WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the Titans Season 2 episode "Deathstroke," streaming now on DC Universe.
Rose Wilson's most obvious secret -- that she's the estranged daughter of the assassin Deathstroke -- came as a surprise to the Titans, but certainly not to viewers of the DC Universe series. However, as we learn in this week's episode, there's far more to the scrappy young woman than meets the eye -- and it's incredible and gross, at the same time.
After abducting Jason Todd (Curran Walters), Slade Wilson (Esai Morales) seeks to use the smart-mouthed young Robin as bait to lure the original Titans, and a hostage to exchange for Rose (Chelsea Zhang). As the older heroes debate whether to make the trade, they're overheard by Rose, who decides it's the perfect time to escape from Titans Tower and take her chance on the streets.
Rose gains the upper head against Hank Hall (Alan Ritchson) -- in fairness, he's distracted by Dawn Granger (Minka Kelly) -- and races toward the exit, only to be stopped by Rachel Roth (Teagan Croft), who had previously befriended the fugitive. She calls upon her combat training to fend off Rose's attack, but when that doesn't work, Rachel summons her burgeoning powers, which she has been unable to understand or control. Lifted into the air by eldritch, morphing wings, Rachel throws Rose to the floor before sliding her halfway across the room, into the end of the kitchen counter.
Now, we can debate whether she did so with enough force to do any real harm, to Rose or the counter. However, the action leaves Rose a crumpled mess, with broken limbs and neck, barely alive. Rachel regains control, and realizes what she's done, just as the other Titans arrive in the living area. It's surprising enough when Dawn decrees that Rose is still breathing, but that's nothing compared to what occurs immediately afterward.
Like a scene from a horror film, Rose's broken bones begin to snap back into place, to the gruesome sound of crunching. When her neck twist back, her eye opens wide, but it's not clear whether in terror or merely an awareness of what she's experienced. The episode provides no answers, as Rose is rushed into the infirmary, where she's stabilized, moving off the board while the original Titans leave to confront her father and, hopefully, rescue Jason.
This miraculous (yet disturbing) healing ability marks a significant departure from the comic books. There, Rose was injected with the same serum that imbued Deathstroke with enhanced reflexes, strength and stamina. However, while the procedure made Rose prone to psychotic episodes -- in the comics, she gouged out her own eye -- it also apparently gave her limited precognitive powers, that permit her to anticipate and counter attacks. In DC's 2011 reboot, The New 52, Rose also gained the ability to dampen the powers of others.
However, in neither continuity did she display such a remarkable healing factor. Indeed, one would think if Rose could (ahem) snap back from near-fatal injuries, she could also grow back the eye she lost in her fight with Deathstroke.
Presumably, we'll eventually learn the nature of Rose's power -- and perhaps why Rachel's game of supernatural shuffleboard left her little more than a horrific rag doll.
Streaming now on DC Universe, Titans Season 2 stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Kory Anders, Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth, Ryan Potter as Garfield Logan, Curran Walters as Jason Todd and Conor Leslie as Donna Troy, with Minka Kelly as Dawn Granger, Alan Ritchson as Hank Hall, Joshua Orpin as Superboy, Chelsea Zhang as Rose Wilson, Chella Man as Jericho, Drew Van Acker as Aqualad, Esai Morales as Deathstroke and Iain Glen as Bruce Wayne.