The Walking Dead season 10: Top 5 Judith moments

Cailey Fleming as Judith Grimes, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 12 - Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC
Cailey Fleming as Judith Grimes, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 12 - Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC /

Judith instantly became one of the most lovable characters on The Walking Dead and has evolved into one of the strongest characters in season 10.

Judith Grimes was born in season 3, and through episode 905 she was just a young toddler with really no character development. However, a time jump of 6 years introduced The Walking Dead universe to a grown-up Judith. Despite her young age, she became one of the strongest characters in the show and reminded fans of a young Carl. Judith was involved in some compelling storylines throughout season 9 that would shape her evolution in season 10.

Throughout season 10, Judith grew up a lot in the eyes of The Walking Dead fans, and it wasn’t just a physical growth that was told throughout her story this season. She grew up emotionally as well, and this growth was put on display, but despite her growth this season she still showed her young age.

Here are Judith’s top 5 moments from season 10:

5. Storytime with RJ

The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 1- “Lines We Cross”

Judith and other members of Alexandria visit Oceanside after training for the Whisperers. After one of the practices, Michonne can overhear Judith and her little brother RJ talking. She soon realizes that Judith is telling RJ a story about the Brave Man. She continues the story about how the Brave Man led a herd of walkers away from his family and friends to a bridge. Judith continues her story by saying that the Brave Man blew up the bridge to kill all the walkers prompting Michonne to cry. RJ asks what happened to the Brave Man, and she breaks eye contact to say that he died. This story sounds familiar because the Brave Man is Judith’s and RJ’s father, Rick, who is no longer with them.

This scene between an older sister and little brother is such a sad scene for Judith because she was just a child when Rick “died,” and he wasn’t there for her as she grew up. Instead, it was Michonne and Daryl and other members of the communities who participated in raising her to become the strong young woman she is in season 10. It is also sad because RJ is so young and innocent that he doesn’t realize that this brave man is his father. It is almost like she tells him the story to make Rick seem like a superhero and inspire RJ to be just like his dad. This theory also goes to show that even though she was young when Rick left, she still remembers what her family and friends have to say about Rick.

4. Judith shoots Beta

The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 10- “Stalker”

Beta unleashed a horror-like attack on the Alexandrian community. This brutal and deadly attack on the citizens of the group was looking for Gamma, a member of the Whisperers, and one of Alpha’s most loyal members. He was looking for her because she betrayed the group, and he wanted revenge on her for betraying Alpha.

He searches through the house looking for her, and he finds Gamma hiding in a room along with Judith and RJ. However, before he can get to the three of them, a shot rings out through the house, and the bullet comes from Judith’s gun. The look on her face is an expression of shock because she thinks she has taken her first human life; she doesn’t know that Beta lived. Can you imagine being a young kid and you have the responsibility of carrying a gun with you. You are taught that you can’t second guess yourself when you are going to use the weapon, and you need to have a good reason when firing the gun.

Judith shooting Beta is a powerful moment in her character development because he has connected with Gamma just like she did with Negan. Despite her young age, she can tell a good person from a bad person, and she knows Gamma is good at heart. Also, she has to protect her little brother RJ from Beta and keep him safe. She has learned very quickly that she has to do whatever it takes to save herself and the ones she loves safe at all costs.

3. Talking with Gamma

The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 10- “Stalker”

Gamma came to Alexandria to tell the community about the group Alpha trapped in the cave along with her hoard. Due to her affiliation with the Whisperers, the group assumed she couldn’t be trusted. This affiliation resulted in them locking her up in the same cell that Negan was locked up in for years.

Judith began talking to Gamma, and they had such a friendly conversation. As Gamma was sitting in the cell, the sweet voice of Judith got her attention. She simply asked what her name was, and Gamma responded by saying that no one has asked her that because they didn’t take the time to get to know her and figure out her intentions and if they were legit.

I like this moment because, in the world of the Whisperers, they lose their identity, and they are different now that they are in the group. So, Judith wants to know who Gamma is so she can figure out for herself if she is a good person. She got to know Negan this way and saw him as a good person. It turns out Judith was right about him. Now, she is trying to do the same with Gamma to help the group decide her fate. Also, it is not often that a kid will sit there and listen to an adult talk about their past, and that is the reason why I stated previously that she grew up fast in season 10.

2. Moment with Uncle Daryl

The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 12- “Walk With Us”

The Whisperers unleashed a heinous attack on the Hilltop colony, and it was equally as scary for the kids inside the house. As soon as the attack was over, Earl led the children to safety in a shack nearby so the other members of the group would find them. Earl revealed to Judith that he suffered a walker bite, and he was dying. Earl did not want any of the kids to see him turn, so he planned on taking himself out before turning into a walker. However, things didn’t go according to plan, and he ended up turning anyway much to the dismay of Judith, who found his reanimated body.

She was shocked to find out that he turned, and she ended up putting him down. Daryl, Jerry, and Ezekiel went looking for the kids, they eventually found them, but Daryl couldn’t find Judith. She did not move after putting down Earl. Judith was so distraught after doing that to Earl, and Daryl knew it couldn’t have been easy for her because she is still young. He sat down next to her and comforted like only Uncle Daryl could. He is, in fact, one of the only members of the group that has been there from day one since she was born. There is no dialogue in that scene, and sometimes actions do speak louder than words, so a simple hug or arm around her did so much more to comfort her in this tough time than any speech he would give.

1. Judith tells Michonne to find the Brave Man

The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 13- “What We Become”

“What We Become” was an emotional roller coaster for a variety of reasons. One reason is because it was Danai Gurira’s last episode portraying Michonne on The Walking Dead. Another reason is that Michonne found proof that Rick is still alive, but she does not know where. That is when she tells Judith that she thinks he is still alive and wants to find him. This scene is proof that Judith has grown because the current storyline is terrifying for the group as they are still battling the Whisperers. It is also scary for Judith because this is the time she needs her mom to be with her, and she misses her and wants her to be safe.

However, Judith insists that Michonne goes to look for him because she has to. I also love this moment because she says that they’ll be okay, and it is almost like she tells Michonne that not only does she have a group of people that will take care of them, but that she is a Grimes, so she’s got this. She is just like her dad, her brother, and Michonne, so there is nothing to worry about because Judith will take care of everything.

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Judith has been growing up before our eyes on the inside and outside. Season 10 has been her most pivotal yet in her character development. She went through a lot this season, including shooting her first-person, losing her mom for the time being to sharing a special moment with Uncle Daryl. Yet, after all these moments, she continues to show how strong she is and how strong she will be in future seasons of The Walking Dead.