The Walking Dead: Will Survivors Guilt Lead Rosita to Her Death?
It's a feeling of guilt for surviving a traumatic event when others did not.
Spoilers follow for The Walking Dead Season 7.
Tonight's episode of The Walking Dead took a break from the Negan conflict so we could see Richonne back together. The couple were never quite separated, but it seemed like some distance was growing between them.
Fortunately, Rick and Michonne rekindled things happily with a mini vacation. It wasn't a walk in the park — especially with the zombie attack at the carnival — but it seemed to be beneficial. They gathered the guns they were looking for, while expressing their love for each other.
It wasn't the only interesting storyline in "Say Yes." Tonight's episode also depicted Rosita on a solo mission, which saw her rash behavior manifesting itself once again. Her previous attempt to kill Negan was premature at best, and now that she's going out on missions by herself, it seems as if she's trying to get herself killed. Here's why:
Rosita Makes It Clear That She's Suffering From Survivor's Guilt
At one point in tonight's episode, Rosita meets with Father Gabriel in his church. She delivers a monologue about how people around her have continued to die while she's left reconciling the aftermath. That sentiment is commonly known as Survivor's Guilt, a feeling of guilt for surviving a traumatic event when others did not.
Rosita makes it very clear that she feels responsible for Olivia and Spencer's deaths, since she was unable to kill Negan when she had the opportunity to do so. Rosita then comments on how she's still around while they're dead, and accuses Gabriel of playing some role in their deaths — but that was merely Rosita lashing out.
Survivor's Guilt is categorized as a mental illness, so if Rosita is indeed suffering from it, she's not necessarily responsible for everything she says; what she's expressing to Father Gabriel are unfiltered, bottled-up emotions. But now that she's venting all her frustrations, we can acknowledge that Rosita isn't acting like herself.
What Is Rosita Capable of?
Whatever happens next, it probably won't lead to anywhere good. We can already see that Rosita has gone rogue and recruited Sasha for a one-way trip to Negan's compound, the Sanctuary. Unfortunately, Sasha is likely suffering from the same condition, so they're both ready to do something rash, like attempting an assassination without sufficient planning and firepower.
When they do get to Negan's Sanctuary, we're likely to see (at least) one of them die or get captured. However, we probably won't see Sasha or Rosita in next week's episode, seeing as how Episode 13 ("Bury Me Here") will focus on the Kingdom and Carol.
Sasha and Rosita's attempt to assassinate Negan will likely take place in Episode 14, but that's undetermined at the moment. What do you think will happen then? Tell me in the comments below!
The Walking Dead airs Sundays on AMC.