|Age||15 (Season 3)|
16 (Season 4)
|Occupation||High School Student (Pre-Apocalypse)|
|First Appearance||"I Ain't A Judas"|
|Series lifespan||"I Ain't A Judas" to Present|
- "So that's it? We're just going to let him keep coming here and killing our people and taking our shit because we're scared? You're all scared?! (...) Rick, they just took Eugene! They took Eugene! How can you just allow this to happen? What happened to the Rick that fought against The Governor? What happened to the man who helped take down Terminus? What about the man who lead us all to kill those Saviors? Where the hell is he? You need to find yourself again. Do it quickly before someone else dies."
- —Josh Hudson to Rick Grimes about Negan.
Josh Hudson is a main character and a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. He is first seen as a Woodbury Resident in the episode "I Ain't A Judas". He is mature and smart, shown to be kind with the members of his group and willing to help others. After the Governor's Massacre, he moves into the prison and stays with the main group until The Governor had destroyed the prison. He escaped with Tyreese but went missing soon after. He was found at Grady Memorial and left with the others. Currently, he resides in the Alexandria Safe Zone.
Before the apocalypse, Josh had lived with his mother, father and sister and studied at an unknown high school in Florida. While driving from their overrun community, they crashed their car and walkers killed them all except Josh, who made it out with an arm injury which has never fully healed. He later met Martinez and he was brought to woodbury.
The Governor approaches Josh with Milton to put him in the army, but Milton denies access due to his arm injury. The Governor asks how it happened and Josh explains the accident.
In the season finale, Tyreese and Sasha tell him to help get people on the bus to go to the prison.
Josh is first seen killing walkers at the fence with Karen and a few others. When Tyreese arrives, he pokes in and reminds Karen they have a job to do. Later, Josh runs up to Rick and joins the group on a run. While inside, he finds a knife and keeps it with him. He escapes the collapsing building, leaving Zack behind.
He is in the infected cell block during the attack and is seen getting his arm grabbed when he smashes the walker's head in with a hammer. After the attack, he joins Rick, Dr. S, Daryl and Bob examine Patrick's body. They discover it wasn't a walker bite but a sickness. Later, he assists the others in holding the fence up when Sasha discovers someone was feeding walkers. Josh angrily accused a few people.
Josh is placed inside a cell block with the other sick people.
Josh is seen helping Hershel put one of the dead patients down. Hershel tells him he looks more sick and Josh replies he needs the medicine as soon as possible. Later, Hershel is attacked by one of the turned victims. Josh is seen fighting many walkers off and protects Lizzie from a sick victim named Henry. Later, he gets some medicine and helps load the bodies up.
With his condition improving, he exits the cell block as the Governor starts attacking. He is seen crying after Hershel's head is chopped off and shoots many people in the Governor's army. He pushes one man down and bashes his head in with his gun Alisha points a gun to his face. Her partner is shot, and as she is shot by Lizzie, blood splashes on his face. Tyreese joins him, Lizzie and Mika as they leave the prison.
While in the woods, Josh and Tyreese hear screaming and they find a group being attacked and they take down the walkers. Carol appears with Lizzie and Mika and the man tells them about Terminus.
Carol, Tyreese, Lizzie, Mika, Judith, Harry and Josh stumble across the grove and decide to stay before leaving for terminus. Carol teach Lizzie and Mika to shoot while He practices as well. Later on, Josh is inside the house when Carol tells him to watch Judith and he watches her run outside to Lizzie, who is playing with a walker. He watches the outburst and later goes to Carol and tells her to "keep Lizzie away from me and Judith." The next day, Lizzie and Mika scream as burnt walkers approach them. He runs out from the house and starts shooting at the walkers. He comforts Mika, who got scared after seeing the walkers. He, Tyreese and Carol are out hunting and he listens to Carol and Ty talk about Karen's death. When they return to the grove, the find Lizzie had killed Mika and wanted to kill Judith. Carol sends Lizzie, Tyreese and Judith away. She tries getting him to leave as well when he tells her, "I'll do it... You take care of Lizzie... Somehow." He then gets on his knees and stabs Mika in the head with sorrow before breaking into tears and leaving the grove without the others.
Josh is seen in a flashback laughing with Beth.
Beth sees him in the hall and turns him around, both of them hugging and laughing. He tells her that the others were okay but he got captured while Carol was saving them. Beth hears him telling Dawn to let them go because their group is out there looking for them. Dawn leads him and Beth to help Gavin Trevitt and they attempt to help him. When Edwards tells them he won't make it, Dawn slaps Beth making Josh lunge to her but he is stopped by another officer. Later, him, Beth and Noah make a plan to escape. During the escape, Noah and Josh escape but Beth is captured, Josh looking back with apologetic glances and runs into the city.
Near the end of the episode, Noah tells Carol and Daryl his friend is hurt and they are led to Josh, who hugs them. It is revealed he was shot by one of the officers and he is helped by Daryl to the exit when Carol is hit by a cop car.
Josh is only seen during the hostage exchange between both groups. He is close to Beth and walks with her to hug Noah. He sees Beth's scissors and screams, "NO!" when she stabs Dawn and Beth is shot in the head, her blood spraying on him. He falls to the ground in tears, hugging Beth's corpse. He is seen walking out in tears.
He is seen at Tyreese's funeral.
Josh is seen with Sasha, Daryl and Maggie, very frustrated on the lack of food and water. When Daryl returns, he suggests they take the water. When it begins to rain, him, Rosita and Tara all sit in the rain, smiling until they see lightning. They rush to a barn Daryl found. Josh is asleep during Rick's story but wakes up when he hears Daryl struggling with the barn door and the walkers. He rushes to help hold it shut.
Josh tells Aaron he wishes to go to Alexandria with him. Rick denies and Josh snaps on him, telling him he doesn't feel safe out here and wants to be with people and he can defend himself. He rides with Rick, Michonne, Aaron and Glenn to the safe zone when they run into Walkers and are forced to ditch the car.
Josh watches the fight between Glenn and Aiden.
Deanna asks to have him and Maggie assist Alexandria with her. He agrees and is seen at the party later.
Josh walks in after hearing Deanna and Gabriel talk. Gabriel convinces Deanna Rick's group are bad people and he is left in shock.
Gabriel notices Josh watching him while he is hanging clothes. Josh begins to leave and approaches Deanna's porch with Maggie, telling her sending Rick and their friends away won't do anything for them. Deanna ignores the warnings and Josh angrily tells Maggie she can handle it and goes to his home. Later, at the meeting, Josh tells everyone about Woodbury and how Rick saved him from there. He is interrupted when Rick drags a walker in, scaring him. Pete comes in with Michonne's sword to kill Rick but kills Reg accidentally. He looks at Rick and whispers "Kill him."
During a flashback, he is seen telling everyone Rick's plan will work as long as they actually try. Later, he is seen building a wall when walkers attack, the Alexandrians cower in fear. Josh rolls his eyes before snatching a shovel from one of the people and smashes a walker's head with it. He turns around to them and says it's easy.
Josh is seen in his house when he sees the wolves chasing after the Alexandrians. He runs out as a woman is chased and stabs one in the chest. He then runs to Erin's house to see her get her stomach cut open and screams before stabbing the wolf in the back of it's head. He then kills Erin. He is seen taking an ax from a dead wolf and smiling at it.
He opens the gate for Rick as the horde follows and he slams it shut. Later, he hears Jessie's speech and tells her she has potential.
He attempts to help Spencer, then helping Tara after she almost falls. When Rick yells at her, he defends her and is told to be quiet. He flips Rick off and tells him if he ever needs him again, he is not going to be there. Later, He and Tara are talking when Rick appologizes. He forgives him and they go back to talking about "gay stuff." He is then seen when the balloons rise and then the tower falls.
His pistol runs out of bullets and he is chased by four walkers. He runs into Rick, Michonne, Carl and the others and follows them to safety, Jessie shooting walkers to protect them. He is later seen saying goodbye to Deanna before covering himself in Walker guts.
While walking through the herd, he hears Sam crying and attempts to silence him but notices walkers looking and backs away. He runs as Sam is attacked. He returns with a machete just to kill Ron before he can shoot Rick. He gasps when he sees Carl was shot in the eye. He and Michonne kill walkers so they have a path, running to the infirmary. When Rick goes to kill the walkers, he tells the others they need to help. He lectures Spencer, then him, Spencer, Heath, Aaron and Michonne assist Rick, soon being joined by the other Alexandrians. Josh is later seen in the infirmary, helping Denise with some patients.
Josh is present when Jesus is telling Rick's group of the Hilltop. He offers to go alone with them to see if this place is real. Later, he listens to Glenn about Maggie's pregnancy. He then sees a destroyed car and points it out. He is one of the people that looks for Jesus' group. When the RV is stuck in mud, he is seen leaning against it carelessly. He follows Jesus to the community when two spear wielding gaurds disarm them. While in the community, he meets Sean, a kind boy who seems to be happy in the hilltop. Josh tells him he's going to help stop the saviors but Sean begs him not to go. Josh appologizes and promises to see him again before walking to find the others. He gets to Maggie, who suggestively asks who he was talking to, teasing him. Josh is later seen getting back in the RV and going home.
In the church, Josh is seen to be highly annoyed with Morgan. He later assists the travel to the saviors and kills several of them. When the fight is over, he gets in a car with Magdiel, Heath and Tara and they go on their two week supply run.
It is revealed the group on the run were attacked by a few Saviors and Josh had his leg cut open. Tara and the others took him to the Hilltop and went back on their run, but then Sean took him back to Alexandria so Denise could help, unaware of Denise's demise.
Josh is briefly seen saying goodbye to Sean before he leaves.
Josh tells Rick that Sean, Glenn, Daryl, Rosita and Michonne have yet to return. Rick refuses to let him leave alone and allows him to join with the group to the Hilltop. Throughout the episode, Josh says it's a bad idea to be ignoring these people and tells Rick he's too comfortable with being on top again. "We are vulnerable. Look at all these people, they will kill us, Rick!" Later, Josh is seen running with the others when they meet Negan. Negan sees him breaking down and has two of his men force him to watch the lineup.
Josh is still being held by two of Negan's men when Rick comes back with Negan. After everyone of the saviors leave, he is still on the ground, unable to move until Sean runs from the bushes and helps him up, hugging him. While the group moves the bodies, Josh hugs and comforts a grieving Maggie. Him, Maggie, Sasha and Sean decide to go to the Hilltop.
Rosita mentions that he left to the Hilltop with Mitchell and Sean.
He is first seen at Glenn and Abraham's graves with Sasha and Maggie. Jesus and Sean approach to place flowers on the graves and Sean asks Josh if he's okay, getting no reply. He leaves quickly, seeing Gregory coming. That night, Josh, who is staying with Sean's family, awakens to the fire and music. He cowers in the corner, covering his ears in tears. Sean arrives, grabbing his wrists and telling him he needs to be strong. Josh shakes his head, saying it's no use. A walker gets in the trailer and attacks Malia, biting her. Josh shoves it back and stabs it, bashing it's brains in. Mitchell and Sara cry for help, Mitchell glaring at Josh. Later, when the saviors are packing up to leave, Sean thanks Josh for trying to help Malia. "We should go back to Alexandria." He whispers with a smile. Josh nods and the two sneak out of the hilltop, making their way to Alexandria.
Josh and Sean exit the woods to see Tara at the gates. They run to her, hugging her before Eugene lets them in.
He and Sean are walking down the street when Alexa asks if she can talk to Sean. Josh walks ahead and waits for Sean. He asks what she wanted and Sean smiles and says she wanted to hang out and have dinner sometime. Josh pretends to be enthusiastic but has a look of sadness when Sean isn't looking.
Josh knocks on Alexa's door, telling her that her and Sean need to go with him. She denies but he tells her Negan is back. They walk to the crowd and watch as Negan plays pool. They watch as Spencer betrays them and Josh shakes his head, whispering, "Damn pussy." Negan sees him and smiles, telling him to come over. Josh does and Negan has him hold his cue. Josh watches in horror as Negan confronts Spencer. When Negan stabs Spencer, Josh gets wide eyed. He sees Rosita pull out her gun and yells, "Rosita, don't!" When Arat hits her down, Josh runs to help her but is pushed by Negan, slamming his back into the pool table. He rolls to his stomach and gets to his knees. Arat is then commanded to kill someone and Josh flinches. He calls Negan a dick when Olivia is killed. Negan grabs him by the hair and tugs him up. He is then tossed back down and told to shut up. Negan asks Rosita who made the bullet. Josh stands and says he made it, as does Tara. Eugene is sobbing, saying it was him. Josh says, "Shut up, Eugene. It was me." Eugene lists things that he used to make it and is taken by the saviors. He shakes his head and looks at Rick. He asks how he's just letting this happen. "You need to find yourself again." Michonne later tells Rick what Josh said to him was true. He joins Rick and the others to go to the Hilltop. He runs to Maggie and hugs her, Jesus and Daryl. He walks to see Gregory with the others.
He is with the others but doesn't speak the entire episode. He and Sean stay back in Alexandria.
It is revealed he, Sean and Alice went to the Hilltop within the past few episodes. He asks Sean why he's still with Alexa and he shrugs. They see the saviors are coming and Sean has Josh hide in his home. While Josh is in the home, he hears Mitchell mumbling to Sara. He says Josh is the reason why their son is becoming a danger. He listens to the two argue when Mitchell slaps her. Sara tells him to leave but Mitchell says he won't leave unless Josh is gone. "I'm protecting you!" Later, Sean walks in and tells Josh the saviors are gone. Josh says he should leave. Sean refuses. Josh says he heard his parents yelling and that he's causing trouble here. Josh leaves the Hilltop, Sean watching sadly. Eventually, Josh is running from some walkers in the woods and trips over a log. He reaches for his hatchet but can't grab it. A walker stumbles to him when a woman with a machete chops off it's head. Josh stares at her in horror. She hits him with the handle, knocking him out. He isn't seen again in the next episode, leaving his status unknown.
This list shows the victims Josh has killed:
- At least four people in Governor's Army.
- Mika Samuels (Before Reanimation)
- Erin (Out of Mercy)
- Ron Anderson
- At least five Wolves.
- At least four Saviors.
- Numerous counts of zombies.
- The casting call for this character was Hayden Nicks.
- His casting description was "Hayden Nicks - Early to mid teens, 15 years old - Kind, smart and mature. Able to sense problems almost instantly and willing to help others."
- Josh is from Florida but his family moved north to escape the walkers.
- It is revealed by Milton that his arm is permanently damaged as they didn't have proper tools to fix it. Although, in Alexandria, it is believed Pete could have helped.
- Josh was meant to have a bigger role in Season 3. He was originally going to help Andrea escape, leave with her but get separated and help the prison group find her, but due to scheduling conflicts with Gavin Macintosh, they decided to make his character bigger in Season 4.
- He is the last male survivor of Woodbury.
- He is bisexual, as revealed in "Remember" when Deanna interviews him.
- However, In the episode, "Heads Up," he suggests he is full on gay.
- When asked how long he thinks he'll be on the show, Gavin said, "I know I'm in Season 6. I'm hoping to go for at least Season 8 if I get a good story arc."
- Though being a main character in Seasons 4 and 5, he was not added to the opening credits until Season 6, placed after Lennie James and sharing a title card with him.
- His weapon of choice is a hatchet that he found in the woods. He's had it since he got to woodbury.
- In season 6, he was only in 11 episodes despite being a main cast member.
- In season 7, his opening sequence title card was shared with Sonequa Martin-Green, his name under hers.
- An alternative scene was shot where Josh was thrown in front of the Lucille victim's body and was also killed. It was revealed to be fake. However, it was used while Rick had dreams of his group getting hit with Lucille.