There has been much dialogue about beating hearts in season 7 of The Walking Dead. What is the condition of Rosita’s heart?
There was even an episode of The Walking Dead this season with the name “Hearts Still Beating” where Aaron emphasizes to Rick the value of having a life, even if it no longer provides the freedoms of their past.
Later in that episode, Aaron is beaten nearly to death by Saviors David and Gary. But Aaron is still grateful that his heart is indeed still beating. Aaron takes solace in the idea of the idea of a heart still beating.
In episode “Say Yes” talk of beating hearts becomes a bit darker. Rosita’s heart has obviously been broken by losing Abraham to Sasha and then ultimately to death.
Whatever kinship she had with Spencer was also taken from her by Negan. She is bitter and lonely despite those who reach out to her, especially Tara and Father Gabriel.
Rosita is angry at Father Gabriel over his advice to wait on trying to take out Negan with her bullet. She did wait. Her eventual attempt failed. And now she has no gun or bullet.
Rosita berates Father Gabriel in the church and he questions if she is angry that she still has a life. He asks what she will do with the life she has.
And then he talks about a heart that stops beating. Specifically, he says “Anything is possible until your heart stops beating.”
Those words sound more ominous than when Aaron talked about hearts “still” beating. Father Gabriel is talking about hearts that “stop” beating.
It may be a subtle observation, but I wonder if it is some foreshadowing of Rosita’s journey coming to a close. Even her appearance, her face covered in blood, reminded me of Spencer’s return to Alexandria with supplies shortly before his death. Could that be another indicator of impending death?
Of course, aside from those nuances, Rosita as much as makes a suicide pact with Sasha at the end of the episode. The pair speaks of “a one-way ticket” to Negan’s compound. Sasha insists she will take the shot.
I am always hoping for dramatic changes of heart in The Walking Dead. Much like Glenn helped Enid become more hopeful and life affirming, I hope that Rosita can come to terms with her heartbreak and find a way for her heart to keep beating.
But I am afraid for her.