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 »

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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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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?


In front of the church that plays a prominent role in The Walking Dead: What Lies Ahead (2011) (#2.1), the bible verse Revelation 16:17 is referenced on a sign. That is a bible verse that describes the wrath of God during the apocalypse. See more »


Though society has supposedly collapsed, and all services have broken down, the church still has electricity to run it's automated church bell speaker and sound system. 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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Excellent Season Opener
23 October 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

The first episode of the second season of AMC's "The Walking Dead" shows no sign in a drop of quality.

The episode starts with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) talking into his Walkie Talkie leaving a message for Marcus who we last seen in the first episode of season one. He says they are leaving Atlanta and are heading to Fort Benning. There is a lot of drama when one if the children in the group goes missing, and we get a good shock ending that ensures you will be watching the next episode as soon as possible.

Melissa McBride as Carol is the star performer here, whilst Norman Reedus as Daryl and Lincoln do some bonding in some good scenes. Once again it's Jeffrey DeMunn as Dale who is the human conscience of the group.

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