|Portrayed by Barry Sloane|
|Born:||1986, England, U.K.|
|Episode of Death:||Execution|
|Time of Death:||Fall 2013, Southampton, New York, U.S.|
|Cause of Death:||Poisoned and suffocated with a pillow by Victoria Grayson|
|Significant Others:|| Emily Thorne (Ex-fiancée)|
Niko Takeda (lover)
|Parents:|| Trevor Warren Mathis † (father)|
Harriet Mathis (mother)
|Siblings:||Colleen Mathis † (sister)|
|Also portrayed by:||Braden Fitzgerald (young Aiden)|
|“||I was such a fool thinking Emily would walk away from her revenge, especially for love.||”|
— Aiden, Truth, Part 1
After failing his own mission to save his sister, and realizing that revenge on the man who killed her brought him no peace of mind, Aiden realized that the path of vengeance goes nowhere and tried to save Emily from the pain by convincing her to abandon her quest for revenge, which he failed.
Aiden meets his death at the hands of Victoria Grayson, who poisons him and later suffocates him.
Aiden Mathis used to live with his parents in England. His father, Trevor Mathis, then a luggage carrier at Heathrow Airport, was the one who planted the bomb on Flight 197, presumably having been forced to do so by the Initiative. Aiden also had an older sister, Colleen, whom Aiden saw being taken away as a child one week before the bombing (it's probable that the Initiative held her hostage to force her father to assist them). Colleen was kidnapped and forced into prostitution by a Russian mobster named Dmitri. He was bullied by his classmates for his dad putting the bomb on the plane and he discovered his dad's body after he committed suicide. Aiden left home at 16 since he was miserable with living bad memories.
Aiden spent many of his adult years looking for her and planning his revenge on Dmitri.
He first met Emily in a bar in 2006 while she was on a mission for Takeda. Aiden was a bartender who was scoping out the local Russian mob. He believed that Dmitri and his cronies were the ones responsible for his sister’s disappearance and wanted revenge. Aiden’s first attempt to kill Dmitri failed because Emily interfered. As Dmitri's men were marching Aiden through the club on the way to his demise, Takeda jumped into action and killed one of the mobster's men. This created enough chaos for Aiden to break free, grab a gun, and run after Dmitri.
Once face to face with Dmitri, Aiden did not learn much, as Dmitri revealed nothing, claiming that Colleen was "probably dead". After saying a few choice words about how she "grew to like it", he had several bullets fired into his back courtesy of Aiden. Even though Emily was not pleased that Aiden took out a witness who might have had some answers, she still convinced Takeda to take him on as a student by threatening to leave if he didn't take him in. Realizing there were things he still needed to learn, Aiden became Takeda's student. At some point, he learned of Takeda's true motives for training him and Emily, but told her nothing. Soon enough, he and Emily began a romantic relationship.
In the middle of his training, in 2008, he was released by Takeda when he found a lead to his sister. Seeing as there might apparently be no next time, he opted to leave as soon as possible. When Emily found out, she offered to go away with him, and he lead her to believe that they would. Nonetheless, Aiden left without her for some reason. Takeda used this as an opportunity to teach Emily a lesson about trust and compassion and how it can affect their plans. Hurt from his betrayal, Emily began to close herself off and had become afraid to trust anyone the same way again. To make matters worse, Aiden's mission was for nothing as it led him no closer to finding his sister.
Both Emily and Aiden come back for training under Takeda in 2012, but this time, Emily obviously no longer trusts Aiden. Aiden has apparently returned from his failed mission, and now he is bent on getting Emily on the right track.
Takeda then decides to send Aiden to the Hamptons as he does not believe that Emily has the courage to see her plan through, while Emily merely thinks that Aiden and Takeda were interfering with her plans. Aiden was constantly in Emily's shadow; doing things for her she may or may not know about.("Destiny")
By Resurrection, Aiden is at the Hamptons and watching Emily from afar. Aiden now also acts as Takeda's proxy on the board of Grayson Global, tasked to destabilize the company from the inside. Later, he comes into Emily's house and shoots Gordon Murphy before he could cut Emily's throat.
Although he has Emily's best interests at heart, he is mainly focused on keeping Emily's on track of her real mission. He gets rid of any possible distractions, particularly a hotel key he found in Gordon Murphy's pockets. With the key, Aiden retrieves the flight recorder of the airplane Gordon had just blown up. He later comes across Kara Wallace, Emily's mother, managing the motel Murphy was staying in. While posing as a police detective, he shows her a sketch of Murphy and warns her about him, not knowing that she is actually married to him. ("Confidence")
When Emily confronts him about finding Kara, Aiden denies this and later goes back to meet Kara again. This time, he poses as Gordon Murphy's friend and is fooled by Kara, who had lead him to believe that she was believing him. She ties him up to a chair, which he eventually escapes, but not before Emily had regained her memories about Kara. Heartbroken, Aiden comforts Emily.("Intuition")
When Emily wakes up, Aiden tries to comfort her more, but she tells him that her father lied to her about Kara's death to protect her. Aiden then tells her that he and David "share the same protective instinct" before confessing that Gordon Murphy was in fact Kara's new husband. When he tries to console Emily again, she coldly tells him that she merely needed someone and he happened to be there, and that it meant nothing.
As Takeda's proxy, Aiden gains access to Grayson Global. He was in a meeting with Conrad when Victoria calls about Kara's survival. Despite, being outside, Aiden hears the conversation and reports back to Emily.
Initiating his own plan to help Emily with her revenge, Aiden clues Daniel in about David Clarke's investment in NolCorp while David was still working for Conrad, implying the company's potential ownership of Nolan’s company. But now, he goes and asks Nolan directly a proof of David's investment in Nolcorp. At the behest of Emily, Nolan gives Aiden the check David Clarke wrote him to give to Daniel in order cement his takeover of his father’s company.
After Aiden makes it clear that he is there for Emily, they make up and rekindle their relationship. In "Revelations", Daniel becomes aware that Emily and Aiden are a couple and is visibly jealous.
In "Power", Aiden is contacted by Helen, who claims that the Initiative have been keeping Colleen alive since he killed Dmitri in 2006 and that they will be needing his assistance later. Helen gives video proof of this to Aiden in "Collusion", offering to return her to him in exchange for killing Victoria. Emily stops him as he is about to snipe her, arguing that he will be under the Initiative's control if he goes through with it and saying they will get back Colleen on their own terms. Helen responds by sending him a video of Colleen being killed by a drug overdose.
In a fit of anger, Aiden partly blames Emily for not being able to stop his sister's apparent death. He goes to investigate further, only to find out that Colleen had been dead for years.
Near the end of "Truth, Part 2", Aiden decides to leave the revenge plan, feeling that it leads nowhere. He gives her a key to a villa in Capri they talked about going to together and leaves. However, he is later arrested when trying to cross the border into Canada and is taken back to New York, where he is questioned about the Grayson Global bombing. However, the police let him go when they find (fake) information implicating Nolan, who is arrested as well. Aiden later shows up at Emily's home when Daniel goes there. They fight each other with Aiden winning, though he lets Daniel live in order to give him a second chance. Daniel shot him in his chest then Aiden knocks him out and runs away.
|“||I hope you get what you're looking for, Amanda. No one deserves it more than you. Goodbye.||”|
— Aiden in "Truth, Part 2"
Season 3EditAt the end of "Fear", Victoria finds Aiden on the balcony of Grayson Manor claming he wants to destroy the girl next door as well.
In "Sin", Aiden joins Victoria in her crusade to destroy Emily. He first attempts to convince her Emily has the Grayson fortune, but Victoria doesn't believe him without some evidence, so Aiden breaks into Emily's house in search of proof. What he finds is Nolan's House deed. He shows it to Victoria and tells her it has been paid by Emily and that she has her money.
In "Confession", Aiden explains to Victoria Emily was dating him while she was engaged to Daniel. Then Victoria invited him to attend the Nolan's Housewarming Bash to upset Emily and Daniel. He later meets with Emily at the beach and it's revealed to the viewers that has been working for Emily all along.
In "Mercy", Aiden moved in to the pool house and Emily gave him a mission to change Conrad's medication, but he couldn't; Conrad doesn't trust him and makes him close his room and his office. Then, Emily told him somebody tampered with Conrad's breaks and that Jack knows her real identy; Aiden told Conrad he had discovered this and that Jack Porter was trying to kill him.
In "Control", Aiden was advised by Conrad to kill Jack. Victoria told him her plan with Emily and discovered Emily was still feeling something about Jack. He discovered Patrick tried to kill Conrad and told it to Victoria, then he told it to Emily and they kissed. Emily apologized for how she treated him.
In "Dissolution", Aiden helped Emily with her plan to keep the Grayson Manor. He told her Victoria was planning to leave the manor, and Emily told him to show Victoria the only thing that could keep her in the manor. We discover that Aiden and Emily were planning to go to the Maldives to start a new life.
In "Resurgence", Aiden began to prepare the plan for August 8th with Emily leaving a box in the middle of the ocean. Victoria made the next move in her plan and told Aiden to be close to Emily, and he did, but it didn't work; Daniel wasn't jealous. Victoria, seeing Aiden was no longer valuable, kicked him out of the Grayson Manor.
In "Secrecy", Aiden moved in with Nolan, but he continued working for the family, at least for Charlotte, who asked him to help get back her phone. He found an opportunity to make it seem as if Victoria brought a gun -- Emily's murder's weapon. He met with the guy who stole Charlotte's phone and stole it back. Again, Aiden asked Nolan for a favor to keep from Emily.
In "Surrender", Aiden was planing a big surprise to Emily. He proposed her the day before her wedding; she accepted. Under Emily's orders, he anonymously told Margaux Conrad visited Lydia expecting to kill off their relationship. Then, he helped Emily put gun residues in one of Victoria's bracelets.
In "Exodus", Aiden helped Emily put an end to her plan. He made Lydia get out of the wedding to protect Emily. When Victoria appeared on the deck, he took her away and left the gun to Emily; when he returned to the beach he only found Jack with Emily's dress covered in blood.
In "Homecoming", Aiden decided to go after Emily and found her hurt badly on a ship. Then he planned along Nolan to infiltrate in the hospital and take her out thinking that she was faking her amnesia, but when he was in her room he discovered that she wasn't faking it and scared her. Then he saw Niko in a camera and visited her. He told her not to trust the Graysons and they kissed.
In "Endurance", Aiden met with Niko to plan a way to sneak Emily out of the Manor but she refused. They met again to make Niko gave a message to Emily, not to do anything rash. Finally he met with Emily in her house where she told him that she would continue with her revenge after she learned that wouldn't be able to concieve. After that he went to see Niko in Takeda's house and he told her that he would help her avenging her father.
In "Hatred", Aiden receive the surprise of Niko who told him that would stay in Nolan's house with him. Then he found a confused Emily in the house, and she refused to talk with him. Then he told Niko that the one who killed her father was Gregor Hoffman, who was in Russia and bought her a ticket.
In "Payback", Aiden received the visit from a blackout Emily who was trying to reconciliate with him but he refused. He had been packing as he was leaving for good but before he left Niko kidnapped him. He tried to explain to her that he didn't murdered Takeda, that it was a warrior battle and he made what he had to survive. But Niko was looking for revenge and told him that she would kill Emily. Emily came and save him and he told Niko to leave.
In "Struggle", Aiden received a visit from Nolan who asked him to help Emily. He went to Conrad's suite to take Emily away and brought her to an abandoned warehouse. He used Takeda's methods to help Emily with her blackouts and she remembered everything she did during her blackouts. Then they kissed and he left.
In "Addiction", Emily went to the Carribean where Aiden resided. She told him she missed him, but Aiden was still mad at Emily. Later, Aiden showed up at Emily's house and revealed that "TWM" stands for Trevor Warren Mathis, Aiden's father.
In "Blood", Aiden and Emily traveled to Aiden's home. There, Emily realized that Aiden hadn't told his mother the truth about Colleen's death and kidnapping, so she encouraged Aiden to tell his mother the truth. While exploring Trevor's workshop, they learned about a man named Oscar Chapman.
In "Allegiance", Aiden and Nolan located Oscar Chapman, who has been masquerading as a woman. Oscar told Aiden that Pascal LeMarchal had killed his father and made it look like a suicide (Aiden beloved Trevor committed suicide because he couldn't face his role in the downing of Flight 197). Conrad later contacted Aiden and showed him photos of Oscar's body, who Pascal had killed. Conrad told Aiden that He was next, and offered to run interference for Aiden.
In "Revolution", Conrad told Aiden he had twenty-four hours to take out Pascal, or he would expose him. Aiden kidnapped Pascal and brought him to Emily, who was posing as homeland security agent. They were able to convince Pascal to wear a wire and trick Conrad into confessing. Emily told Pascal he would hear back to Paris, but instead she would lure him to Aiden, who wanted to kill him to avenge his father. Imams year, Conrad became suspicious of Pascal and killed him by pushing Pascal into the spinning blades of his chopper.In "Execution", Aiden approached Michelle Banks on Emily's behalf about exposing Victoria's role in the framing of David Clarke. Michelle left to get some records, and Victoria entered the room. She told Aiden that she had put something in his tea that would paralyze him. Aiden lunged at Victoria and tried to strangle her to death, but succumbed to the paralysis. Victoria smothered Aiden to death and has his body placed in a sitting position on Emily's couch.
It has become evident that Aiden is not only a skilled fighter, but also quite an actor, liar, and manipulator. Aiden is known to manipulate other people, either to coerce information from them or to gain their trust to complete his objectives, while lying to keep his true intentions hidden throughout. He appears to be the male equivalent of Emily, with both seen outsmarting each other on numerous occasions. As season 2 progresses, he becomes less interested in getting revenge because he feels it doesn't give any satisfaction.
Events That Has AttendedEdit
- Wedding of Conrad and Victoria (Illusion)
- Grayson Global's Investors Meeting (Penance)
- Thanksgiving 2006 (Lineage)
- Skeet Shooting Event (Revelations)
- Head CEO of Grayson Global Party (Revelations)
- Fundraiser and Wine Auction (Sabotage)
- Wedding of Jack and Amanda (Union)
- Amanda Clarke Charity Foundation (Illumination)
- Masquerade Ball (Masquerade)
- Bombing in Grayson Global's Headquarters (Truth, Part 1)
- Conrad's Gubernatorial acceptance speech (Truth, Part 2)
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