|The Walking Dead character|
Cailey Fleming as Judith Grimes
|Created by||Robert Kirkman|
|Portrayed by||Cailey Fleming (Season 9–present) |
Several child actresses (Seasons 3–9)
Student at the Alexandria Safe-Zone
Soldier for the Coalition
|Family||Lori Grimes (mother) |
Shane Walsh (father)
Carl Grimes (half-brother)
Rick Grimes (adoptive father)
Sophia Peletier (half-sister-in-law)
Andrea Grimes (half-niece)
Michonne (adoptive mother)
Rick "R.J." Grimes Jr. (adoptive brother)
Judith Grimes is a fictional character from the comic book series The Walking Dead and the television series of the same name, where she is portrayed by Cailey Fleming and previously by several child actresses when the character was a newborn.
Comic series[edit | edit source]
Judith is daughter of Lori Grimes and possibly of Rick Grimes and the younger sister of Carl Grimes. Judith's fatherhood can become both Rick and Shane Walsh, but for a moment Rick told Lori that he didn't care if she was Shane's daughter because he will still love her as her daughter. During The Governor's last assault in prison, Lori is killed by Lilly while holding Judith, and Lori falls, crushing Judith, leaving Rick and Carl in total devastation.[volume & issue needed]
Television series[edit | edit source]
Season 3[edit | edit source]
Judith Grimes first appeared in the episode "Killer Within" where she was born through a caesarean section that was made by Maggie, because Lori had complications due to childbirth, during the caesarean section Lori loses a lot of blood and agonizingly says goodbye to Carl as he shoots her out of mercy to avoid her reanimation. A few days after she was born, Daryl and Maggie goes to get formula milk since baby Judith was weak and could not survive without it, Daryl nicknames her the "Little Asskicker". However, baby Judith was always in the care of Beth and Carol throughout the season.
Season 4[edit | edit source]
When an outbreak of a deadly flu came to the prison community, Judith fortunately survived the outbreak. During the last assault of the Governor, she was saved by the sisters Lizzie and Mika Samuels who take the little baby with Tyreese and together they wanted to go to Terminus and on the road Tyreese decides to help a father and his son leaving the little ones to their fate towards a group of walkers who were saved by Carol. When Tyreese and Carol realized Lizzie's mental health breakdown when she saw her younger sister Mika being murdered, Lizzie reveals that she wanted to kill Judith to see her become a walker but Carol manages to stop her. During a debate with Tyreese, they decide to eliminate Lizzie to avoid hurting Judith and the rest of the people. Later, they travelled with the little baby to Terminus.
Season 5[edit | edit source]
Judith is still in the care of Tyreese and Carol. When Carol, Tyreese and Judith arrive near Terminus, a walker tries to attack them and is subdued by Carol when the little baby begins to cry and the her crying attracts a herd of walkers. Fortunately, Carol, Tyreese and Judith manage to flee, until they reach a cabin where they discover that their friends were kidnapped and manage to reduce a man named Martin who was from Terminus and stood guard in the cabin. Carol decides to save her friends and Tyreese watched over him. When Martin managed to take Judith as a hostage, Tyreese was forced to leave the cabin where a few walkers tried to reach into the cabin, but Tyreese survived and tackled Martin on the floor and then punches him until leaving him unconscious saving the life of the little girl. After the rescue of Rick and the group Carol appears before Rick and the rest of the group and takes Rick and Carl to Judith who happily reunite again.
Judith was accompanied by her father and the group manage to reach the church of Fr. Gabriel Stokes who gives them asylum in his church where it ends up being a slaughterhouse of the people from Terminus who hunted the group. After the deaths of Beth and Tyreese, Judith arrived into the safe-zone called Alexandria along with the group and was guided by a community recruiter named Aaron.
Season 6[edit | edit source]
When the group was working against the massive herd of walkers in a nearby quarry, a group of scavengers called "The Wolves" invade the community by slaughtering several Alexandrians, but Carl protects his sister Judith while the group manages to annihilate the Wolves and consequently the shots and the sound of the horn of a truck attracted the herd that were diverting the group, while the walkers take advantage of the fall of the Alexandrian wall to invade the safe-zone. Fortunately, Judith was carried safely by Fr. Gabriel to his church and the community successfully eliminate the walkers. When Rick and Michonne revealed their romance, Michonne practically became Judith's mother figure.
Season 7[edit | edit source]
When Negan meets Judith, he becomes fond of her despite having a rough relationship with her father and promises to protect her and Carl. Later, 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.
Season 8[edit | edit source]
Judith was always in the care of the Alexandrians during the war against the Saviors, later Carl discovers that he was bitten by a walker, he decides to spend a day with his little sister. Before his death, she manages to survive under the sewers when Negan bombs Alexandria and the little girl is successfully taken to the Hilltop Colony.
Season 9[edit | edit source]
Eighteen months after the fall of Negan, Judith lives happily with Rick and Michonne. When the problems began within the communities, Rick was forced to deal with a herd of walkers by destroying a bridge in order to save the communities which apparently the group believes that Rick died. Six years later, a group of survivors led by a woman named Magna are overwhelmed by a herd of walkers and a little girl with a sheriff's hat appears and saves them from the herd and introduces herself as Judith Grimes. It is later revealed that Judith has a very complicated relationship with her adoptive mother Michonne since they have a big disagreement involving about her friendly relationship with Negan, who has a great respect towards her. Judith currently have also an adoptive brother named Rick Grimes Jr., better known as "R.J.", who is son of Rick and Michonne conceived before his presumed death. Several months after the massacre during the community's fair done by Alpha, she was saved by Negan when she attempted to save Daryl's dog in the large blizzard during the winter.
Season 10[edit | edit source]
Development and reception[edit | edit source]
Cailey Fleming enter the final part of the fifth episode "What Comes After" in the ninth season as part of the recurring cast and despite that she appeared in the section "also starring". In the following tenth season, Fleming was promoted to the main cast of the series giving importance to being a member of the surviving Grimes family.
According to showrunner Angela Kang, to adapt the comic's story, they plan on taking some of the role that Carl had and giving them to Judith, now aged similarly to Carl, which allows them to follow the main threads of the comic's Whisperer arc but with a new take using Judith's personality.
Matt Fowler of IGN expressed in this way about the development of Cailey Fleming portraying Judith Grimes after a brief appearance in season 9:
Louisa Mellor writing for Den of Geek! praised Cailey Fleming and said: "Judith Grimes is hardly the only, or the first powerful little girl on TV with things to teach us. She's part of a growing gang (Lisa Simpson's the founding member, obviously, Stranger Things' Eleven is the muscle). These girls and their real-world counterparts are here with lessons to teach us, and mostly, we're all ears."
Josh Wigler of The Hollywood Reporter said: "As played by Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Cailey Fleming, Judith's arrival as an apocalypse-tested warrior marks a major deviation from how events unfold in Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's Walking Dead comic books on which the AMC show is based. In their original telling of the tale, Judith died as an infant, alongside her mother Lori when the Governor unleashed the full power of Woodbury on the prison. In the TV series, Lori died much earlier than expected, while Judith's fate was left lingering following the Governor's assault on the prison. It was revealed some episodes later that baby Judith wound up in the care of Carol and Tyreese, featured heavily in season four's episode "The Grove", a consensus pick for one of the very best episodes in Walking Dead history."
Kirsten Acuna writing for Insider write and praise Angela Kang's work as showrunner. Kang stated about Fleming: "She's such a professional actress at 11 years old. Her first two days on set, the actors, Danai [Gurira], Jeffrey [Dean Morgan], they're all like, 'Oh my God, she's out-acting all of us.' They really love the work that she's doing and love working with her. She's just absolutely fantastic for us."
Christopher Weston writing for HITC praised the ninth season including the character of Cailey Fleming as Judith Grimes and said: "The show was an immense success, becoming one of the most widely discussed and watched efforts on TV at the time. However, enthusiasts will know that series' can feel a little stale as they overstay their welcome. Gradually, many fans began to fall out of love with The Walking Dead, feeling that it was dragging on unnecessarily. Over the years they've thrown in new faces and curveballs to keep things interesting, and with season 10 now in full swing, we're welcoming Cailey Fleming firmly to the fold."
Erik Kain of Forbes commented on her appearance in "Who Are You Now?", saying: "Judith is a great little kid. She's tough, sweet, compassionate, and just an all around badass that the people of Alexandria respect and even defer to in some instances. A budding relationship is forming between her and Negan, who remains in prison though with a good deal less hair. Whatever relationship was supposed to form between Carl and Negan is happening instead between these two, with Judith on the steps doing math and Negan telling her what's the point."
The writer Alex Zalben of Decider praised Fleming's development in the series and said: "Cailey Fleming playing Judith Grimes is easily her biggest role so far. Walking Dead has been a mixed bag when it comes to child actors (there have been some... not so great ones), but with Fleming's strong back catalog of roles, tall Judith looks like it'll fall on the better side of the equation."
References[edit | edit source]
- "Judith Grimes Star Says The Walking Dead Did a "Very Good Job" with Michonne's Exit". The Walking Dead. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
- Lee, Jess (September 19, 2019). "The Walking Dead season 10 promotes seven stars to series regulars". Digital Spy. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
- Ross, Dalton (November 11, 2018). "The Walking Dead showrunner on that huge Rick and Michonne child reveal". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
- Davies, Alex (21 October 2019). "The Walking Dead season 10: How does Alpha die in The Walking Dead?". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
- Fowler, Matt (November 6, 2019). "The Walking Dead's Season 9 Time-Jump Has Us Hooked Again". IGN.
- Mellor, Louisa (October 10, 2019). "'How 'bout no?' Judith Grimes and the new heroism". Den of Geek!.
- Wigler, Josh (November 7, 2019). "'The Walking Dead': Meet Andrew Lincoln's Zombie-Killing Successor". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Acuna, Kirsten (November 6, 2019). "How 'Star Wars' actress Cailey Fleming landed the role of Judith Grimes on 'The Walking Dead'". Insider.
- Weston, Christopher (October 9, 2019). "The Walking Dead: Who is Cailey Fleming? Age, parents and Star Wars role!". HITC.
- Kain, Erik. "'The Walking Dead' Season 9, Episode 6 Review: A Brave New Show". Forbes.
- Zalben, Alex (November 5, 2018). "'The Walking Dead's New Judith Has a Surprising 'Star Wars' Connection". Decider.
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