'Roswell, New Mexico' Season 2 Episode 2: Rosa's return will not be easy, reveals showrunner Carina
In this week's episode, Rosa finds out the truth about her death and feels resentful towards Max who was responsible for tarnishing her name in the town
Spoilers for 'Roswell, New Mexico' Season 2 Episode 2 'Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space'
Rosa Ortecho's circumstances on 'Roswell, New Mexico' can be called odd and unfortunate at best. Liz's older sister was doomed the minute she began to attract Noah Bracken, Isobel Evans' husband, who is secretly an alien.
His attention became an obsession and he ended up being responsible for her death, as well as two other girls — albeit when he was controlling Isobel's mind. Isobel's brother Max and fellow alien Michael Guerin thought that Isobel was responsible and covered the deaths up while pinning the blame on Rosa.
For 10 years, Rosa was presumed dead until it was revealed that Noah put her body in one of the alien pods. In the finale for Season 1, Max takes Rosa out of the pod and sacrifices himself to bring her back to life.
In the first episode of Season 2, Rosa was seeing dreams about Noah, until it was revealed that she was seeing Max's memories. Max eventually broke through and got to Rosa, telling her that Liz cannot bring him back to life and that it was up to Rosa to stop Liz.
In this week's episode, Rosa finds out the truth about her death and feels resentful towards Max who was responsible for tarnishing her name in the town. She is also upset with her sister for falling in love with him.
Knowing how desperately Max wants her to stop Liz, she turns to drugs and alcohol in an effort to silence him — she wants him to pay by doing the opposite of what he is asking. Unfortunately, since Rosa was an addict before she died, her new method may just lead to misfortune.
MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) spoke to showrunner Carina Adly Mackenzie about Rosa's arc in Season 2 and how she copes with being back and everything she has learned. Mackenzie said, "[Rosa] feels that [it's] really unfair" that she has to hide the fact that she is alive again.
Mackenzie continues, "Rosa has always been a person who kind of feels like she exists in [the] shadows. She felt invisible when she was alive. So now that she's back and she sort of has to be invisible so that nobody notices — the resurrected teenager walking around town — she starts to wonder if her coming back to life was even really a gift. She sort of feels like she's still dead."
Mackenzie says Rosa needs to find her way in the world and how to change the legacy that she left. She says, "Though her family missed her terribly, the town's impression of Rosa Ortecho was not a positive one. How can she change that if she's not supposed to reveal that she's back?"
"She also is still struggling with addiction. She's still struggling with some major abandonment issues because of her mother. Those things don't just get erased as nice as that would have been," Mackenzie adds.
'Roswell, New Mexico' airs on The CW on Monday nights at 9/8c.