The Walking Dead

What Lies Ahead

Season 2, Ep 1, Aired 10/16/11
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  • Episode Description
  • Rick leads the group out of Atlanta. On the highway, they are stopped by a threat unlike anything they have seen before. The group searches for someone who has gone missing.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Laurie Holden


  • Jeffrey DeMunn

    Dale Horvath

  • Steven Yeun

    Glenn Rhee

  • Chandler Riggs

    Carl Grimes

  • Norman Reedus

    Daryl Dixon

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  • Fan Reviews (27)
  • Kristiqn

    By KristiqnGenchev, Jul 26, 2015

  • Here We Go Again

    By AriSky, Apr 14, 2013

  • The walking dead is nice

    By flyvedyret, Jan 13, 2013

  • 2x01 - What Lies Ahead

    By JDML23, Oct 15, 2012

  • the series remains entertaining

    By Bodmrazu2, Oct 02, 2012

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • T-Dog: Ain't you supposed to be fixing that radiator? What if they come back with Sophia, and Rick wants to move on right away?
      Dale: I had it fixed yesterday.
      T-Dog: What? What was all that rubbing and sanding for then? Just bull****?
      Dale: Yeah, that's one word. Another word would be pantomime -- just for show. No one else needs to know that.

    • Daryl: This gross bastard had himself woodchuck for lunch.

    • Rick: (talking on the walkie-talkie) I guess I'm losing hope that you can hear me, but there is always that chance isn't there? That slim chance. It's all about slim chances now. I try to do everything right. Keep people safe. I tried Morgan; I tried. Our group's smaller now. We lost another day before last. It was her choice. I won't say I blame her. She lost faith. The CDC was a dead end. I met a man there…a scientist…he told me something. He told me…it doesn't matter. What matters is we're moving on. Atlanta's done. We're going to try Fort Benning. We're facing a long hard journey. Maybe even harder than I can imagine. But it can't be harder than our journey has been so far…can it? Hundred and twenty-five miles, that what lies ahead. And I'm trying hard not to lose faith. I can't, if I do the others, my family, my wife, my son. There is just a few of us now, so we got to stick together. Fight for each other. Be willing to lay down our lives for each other if it comes to that. It's the only chance we got. Be careful out there Morgan. I hope you and Duane are ok. Stay off the road. Keep moving. Keep your eyes open. I don't know just…just be safe. Maybe we'll see you in Fort Benning someday. Rick, signing off.

    • Dale: If I hadn't done what I did, you would be dead now.
      Andrea: Jenner gave us an option, I chose to stay.
      Dale: You chose suicide.

    Notes (8)

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special.

    • The majority of the Walkers in the "herd" that Dale sees from the top of the RV were added in with CGI. Only a few in the upper left hand part of the shot are actually there.

    • The CDC (Center for Disease Control) cited this episode for it's "teachable moments" at it's website:
      Rule #1- Make a pit stop, fill up before it's too late. This comes from the scene where T-Dog is having to siphon gas from vehicles and the zombie horde appears.
      Rule #2- First aid kit, never leave home without it. Another rule that originates with T-Dog cutting himself severly and getting a bad infection.

    • This episode was nominated for two Golden Reel Awards in the categories of Best Sound Editing: Long Form Dialogue and ADR in Television and Best Sound Editing: Long Form Sound Effects and Foley in Television.

    • Viewership: 7.25 million (top cable show for the weekend of Oct. 14-16)

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    Trivia (2)

    • The corpse that Daryl finds in the tent has a button on its chest that reads, No Excuse For Domestic Violence.

    • The water that Shane discovers in bottles is from the Lipsey Mountain Spring Water company. They deliver water in the Atlanta region.

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