ByBrooke Geller, writer at Creators.co
Movie Pilot staff writer, aspiring shieldmaiden and friend to all doggos. twitter.com/brookalus
Brooke Geller

Just when we thought we had The Walking Dead's Rosita Espinosa all figured out, she goes and shocks us all with some serious explosives knowledge. The return of Season 7 saw Rick's group acquire a sizable amount of dynamite thanks to Rosita's bomb defusing skills— but how the hell did she even know how to do that?

The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

Who Was Rosita?

As impressive as that stunt was, it highlights a much-neglected aspect of the show's narrative: Rosita's backstory. What was Rosita's life like pre-apocalypse? What was her job before the walker virus broke out? And more importantly, will we ever find out?

The Walking Dead [Credit: Image Comics]
The Walking Dead [Credit: Image Comics]

Unfortunately there's no information on Rosita's life before the apocalypse to be found in #TheWalkingDead comics, so it's up to the show's writers to decide if they want to reveal those details or not. But the latest episode may have given us a revealing insight into Rosita's past.

Here's some possible occupations Rosita might have had that would explain her explosives training:

6. Soldier

The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

The most popular theory on Rosita's past is that she was a soldier; possibly even an engineer in the military. She did a great job at directing the group when collecting the dynamite, and definitely seemed to know her stuff.

This would also explain her mechanics knowledge, as well as her fearless, gung-ho attitude. Perhaps it's even what she and former sergeant Abraham initially bonded over. Ross Marquand (Aaron) also hinted that Rosita has military experience on an episode of Talking Dead.

Then again, she's pretty terrible at taking orders, and has the worst attitude of any character on the show. That's not exactly the makings of a great soldier. To progress far enough in the military to get that level of explosives training, she'd have to have made it through basic training— which requires a certain level of obedience.

The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

Of course, it's also possible that Abraham, who does have a high level of actual military experience, trained her before they joined up with Rick's group.

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5. Bomb Squad Technician

The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

She might not have been a soldier, but Rosita could still have professional experience disarming explosives. She might have worked as a technician on the bomb squad prior to the breakout, which would definitely explain how she managed to defuse that detonator so quickly— not to mention her calm, collected attitude. We haven't seen Rosita that chill since before Abraham broke up with her! Too soon?

4. Construction Worker

The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

What if Rosita's experience isn't in defusing bombs, but setting them off? It's possible that she used to work in construction as a blaster, demolishing buildings or even excavating mining sites using dynamite. She's certainly got the attitude of someone who's used to working on construction sites full of men, and doesn't take shit from anyone— not even Negan.

3. Terrorist

The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

Perhaps there's a reason Rosita hasn't revealed anything about her life before the virus to anyone. Her familiarity with explosives may suggest she was affiliated with extremist groups who communicated their message with violent means— terrorists. Could Rosita be hiding a dark past?

2. Amateur Explosives Enthusiast

The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

Have you ever played Grand Theft Auto? Who wouldn't want to learn more about the fine art of blowing stuff up after playing that game! Not to mention that not having a qualification has never stopped anyone from playing with pyrotechnics.

Who knows? Maybe she was a doomsday prepper. After all, you can learn anything on the internet. Rosita's probably been training for the zombie apocalypse way before those other amateurs.

1. Action Movie Fanatic

The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

Sometimes being a fan involves learning some pretty bizarre skills, which is why fans of The Walking Dead would definitely make for great accomplices in any survival situation.

Rosita being a fiend for action movies would explain a lot. Not only would those countless movie marathons give her at least an introduction to defusing bombs, but it would also explain her penchant for revenge. We all saw her genius plan to let her gun do the talking with Negan. And she kind of does dress like a badass female action movie protagonist.

What are your theories on Rosita's past on The Walking Dead?

The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]