‘The Walking Dead’ star Ross Marquand says Aaron is not a fan of Negan: ‘I don’t think he will ever forgive him’

Aaron does not want to trust Negan on Sunday's

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Aaron does not want to trust Negan on Sunday’s “The Walking Dead,” but he really doesn’t have a choice.
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  • Warning: There are spoilers ahead for season 10, episode three of “The Walking Dead,” “Ghosts.”
  • Negan saves Aaron’s life on Sunday’s episode of “TWD” after they’re forced to work together.
  • That doesn’t mean the two will be best buds anytime soon.
  • “He does not care for Negan and I don’t think he will ever forgive him,” Ross Marquand, who plays Aaron on the show told Insider at PaleyFest earlier this month.
  • Marquand also said Aaron wants revenge on the Whisperers and that fans will see more of his adopted daughter, Gracie, this season.
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Aaron (Ross Marquand) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) are forced to work together on Sunday’s episode of “TWD.” Just because Negan may have saved Aaron’s life and helped him out in a tough spot doesn’t mean everything is going to be OK between the two moving forward.

“Aaron does not love working with Negan,” Marquand told Insider at PaleyFest earlier this month.

“Aaron is very put off by the prospect of having to [align] with this person. He does not care for Negan and I don’t think he will ever forgive him,” he added.

The survivors fought Negan's Saviors in a war that killed Aaron's boyfriend, Eric.

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The survivors fought Negan’s Saviors in a war that killed Aaron’s boyfriend, Eric.
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Marquand is referencing the many, many people Negan’s men have killed and enslaved throughout seasons six to eight before he was imprisoned by Rick and Michonne. Negan also notoriously murdered Abraham and Glenn, friends of Aaron and members of his community, on the season seven premiere.

Ross Marquand has been waiting to play opposite Jeffrey Dean Morgan on the show

Though Aaron may not be thrilled to be working with Negan, Marquand said he couldn’t have been more thrilled to work with Morgan on screen. You may not have realized it, but in all of the time that Negan has been on “TWD” the two have never had any scenes on screen together.

“Getting to work with him has been a blast,” said Marquand of working with Morgan. “We haven’t really had any one-on-one scenes ever since he was introduced in season six. There’s just been no crossover whatsoever. We’ve had like group scenes, but nothing one on one like he’s had (points to Seth Gilliam).”

Aaron is forced to work with Negan on Sunday's episode by Father Gabriel.

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Aaron is forced to work with Negan on Sunday’s episode by Father Gabriel.
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“He’s fun to work with,” Marquand said of Morgan because he understands Negan’s character so well.

That’s true. Morgan was very familiar with Negan’s character. He was so familiar with the character that when the casting directors gave a fake character name to Morgan’s agent, he quickly figured out who they were casting and he jumped at the opportunity.

Read more: How Jeffrey Dean Morgan landed the role of Negan on “TWD”

Aaron is a different version of himself this season and wants revenge on the Whisperers

No more Mr. Nice Guy. Aaron's had it after losing some of the friends he holds most dear to the vicious Whisperers.

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No more Mr. Nice Guy. Aaron’s had it after losing some of the friends he holds most dear to the vicious Whisperers.
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Aaron is noticeably a bit darker on season after suffering the loss of his love Eric during the Savior war and his friend Jesus to the Whisperers. Marquand says Aaron is wrestling with the correct way to handle Alpha and Beta’s group.

“I feel like the nice, diplomatic guy that he’s been this entire time, he’s grappling with this new version of himself. He’s very frustrated with the Whisperers and he wants revenge,” said Marquand.

“It’s a fine line of, ‘How do I maintain my goodness and belief that people are inherently worth fighting for and good people while also knowing that these people are maybe beyond reproach. We can’t reason with these people. We can’t be diplomatic with them,” he continued. “We might just need to meet their violence with violence and that’s what Aaron’s wrestling with.”

We’ll see more of Gracie this season

“He’s more brutal, he’s much more proactive than he’s ever been,” said Marquand of Aaron’s character arc this season. “He’s got something to fight for in his daughter Gracie.”

Marquand said fans who have been hoping to see more of Aaron’s adopted daughter, who Rick gave to Aaron and Eric during the Whisperer war, will have their share of seeing the young girl.

Aaron has cared for Gracie since season eight. Ross Marquand praised actress Anabelle Holloway (not seen here) for bringing a

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Aaron has cared for Gracie since season eight. Ross Marquand praised actress Anabelle Holloway (not seen here) for bringing a “childlike wonder and innocence” to the show, which is a stark difference to the dark apocalyptic world they’re trying to survive in.
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“Taking on her life and then taking her under his wing, this is my responsibility,” Marquand said of Aaron raising and protecting Gracie. “She is fully under my care. It’s giving him more to fight for and it’s giving him more of an edge.”

“You don’t want to get between any parent and their kid,” he added. “You see their overprotective animalistic nature come out so much more when you have an actual child to fight for.”

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