Aaron and Jesus on The Walking Dead: The best of friends

Tom Payne as Paul 'Jesus' Rovia, Ross Marquand as Aaron - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 7 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Tom Payne as Paul 'Jesus' Rovia, Ross Marquand as Aaron - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 7 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

Like two little kids sneaking away from home, this week’s episode of The Walking Dead reveals that besties Aaron and Jesus need to get away every now and then.

Despite the passage of time on The Walking Dead, episode 907 reveals that Aaron and Jesus have remained close friends over the years and they find time to sneak away from their respective communities to spend time together. These apocalyptic besties have a lot in common, and so their lasting friendship makes a lot of sense, especially with the way things have developed between the communities.

Aaron and Jesus found time to steal away in “Stradivarius” to do some skill-building and catching up. Given the strained relationship between Alexandria and the Hilltop, their friendship allows them to learn what’s happening at their respective homes and talk about what’s going on with their friends.

Prior to Rick’s disappearance and the time jump, Aaron and Jesus used to meet up all the time. (Remember Jesus offering to enroll Aaron in the children’s defense class at Hilltop?)

Now, Jesus is continuing Aaron’s training but they have to do it in secret, because leaving the communities is against the rules. Michonne established strict security protocols for Alexandria and Aaron is a member of the council. As the leader of Hilltop Jesus isn’t supposed to leave without a security detail.

Aaron and Jesus come from very similar backgrounds. It was Aaron who served as one of Deanna’s scouts, and he found Rick and his group and brought them to Alexandria. Similarly, Jesus found Rick and Daryl and introduced them to the Hilltop and the Kingdom. Both men were used to going out to look for people, usually on their own, and so being “stuck” at their respective communities is something they aren’t used to.

And yet the two men break the rules to go hang out.

It says a lot about where they are now that they’re willing to break the rules to get outside the walls of their respective communities. They don’t seem to agree with the way things are, necessarily, but instead of rocking the boat and fighting the system they spend time together.

And given that Michonne seems to be in the dark about the happenings at Hilltop, it looks like Aaron and Jesus’ little forays are one of the only ways the two communities share information at this point. Hopefully we learn more about what caused Hilltop and Alexandria to drift apart because the rift appears to be massive. (It’s still a major mystery that Michonne didn’t know Maggie was gone, but now it appears that Aaron told Siddiq and swore him to secrecy since Aaron was breaking Michonne’s rules by leaving Alexandria)

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Thankfully they were both out and about when Rosita fired her flare gun, and they’re both going out with Daryl to rescue Eugene. Aaron and Jesus are one of the best teams coming out of the time jump so far, so now we can look forward to seeing them work together on this rescue mission.