The Walking Dead (2010– )
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What Lies Ahead 

The group's plan to head for Fort Benning is put on hold when Sophia goes missing.


Ernest R. Dickerson (as Ernest Dickerson), Gwyneth Horder-Payton


Frank Darabont (developed by), Robert Kirkman (based on the series of graphic novels by) | 5 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Andrew Lincoln ... Rick Grimes
Jon Bernthal ... Shane Walsh
Sarah Wayne Callies ... Lori Grimes
Laurie Holden ... Andrea Harrison
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Dale Horvath
Steven Yeun ... Glenn Rhee
Chandler Riggs ... Carl Grimes
Norman Reedus ... Daryl Dixon
Melissa McBride ... Carol Peletier
Irone Singleton ... Theodore 'T-Dog' Douglas
Madison Lintz ... Sophia Peletier


The caravan of survivors find the road blocked by smashed-up cars and the cooling water hose of Dale's truck bursts. The group decides to stop to get fuel and supplies from the vehicles but out of the blue, a pack of walkers come in their direction. Dale stays in the top of the truck and the others hide below the cars. Sophia leaves the hideout too soon and two zombies chase her. Rick rushes after the walkers, reaches Sophia and asks her to stay hidden in the bank of a stream. When Rick kills the zombies and returns to Sophia, he does not find the girl anymore in the place. The group organizes a pursuit to seek out the girl. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

16 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hampton, Georgia, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The scene where the group is hiding under the cars was shot in Georgia on Highway 20 during a heat wave. See more »


The Glock that appears to belong to Shane has an obvious 10-round reduced capacity magazine, common during the 1994-2004 assault weapon ban and still used in states where such magazine restrictions currently exist. Full capacity magazines (15 or 17 rounds depending on the Glock pistol model) have always been in use by law enforcement; additionally, these would be legally available to civilians after 2004 (assuming TWD takes place in current times) in most states, including Georgia. See more »


[first lines]
Rick Grimes: [Rick speaks into the walkie-talkie for in case Morgan can still hear him] I guess I'm losing hope that you can hear me. But there's always that chance, isn't there? That slim chance. It's all about slim chances now. I tried 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, but she lost faith. The CDC was a dead end. I met a man there, a scientist. He told me ...
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Referenced in Talking Dead: Rock in the Road (2017) See more »


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The budget left when Frank did
18 October 2011 | by winzentweenSee all my reviews

Season 2 premieres of The Walking Dead has clearly established the titular zombies as shambling or running dead defying all previous cannon and moving clearly away from George Romero towards Danny Boyle territory. The first episode of the troubled but successful series was overall mildly enjoyable though horribly annoying in parts due to budget constraints, poor writing and lack of character conviction. It was possibly one of the worst episodes yet in a series with no bad episodes? Yes it was far more violent but fake looking cgi blood just doesn't cut it which is clearly one of the monetary issues which will plague this season and was one of the reasons its creator Frank Darabont left. Though there seemed to be lots of zombies it could have been the same ten and failed to inspire the spectacle of season 1 premiere. Ironically though they are zombies they were far from what we expect and at one point they seemed so mobile, able and organised that they might as well have been vampires. There were some awful moments with very stupid people and their dumb kids constantly getting into trouble and frankly by this point people this dumb would be dead and eaten. Also religion made a big return which though appropriate considering the circumstances the scenes were unrealistic and melodramatic, overtly long and frankly ludicrous with no one blaming the almighty for allowing the extinction of the near human race unless god is a zombie and so he has recreated us all in his new, slightly mouldy image?

The already weak extra characters plumbed new lows in ridiculousness with a totally token black dude and the minority Asian fav. completely wasting the little screen time they were given in an episode which felt that it went on too long with very little happening. After a brief promising start the episode quickly became a walk in the woods and overall the characters which were not that great in season 1 proved there disposable quality which could easily lead to the show as a whole. The one redeeming moment was an adhoc autopsy which was fantastically awful but fascinating all the same. If they could have added at least two more of these high mark moments which will not be forgotten in a hurry then the season would be assured, instead I worry that it will run out of steam as soon as it runs out of money and probably viewers.

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