Interested in learnings from the Walking Dead Reddit community, user u/ben_s16 launched a poll asking fans for their opinion on which of the show’s child actors is the strongest. Cailey Fleming, Chandler Riggs, Brighton Sharbino, Kyla Kennedy, Katelyn Nacon (Enid) and Cassady McClincy (Lydia) comprised the selection but only one could win. Of the approximately 1,100 votes, Fleming emerged as the winner with a whopping 316 – almost 30% of the total votes. In the comments, some of her constituents voiced their case, citing her natural acting ability as well as her consistency in her performances.
Despite only appearing on a handful of seasons of The Walking Dead, Fleming clearly made a strong impression on viewers of the show. At the same time, she spoke about the lasting influence that fans of the series had on her and her career, and explained this in an interview with AMC. “The fans also have a lot to do with the show. We wouldn’t be where we are today without them. I love meeting them all the time and I can never thank them enough for having me as their Judith. For accepting me, loving my character and loving me,” she said, adding that she’s also grateful for the bond she’s forged with her Walking Dead castmates.
The Walking Dead took Fleming’s acting career to a new level, and based on audience reactions to her interpretation of Judith Grimes, she made the most of the opportunity. To say she has potential in the entertainment world would be an understatement.