How old are the child characters in The Walking Dead?

IN The Walking Dead world, age is really just a number. It does not matter, because no one really celebrates a birthday, and most people do not even know what day of the year it is at a given time, nor do they care. When it comes to children, those who are older are already starting to forget what it was like to live in the world before, while younger children do not even know what it was like.

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But with more and more children growing up in the apocalypse, it’s important to bring them a sense of normalcy. And that includes celebrating various events and occasions, such as birthdays. However, with time jumps, spin-offs and the group constantly in motion, it’s hard to keep track. How old is Judith Grimes, for example? Interestingly, while the actress who plays her is already 14, the character is much younger. And how old is Lydia from The Walking Dead? Is she technically still a child? The age of the characters can be surprising.


Updated February 9, 2022 by Christine Persaud: The children from The Walking Dead have shown enormous bravery and managed through the most difficult circumstances imaginable. They have to fight for their lives, literally, day in and day out. Many of them do it with grace, and knowing how young they are while performing makes them even more admirable.

Judith Grimes is 11

Cailey Fleming as Judith in The Walking Dead

How old is Judith Grimes? While she started on the show in her mother Loris’ womb and grew to three years old, she got with the time jump in season 9 that she turned nine years old pretty quickly. At the current season, Judith is 10 years old, although she is smart beyond her years, which is reflected in some of Judith Grimes’ best quotes regarding The Walking Dead.

Tough, independent, strong and confident, Judith grew up never knowing the world before the apocalypse. Yet she has a sense of wonder and hope that one might not expect from a child who has never had the chance to enjoy childlike innocence. Interestingly, the actor who plays the current version of Judith, Cailey Fleming, is actually 14.

Beth Greene was 18

Beth The Walking Dead

Beth is often not considered one of the “kids” when she was already a teenager when the group met her, Hershel and Maggie in season 2. But she was actually only 16 years old when she was first seen, which is technically still seen a child.

When Beth died in season 5, probably it saddest death from season 5 of The Walking Deadshe was 17 or 18 yearsdepending on how long it may have been and when her birthday was. At such a crucial age in a young woman’s life, Beth had to grow up fast and never really had the kind of growing experiences she should have. It made her struggle to cope with what was going on in a way that others might not be able to relate to.

Hershel Rhee is about 9

Maggie's son Hershel Rhee in The Walking Dead season 10

Named after his grandfather, the adorable Hershel Rhee is the spitting image of Glenn with his sense of fashion, not to mention his same funny and outgoing personality. Technically, little Hershel was first seen at the age of one in season 9.

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Maggie left the crew to join someone else because she was unable to cope with being close to Negan after the way he brutally murdered Glenn in season 7. She was probably only several weeks pregnant when he died. During the time, much of which happened through the time leap, Hershel grew into a sweet, young boy who would have made his late father proud. It’s unclear how old actor Kien Michael Spiller, who plays the current version of Hershel, is in real life, as he is new to the acting scene, with this is his first major role. But in season 11, Hershel would be either 9 or 10, based on the time jump.

Henrik was 17

Before being brutally murdered by the Whisperers in season 9 (episode 15), with his resurrected head placed on a stick with his other friends, Henry was a 17-year-old young boy, just on the verge of becoming a man. When Henry first appeared, he was only 10 years old.

An interesting fact is that in season 7-9, Henry was played by Macsen Lintz, brother of Madison Lintz, who played Carol’s daughter Sophia. From the latter part of season 9 and into season 10, the character was played by Matt Lintz, another Lintz child from the same family of talented actors. Unfortunately, Henry is among one of many protagonists on The Walking Dead who have died so far.

Carl Grimes was around 16

Carl Grimes and The Walking Dead

Carl Grimes died in season 8, episode 9 “Honor”, although it is unclear exactly how old he was at the time. Interestingly, he is the one child character that fans got to see grow up from a young boy of just 12 to a young man. He was confirmed 14 in season 4.

To do some math based on that knowledge, and considering that Carl’s half-sister Judith was about three years old when he died and she was born when he was 12 or 13, Carl would have been around 15, possibly 16, when he died. His death was surprising in the show as the character had such a big role in the comics on which the show is based.

Lydia is 17 or 18

Cassady McClincy as Lydia in The Walking Dead

Lydia was 16 when she first appeared in the series in season 9, which was after the time jump. How old is Lydia from The Walking Dead now? This would make her around 17 in present times, potentially 18 depending on her birthday.

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The only main teen character from the series still alive, Lydia has big shoes to fill. She forged a strong bond with Henry, though she never got to meet Carl. Like the other children, she was also naturally attracted to Carol, even though their relationship was broken after Alpha’s death. Should Lydia have had a birthday and reached the age of 18 before the end of the show, she would technically no longer be a child on the show.

Enid was 23

Katelyn Nacon as Enid in The Walking Dead

Another character from the series, whose life was shortened by Alpha, Enid’s beheaded and resurrected head was placed on top of a post to mark Whisperer territory. Enid first appeared before the time jump, so because of this, when she died in season 9, episode 15, she had already reached her 20s. By doing some math, fans can deduce that she was 23, to be exact.

But when Enid first met the group, a scared and orphaned teenager, she was only 16 years old. It would make her the same age as or potentially a year older than Carl, with whom she grew up close. After her tragic death, she ranks among grades from The Walking Dead which fans think deserved more.

Sophia Peletier was 12

One of the first child characters in the series, and the one who experienced one of the most heartbreaking deaths, Sophia was Carol’s biological daughter. She was only 12 at the time of her death, which would have happened long before the group found her resuscitated body hidden in Hershel’s barn along with other hikers in the second season.

While Sophia’s life was shortened, it was partly her death that drove Carol to become the fighter she became when she had nothing to lose. For fans of the show, the image of Sophia’s undead body wandering out of the barn is still one of the most heartbreaking ever in the show.

Lizzie Samuels was 12

Lizzie Samuels from The Walking Dead

It’s hard to imagine that Lizzie was the same age as Sophia when she died because the two girls seemed so different. Lizzie, whom Carol had taken under her wings as if she were her own daughter, began to show signs of serious mental illness. Whether she had it before, or something triggered her behavior in the apocalypse, Lizzie was a clear danger and threat to everyone around her, as proven when she killed her own sister.

Lizzie was executed by Carol in one of the most emotional scenes ever in the program. Knowing that she was only 12 years old makes the scene even more disturbing. Lizzie was one of them best grades on The Walking Dead who had the least screen time.

Mika Samuels was 10

Mika Samuels and The Walking Dead

Innocent and sweet, but totally not created for this world, Mika looked up to his big sister, completely unaware of how deeply worried Lizzie was. Eventually, this led to her death when Lizzie sacrificed Mika in the belief that she was helping her instead of hurting her.

At just 10 years old, Mika was one of the youngest children to die in the show, if not that youngest protagonist. She was also one of many children who died under Carol’s guard. It was Lizzie who killed Mika, who made Carol do the unthinkable and kill Lizzie before she would inevitably hurt more people, including baby Judith.

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