In the melee of the midseason 4 destruction of the prison, the characters of AMC’s The Walking Dead scattered into the surrounding countryside. Will the second half of season 4 reveal a pre-determined meet up location for everyone to rendezvous? And what about that depressingly bloody car seat, the one that Baby Judith should have been safely buckled into?
Ok – flashback to episode 4.2 “Infected” when Beth asks Michonne to hold Baby Judith for a moment. Viewers witnessed the warrior woman’s initial reluctance to hold the baby, then the momentary crack in her veneer as she melts into emotional tears and cradles Judith in her arms. Means something, right? Absolutely.
TV Guide offers some excellent insight into Michonne’s character. In Natalie Abrahms’ article from October 20th, she reviews some spoiler details from the graphic novels, “Fans of the comics already know some of Michonne's background: the divorced mother of two lost both of her daughters in the zombie apocalypse. Prior to the outbreak, she had been dating a man named Mike, who ends up being one of her infamous pets (aka those armless, jawless zombies on chains) after he is bitten.”
In the same article, executive producer Robert Kirkman reveals that "At the end of this season, you'll learn more about Michonne than all of Season 3," Kirkman teases. "That scene in Episode 2 with Michonne is the beginning of a very long story about her that will be told over the course of this season that is going to really open her character up. We're going to see what really makes her tick. This season, more than any other, these characters are going to be fundamentally challenged."
Could Michonne have been the one to grab Judith and disappear into the woods after sinking her katana into the governor’s chest? After all, the last time we saw the baby she was being carried to the bus by Mika Samuels and other prison children until they abandoned her to go join the war against the attackers.
Some websites wonder if Tyreese has Judith, or voice the opinion that an empty car seat is the kindest, gentlest way for AMC to depict the death of a baby. If Kirkman had decided to follow the flow of the comic books, Judith really was supposed to die in this battle. However, Lori was supposed to die in the governor’s attack, as well, and we all know that that didn’t happen….
Considering Michonne’s tender moment with the baby back in episode 4.2, plus the loss of her family and boyfriend in the initial zombie uprising, it only makes sense that her motherly instincts kicked in and she has Judith safely in her arms.
Or, if this is not the case and Judith really didn’t make it through the attack, then the loss of the symbolic baby (Judith represented new hope and a new beginning in the series) will stand as one of the saddest moments in the history of the series.