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With the debate over Daryl Dixon's sexuality finally over, The Walking Dead has yet to introduce an openly gay male character to its cast. But during a recent episode of Talking Dead, Robert Kirkman — who created The Walking Dead comics and serves as an executive producer on the TV series — revealed that a prominent gay male character from the source material will make an appearance on the show in the second half of Season 5.

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I think we found him. Actor Ross Marquand has joined the zombie drama as a series regular, according to The Hollywood Reporter. And though his role is being kept secret as of now, THR speculates that Marquand will play Aaron, a gay resident of the Alexandria Safe-Zone. In the comics, Aaron is a recruiter — of what, I'm not sure — along with his boyfriend, Eric.

Marquand is a relative unknown with a quiet show-biz resumé; his credits include a one-episode stint on Mad Men and the voice of Han Solo in Phineas & Ferb's Star Wars episode.

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