Baby Judith is the youngest—and potentially most troubling—character on The Walking Dead. Judith, who is the daughter of Rick Grimes and his late wife Lori, is a young infant who has survived a traumatic childbirth, an isolated life in the prison, and even through the prison’s attack by the Governor. Naturally, because she is so young—too young to walk, even!—she must be protected by the other members of the group at every step.
Judith has had several brushes with death already. She was at the prison when the mysterious illness outbreak killed several people and threatened multiple core members of the group with death; she was nearly killed by walkers during the attack on the prison, before being saved by the girls and Tyreese; she was nearly killed by Lizzie, who wanted to turn her into a walker like she did with her sister; and finally, she was nearly killed by the Terminus man that Tyreese was watching while Carol went to save the day.
But just how long can Judith Grimes escape death? Especially in a world that is not kind to full-fledged, fit adults—much less an infant who is helpless in every sense of the word.
Fans of the original comic book series are surprised that Judith is alive at all. In the original comic book, she was killed with her mother Lori during the Governor’s assault on the prison complex. However, Lori was long dead by the time this occurred in the TV show, and although her death was briefly implied before she showed up with Tyreese, Judith did not die in another way during the assault.
There are many routes that the TV could take with Judith, depending on a few factors such as how long they will keep their storyline going and whether or not they want to keep an infant actor around on set. The first route is what most people believe will happen eventually—Judith will die, whether it’s by the hand of another person, or by the rotting hand of a walker, or even dying from an illness that can’t be prevented. The second route is the more unlikely, but potentially more interesting one: Judith lives. If the storyline continues well past the current timeline, Judith could even grow old and learn to live (and kick butt) in the world of the Walking Dead.
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