(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you have not watched Sunday’s episode of “The Walking Dead”)
This week’s episode of “The Walking Dead” focused on a theme that has run throughout the show: maintaining hope in a seemingly hopeless situation.
Rick makes it back to Alexandria just ahead of the smaller, yet still massive, herd of walkers that broke off from the main herd they were trying to lead away from the city. As the undead surround the walled community, some begin to lose hope, while others battle to hang on to it.
“I think that’s the nature of the show. You can always find hope,” Christian Serratos, who plays Rosita Espinosa, told TheWrap. “They’re in a very bleak world right now, and without hope they would crumble. So there’s always a way back. There’s always a way to mend what they’re going through.”
“It’s just a matter of how and when. Just like any other time they’ve been through something, they’re going to rally,” she continued. “At this point it’s just a matter of what interesting twists and turns it takes on the way there.”
Serratos’ character has an emotional moment in the episode as she stands watch on the walls, waiting for the return of Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), who is part of the team leading the other half of the herd away.
“They love each other. They’re yin and yang,” Serratos said. “They’re that dynamic duo. Rosita feels like she’s lost her other half, her significant other. Somebody that she’s trusted for a very long time. And like everyone else she’s just maintaining hope that all is well.”
Deanna (Tovah Feldshuh) also has several key scenes in the episode, as she too decides that she cannot give up on the dream that she had for Alexandria. We see her drawing up plans for expanding the community. She also kills her first walker, with the assist by Rick (Andrew Lincoln).
The two travel through an old sewer system beneath the community, but before they can exit, Maggie reveals she is pregnant and that she believes Glenn to be dead, as he would have given some kind of sign by now if he were alive.
However, as the episode ends, Maggie and Aaron wipe Glenn’s name off of a memorial wall that has been started for Alexandria residents who have died.