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Quote1.png Welcome to the Oh Deer Diner! Quote2.png
― Rose, Episode 1: Nightmare

Rose Marigold is a major character in both Bright Falls and Alan Wake.

She is a waitress, where she works at the local diner, the Oh Deer Diner, in Bright Falls. She also is a big fan of the writings of Alan Wake and keeps a life-sized cutout of him in the diner. In her spare time, she enjoys reading his novels and following news about him.


Rose is known to be a huge fan of Alan Wake, and other writers in general. She owns a trailer at the far back of the Sparkling River Estates and lives alone.

Events of Bright Falls (mini-series)

The live-action version of Rose

In the live-action series, Bright Falls, she first meets Jake Fischer when he enters the diner and starts to flirt with him when she realizes he is a reporter. Jake notices that she is a fan of Alan Wake, as evidenced by the cardboard cutout of Alan in the diner. When she next meets Jake, she becomes rather jealous of a woman named Ellen, who has come to the Oh Deer Diner to meet him. Despite this fact, she is still amiable to Jake whenever she meets him, and comforts him when he doesn't look well. Her final appearance is when Jake enters the diner, somewhat looking ill. Jake tells her a woman just bit a cop, and although she initially see's nothing, Mulligan enters the Diner with a bleeding hand, which Rose helps put pressure on.

Events of Alan Wake

Rose after she was touched by the darkness

When Alan Wake walks through the doors of the Oh Deer Diner, she barely acknowledges who he is until she looks up, and then begins gushing about being Alan's biggest fan. Annoyed with her enthusiasm, Alan groans and interrupts her by asking where he can find Mr. Stucky. When Alan leaves after receiving the cabin key and directions from the lady in black, Rose will yell out "Bye Mr. Wake!" in an excited tone.

Rose later encounters Barry Wheeler and Alan when they arrive at Elderwood National Park to rent a cabin from Rusty and at the end of the episode Taken when she invites Alan and Barry to her trailer to retrieve the manuscript pages Barry asked her to find for Alan. Unfortunately, the Dark Presence has brainwashed her into doing so and once they arrive Rose serves the two men drugged coffee, knocking them out until nightfall. On his way out of her trailer, Alan notices Rose rocking back and forth (reciting lines she might say to a customer at the diner), realizing that the Dark Presence used her to get to him. Barry, however, believes she turned against them on purpose and steals the cardboard cut-out of Alan she kept at the diner.

As depicted in The Alan Wake Files, FBI Agent Robert Nightingale tried to interview Rose after the events of the trailer park. During it, she found it quite hard to focus after being touched by the Dark Presence. She admits to Nightingale of hurting Alan and how a "woman in black" made her do it. The interview ends with her breaking down crying.

At the end of the game, she is seen carrying a lantern, just like Cynthia Weaver did, with former FBI Agent Nightingale watching her from the darkness behind.


  • Rusty harbors romantic feelings toward Rose. While she is aware of this and appreciates him, it is hinted that he is not what she is looking for. This romantic harboring was never brought to fruition; Rusty was Taken and Rose's idol had to destroy him.
  • In the early beta versions of Alan Wake, Rose had the same face as Sheriff Sarah Breaker whilst wearing a blue outfit, rather than red. Her voice sounded a lot older and country as well, and seemed to be more obsessed with Alan than the final version of Rose.
  • She will tell Alan that she got the cardboard cut out (standing by the front door of the diner) of him from a local bookstore that was promoting one of his books, if Alan lingers around Rose after the first cutscene with her.
  • When Alan walks out of the diner, Rose is greeting him goodbye. It is possible to go back into the diner and touch the door again (without pressing the button to go out) to trigger several different greetings from her.
  • If Alan turns on the radio at the cabin when he first visits it, Pat Maine will hint at Alan's presence, but Rose, unfortunately, will excitedly reveal that Alan is in Bright Falls.
  • Rose actually has a shrine of Alan in her bedroom.
  • When Alan asks her if she has the manuscript pages in episode 3 when he and Barry Wheeler are in her trailer, despite being possessed, she makes a pose and tells him that he needs a "muse to inspire him". This means that she may be jealous of Alice, since she is Alan's muse and love.
  • When she's feeling lonely she will talk to the cardboard cut out of Alan Wake.
  • Rusty is her only real friend, as she spends most of her time managing her Alan Wake fansite and living in longing and quiet desperation.
  • Rose's uniform in the mini-series Bright Falls is a bit different from the one she wears in Alan Wake, it is brown instead of red, and it lacks the hat.
  • In the mini-series, she is played by Merette Bartles.
  • She is also cradited as "Rose Darkens" in the mini-series.
  • In one of the manuscript pages, it shows that Rose is insecure and wishes more than anything she was friends with Alice and Alan.
  • The ending suggests that Rose has become the new 'Lady of the Light', as the now retired Cynthia had been, but also that she has 'gone mad with the night' after her confrontation with the Dark Presence. A radio call in episode 3 and a nightmare manuscript also hint toward it.
    • Rose also seems to share the same likes and role as Cynthia Weaver did, as she adored Alan as Cynthia did with Thomas.