- Ross Marquand’s Aaron had his arm amputated on “The Walking Dead” early on season nine.
- At a panel during New Jersey’s Walker Stalker Con on Saturday, Marquand said it was almost another character which received that fate back on season seven.
- He didn’t name anyone, but it’s likely it could have been Carl or Rick Grimes.
Aaron lost his arm early on season nine of “The Walking Dead” when his arm was crushed by a tree log. But actor Ross Marquand, who plays Aaron on the AMC zombie drama, says we could have seen a very different character meet a similar fate years ago.
“Originally, they had been proposing that for another character in season seven,” said Marquand at a Walker Stalker Con panel in Edison, NJ Saturday morning. “And then it didn’t come to fruition for various reasons.”
He first learned Aaron would lose his arm on the show back in April and it was a detail he was surprised to find out.
“I had a meeting with Angela, the new showrunner, and she says, ‘So, we’re thinking about cutting off your arm.’ I was like, ‘Oh, OK.’ Usually, those meetings are a little vague and you get a general idea of where your character might go, nothing really that specific,” said Marquand. “So when she said, ‘We’re thinking about cutting off your arm,’ that’s very specific. That’s a lot of information to digest.”
Marquand first noted on an episode of “Talking Dead” earlier this season that another character nearly lost their arm instead of him. The actor didn’t say who the character was or why the idea from season seven was scrapped Saturday, but we have some ideas.
What other characters could have lost an arm on “The Walking Dead”
Andrew Lincoln told press in 2017 he had asked the show for years to get rid of his arm, an iconic moment that happens early on in the comics.
“That is the one thing that I have been campaigning for for a long time, for them to chop my arm off,” Lincoln told press at New York Comic Con in 2017.
The main reason why it didn’t happen? Lincoln said it was about money.
“All that happens is the special effects department just starts sucking their teeth [like], ‘That’s gonna cost a lot of money to do,'” said Lincoln of one reason we haven’t seen Rick lose his hand on the show.
Clearly, the show found a way around that with Marquand. His character wears a giant sheath-like gauntlet over his arm that is made out of multiple materials in addition to the metal on the outside.
“They basically took a cast of my entire arm,” said Marquand at Walker Stalker NJ. “It’s like a clamshell. It unlocks on one side.. There are four different parts and it’s like rubber and plastic throughout. It iitches like crazy and it’s impossible to take off.”
Marquand estimated wearing the glove for as many as 10 hours at a time.
While Lincoln campaigned to lose his arm on the show, it’s likely Rick’s son Carl could have lost his arm. As a reminder, Negan almost forced Rick to chop off his son’s arm during season seven. That fits in with the timeline Marquand mentioned Saturday.
Chandler Riggs has even said he previously thought Carl may lose his arm on the show.
“I had no idea it wasn’t going to happen,” Riggs said at a Walker Stalker Con in 2017. “When I was reading the script, I was like ‘Are they seriously going to cut my arm off?’ I was scared to death.”
Marquand noted during the panel that every time he puts on his gear that he thinks of another TV show.
“Every time I put it on, I think of ‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead. ‘Groovy’ every time I put it on,” Marquand said referencing Bruce Campbell’s character, who also has an arm replacement with a chainsaw.
That would be quite useful in the zombie apocalypse. Marquand says he’s not promising a chainsaw addition for Aaron’s arm, but he’s not ruling it out.
“Season 10, it’s gonna be great,” he joked when asked if he would get a similar modification.
If he doesn’t get the chainsaw, the actor may be more likely to grow out a longer beard as Aaron.
When Aaron lost his arm on the show many noted that the character started to more resemble comic-book Rick Grimes because of his addition of a long beard but Marquand said the beard was his idea and something he fought for on the show.
“That’s why I fought for the beard, too,” Marquand said. “He loses so many people in the last few seasons, and I thought, ‘Why would you be shaving?’ You’d be letting it go. The beard’s going to get longer, hopefully. I hope.”
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