Alejandro apologizes to his son for not telling him the truth, and he admits that Zorro's identity is a family secret rather than just his own.
Knowing Montero will resume his evil deeds, de la Vega realizes he needs an apprentice to finish what he started.
It has been twenty years since Don Diego de la Vega fought Spanish oppression in Alta California as the legendary romantic hero Zorro.
They re-build the de la Vega home and have a son named Joaquin, honoring Alejandro's brother.
Having said that there is no issue made of actively overturning oppressive regimes — at least not explicitly patriarchal ones — and Elena may know how to fight but she is not Zorro.
That's why sometimes she seems frustated with the noblemen's contempt towards her political ideas and justice ambitions.
In addition to keeping his identity a secret, Elena must also deal with his constant absence and has to raise their son, Joaquin, mostly on her own.
Zorro, however, managed to snatch her sword and force her to relent.