|This article is about the TV Series character. You may be looking for her Comic Series counterpart. You may also be looking for Carl's teacher in the TV Series.|
|Actor||Adelaide and Eliza Cornwell (S3)|
Loudyn and Leighton Case (S3)
Tinsley and Anniston Price (S4) Two unknown sets of twins
|Family||Lori Grimes - Mother (Deceased)|
Rick Grimes - Possible Father
Shane Walsh - Possible Father (Deceased)
Carl Grimes - Brother/Half-Brother
|First Appearance||"Killer Within"|
|Series lifespan||"Killer Within" to present|
|Judith Grimes (TV Series) Gallery|
Adelaide and Eliza Cornwell Gallery
- "Shhh... please stay quiet Judith..."
- —Tyreese to Judith in the forest.[src]
Judith Grimes, also referred to as Judy, is the infant daughter of Lori Grimes. Due to the situation at her conception, Judith's biological father isn't definitely known; it could be either the series main character Rick Grimes, or the former group leader Shane. Regardless of Judith's real father, Rick firmly tells Shane that Lori's baby is his. Daryl nicknames Judith "little ass kicker".
Judith Grimes is the second child born to Lori Grimes and the first infant depicted as having been born after the zombie apocalypse. As the only person so far to have no memories of a world without the horrors of the zombie apocalypse, their parents expressed hopes that she would not live in constant fear as they do and accept the post zombie world as the way things are without referencing the way things used to be.
It was a point of contention as to who is the baby's biological father. Lori had a very brief sexual liaison with Shane Walsh, Rick's best friend, inside the Atlanta camp prior to her discovering that Rick was still alive. This puts Shane into the right time frame for the baby's conception, although Rick was reunited with Lori not long after so it is still entirely possible that he is indeed the baby's biological father. Rick has since forgiven Lori for her affair with Shane but forbids mention that he might not be the baby's biological father. As far as he's concerned he loves his child and the circumstances of its conception are completely irrelevant. It does show in Season 4 that Rick has taken on the fatherly role for her.
Judith was not immediately named upon her birth, and it took them several episodes to decide on "Judith", which was the name of Carl's third grade teacher. Before then, she was nick-named by Daryl "Lil' Ass Kicker".
Judith is mentioned by the mother while talking with Hershel regarding his condition.
Judith is mentioned by Carol when speaking with Lori.
Judith was successfully delivered via an emergency cesarean section by Maggie, though resulting in Lori's death due to blood loss and shock. Judith, when she first came out of Lori, was silent. She was quickly awakened by a few quick, light slaps on the back from Maggie. Judith, Carl, and Maggie exited the prison and Rick noticed Maggie holding her without Lori present. He started to cry tremendously over the loss of his wife.
It is revealed that the baby is a girl. Daryl, Maggie, and Glenn offer to retrieve formula so the baby will survive. Only Maggie and Daryl depart the prison and travel to a daycare center, where they discover formula, as well as more needed baby supplies. When they come back, Daryl feeds the baby and asks Carl if he has decided on a name yet. Carl goes through girls' names from former survivors in the group. After that, Daryl jokingly suggests the name "Little Ass Kicker" and asks her how she would like that.
Rick first acknowledges her as his child to the first caller on the phone. He finally carries her after he returns to the group 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 3rd grade teacher, Judith Mueller
Judith briefly appears in this episode, being cradled by Beth as Carol, 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 "Little Ass Kicker" written on the side.
Judith appears being fed by Maggie while Beth talks to her.
Judith is held by Carol and Andrea as both of them talk about what happened to the group and their future plans. In the ending, she appears again being carried by Rick, when talking to Daryl and Hershel about Andrea and his plans to get more weapons for the confrontation with Woodbury.
Judith does not appear in this episode, but is mentioned during the episode Rick and especially Carl.
Judith does not appear in this episode, but is mentioned during the meeting between The Governor and Rick. The Governor, in an attempt to get inside Rick's head, brings up his knowledge about Lori's affair and raising Shane's child as his own.
Judith does not appear in this episode, but is mentioned by Tyreese in a discussion with The Governor.
Carol is seen putting Judith in her playpen during her last conversation with Merle.
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 in this episode. She looks more grown up hinting its been a couple of months since she was born. It is proven that even if she isn't Rick's, he still adopted her as his biological daughter.
Judith is shown with Rick at the beginning of the episode. Beth takes care of her while the zombies attack Cell Block D. Rick tells everyone they can't 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, in which Michonne sternly replies "No", but 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 Asskicker" again.
Judith does not appear in this episode, but is mentioned by Rick during conversations with Carol.
Judith does not appear in this episode, but Rick and Carl mention that she is with Beth in a safe isolation block.
Judith was carried out by the children of the prison but was left on the ground unsupervised. After Rick and Carl reunited at the prison courtyard, they found Judith's baby seat empty and bloody. However Tyreese, Lizzie and Mika managed to save her, it is unknown as to why the babyseat is bloody, her desperate father and brother, though, assume she's dead.
Judith does not appear in this episode, however Rick and Carl talk about her and Carl believes Rick could not protect her, both believing her dead.
Judith is seen in the arms of Tyreese, after the attack she cannot stop crying. After Tyreese hears a scream from the railroad, he leaves her with Lizzie. Lizzie covers her mouth to stop her from crying during a Walker attack, and slips into a shell-shocked state and nearly suffocates Judith before saved by a newly returned Carol. Judith is last seen traveling with Tyreese, Carol, Lizzie and her sister along some railroad tracks.
Judith does not appear in this episode, but is mentioned by Carl while he and Michonne are having breakfast, and have a discussion about soy milk. Carl tells her he would rather drink Judith's formula than soy milk, which upsets him and he leaves from the table.
Judith does not appear in the episode.
This list shows the victims Judith has killed:
- Lori Grimes (Caused)
- 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's paternity is also suggested to be Shane in the comic books, considering that Lori expressed concern at how far along she was in her pregnancy, and the possibility that she might have been too far along for it to be Rick's.
- It was revealed on Talking Dead by Sarah Wayne Callies that Lori always saw her pregnancy with Judith as a death sentence.
- Daryl suggested the name, "Little Ass-Kicker," for Judith, and it is now a nickname he uses for her, much to Rick's amusement.
- It has been revealed recently, in a Q&A with Emily Kinney that the babies have to be switched due to their rapid growth meaning that Judith is portrayed by multiple actresses, such as Adelaide and Eliza Cornwell.
- Judith is, so far, one of the only three known characters to be played by many different actresses, the others being Michonne and Hannah.
- During Talking Dead after "Too Far Gone" Robert Kirkman declined to comment on the fate of Judith, however he stated "I don't know, there was an awful lot of blood in that chair". Two episodes later in the episode entitled "Inmates", Judith is seen alive and well, and being cared for by Tyreese and the Samuels sisters, and later Carol.
- On Talking Dead, it is revealed Judith has 5 different sets of twin actors, plus a stunt doll for when the scenes were considered too unsafe for her actress. This means she has 10 actors, the most of any character.
Comparison to the Comic
- In the Comic Series, Judith dies alongside Lori after the Woodbury assault on the Prison, but in the TV Series, Lori dies during childbirth, however Judith survives all the attacks on the Prison and is suggested to have made it to another safe community when the prison became uninhabitable.
- Another difference to this is her fate. In the Comic Series she is already dead after the final onslaught, but in the TV Series she manages to survive all attacks and escapes the Prison along with Tyreese, Mika and Lizzie.
- In the Comic Series, Judith is speculated to be a few weeks to months old, but in the TV Series she is 8 months old.
- Judith is one of the characters who died in the Prison in the Comic Series, but survived in the TV Series.
- ↑ http://www.penderthurston.com/main.asp?SectionID=5&SubSectionID=23&ArticleID=1027
- ↑ Natalie Abrams, The Walking Dead Bosses on Two Big Deaths: "It Was Not an Easy Decision", TV Guide, (November 4, 2012).
- ↑ Daily Dead, http://dailydead.com/the-walking-dead-zombie-limb-bookends-infographic-emily-kinney-qa/, (February 16, 2013).