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The Walking Dead finale: Actress Rosita explains why she wanted the character dead in the final episode

Lead Walking Dead an actor whose character was killed off in the final episode asked for their fate.

On Sunday (November 20), the series finale of AMC’s long-running zombie drama aired, featuring a showdown, returning characters, and several previews of future spin-offs.

While the last seasons, the eleventh season, saw few deaths of the main characters, the show had another tragic twist up its sleeve.

*Spoilers follow – you have been warned*

Eugene (Josh McDermitt) and Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) watched in horror as Rosita (Christian Serratos) fell into a horde of walkers – but she breathed a sigh of relief after breaking free, using her weapon to kill the undead around her.

However, a few scenes later, Rosita reveals to Eugene that her death is imminent after she showed him a walker bite on her back.

At the end of the episode, Carol (Melissa McBride) helped her on her deathbed and finally said goodbye to her baby girl Coco and longtime friend Eugene.

Fans of Rosita, who joined the series as a supporting character in the fourth season and became one of the main characters a few years later, were saddened by her death. However, Rosita’s death was apparently Serratos’ own decision.

speak to Entertainment WeeklySerratos expressed her joy that the show’s producers were receptive to her wishes after the episode aired.

“I didn’t know they would be so open about it,” she said, adding, “I’m glad to be able to talk about it. I’ve been on the show for so long and watching it, one of the things I really enjoyed was that it made me emotional. It squeezes your heart.”

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Christian Serratos and Seth Gilliam as Rosita and Gabriel in The Walking Dead finale.

(JACE DOWNS/AMC)

She continued: “[The] tugging at the heart was something I really fell in love with on the show. And I just really wanted people to have that emotional experience, especially in our finale. I think the show that was about the possible loss of loved ones, you want to lose someone at the end.

Serratos said that she felt the show “owed it to the fans to break their hearts one last time.”

The actress revealed that she came up with the idea after finishing the tenth and penultimate season, when she realized that the finale might not kill anyone.

“I was lucky to outlive my character in the comics and be able to stay on the show for so long,” Serratos continued, stating, “I love these people. And honestly, I wasn’t ready to leave.

“It’s so sad to think she died, but it kind of gave me a sense of closure because being an actor can be really psychological. You spend so much time pretending to be that person and you get very close to them. It’s like a bond between you and the character.”

Serratos also said she was happy she wasn’t “living in limbo”, wondering if her character would return in the many announced spin-offs.

Christian Serratos in The Walking Dead finale.

(AMC studios)

“I couldn’t help but know if she would ever come back or not. It was supposed to drive me crazy,” she said. “So it really helped me, Christian, to have closure. And I really think it made sense for Rosita. I mean, she was so willing to die for her loved ones and die for her baby, and I just thought it made sense to her.

Meanwhile, Norman Reedus, who played Daryl Dixon on the show, revealed that he had to be “persuaded” to perform one of the finale’s biggest moments as he initially refused to.

The walking dead the finale is available to stream on Star on Disney Plus.

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