The living Dead has come to an end after 11 seasons, although fans will know that this is far from the actual end as several spin-offs are on the way.
Those spin-offs protected certain characters from a walker’s teeth, but we always thought that despite a mostly death-free final season (at least for the “heroes”), the extended final episode would kill off some beloved characters.
In the end, only a few ended up as walking fodder, despite opening the episode with some of our favorites in a Glenn-under-the-dump situation. Perhaps it’s for the best, because the finale’s biggest death also ranks as one of the dumbest in the entire show.
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The precarious situation at the start of the episode leads to a few characters biting into it, but no offense to the recently rediscovered Luke and Jules, it wasn’t exactly the kinds of deaths that made us think the finale meant business.
While trying to reunite with their friends after finally finding the kids, Rosita (Christian Serratos), Eugene (Josh McDermitt) and Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) found themselves in a sticky place.
Surrounded by walkers, they had to swing up a pipe to safety and to give us a hint of the stupidity to come, Rosita insisted that Eugene and Gabriel go first. Being the feminists they are, Eugene and Gabriel did just that, leaving Rosita to fend for herself for a while before climbing her way up.
Rosita also has Coco wrapped to her chest at this point, but the guys leaving without her don’t seem to have mattered. She makes her way up some distance before the walkers successfully grab her and Rosita falls back to the ground, quickly surrounded by the undead.
Now, sure, a mother and her baby getting eaten would be a super dark moment, but we would have welcomed it as a bolder move than what happens next. Somehow Rosita manages to fight her way out, climb onto the ambulance next to them and then jump off the roof of that vehicle onto the pipe and get to safety.
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The living Dead has never been a show known for its logic, so we’ll ignore the fact that jumping a pipe against a wall at such speed would have likely caused serious injury to the baby swaddled in front of her belly.
It’s definitely part of what makes this such a stupid death – and yes, we said dead, because while it looks like Rosita survived, she didn’t. She later reveals to Eugene that she was bitten during this miraculous escape, leading to a slow, agonizing death after one last meal together.
Christian Serratos and Josh McDermitt certainly do their best to make the emotion work during Rosita and Eugene’s final talks. There’s no escaping the fact that Rosita’s peaceful death came at the cost of a much more memorable one, though.
The show never really seemed to know what to do with Rosita, despite her being one of the longest-living characters. In this final season, while the likes of Eugene and Negan were getting meaty subplots, Rosita was just kind of… there.
She rescued some horses, effectively became Alexandria’s live-in nanny, killed several walkers, and then became a Commonwealth police officer. Before the finale aired, we had marked her as a prime candidate for a bloody exit for that very reason.
As a result, it may come as no surprise that Rosita’s death was actually Serratos’ idea, because at least she had something to do.
“There’s so much talk about spin-offs and stuff, and I couldn’t live in limbo. I couldn’t know if she’d ever come back or not. It would drive me crazy. So it really helped me, Christian, shut down,” she shared OW.
“And I really think it made sense to Rosita. I mean, she was so willing to die for her loved ones and to die for her child, and I just thought it just really made sense to her.”
Since it was only a small nibble, it takes a while for Rosita to die – by show logic, she was more likely to die of an infection from the bite than anything else. The finale quickly rounded out the Pamela arc, blowing up all the walkers, then passed the time to say goodbye to Rosita.
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Like so much of this show in past seasons, it felt like it was so close to a truly shocking moment and then made the wrong decision.
Instead, it crafted an extremely stupid action sequence, only to decide that Rosita actually didn’t even really survive that.
After being sidelined for so long, Rosita could have had a truly memorable exit, up there with Carol shooting Lizzie in terms of dark twists. But in the end, The living Dead couldn’t even give her that.
The living Dead is available to watch on AMC in the US and STAR on Disney+ in the United Kingdom.