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


The sweat stains on T-Dog's shirt change between shots while he is talking to Dale. 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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Incredible Season Opener!
30 May 2014 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

The second season of Walking Dead is finally here, at least for me and all I can say how incredible this opener is. What I really liked is how they don't overdo the walker violence, because it adds to the element of surprise, which happens here. When the walkers do appear, the action is excellent. On the human side, the characterization is top-notch and each character brings their own set of dynamics to the table, which I like!

In this episode, "What Lies Ahead," the crew decides to stop on the highway to forage for supplies, but are overran by a herd of zombies. During the chaos that ensues, one of the survivors, Sophia goes missing. Rick forms a search party to attempt to find her.

Overall, this is an excellent season opener and what a way to start off the second season! This episode even has several cliffhangers and one that will make you go bonkers. While a little light on the action, the drama is top-notch. I rate this episode 10/10.

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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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