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The Walking Dead: What Lies Ahead

After the events at the CDD, Rick tries to find somewhere safe for the rest of the survivors. The group encounters even more troubles on the road than they could have imagined, and one of their own goes missing.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x1
Airdate: Sunday October 16th, 2011
Special Runtime: 90 Minutes

Alternate Airdates:

UK (FOX) Oct 21, 2011


Guest Stars
Melissa McBrideMelissa McBride
As Carol Peletier
Irone SingletonIrone Singleton
As T-Dog
Madison LintzMadison Lintz
As Sophia Peletier

Ashleigh Jo SizemoreAshleigh Jo Sizemore
As Big-Eyed Walker Woman
Chance BartelsChance Bartels
As Highway Walker
David AlexanderDavid Alexander
As Walker
Demetrice JacksonDemetrice Jackson
As Walker
Jeremy AmblerJeremy Ambler
As Highway Walker
Michael KoskeMichael Koske
As Walker
J.T. SeidlerJ.T. Seidler
As Walker
Karen CoxKaren Cox
As Walker
Steve Warren (2)Steve Warren (2)
As Walker in Church
Ylian Alfaro SnyderYlian Alfaro Snyder
As Highway Walker
Main Cast
Andrew LincolnAndrew Lincoln
As Rick Grimes
Norman ReedusNorman Reedus
As Daryl Dixon
Steven YeunSteven Yeun
As Glenn Rhee
Chandler RiggsChandler Riggs
As Carl Grimes
Jeffrey DeMunnJeffrey DeMunn
As Dale Horvath
Sarah Wayne CalliesSarah Wayne Callies
As Lori Grimes
Jon BernthalJon Bernthal
As Shane Walsh


The episode begins in Atlanta. The city is mostly empty, save for the walkers. Rick is on the roof of a building and talking to Morgan via walkie-talkie. "The CDC was a dead end," the sheriff says. "We're moving on". Rick tells Morgan that Dr. Jenner "Told me something...he told me..." and further continues the tease of whatever the Dr. whispered into Rick's ear before fleeing the CDC. Turns out, the gang of survivors is heading to Fort Benning, 125 miles away. The caravan consists of Daryl on a motorcycle and everybody else in a truck and RV. While Rick and Lori reminisce about a past family road trip to the Grand Canyon, Shane helps Andrea put together her gun, which was a gift from her father. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 7.25 Million Viewers

Trivia: The majority of the walkers seen from the top of Daryl's RV were added using CGI.

Casting: Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) has been added as a series regular.

Music: The opening scene contains the a music piece written by composer Bear McCreary. The score ends with cues from the main theme, leading to the main title score. McCreary states the "first few minutes of this new season needed to bring the audience back into the world".

Location: The church that the search party finds is actually the Bethel United Methodist Church, located five miles south west of Senoia, GA.

Awards and Nominations: This episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special. It was also 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.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Johnny CashI See a DarknessPlays during the ending credits.

Episode Quotes
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 okay. 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: I said it, didn't I say it? A thousand times. Dead in the water.
Shane: Problem, Dale?
Dale: Oh, just a small matter of being stuck in the middle of nowhere with no hope of (looks around at all the cars)...okay, that was dumb.
Shane: If we can't find a radiator hose here...
Daryl: There's a whole bunch of stuff we could find.
T-Dog: We can syphon more fuel from these cars for a start.
Carol: Maybe some water?
Glenn: Food?
Lori: This is a graveyard. I don't know how I feel about this.

Dale: Andrea, I'm begging you. Don't put me in this position.
Andrea: I'm not going out there without my gun. I'll even say please.
Dale: I'm doing this for you.
Andrea: No, Dale, you're doing it for you. You need to stop. What do you think's gonna happen? I'm gonna stick it in my mouth and pull the trigger the moment you hand it to me?
Dale: I know you're angry at me. That much is clear. But if I hadn't done what I did, you'd be dead now.
Andrea: Jenner gave us an option. I chose to stay.
Dale: You chose suicide.
Andrea: So, what's that to you? You barely know me.
Dale: I know Amy's death devastated you.
Andrea: Keep her out of this. This is not about Amy. This is about us. And if I decided I had nothing left to live for, who the hell are you to tell me otherwise? To force my hand like that?

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 bullshit?
Dale: Yeah, that's one word. Another word would be pantomime - just for show. No one else needs to know that.

Dale: I saved your life.
Andrea: No, Dale. I saved yours. You forced that on me. I didn't want your blood on my hands and that is the only reason I left that building. What did you expect? What, I'd have some kind of epiphany? Some life-affirming catharsis?
Dale: Maybe just a little gratitude.
Andrea: Gratitude? I wanted to die my way, not torn apart by drooling freaks. That was my choice. You took that away from me, Dale.
Dale: But...
Andrea: But you know better? All I wanted after my sister died was to get out of this endless horrific nightmare we live every day. I wasn't hurting anyone else. You took my choice away, Dale. And you expect gratitude?
Dale: I don't know what to say.
Andrea: I'm not your little girl. I'm not your wife. And I am sure as hell not your problem. That's all there is to say.

Episode Goofs

When T-Dog is talking to Dale outside, the sweat stains on his t-shirt change.

Factual Error:

When the search party finds the church there is a sign on the outside identifying it as a Baptist church. Inside, there is a Christ on the cross in the sanctuary. Protestant churches do not use the body of Christ on their crosses, particularly not in the rural south.

Factual Error:

If there is no power, and society has collapsed, the church's electricity to run the automated church bell speaker and sound system should not be working.

Cultural References
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: Daryl calls Glenn "Short Round" when they are searching for Sophia.

Short Round is the nickname for a character in 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,' played by Jonathan Ke Quan.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: Dale tells the group that he wants to hold off "the needs of the many versus the needs of the few" arguments as long as possible.

This phrasing was made iconic in the 1982 film 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.'

Jaws: When Daryl cuts open the walker to see what it has eaten, Rick is standing nearby trying not to vomit.

This is an homage to a scene from 'Jaws' in which Matt Hooper (Daryl, in this case) cute open the shark while Sheriff Brody (Rick in this case) watches on.

Episode References
Season 1, Episode 6: The group left the CDC, with Jacqui choosing to sat behind, in 1x06 "TS-19" after finding out that the building was going to be destroyed.

Season 1, Episode 1: Rick begins the episode by trying to reach Morgan on his walkie-talkie. Morgan is the man who saved Rick's life in 1x01 "Days Gone Bye".

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperFrank Darabont
Executive ProducerGlen Mazzara  |  Frank Darabont  |  David Alpert  |  Robert Kirkman  |  Gail Anne Hurd
Co-Executive ProducerGregory Nicotero  |  Evan Reilly
ProducerScott M. Gimple  |  Denise Huth
Co-ProducerPaul Gadd
Associate ProducerKenneth Requa
Production DesignerGregory Melton
EditorHunter M. Via  |  Julius Ramsay
CastingSherry Thomas  |  Sharon Bialy
Unit Production ManagerTom Luse
First Assistant DirectorPolly Ann Mattson  |  Jeffrey F. January
Second Assistant DirectorVeronica A. Hampton  |  Shanalyna C. Palmer
MusicBear McCreary
Music EditorMichael Baber
Music SupervisorThomas Golubic
Costume DesignerEulyn Womble
Key GripEddie Evans
Set DecoratorLynne Mitchell
Location ManagerMike Riley
Property MasterJohn Sanders
Production Sound MixerBartek Swiatek
Script SupervisorAmy Blanc Lacy
Assistant EditorEvan Fisher  |  Dan Liu
Post Production SupervisorKenneth Requa
Supervising Sound EditorJerry Ross
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
Director of PhotographyDavid Boyd
Story EditorAngela Kang
Stunt CoordinatorLonnie Smith
Production SupervisorJolly Dale
Art DirectorDoug Fick
Post Production CoordinatorJessica Newman
Based On The Works OfTony Moore (2)  |  Robert Kirkman  |  Charlie Adlard
Key Makeup ArtistDonna M. Premick
Production AccountantHerb Johnson
Chief Lighting TechnicianRick Crank
"A" Camera OperatorMichael Satrazemis
Casting AssociateRussell Scott (2)
Key HairstylistTaylor Knight
Special Effects CoordinatorDarrell Pritchett
Makeup ArtistToby Sells  |  Kevin Wasner  |  Garrett Immel  |  Andy Schoneberg  |  Jake Garber  |  Gino Crognale
Special Effects Make-upGregory Nicotero  |  Howard Berger
Production ConsultantBen Roberts  |  Jess Clark
Location CastingCraig Fincannon  |  Lisa Mae Fincannon
Produced ByTom Luse
VFX SupervisorVictor Scalise
ClearancesLaura Sevier
Production Co-supervisorCaleb Womble
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