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- "It's a girl."
- —Alice when Judith is born.[src]
Judith Grimes, also known as "Judy", is a character first encountered in Issue 39 of Image Comics' The Walking Dead. She is the newborn daughter of Lori Grimes. It is uncertain if she was the daughter of Rick or Shane and the full or half-sister of Carl.
Judith was the second child born to Rick and Lori Grimes and the first infant depicted as having been born after the outbreak. As one of the few people so far to have no memories of a world without the horrors of the outbreak, her parents expressed hopes that she would not live in constant fear as they do and accept the post zombie world as the way things were without referencing the way things used to be.
It was a point of contention within the comics as to who is Judith's biological father. Lori had a very brief sexual liaison with Shane, Rick's best friend, on their way to Atlanta. This put Shane into the right time frame for Judith's conception, although Rick was reunited with Lori not long after, so it was still entirely possible that he was indeed Judith's biological father. Rick had since forgiven Lori for her affair with Shane, but, forbid mention that he mightn't be Judith's biological father. As far as he was concerned, he loved his daughter and the circumstances of her conception were completely irrelevant.
Judith is protected by her mother and Alice Warren, upon The Governor's assault at the prison. While fleeing the prison, Lori is shot while carrying Judith which resulted in both their deaths much to Rick's horror.
- Killed By
- The Governor (Caused)
During the prison attack, the Governor notices the Grimes family fleeing and orders Lilly to finish them off.
- Lilly Caul (Accidental)
After Lori is shot in the back by Lilly, she falls to the ground and lands on top of Judith, crushing and suffocating her to death. It can be assumed that their corpses were devoured by walkers.
Rick was shown to love Judith immensely. Rick was overjoyed to see the birth of Judith, despite the confusion of her real father being either him or Shane. Both Rick and Carl were devastated by her death with Carl even blaming Rick in that he failed to protect her along with Lori. In a conversation with Michonne in Volume 25: No Turning Back, Rick is still shown to miss her immensely despite having moved on with his life when he states that he would do anything to bring her back along with Lori even though her death caused him to live a "happier" life with Andrea.
Lori loved and cared for her daughter since her birth, and was constantly seen holding her. During the Woodbury attack, she held Judith in her arms as she ran trying to carry her to safety. Her attempt to save Judith resulted in both of their deaths.
- "I don't remember Judy. It's sad that she's dead... but most everyone I know is dead."
- —Carl to his father, about his baby-sister.[src]
Carl was very fond of his sister, and has stated on several occasions that he misses his mother and sister. After losing his memory from getting shot by Douglas Monroe, Carl says he doesn't remember his young sister anymore, but is saddened by her death nonetheless.
- "You made me kill a fucking baby!"
- —Lilly Caul to Brian Blake after executing Lori and Judith[src]
Lilly never interacted with Judith or a member of her family, but she regretted killing an innocent mother with her infant daughter. So much so it drove her to shoot The Governor.
- Judith was originally supposed to die by being stabbed while Lori was pregnant, by Thomas, but the idea was scrapped.
- Additionally, Judith was supposed to die in Issue 47 along with Lori.
- Judith was the only baby in the Comic Series who was born after the outbreak, until the birth of Hershel some time after All Out War: Part Two.
- Being a little over a month old at the time of her death, Judith is the youngest named character to die in the Comic Series.
- Judith is one of only two characters in the Comic Series to be killed by accident, the other being Sherry.