Baby Judith not dead, Carol returns on The Walking Dead

Photo by Gene Page/AMC

Back in December when the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead aired, the show left us wondering what had happened to the survivors of the prison. There was one particular character that had left us, well at least me in particular, wondering what had happened to her: baby Judith. I had some theories of what could have happened and I was hoping that the mid-season opener was going to answer it but alas it did not until this Sunday’s episode of “Inmates.”

The last image we saw of baby Judith, aka Little Ass Kicker, was the bloody empty car seat she was being carried on by the little kids. I had three theories: one, Carol had taken her;  two, Michonne saved her with her bad ass katana; and three, she crawled away to safety. Sadly, neither of my theories were correct. I was a little bit bummed but, hey, can’t always get them right. So it turns out baby Judith was with Tyrese. This was a little twist but some people did point out that while he was running he was carrying something. Although when I re-watched it, I couldn’t really tell.

I was really hoping for my Michonne theory to be correct because as the mid-season opener showed us in Michonne’s trippy-flashback dream she had a baby pre-walker world. Unfortunately, the only thing she was carrying was her katana and two pet walkers – although still very bad ass of her. My third theory was far off but anything can happen in television.

My Carol theory wasn’t too far off as she did show up to save Mika and Lizzie from emanate death by walkers, and she had been following them since the prison attack. I threw my hands in the air when Carol 2.0 re-appeared as she was wrongfully banished from the group by Rick for killing two people (who I might add were sick and posed a threat to the prison surviving group). Rick, of course, didn’t see it this way.

I did point out that Tyrese and Carol would end up together. As you might recall, one of the people Carol offed was a woman whom Tyrese had feelings for, and he doesn’t yet know Carol was behind the death of his former love interest. For us viewers it has been months when we last saw these characters, but in Dead it has only been a few days. When asked by Tyrese where she had been, she lies as she isn’t ready to tell him tell him what she’s done. She tells him instead she had been out searching for food and returned when the prison being attacked, and she had been tracking him and the girls. Clearly, this wasn’t moment to come clean about what she had done. I’d have to agree with her. It will be interesting to see if she does tell him and how he will react to the news.

Photo by Gene Page/AMC

“Inmates” was a great episode finally putting together the pieces of what happened to the remaining survivors from the prison. A quick recap: Beth and Daryl ended up together – possible romance? Maggie, Sasha and Bob were in the woods and Maggie went in search of her husband, Glen. Glen was in the prison and ended up saving former Governor supporter, Tara. Six more episodes remain of season 4 and with the end introducing three more new characters it will be interesting to see if the separated group will reunite.

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What happened to baby Judith on The Walking Dead?

Sunday night’s episode of “The Walking Dead” was, in one word, EPIC. It contained everything it had been building up since the third season.  It was the war between Rick and his people and The Governor and his new crew – plus a tank. During the entire hour, I was shaking and nervous for the beloved characters. Who would die? Who would survive? It was driving me a little bananas but ultimately that is what a good show is supposed to do.  It needs to keep the viewer at the edge of their seats. But a show where zombies rule the world, life is uncertain for all these characters. No one is safe, and that was especially evident in “Too Far Gone.”

Meghan, The Governor and the beloved Hershel were all killed in last night’s episode. Everyone was shocked in the way Hershel was beheaded violently by the Governor. It was a brutal blow to the prison gang. Hershel had become the moral compass of the show and all the blogs this morning were talking about his death. I, however, saw the possible death or disappearance of baby Judith as the most shocking. Judith was just a baby and more importantly, she represented hope of a possible new beginning and the possibility of the human race to continue in a post-zombie apocalypse world.

Since we really only got to see a car seat full of blood and no real proof that she was eaten by walkers, below are my theories of what could have happened to her.

  • Carol to the rescue — Since we haven’t seen Carol after her banishment by Rick for killing two people, I think she came in and saved Judith. I believe Carol stuck around to take Lizzie and Mika. She had made a promise to take care of them after their father received a few bites from the walkers. With all the chaos going on, it could have been an easy for Carol to sneak in and save her. Not only that, but I think she will be with the other children that were left behind with Tyrese. I think Carol and Tyrese will end up together and become BFFs. Tyrese doesn’t yet know she is the killer of his girlfriend. It would make for an interesting storyline to see these two character interact. (Side note theory: Could it be Carol driving the bus?)

  • Michonne picked her up with her katana – After slicing her katana through the Governor’s body, Michonne was not seen again.  She could have heard Little Ass Kicker crying underneath all the gun fire and explosions. She was close to all the action. At the beginning of the season, Michonne had a sweet little moment with Judith as she held her. My theory on that is that she had a child of her own pre-walkers? It would make for a dynamic story arc for Michonne to be taking care of a child as opposed to her hard demeanor she carries.
  • Little Ass Kicker crawled away – Okay, so this theory might be a little far-fetched but she was around the age of crawling and maybe she crawled back into the prison for safety? Her given name is Little Ass Kicker! She could totally be kicking walker ass on her way back into the prison. I am guessing Daryl is like her godfather and he’s been teaching her some arching moves. Just saying.

So what is your theory of what happened to Little Ass Kicker aka Judith? Is she really dead? Could she have crawled away? Will she have her own story line for the mid-season opener?