Fans are kept on the edge of their seats every single week with The Walking Dead's gripping story lines and relatable characters, and the comic books - while a little less popular - can be just as suspenseful and nail-biting. In fact, we just got a pretty big shocker regarding one of the franchise's biggest characters, Rosita Espinosa.
Before diving into the reveal, let me give you a little backstory. A while ago, Rosita divulged to her boyfriend Eugene that she was pregnant. The thing is, Rosita had sex with several people in the group, mainly as a strategic approach to survival, so she confessed to Eugene that he wasn't the father. Eugene didn't care and promised to take care of both her and the baby.
Unfortunately we never met the baby, because Rosita was turned into a zombie and subsequently murdered by Andrea, the leader of The Whisperers. It was a tragic event that left us scratching our heads, because let's face it, Eugene may have not cared who the father was, but we sure do.
An Important Revelation
Issue #170 of the comic was recently released. Near the end of the issue, Michone's group –– which included Eugene –– settled in a city to rest during their journey to the Safe-Zone. Siddiq was in charge of keeping guard at night, but he was attacked by an angry pack of zombies. Fortunately, the group saved him.
Siddiq was visibly unsettled though, and Eugene wanted to know what was happening - you know, in case a pack of flesh eating monsters wasn't enough to get the blood pumping. The nervous fisherman coughed up the courage to reveal something to his fellow survivor: He slept with #Rosita.
"It's Rosita. She... she loved me [...] I've been feeling like this for months."
Keep in mind, Siddiq didn't outright say he was the baby's father, and Rosita slept with a lot of people. But thinking about it a little more, this seemed like a very specific reveal, especially since Rosita met her maker so long ago. Either way, issue #171 will probably give us some more details on the matter. With that out of the way, I can't help but wonder:
Could This Story Make Its Way Into The Show?
Fair warning, this is mere speculation on my part. The Walking Dead often takes creative liberties with its source material, and there are quite a few differences between the comic and show for this specific situation. One contrast is Rosita's relationship with Eugene. In the comics, both survivors were in a longterm will-they-won't-they game before finally becoming an item.
While the two share a friendship in the series - with a few romantic hints dropped here and there - they haven't become a couple.
Then there's Siddiq, a comic character who's appeared in Telltale's Walking Dead game, but not in the TV show. As of now, there isn't a live-action #Siddiq running around killing zombies with Rick and his gang. On top of that, no hints of a Rosita pregnancy have been dropped.
Those differences could make you think we won't get Rosita's baby-daddy mystery in the show, but the inconsistencies can be fixed with "All Out War" – or rather its aftermath. The battle is coming to the series, and this comic book storyline came to fruition after the time jump following that bloody event. It's been speculated that Old Man Rick in the Season 8 trailer meant the show was going for a similar time skip. While that's just a rumor, if it is indeed the case, the missing links like Rosita and Eugene's troubled romantic relationship and Siddiq, could be introduced in the time audiences don't get to see.
Going into Season 7, the show has been a bit more faithful to its source material, so it would be great to see a continued flow from the comic by adapting this storyline. Granted, there's a big chance it won't happen, but it was such a shocker on the printed page that I hope it ends up making its way to the series.
The Walking Dead returns for Season 8 on October 22, 2017.
What do you think about 'The Walking Dead' finally revealing the mystery behind Rosita's baby? Do you think we'll see this story play out in the TV series? Let me know in the comments!
(Source: The Walking Dead Issue #170)