SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers from the Season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead, entitled “Mercy.” Proceed with caution.
— #Saveshadowhunters #pickupshadowhunters (@RileyJuett) October 23, 2017
Later, during a dream (or potential flash forward), a much older Judith (who appears about 7-9 years old) enters the kitchen to talk to her dad Rick and “mom” Michonne.
“Daddy,” she calls out. “They made a big owl for the party,” as she leads a bearded and greying Rick outside to a lively festival. The vision then cuts to a despondent and tearful Rick, which suggests he’s grieving over a death. Is it Judy’s?
In the comics, Judith Grimes has been long dead, having been killed along with Lori while escaping the prison. However, the TV series has diverted from the comics, and she is still alive (having survived the Governor’s assault on the prison and Negan’s attack on Alexandria).
Will she die this season on The Walking Dead? Or will another person close to Rick perish? Theories abound on the internet.
In this flashback Judith is 9
Michone is still 34
And Rick is 71728
It's fine #TheWalkingDead
— Sarah Murtaugh (@sarahmurt) October 23, 2017
The only reason rick would be crying would be because something happen to carl, Judith or michonne #TheWalkingDead
— Lisa (@DarkAngellisa03) October 23, 2017
I bet Michonne dies this season.That’s why Rick is crying at a grave and in the dream him and Judith are older but not her 🤔 #TheWalkingDead
— Tiffany Breckenridge (@tabiusi) October 23, 2017
— Vale 🏳️🌈 (@vale_rend21) October 23, 2017
Many fans believe that because every character has seemingly aged except Michonne in the vision, Rick’s katana-wielding love interest dies. Or, she has a really great skincare regimen.
Fans are also puzzled by the fact that Maggie isn’t showing, despite declaring she’s in her second trimester with Glenn’s baby. It’s very odd that even baby Judith is noticeable older, but Maggie isn’t noticeable bigger.
— Zoe Kravitz’s Cheek Bones (@screenready) October 23, 2017
— Taï (@UmlautRequired) October 23, 2017
Do you think Judith or Michonne will die this season? And where will the end up on the list of saddest deaths on The Walking Dead?
You’ll have to keep watching to find out.