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- "Our friends need our help.(...) You're my mom. You chose to be. Because you love me, and I love you. And loving someone means doing whatever it takes to keep them safe, right? But when did we stop loving Daryl? Aunt Maggie? Carol? The King? (...) Then why does it feel that way?"
- —Judith to Michonne.[src]
Judith Grimes is a main character and a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. She is the daughter of the late Lori Grimes and Shane Walsh and the half-sister to the late Carl Grimes. Despite not being her biological father, Rick Grimes adopted her as his own, caring for and protecting her until his disappearance.
Six years later, Judith is now the adopted daughter of Michonne and resides with her at the Alexandria Safe-Zone with her adoptive brother, R.J. Grimes. She has also developed a close bond with Negan.
Judith appears to be a kind, intelligent and caring young girl mature beyond her years who is more than willing to protect others from harm, as shown when she protects Magna's group from a horde of walkers. Even in her young age, Judith appears to already be very adapt with weapons and fighting against walkers, most likely having been taught how to use them by Michonne, as she is seen carrying a katana.
According to Negan, Judith is just as much of a badass as her brother and is able to tell when someone is lying to her to the point that Negan never even tries. Due to Michonne's attempts at sheltering her, Judith has developed a bond with Negan who shares stories with her and helps Judith with her homework. Judith tells Michonne that while she knows that Negan is not her friend, she is sympathetic with his lonely situation while Negan affords Judith a great deal of respect in return. Judith has Michonne's fiery spirit and determination and as pointed out by Negan, hates taking things lying down just as much as Michonne does.
Like Negan, she has a sarcastic sense of humor.
Judith Grimes is the second child born to Lori Grimes and is the first infant depicted having been born during the apocalypse. Her parents express hope that she will not live in constant fear as they do, and they wish that she will accept the post-apocalyptic world as the way things are without referencing the way things used to be.
From the moment when Lori discovers that she is pregnant with Judith, questions arise as to who the baby's biological father is. Lori has an affair with Shane, Rick's best friend, prior to her discovering that Rick is still alive. Rick later revealed that he knows that Judith is not his biological daughter, but he loves her regardless and is willing to protect her at all costs.
Judith is not immediately named upon her birth, and it took the group several days to decide on the name 'Judith', which was the name of Carl's third grade teacher. Carl also suggests that they name her after Sophia. She is nicknamed 'Lil' Ass Kicker' by Daryl Dixon.
Judith is successfully delivered via an emergency cesarean section by Maggie Greene, though this results in Lori's death due to blood loss and shock. Judith, in the few minutes after she is born, is silent. She is quickly awakened by a few quick, light taps on the back from Maggie. Carl is forced to shoot Lori in the head to prevent reanimation. Judith, Carl, and Maggie exit the prison, and Rick notices Maggie holding the baby without Lori's presence. Rick begins to sob upon realizing that Lori did not survive.
It is revealed that the baby is a girl. Daryl, Maggie, and Glenn Rhee offer to retrieve formula so that the baby will survive. Maggie and Daryl depart the prison and travel to a daycare center, where they discover formula, as well as other essential baby supplies. When they come back, Daryl feeds the baby and asks Carl if he has decided on a name yet. Carl goes through the names of all of the deceased women of their group. Daryl then jokingly suggests the name "Lil' Ass Kicker".
Rick first acknowledges her as his child to the first caller on the phone. He finally is seen carrying her after returning to the group for a second time.
Carl talks to Rick about the baby's name, and Carl tells Rick about how Daryl calls her "Lil' Ass Kicker", which Rick finds amusing. They finally decide on "Judith" after Carl's third grade teacher, Judith Mueller.
Judith briefly appears in this episode being cradled by Beth Greene as Carol Peletier, Carl, and Axel look on. Axel uses Beth's good handling of Judith as an excuse to hit on her, which an anxious Carol pulls him aside and reprimands him for.
Judith appears in the episode being cared for by Beth while Rick, Michonne, Glenn, and Maggie are in Woodbury. Judith's cry appears to trigger Rick's psychosis. While Beth talks with Carol, Judith begins to cry again. Carol holds Judith before placing her in a box (a makeshift crib) with "Lil' Ass Kicker" written on the side.
Judith appears being fed by Maggie, while Beth is talking to her.
Judith is held by Carol and Andrea as they both talk about what happened to the group and their future plans. In the ending, she appears again being carried by Rick, while he is talking to Daryl and Hershel Greene about Andrea and his plans to get more weapons for the confrontation with Woodbury.
Carol is seen putting Judith in her playpen during her last conversation with Merle Dixon.
Beth is seen holding Judith as the group prepares to defend the prison from the outside. During the attack, Judith is held by Beth, who is with Hershel and Carl hiding outside the prison in the woods. When they finally meet up with the rest of the group inside the prison, Beth takes Judith to Rick so that he can kiss her on the forehead.
Judith appears briefly in this episode. She looks more grown up, hinting that it has been a couple of months since she was born. It is shown that even if she is not Rick's biological daughter, he has adopted her as his own.
Judith is shown with Rick in the beginning of the episode. Beth takes care of her while the zombies attack Cell Block D. Rick tells everyone they cannot go near Judith because they could get her infected. Michonne seems bothered by her presence. Later, Judith vomits on Beth. In reaction, Beth asks Michonne to hold her, to which Michonne sternly replied, "No." However, Michonne then gives in and takes her uneasily. After a few seconds of Beth being gone, Michonne breaks down emotionally and holds Judith close to her.
Beth is seen in the Administrative Building with Judith. She is holding Judith when Maggie walks in to talk with Beth. Later on, before going on the supply run, Daryl calls Judith the 'Lil' Ass Kicker' again.
During the attack, Judith is carried out by the prison children but is left on the ground unsupervised. After Rick and Carl reunite at the prison courtyard, they notice Judith's baby seat empty and bloody. However, Tyreese Williams, Lizzie Samuels, and her sister Mika manage to save her. The reason for her baby carrier being bloody is unknown. Her desperate father and brother, though, assume that she is dead.
Judith is seen in the arms of Tyreese after the attack, and she cannot stop crying. After Tyreese hears a scream from the railroad, he leaves her with Lizzie. Lizzie covers Judith's mouth to stop her from crying during a walker attack, but Lizzie slips into a shell-shocked state and nearly suffocates the baby before the baby is saved by a newly returned Carol. Judith is last seen traveling with Tyreese, Carol, Lizzie, and Mika along some railroad tracks.
Judith appears throughout the episode, often in the safety of either Tyreese or Carol in a baby carrier, which the two take turns wearing on their backs. While Tyreese and Carol are clearing out the cabin at the pecan grove, a walker suddenly falls over the first-story railing of the house. Unable to kill it (because she believes that walkers are still "alive"), Lizzie freezes up in fear with Judith in her arms as the walker lunges quickly toward them along the ground. Eventually, it is shot in the head by Mika, saving Lizzie and Judith's lives. Later on, in order to prove to Tyreese and Carol that walkers are not different from living people, Lizzie kills Mika by stabbing her, taking care to preserve her brain so that she will "come back". After she is discovered kneeling by Mika's body, she tells Tyreese and Carol that she had intended to do the same thing to Judith before Tyreese and Carol returned. However, Judith is seen off to the side of Mika's corpse, alive and lying on a blanket. Though saddened by Mika's death, Carol focuses on the situation at hand and dissuades Lizzie from harming Judith, telling her that, "She can't even walk yet," and would therefore not make a very good walker. Lizzie agrees. Knowing that Lizzie is dangerous, Tyreese offers to leave with Judith and part ways with Carol so that Carol could carry on with Lizzie. However, Carol disagrees with the idea and reluctantly kills Lizzie with the safety of the three of them in mind. After Lizzie and Mika are buried, Carol and Tyreese continue to proceed towards Terminus with Judith in the tow.
Judith appears in this episode via flashbacks from the prison, mostly seen being held by Beth. Judith first appears when Rick wakes up from his sleep, and Beth comes into his cell with Hershel to get Judith. Later on, Judith is seen held by Beth while watching Carl and Patrick rearranging blocks and guns. In the final flashback, Judith is seen sleeping while being held by Beth in the prison yard.
Judith is still in the care of Tyreese and Carol. As Carol, Judith, and Tyreese approach another Terminus sign, a walker appears at their back, which makes Judith cry. Carol quickly dispatches the walker just in time to notice that a large herd is heading their way. Tyreese, now carrying Judith, and Carol hide in the woods, so as not to attract the herd's attention. Just when things start to turn into a bad situation for them, gunfire is heard, attracting the walkers and leading them away from the group. After taking a small cabin from a Terminant named Martin, Carol leaves Judith with Tyreese so that she can rescue the others. Afterwards, Martin tells Tyreese that either he himself dies, Tyreese dies, or the baby dies if Carol does not return. Tyreese negates this saying, "Nobody is gonna die today." Three walkers come out from the woods and distract Tyreese, which Martin uses to his advantage. He jumps up and grabs Judith's head, threatening to kill her if Tyreese does not go outside where the walkers are waiting. Tyreese goes outside so that Martin does not kill Judith. After a brief struggle with walkers, Tyreese returns and severely beats Martin, saving Judith. After rescuing the others, Carol brings Rick and Carl back to the cabin, where they reunite with Judith, joyfully hugging her. She is last seen being carried by Carol as the group leaves the site of Terminus to an unknown location, a place Rick says is 'somewhere far' from the now overrun, ransacked Terminus.
Rick's group continues on their journey away from Terminus when they come across Father Gabriel Stokes, whom they save from a group of walkers. He takes the survivors back to his church, where they plan to stay for a while as they stock up on supplies. After scavenging the nearby area, the group enjoys a feast, and Rick uses the time to spend with Judith. Abraham Ford makes a speech, where he talks about his desire for Rick's group to join him and about Rosita Espinosa on their mission to escort Eugene Porter to Washington, D.C. Judith makes a noise during his speech, and Rick interprets this as her consent, lightheartedly saying that if Judith is in, then he is, too.
When various members of the group go missing, several survivors go out to search for them. They eventually find Bob Stookey, who has been kidnapped by Gareth and the other surviving residents of Terminus. Rick leads a group out to confront Gareth and deal with them, while several others stay behind. Judith is among them, who is being cared for by Tyreese. After Rick's group leaves, the Hunters turn up and break into the church. Judith cries and gives away the group's hiding place, but before Gareth and his people can do anything, they are captured and slaughtered by Rick and the others.
The following morning, the group says their goodbyes to Bob, who is dying from a bite on his shoulder. Judith sits on Rick's lap as he has one final talk with Bob. Bob thanks Rick for taking him in at the prison and advises him that the nightmare will end, but it does not have to end who they are. He tells Rick to look at Judith and see for himself that the world will someday change. He passes away shortly after.
When Daryl returns from Atlanta with the news that Carol and Beth are being held in a hospital, Rick and several others prepare to go on a mission to save them, but they fortify the church before they leave. Rick holds Judith and gives her a kiss before handing her to Michonne, who is staying behind with Carl and Gabriel. Judith begins to cry as Rick leaves, and Carl strengthened the front door.
Unbeknownst to Michonne and Carl, Gabriel sneaks out of the church shortly after.
Gabriel returns to the church after sneaking out and begs to be let inside as a herd of walkers are after him. Carl lets him in, but the walkers pour inside. Michonne attempts to hold them off, but there were too many, leaving them with no choice but to escape and abandon the church, while Carl carries Judith. They circle around to the front and shut the walkers inside.
Just as the front door begins to give way, Abraham and his group, who had left a few days previously, return with a firetruck and block the door, preventing the walkers from escaping. The group reunites and Michonne reveals to an elated Maggie that Beth is alive and that Rick and the others have gone to rescue her. They all decide to go help out.
Judith is presumably with Carl in the firetruck as the group arrives at the hospital, where they reunite with Rick and the others, and Maggie breaks down into tears upon seeing Daryl carrying Beth's corpse.
Judith appears in this episode by means of a hallucination Tyreese has as he is dying.
The group takes turns carrying Judith throughout their walk, especially Carl and Rick. When they reach the barn, they keep Judith close. When walkers attack, Carl puts her on the ground and then goes to help. The next morning, when Maggie wakes up, she sees Judith awake in Rick's arms while he is sleeping.
Judith is crying due to hunger when Aaron offers them applesauce he has bought with him. Rick is not sure as to whether or not it is poisoned and orders Aaron to eat it first. Aaron says that he does not want to eat the applesauce because he has bad memories of them, but Rick forces him to. Judith rides in the RV during the first leg of their journey to Alexandria. She then rides in the car with Carl, Michonne, and Rick during the second leg. When they arrive, Rick picks her up and starts walking toward the gate.
Rick holds Judith while entering the safezone. There is a cot set up for Judith in their new house. During Carl's interview with Deanna Monroe, he is seen holding Judith. The next day he takes her for a walk in a pram, chatting with two elderly residents.
Judith is seen being taken to Deanna's house party. She is held by Jessie Anderson at one point, and when she attempted to pass Judith back to Rick, he kisses Jessie on the cheek.
Judith is briefly seen on the screen of her baby monitor in the kitchen while Carol makes the casserole for the Monroe family as they mourned for the loss of their son Aiden.
Judith is seen being carried by Carl inside of the garage at their house, while her older brother is playfully showing her around.
Carl is pushing her in her stroller through Alexandria when he talks to Father Gabriel. Later, Carol is seen keeping an eye on her. She leaves Carl behind to take care of her during the Wolves attack. However, Carl leaves Judith alone while he searches for Enid.
Carol drops Judith off at Jessie's house as she is going after Morgan.
Judith is in Jessie's house upstairs on a cot for most of the episode. When the group leaves to walk through the herd, Carl puts her under his cloak to mask her smell.
As the group stops for a moment to have a discussion about what to do, Gabriel suggests to take Judith to the church for safety. Rick accepts, and Gabriel leaves with her. Later in the church, Gabriel gives Judith to Anna so that he can go out and help Rick put down the walkers. Michonne later takes Judith after they finish clearing out the Safe-Zone and watches Rick looking after Carl.
Judith is seen playing on the floor in Rick's bedroom while Rick gets ready to leave with Daryl.
Judith stays in Alexandria with her brother after Rick and the group decide to leave to see Paul's community.
Judith remains asleep in her room as Rick and Michonne lay in bed talking to each other.
Judith appeared in Rick's dream sequence at the dinner table with other Alexandrians.
Judith is in her crib when Rick picks her up and holds her and was also present at the church in her stroller. Later, Rick expresses his thought to Michonne that Shane is the father but he loves Judith and she is his child.
Negan enters Judith's bedroom and lifts her out of her crib. He sits on the porch with Carl while cradling Judith in his arms. He contemplates killing Rick and Carl, and kisses Judith on the nose.
Judith is seen with Olivia at the table.
Judith is shown playing and being babysat by Tara, who debates the pros and cons of telling Rick about the guns at Oceanside. She listens as Tara is torn by her promise to keep its location a secret.
Off-screen, Judith was transported to the Hilltop. She sits on the ground while Maggie and Jesus talk. Shortly after, Judith stands up and is carried away by Enid.
In a flashback to his time after being bitten, Carl spends time with Judith and takes a Polaroid with her. As Carl is dying in Alexandria's sewers, Daryl promises to take Judith to the Hilltop so that Rick and Michonne can stay with Carl. Before Judith leaves, Carl says a final goodbye to his sister and passes his trademark hat onto her.
In the future envisioned by Carl for Rick, the six-year old Judith runs through Alexandria to Negan who is tending the gardens alongside the Alexandrians. Judith warmly greets Negan who returns the greeting and picks Judith up.
During the year and a half that passed since the end of the war, Judith has been raised by Rick and Michonne and the three live as a happy family in a rebuilt and thriving Alexandria.
Rick, now with shorter and grayer hair, happily watches Michonne paint with Judith. They go outside the walls to see a flock of birds in the field.
The next day, when Rick is at the Hilltop, he mentions to Maggie that Judith still remembers her as her "Aunt Maggie".
Judith is taken by Rick to see Siddiq, so he can do a check up on her. Afterwards, Judith spends a family day with Rick and Michonne playing, having a picnic and reading stories.
Judith spends time reading stories with Michonne and accompanying her as she works on her communities charter.
In Alexandria, Judith talks with Michonne about shells before they are interrupted by Scott. Scott tells Michonne that Maggie is there and Judith reacts happily "Aunt Maggie!".
Six years later, Magna's group take on a herd of walkers. They quickly get overwhelmed but are saved when the walkers around them get shot from the trees. Magna and her group escape into the woods to find an older Judith, around 9 years old, armed with Rick's revolver and a katana. They introduce themselves and ask what her name is. She picks up her hat and introduces herself as Judith Grimes.
In the woods, Judith leads Magna's group to the others, who are looking for her. Wanting to take them in, Judith declares she won't return to Alexandria until they accept them. The others reluctantly agree.
In Alexandria, Magna's group arrives at the gates and Judith assures them they'll be safe. They get escorted inside, where Gracie runs over to Aaron. Rosita updates Siddiq on Yumiko's condition and he escorts her to the infirmary. Magna tries to tag along but is stopped by D.J.
Michonne arrives on horseback and doesn't look pleased to see the new arrivals. She frisks Magna and asks Eugene why they're here. Aaron claims it was his call but Michonne reminds him it's not his call to make. "I decided," Judith tells her. Michonne scolds her but Aaron says they're here now and they should decide their fate together, while Gabriel suggests they vote tomorrow. Michonne agrees and instructs her people to put them in holding. She leaves as her sheriff figurine falls out of her pocket and Judith picks it up.
The next day, Judith is present when Magna's group are questioned by the Alexandria council. Later, in their house, Judith overhears Michonne pretending to talk to Rick, but Michonne catches her and tells her to do her homework and that they will train later.
A while later, Judith sits outside of Negan's cell and reads off a math problem to him about two planes on a collision course. He stops her and asks if she's ever seen a plane and she says no, so Negan suggests she worry about problems that apply to the real world. Judith then tells him that Michonne wants to make Magna's group leave but she doesn't want them to. Negan uses an anecdote from his childhood about a seemingly nice stray dog that turned violent, meaning just because someone looks nice doesn't mean they are. Judith brushes it off and says the numbers don't care if someone's good or bad on the inside. Negan smiles as she leaves.
At night, after Michonne finishes talking with Magna, she closes the door and then turns around to find Judith on the staircase with her father's gun. She says her dad would have wanted her to do what she did, and Michonne agrees. She tells her she'll understand one day why she's making Magna's group leave. Judith reveals she knows Michonne still talks to Rick and Carl while she's beginning to forget their voices, shocking her. As Judith leaves, R.J. runs up to Michonne and asks for food.
The next day, Magna's group prepares to leave by thanking everyone for their hospitality, with each one appreciating Judith the most. Michonne rides up and says she's going to instead escort them to Hilltop with Siddiq.
At dawn, in Alexandria, Judith spots Negan, wearing normal clothes, scaling the fence to escape, but stops him with her gun. He laughs and suggests they just go their separate ways, but she doesn't budge. Negan climbs down and Judith reminds him there's nothing out there for him. He promises not to hurt anyone, even in self-defense. Judith finally relents and allows him to keep her compass in hopes that it will help him find his way, but promises that if she sees him again she'll shoot.
Later, on the road, Judith watches as Negan drives his bike and shoots at it, making him crash. She says a lot of people are looking for him. He gives her back the compass and says he wants to return to Alexandria because she was right, there isn't anything out there for him. Judith then escorts him back to Alexandria.
In Alexandria, Judith spies on Michonne's meeting with Negan but is caught by her mother, making her run away. Later, at their house, Judith is questioned by Michonne about it and she says sometimes she talks to him out of sympathy. Michonne calmly explains why that's a bad idea but Judith argues he actually listens to her. Michonne firmly demands she not go near him because he's a monster and if he got out he would continue to be a monster. Judith reminds her he did get out and wasn't a monster, proving he has changed. Michonne says people don't change but Judith responds, "You did", leaving her speechless. Michonne then sends her to her room.
In Alexandria, Judith plays with R.J. and Gracie on the community streets when Michonne comes out of her house and orders her to keep her brother safe as she goes over to the guardpost. Later, by the lake, Judith tells Daryl she's happy he helped Lydia and suggests they could all defeat the Whisperers if they came together since it's what her dad would have done.
In the past, at Alexandria, Jocelyn's kid group enjoys a bonfire with a younger Judith and the community kids. In the present, at night, Judith watches as Daryl and the rest prepare to leave for the Kingdom. After they leave, she looks at Michonne with disappointment.
In the past, Judith is taken captive by Jocelyn's group alongside the other community children. In the present, Judith is at dinner with her family. She refuses to eat and goes to her bedroom. The next morning, Judith leaves a note to her mom saying she had to go to help their friends and leaves Alexandria in search of Daryl.
In the past, Judith is rescued by Michonne and happily embraces her. In the present, Judith kills a walker in the woods but before she can be bitten by another, she's saved by her mom. They sit by a log and Judith tells her she remembers how the kids were nice to her but Jocelyn was bad. She then tells Michonne that loving someone means keeping them safe and asks why they stopped loving Daryl, Maggie, Carol, and the King. Michonne says they haven't, and the two hug again.
In the past, Michonne and Daryl return to Alexandria with Judith and the kids as the parents rush up to greet them. Judith runs to Rosita and happily hugs her. In the present, Michonne tells Judith how she changed Alexandria's mission to protect their own so she can keep her kids safe, but she admits she was wrong, and that they have to protect the people they love.
In the woods, Michonne and Judith ride off towards the Kingdom and pick up Daryl, Connie, Henry, and Lydia along the way.
Judith and the group arrive at the Kingdom as the fair starts. Carol and Ezekiel marvel at how much she has grown and ask if she remembers them. Judith claims she does since she has drawings of them from when she was a child. Suddenly. Tara spots Lydia among the group. "The plan was to bring Henry…just Henry" Tara says angrily to Daryl.
Inside the theater, Judith listens as the leaders reunite and decide to grant asylum to Lydia in Alexandria, send some soldiers to Hilltop to guard against any potential attacks from the Whisperers and to re-establish the charter. She then sees as they all sign the charter.
At the fair, Judith plays the dunkee both with Eugene. She also watches as Jerry plays around with his children and is left to be looked after by Nabila. At night, Judith and Jerry's family attend the theater and watch the movie.
The next day, Judith listens from the crowd as Siddiq delivers the tragic news regarding the fate of the missing residents from the fair, tells them how brave everyone was in their final moments and how he was intentionally kept alive to tell this very story. He encourages everyone to remember the fallen as brave heroes and to honor them.
Several months after the fair massacre, in Alexandria, Judith takes shelter from the storm with the residents in the church. She tells Negan to watch his language as he makes a joke, but then comments to him that she's worried about Dog, who she lost despite Daryl asking her to watch over him. Later, Judith pulls a blanket over herself and her brother to keep them warm, before Gabriel decides they're moving to Aaron's house. They all tie a rope around themselves and head out into the blizzard.
In the middle of the path, Judith hears Dog barking in the distance and chases after him, forcing Negan to race after her at the risk of his own life. A while later, she is found freezing by Negan. He puts Judith on his shoulder, grabs Dog's leash and gives her his coat to stay warm. He then ties up his injured leg and carries her and Dog away.
The next day, after the storm is over, Judith runs over to Michonne and hugs her as she and the others return to Alexandria. She then plays with the group in a snowball fight.
Sometime later, Judith converses with Ezekiel on the radio and listens as he says just because they lost their house doesn’t mean they lost their home. She then tells him she has to do her homework and signs off.
Some months after the blizzard, Judith and the Coalition form a militia in order to train the several residents of the communities to face any future treats. She takes part in a training exercise on the Oceanside beach. As Ezekiel and Jerry methodically release walkers from a shipwrecked boat, Judith and the other militia work together as a unit to take out the walker threat. Later on, Judith and R.J. play with some shells that R.J. found. As they dump out their seashells in the sand, a Whisperer mask falls out. Judith gets scared and informs the rest of the group.
A while later, Judith tells R.J. the story about Rick blowing the bridge to save his friends. "He died and went to heaven," Judith tells R.J. about "the brave man" in her story. Michonne walks up to hug them, telling them she'd do anything to protect them. Suddenly, an explosion rings out and everyone looks up to witness streaks of fire cascading from the sky. Judith then stays at the camp looking after her brother as the adults deal with the situation.
While the Alexandria residents face against waves of walkers pouring onto the community gates over the next 49 hours, Judith stays at her home looking after her brother. When Michonne checks on them in the morning, Judith reminds her mother it's not safe to go to sleep.
The next day, Judith keeps looking after her brother when Michonne arrives to sleep with them. As they lay together in bed, Michonne explains to Judith that it is safe to sleep for now.
Judith and her family dine together and share a laugh as they are joined by Daryl. The following morning, Judith accompanies Michonne to visit the Hilltop to help out the community after a tree has fallen down. On the way, Michonne tells Judith never to take enemies by their word. Judith suggests the Whisperers are probably trying to tire them out like R.J. does before he goes to sleep. Suddenly, Michonne spots Ezekiel riding on his own and tells Judith and the group to continue while she investigates. Later that day, the group catches up and they continue their travel to Hilltop.
That night, Judith and the convoy arrive to help the Hilltop residents fight off the invading walkers. While fighting, Judith takes out walkers by herself to the proud smile of her mom. The following morning, Judith listens to the council meeting where Michonne announces she will be delivering supplies to Oceanside after receiving reports of potential Whisperer activity. She becomes surprised when Michonne says she will accompany her. Later that day, Judith and a group prepare their convoy and head out on their journey towards Oceanside.
Judith and the group continue their journey towards Oceanside when they stop briefly after Scott comes across recent footprints on their path. When Luke says he is going as a representative of Hilltop, she jokes that he really wants to see Jules and then asks him what he was whistling before. He explains he was whistling one of his favorite songs and writes it down for her in a book where she is documenting everything that happens to them for the future. When Luke suggests stopping at a nearby library along the way to look for more books, Judith convinces her mother to accept after complaining that she has already read almost every book back in Alexandria.
When the group heads inside the library, Judith finds a Russian-English dictionary she gives to Luke for Eugene to understand the satellite parts. As Michonne tells her daughter they can read a book together, she is called over the radio by Magna. Upon hearing Luke screaming for help, she and the group find him in the music section where he explains he was saved by a man before he fled. Judith then remains in silence as her mother informs him of Siddiq's death.
Later that day, the group arrives at Oceanside where Judith witnesses as the residents bring the man that saved Luke to the camp and accuse him of being a Whisperer. While the stranger begs he simply wants to get back to his family, Judith watches as the group debates what to do with him. When walkers suddenly invade, she helps take out the threat and slashes the man in the leg to stop him from escaping. Judith then calls out to her mother who proudly congratulates her.
That night, Judith reads a book from the man's backpack when he suddenly wakes up. He claims the book is for his daughter and attempts to stop her from reading it but falls due to being tied up. Judith tells him to be careful with his stitches and then leaves when her mother arrives to question him. A while later, Michonne tells Judith her plan of helping the man get back to his family on a naval base in exchange for weapons to destroy Alpha's horde but says she needs to go alone. Judith understands her mother's decision and they hug.
The next day, Judith listens as Michonne informs the group of her mission and gives them a radio to contact her if they need to. She also tells Judith she can contact her at any time and reminds her to be good with her uncle Daryl until she returns. Judith then bids her mother farewell before she and the rest of the group travel back to their communities.
Judith watches as a Whisperer named Mary arrives at the gates of the community in the morning to inform everyone that a group has been trapped in the cave with Alpha's horde before she is knocked out by Rosita and placed in the cell. Sometime later that day, she goes to the stairs outside of the building like she used to do to talk with Negan and starts a conversation with Mary by asking her name and wondering about her life before meeting the Whisperers.
After Mary explains she doesn't remember much because she was brainwashed by Alpha, Judith says she thinks that had Mary stumbled across her parents first, she would have turned out better, and claims that she doesn't look like a monster to her. When Beta attacks Alexandria that night, Judith looks over her brother and helps Mary by letting her inside her house for safety. They hide inside a room and she shoots through it, managing to hit Beta in the chest. The next day, Judith and her brother are among the group that departs towards Hilltop in wagons.
As the children climb into the wagon, Judith expresses a desire to stay and fight, but Daryl is quick to rebuff her. He then spots Carol and Ezekiel arriving, but doesn't go to greet them. The caravan doesn't make it far before they hit a roadblock and discover Felix and Penny (the scouts they sent earlier) dead. Daryl identifies this as one of Negan's tactics and concludes that all the other roads will be blocked, too, making a retreat impossible.
The caravan returns to the Hilltop, with Daryl informing the others of the situation. Luke suggests calling Alexandria for reinforcements, but Dianne thinks that neither Alexandria nor Oceanside can get to them in time. Earl is confident that Hilltop is prepared, and tries to rally everyone for the upcoming conflict.
Before the battle, Daryl notices Judith sitting on the sofa and wonders why she isn't with the other kids. Judith insists that she can fight. Daryl says that he knows she can, and apologizes for Judith seeing the bodies of Felix and Penny earlier that day. Judith dismisses them as "just walkers", which she has killed plenty of. Judith claims that she isn't scared, but when Daryl says that he might be, she says that she might be scared for R.J., her mom, and Daryl. Daryl assures her that there is no shame in that, since she knows what she's fighting for. Judith reveals that she repaired the wing on Daryl's vest. Daryl thanks her for the gift, before making her promise that if Ezekiel comes looking for her, she goes with him, regardless of whether she knows where Daryl is. Judith promises after some hesitation, and the two hug each other goodbye.
Judith fights with the Coalition to defend the Hilltop, expertly taking down several walkers with her sword. However, during the fight, Judith impales a Whisperer through the gut with her sword as he comes up behind her, causing Judith to stare in shock at the man as he begs for her help as he dies. Earl arrives and takes Judith and the other kids to safety.
Hiding in a shed, Earl reassures Judith and the other kids that they will soon be reunited with their parents before entering another room. Following after Earl, Judith is shocked to discover that Earl has been bitten and is preparing to commit suicide by impaling his head on a railroad spike driven through a table. Earl rejects Judith's offers to say with him as he dies, telling her that he needs Judith to protect the other kids.
After Earl's suicide, Judith enters the room to check up on him, discovering that Earl had failed to impale his head on the spike. Reanimating, Earl growls at Judith who quickly puts Earl down. Arriving moments later with Ezekiel and Jerry, Daryl finds Judith crying beside Earl's corpse and comforts her.
Michonne radios Judith, who says that she's been trying to reach her. She apologizes and informs her daughter that she found three people on the island, whom she is bringing home. R.J. joins in on the call to say hello to his mother, but Judith tells him they need to use codenames for security, so R.J. chooses "Little Brave Man" as his codename, much to Michonne's delight. Michonne asks about Rosita, before switching the topic to the Whisperers. Judith informs her that the Whisperers are finished, as they eliminated most of the horde, while Alpha can't hurt them anymore. Michonne then reveals that she found something that belonged to the "Brave Man", and where he might have been recently. Choking back tears, Judith asks if Rick is still alive, but Michonne doesn't know. Judith then urges Michonne to go find Rick if she thinks he is alive. Michonne initially declines, reasoning that Judith and R.J. need her right now, but Judith is insistent, telling Michonne that Rick could be trying to come home and might need help. Michonne accepts her mission, and tells Judith that she will try her on the walkie for as long as she can. They then say their goodbyes.
Judith is among the Alexandrians to relocate to the abandoned hospital being referred to as "the tower". Judith approaches Lydia, who is petting a cat. Judith offers condolences for her mother's death, but Lydia tells her she doesn't have to do that. When asked, Lydia denies that she misses her mother, and tells Judith that not everyone gets to have a mom like hers. As Judith leaves, Negan observes from a distance.
In the woods, Judith downs a lone walker, just as Daryl discovers her. When he finds out Judith is alone, he tries to take her back to the Tower, but Judith protests that she hates it at the building, as it smells of cat urine, and wants to learn to do what Daryl does instead. Although Daryl is initially resistant to this idea, he eventually agrees to let her tag along. Daryl explains that he is walking the perimeter and looking for anything out of the ordinary, and if he spots something, he retreats and radios it in. He warns Judith that there is no room for mistakes, which she acknowledges.
In the woods, Daryl coaches Judith to spot things that don't belong. She notices a piece of skin on the side of a tree, and correctly identifies this as coming from a walker. Daryl notes that the Whisperers could be rounding more walkers up, and instructs Judith to stay behind him. It isn't long before they come upon a small group of walkers, led by the same Whisperer Beta threatened earlier. Daryl shoots the Whisperer with his crossbow, injuring her. As the Whisperer runs off, Daryl and Judith dispatch the walkers and quickly give chase.
Judith and Daryl track down the injured Whisperer to a small ditch. The Whisperer begs Daryl to pull the arrow out of her shoulder, not wanting to die in that manner. Daryl orders her to drop the knife and asks where the rest of the Whisperers are. She quickly reveals their whereabouts, but also that she was going off on her own. When asked why, she claims to have had no choice, revealing that Beta lost his mind after the survivors killed Alpha. Finally, Daryl asks if the Whisperers know the survivors' location, but the Whisperer doesn't know, although she assures Daryl that Beta will keep coming for them. Daryl proceeds to aim his crossbow at the Whisperer's head, as the latter pleads that she wants to "walk after". Daryl repeats his previous question, but the Whisperer genuinely doesn't know. With that, Daryl shoots the Whisperer in the head. Shocked, Judith tells Daryl that he didn't have to kill the Whisperer, but Daryl rationalizes that she didn't have any information and was going to die anyway, so it was better for it to happen quickly. Judith protests leaving the Whisperer, and hypothesizes that she could have a family, but Daryl gently drags her away.
As they are heading back, Judith stops and once again expresses discomfort at them leaving the Whisperer in a ditch. She asks what would happen if Daryl was lost and no one could find him, or R.J., or her mom. When he asks where this is coming from, Judith states that she simply wishes for everyone to be back together again. Daryl assures her that he radioed Michonne and told her not to come, even though he didn't get a reply. Judith claims that it doesn't matter, as she talked to her mom after the fire, and is worried that Michonne might not come home.
Daryl asks what Michonne said, but Judith just says that she went to help some people she met along the way. Judith didn't want to tell Daryl about this, as she was afraid that he'd leave, too. Daryl assures Judith that he won't leave, but refuses to promise anything, as he maintains that he can't lie to Judith, and doesn't know what's going to happen in the future, no more than anyone does. Daryl, however, goes on to state that there are a lot of people back at the Tower who would do anything for her, and will one day need her to do anything for them. Finally, Daryl assures Judith that, while nothing can take the place of a loved one lost, it doesn't mean that everything that follows is going to break your heart. He then embraces her.
Judith will appear in this episode.
This list shows the victims Judith has killed:
- Lori Grimes (Indirectly Caused)
- Begging Whisperer
- Earl Sutton (Zombified)
- Numerous counts of zombies
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- Robert Kirkman stated: "If you've watched this show, it's definitely much more likely that it is Shane's baby, but you never really know."
- Judith is, so far, one of the only seven known characters to be played by several different actresses, the others being Michonne, Hannah, Mike, Terry, Paula and Hershel.
- However, she's the only one to be portrayed by multiple actresses at the same time.
- On Talking Dead, it is revealed Judith has 6 different sets of twin actors, plus a stunt doll for when the scenes were considered too unsafe for her actress.
- As of "What Comes After", Judith has been portrayed by 8 different sets of twin actors and 2 child actresses. This means she has 18 actors, the most of any character. The last set of twins, Chloe & Sophia Garcia-Frizzi, are the first ones to make it an entire season.
- She is the youngest character to have killed someone, in this case Lori Grimes, at the age of barely a few seconds old; albeit indirectly caused.
- Judith is the first recurring female character in the TV Series to both appear in and survive three or more seasons without ever being added to the main cast.
- Judith's first word was said in "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life", being "Mama".
- After the death of Sasha, Judith is the only character introduced in Season 3 to still be alive.
- As of the episode "Honor", she is the current owner of Rick's hat, following the death of her half-brother Carl Grimes.
- As of the episode "What Comes After", she is the current owner of Rick Grimes' Colt Python revolver.
- Aside from a Colt Python, Judith also uses a Katana as a weapon of choice.
- Judith sees members of Rick's group as family members to her, such as seeing Maggie as her "aunt" and Daryl as her "uncle".
- Judith is one of two characters, the other being Paula, who has been portrayed by more than one actress in the same episode. In this case, the episodes were "Mercy", where she was portrayed by Kinsley Isla Dillon and Chloe & Sophia Garcia-Frizzi, and "What Comes After" and "Scars", where she was portrayed by Cailey Fleming and Chloe & Sophia Garcia-Frizzi.
- Judith and R.J. are the first adoptive siblings to appear in the TV Series.
- Judith is currently the eighth most-appearing character on the TV Series, having appeared in 69 episodes so far.
- Judith is the fifth main character to outlive her comic book counterpart, with the first being Shane Walsh, second being Carol Peletier, the third being Tyreese Williams, the fourth being Beth Greene, the sixth being Morgan Jones, the seventh being Abraham Ford, the eighth being Rosita Espinosa, the ninth being Ezekiel and the tenth being Alpha.
- Judith shares many similarities with Clementine from Video Game:
- Both are/were nine years old during the apocalypse.
- Both lost their parents (Judith's biological father was killed by her future adoptive father while her biological mother passed away during her birth; Clementine's parents died in Savannah, Georgia shortly after the outbreak).
- Both were mature far beyond their years.
- Both were efficient in using firearms at a young age.
- Both owned walkie-talkies to talk to their loved ones.
- Both killed their first human in an act of self-defense and were emotionally affected by it (Judith killed a Whisperer during the assault on the Hilltop while Clementine killed the Stranger (Determinant) to protect herself and Lee).
- Both were deeply traumatized when they had to put someone they knew out of their misery (Judith killed Earl Sutton after he turned while Clementine killed Lee (Determinant) to prevent reanimation).
- Both kept their father's former hat in a way to honor them.
- Both are/were taking care of a young boys named after fathers: Judith takes care of her adoptive brother named Rick Jr. (R.J. for short) when Clementine was taking care of a boy named Alvin Jr. (A.J. for short). Also both R.J. and A.J. look alike and have many similarities.
- Both have dark brown hair and brown eyes.
- ↑ http://comicbook.com/thewalkingdead/2018/02/07/the-walking-dead-811-synopsis-spoilers-daryl-gabriel-/
- ↑ Natalie Abrams, The Walking Dead Bosses on Two Big Deaths: "It Was Not an Easy Decision", TV Guide, (November 4, 2012).