The Walking Dead - Season 2, Episode 1 - Rotten Tomatoes


Critic Consensus: A big ending on "What Lies Ahead" gets the second season of The Walking Dead off to a strong start.

Episode Info

In the Season 2 premiere, Rick and the group leave Atlanta and encounter a threat on the highway the likes of which they've never seen. Elsewhere, the group search for a missing person.


Andrew Lincoln
as Rick Grimes
Steven Yeun
as Glenn, Glenn Rhee
Chandler Riggs
as Carl Grimes
Melissa McBride
as Carol, Carol Peletier
Norman Reedus
as Daryl Dixon
Danai Gurira
as Michonne
Lauren Cohan
as Maggie Greene
Emily Kinney
as Beth Greene
Larry Gilliard Jr.
as Bob Stookey
Michael Cudlitz
as Abraham Ford
Alanna Masterson
as Tara Chambler
Christian Serratos
as Rosita Espinosa
Josh McDermitt
as Eugene Porter
Seth Gilliam
as Gabriel Stokes
Lennie James
as Morgan Jones
Alexandra Breckenridge
as Jessie Anderson
Austin Nichols
as Spencer Monroe
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Critic reviews for What Lies Ahead

Mute the psychobabble, shriek at the stupid horror - and pass the popcorn.

October 12, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

We're going to see the word 'epic' thrown around a lot in the days to come about this episode, and it is certainly that.

October 12, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

At episode's end, we get a second strangely beautiful digression, the sort that will keep those who prefer their brains behind the scenes instead of on a plate tuning in for another week.

July 28, 2015 | Full Review…

The entire [ending] sequence is remarkable in how it achieves both shock value and earnest delight.

July 22, 2015 | Full Review…

It's the character work that makes the story and there were times - just as there were last season - when we found ourselves rolling our eyes or fidgeting in our seats.

June 6, 2018 | Full Review…

This episode showed Darabont and the cast at their best.

May 1, 2015 | Full Review…

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