One of the biggest mysteries on The Walking Dead isn’t the origin of the outbreak or what is in store next for the survivors, it’s figuring out who these characters are and what their motivation is. Rick Grimes has his family, Abraham has his “missions”, but what is the motivation for Rosita Espinosa?
We met Rosita back in season 4 during episode 10. Alongside Abraham Ford and Eugene Porter, Rosita provided a strong female traveling companion for Glenn and Tara on their hunt for Maggie. Since then, we haven’t learned much about Rosita’s past on the hit AMC zombie television show.
In a recent interview on AMC’s website with Christian Serratos, she dished a little on who she believes Rosita is and what her motivation is as Ms. Espinosa on The Walking Dead:
“She’s remarkably brave. What I love about her is that she’s definitely a capable woman and is capable of taking care of herself. If she was alone in the apocalypse, she would manage very well and would be just fine.”
It is true that Rosita is a strong woman, but that is one of the things that is a bit different from the comic books to the small screen. In the graphic novels by Robert Kirkman, Rosita essentially was renting herself out sexually to people in exchange for protection from the undead and safe travels.
Despite that, she does seem physically capable of protecting herself, but seems to prefer the company of strong men that can provide for and protect her. In the comics though, she is much more gentle and hesitant than her AMC counterpart.
Part of that could be because of how Christian Serratos sees how the character of Rosita was raised near Houston, Texas.
“I know what her family situation might have been. What I was told is that she came from a family of just men. She might have lost her mother and grew up with a bunch of brothers. I think that’s where she gets a lot of her knowledge, strength and capability. I think Abraham sees an equal in her.”
If Abraham does see an equal in her, it would be a major change from the comics. In the comics, Abraham eventually gets tired of Rosita and separates from her, telling her that she was just there for physical release. In honesty, it would be hard for Abraham to feel a connection to someone after the horrible events that happened with his wife and children prior to meeting up with Eugene and Rosita.
It’ll be interesting to see if we get to learn more about Rosita during season six of The Walking Dead. Also, finding out if AMC’s The Walking Dead follows the story in the comics regarding her and Abraham could be something worth looking forward to this fall.
What do you think of Rosita? Would you like to learn more about her character on AMC’s The Walking Dead? Or is she a character that you’re just not very interested in? Let me know in the comments below.