The Walking Dead

Season 2 Episode 1

What Lies Ahead

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 16, 2011 on AMC
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Episode Summary

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.

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  • so they

    Rick gets group out of Atlanta, blah blah. 6 season slater they are still in the Atlanta area. This is so slow its ridicilous.
  • Kristiqn

  • Here We Go Again

    This episode contained a nice, subtle reminder that this show isn't about the dead, it's about the living (when Dale brought up Amy and was told to leave her out of it). As a season premiere, it was a bit lack-luster, particularly because of the crawling pace the show has assumed. There is very little reference to how much time passes and it feels like it's been just a week since Rick woke from his coma. I'm not sure what quicker passage of time would accomplish, but it doesn't feel like the group (and hence the show) has accomplished much of anything.moreless
  • The walking dead is nice

    Dale is gratis
  • 2x01 - What Lies Ahead

    An okay start to the season. Seeing a ton of zombies at once was really good but there was a lot of things which made me think we should have lost more people to zombiehoood.
IronE Singleton

IronE Singleton


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Melissa McBride

Melissa McBride

Carol Peletier

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Madison Lintz

Madison Lintz

Sophia Peletier

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • 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)

    • The church the search party discovered called "Southern Baptist Church of the Holy Light" isactually called Bethel United Methodist Church and is located nearly 5 milesSW of Senoia, GA.

    • Locations: Atlanta, Georgia and along Highway 185 heading south.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Portugal: October 16, 2011 on Fox/Fox HD
      Italy: October 17, 2011 on Fox/Fox HD
      United Kingdom: October 21, 2011 on FX/FX HD
      The Netherlands: November 1, 2011 on FOXlife/FOXlife HD
      Belgium: November 1, 2011 on FOXlife/FOXlife HD
      Sweden: November 6, 2011 on TV11
      Finland: June 3, 2012 on Fox
      Slovakia: June 27, 2012 on JOJ Plus
      Czech Republic: September 24, 2012 on Prima COOL
      Turkey: October 7, 2012 on CNBC-e