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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  • 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.
  • the series remains entertaining

    The scene with the herd was really good, I thought they are done, mazbe that some of them will try to leave with the other car. I do not like that htey made from T-Dog clumsy panic stricken man who hurts himself needlessly in contrast with Daryl who saves him. Why they could not do the same think as others and hide under cars? They should be more careful, stay before the congestion and scout the area, because thy start riding into the area and then find that they are trapped and cannot turn around. Not to mention carelessly siphoning petrol from the cars before they scout the area.

    Then Sophia went missing, I do not know why she could not follow the directions or not wait on the spot or return to the spot when she found she come in the wrong direction. And they could continue searching for her, because when she had to spend night in the woods, they could too, because they lose time coming back to the highway.

    I think Andrea is too harsh on Dale, because he would be willing to die if she was going to die. First she says him to keep Amy out of this discussion, then admits that she has nothing to live for after her death.

    And Lori seems that she do not know what she wants, because now she wants Shane to be nice on Carl, but some time ago she said him not to approach to him.

    And the ending is strange, what was Carl supposed to do? I think they need food, so why they did not try to kill the deer? Ok, I will answer myself, they need surprising events to move the plot. I should say that I like the series, otherwise I would not think about it that much.

    I am form Czech Republic and what we see version which is little shorter than what i saw on net, some scenes are missing , for example the discussion between T-Dog and Dale about fixing the radiator. Why is that so?

  • Terrible start to a new season

    I dont know why but i felt really irritated to watch this episode..

    Did we pump this show up too much?

    Terrible acting and really really terrible storyline in this episode..

    I got lots of questions..

    When did zombies forget to smell?

    How could you not see that 100 zombies coming to you?

    Why would you shush a mother whose daughter about to get eaten?

    last thing i want to say is isnt it pretty easy to kill these zombies?

    so why you need stupid diversion ?

    Im looking forward for the second episode.. I hope it gets better cause this was a really poor filming in every way..

    I still love the intro.. its one of the best.moreless
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Recurring Role

Melissa McBride

Melissa McBride

Carol Peletier

Recurring Role

Madison Lintz

Madison Lintz

Sophia Peletier

Recurring Role

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