What Lies Ahead
The Walking Dead Season 2



Critic Ratings: 21
Critics 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.

Cast & Crew

Andrew Lincoln
Rick Grimes
Jon Bernthal
Shane Walsh
Norman Reedus
Daryl Dixon
Melissa McBride
Carol Peletier
Madison Lintz
Sophia Peletier
Irone Singleton
Theodore 'T-Dog' Douglas
Frank Darabont
Executive Producer
Robert Kirkman
Executive Producer
Gale Anne Hurd
Executive Producer
David Alpert
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for What Lies Ahead

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

Oct 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.

Oct 12, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 28, 2015 | Full Review…

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

Jul 22, 2015 | Full Review…

What works here, and works so well that I'm almost willing to overlook the dull bits, are the straight out horror sequences.

Jul 22, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It was certainly a daring way to end a season premiere - you could practically hear the show's creators proudly yelling, "This ain't broadcast TV!"

Jul 22, 2015 | Full Review…

With no coherence in theme or characterization, what's left of The Walking Dead is a goofy exercise in classic network dramatics.

Feb 24, 2020 | 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.

Jun 6, 2018 | Full Review…

This episode showed Darabont and the cast at their best.

May 1, 2015 | Full Review…

The Walking Dead's Season 6 premiere was strangely satisfying.

Oct 12, 2015 | Full Review…

The Walking Dead returned tonight, and they kicked off the episode doing what they do best: Unmitigated zombie mayhem.

Oct 12, 2015 | Full Review…

We learn more about the walking dead this episode.

Jul 29, 2015 | Rating: 8.8/10 | Full Review…