Aaron is offering will become a very big conversation for the group. And it will divide people in their opinions of him and in terms of what to do."

THR asked, after this episode, who would want to stay out on the road. Here's Lauren's mysterious reply: "It's not who you'd expect. The introduction of Aaron brings about some unexpected sides of characters you think that you already knew. Those who are skeptical definitely put Aaron to the test and, despite the need for sanctuary, we still have members of the group that are reticent to trust."

Michonne has been pushing to take chances to find a safe place, so we're guessing she'll be on board to at least hear this guy out and see the place. Rick is the leader and he's been burned so many times it would be a shock if he didn't assume the worst. Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) was everyone's champion in Episode 10, but he assumed the worst at Richmond and he's changed to be of a darker mind as well. Where will Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) stand? Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride)? Maggie herself? Sasha? (In the sneak peek, Carol looks over at Rick as Aaron speaks, like she’s not into this guy’s BS.)

Who will be on what team, do you think, when it comes to trusting what Aaron is saying? And what would you do, if you didn’t know anything about his story?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter