"He would come down here and he would just stand there...and watch. We were begging for mercy and he would just fucking watch!"
-Joey Hudson talking about Joseph Seed
In-game conversation reveals that a few years back, she and her partner Danny stopped at a diner to grab a bite to eat. As they got back into their cruiser with their milkshakes and continued their patrol, a truck went speeding past them. Hudson wanted to let it slip, but Danny wanted to pursue. When they caught up to the speeding vehicle and pulled them over, Danny told her to stay in the car because he just plans on giving them a warning. As Hudson's in the car drinking her milkshake, the suspects in the truck opened fire on Danny, putting two rounds into his chest before speeding off. Hudson got out and opened fire on the truck before tending to her partner, who was gasping for air as the result of a collapsed lung. She called the paramedics but they arrived minutes after Danny died. She continued to find something to blame Danny's death on including herself, the milkshake, even Danny, but came to terms that the only person responsible was the man holding the gun.
And I saw, and behold... a white horse!
Main Article: The Warrant
Hudson is sent with The Junior Deputy, Sheriff Earl Whitehorse and Deputy Staci Pratt to assist U.S. Marshal Cameron Burke in taking Joseph Seed, a radical preacher into custody. Though Joseph appears to go willingly when they make the arrest, the situation quickly escalates when the cult responds to the arrest with violence. In the ensuing chaos, she is kidnapped, while Joseph launches a manhunt to capture Marshal Burke and the Junior Deputy.
Main Article: The Confession
She is given to John Seed, who takes a special liking in tormenting her publicly in the cult's broadcasts. She is seen gagged with duct tape when John confronts and captures the Deputy a second time. When the Deputy is brought to John's bunker, John brings Hudson into the room tied to a chair and still gagged while he discusses his philosophy of atonement and the use of the word "Yes." He speaks to the Deputy about sin and then asks if Hudson or the Deputy should go first for the "atonement" process. The Deputy can either volunteer themselves by saying "Yes" or refuse, in which case John will have a violent outburst before choosing the deputy himself anyway. Either way, Hudson is taken from the room. While the Deputy escapes, Hudson is unable to be rescued.
The Quality of Mercy
Main Article: The Quality of Mercy
Around the time the Deputy is having a dogfight with John Seed, Hudson manages to get free and kill a few of the cultists with a piece of serrated glass she wields like a knife. She runs into the Deputy and they nearly come to blows before she realizes her mistake. She then remarks that she won't leave before helping the rest of the captives. She and the Deputy work to release them, and then Hudson opens the silo so that the Deputy can escape before the bunker explodes.
After this, Hudson has a beer to celebrate with the Deputy, Mary May Fairgrave, Nick Rye, and Jerome Jeffries. She remarks that the Deputy has earned the right to be the leader against Eden's Gate, despite being of a lower rank than Hudson. As such, Hudson will follow any orders the Deputy gives.
She will then patrol Fall's End in the area around the Spread Eagle Bar wielding a shotgun, where she'll spend the rest of the game.
Where It All Began
Main Article: Where It All Began
If the "Resist" ending is chosen, she will be hypnotized by the Father's bliss before the deputy snaps her out of it, at which point she will help the deputy fight the Father. After the boss fight, Sheriff Whitehorse arrests the Father, a nuke goes off and the Junior Deputy, Hudson, Pratt, Whitehorse and the Father all enter a vehicle with hopes to make it to Dutch's bunker. Almost to the bunker, the Junior Deputy looks in the back of the car where Hudson yells about a falling tree. The Junior Deputy turns around but is too late to steer the car out of trouble and crashes into the tree. The Junior Deputy, after seeing Sheriff Whitehorse flung out of the windshield, looks in the back of the car after the crash to see Hudson and Pratt, either dead or rendered unconscious one last time before being dragged out by the Father.
If the "Walk Away" ending is chosen, she will get angry and argue with the decision, but will ultimately go with the rest of the group. In the car, she will continue to argue, only for Sheriff Whitehorse to reveal that he has no intention of actually letting the cult be, and is simply bluffing so they can come back with the national guard. However, shortly thereafter, "Only You" comes on the radio, and the Deputy starts slipping into their conditioning. The screens borders turn a bright, rage-filled red and then cuts to black immediately after, meaning her fate is unknown, although it is heavily implied that she, along with everyone else in the car, is killed by the brainwashed Deputy.
Since the "resist" option is canon and the Deputy's car crashes in to a tree, Hudson remains deceased.
Her uniform is a part of the female version of the 'rook' outfit. Her name tag is displayed on the front of the outfit.
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- Hudson has a tattoo on her left forearm. The tattoo is of a landing/perching eagle with its wings replaced by the American flag. This suggests that Hudson is a patriot of America.
- Based on in-game conversations, Hudson would appear to be the Junior Deputy’s official partner, with the latter taking the place of Hudson’s old partner, Danny. During the early stage of the game on Dutch’s Island, Dutch refers to Hudson as “your partner”. This can be further supported by Hudson’s particularly defensive nature towards the Junior Deputy, chiding Deputy Pratt for making fun of the rookie and offering encouraging words right before entering Joseph Seed’s church during the prologue, and offering her complete support to the Deputy when they must explain their actions to the authorities afterwards.
- A random male NPC in John's region may mention that he had a drink with "Joey Hudson" at one point. This is the only time her first name is mentioned in the game.
- In Arcade Noon Live Events, Marshal Special Outfit along with Deputy Special Outfit (Joey Hudson's Outfit), is available as Special Outfits for the deputy.
- Upon listening closely to the propaganda broadcasts by John Seed, what starts as a speech escalates into an argument, when Hudson profanely talks back to him. John grows increasingly frustrated as Hudson resists him, resulting in him angrily torturing her on the air, for most of, if not all to listen to, before Hudson gives in to John's demands, to which he calms down and simply asks her "There. It wasn't so hard, was it?"
- Hudson is one of the few characters confirmed dead after choosing to resist Joseph and not returning in New Dawn, others including Earl Whitehorse, Staci Pratt, Mary May Fairgrave, Dutch and Boomer.