Long Road Ahead

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"Long Road Ahead"
The Walking Dead episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 3
Directed by Eric Parsons
Written by Sean Vanaman
Story by Chuck Jordan
Original air date August 28, 2012 (2012-08-28)
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"Long Road Ahead" is the third episode of the episodic graphic adventure The Walking Dead, based on Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic book series. It was released on, August 8, 2012


While coming back scavenging supplies in Downtown, Macon, Kenny tells Lee and Lilly his plan about leaving the motel with Katjaa and Duck. Lilly then became angered about Kenny plan about leaving and killing Larry at the meat dairy locker. When their arguments settle, Kenny then begins to tell the group that Lilly was become paranoid over her father's death. If Lee sided with Kenny in the previous episode, he then tells the group that "none of this getting easier", if Lee sided with Lilly in the previous episode, Kenny will feel like no one supports him, and feel unappreciated.

Lee then asks Lilly what's the problem of her situation, which Lilly replies that somebody's been stealing their supplies and asks Lee to search for clues. If Carley was saved in the first episode, Lee has the option to tell the others about his criminal background so everyone can trust him better. Lee and Duck investigate the motel's surroundings and find stolen supplies outside the motel, apparently left for the bandits. Once Lee reveals the stolen supplies to Lilly, she plans to interrogate everyone but the bandits attack the motel over the suppliesl. Lilly, Lee, Kenny, & Carley (Determinant) are able to kill the bandits but the gunfire triggers noises that attract nearby walkers. The group then escapes the motel in an RV.

When Lilly begins to interrogate her suspected traitors Ben and Carley, Kenny then pulls over the RV after hitting a walker. The arguments became heated when Carley tells Lilly off and Doug defends Ben, both causing Lilly to snap and kill Carley/Doug in fit of rage/by accident. A furious Lee is forced to decide to leave Lilly behind to die or let her back in the RV (If Let her in the RV, she will steal the RV later on), either way, she will tell the group about Lee's criminal past, which triggers Kenny reaction. If Carley was saved in the pharmacy, Lee sided with Kenny over killing Larry, and Lee choose to tell Kenny about his past, Kenny will react that he doesn't care about his past, in the alternative side, Kenny will react nothing. Katjaa then reveals to Lee that Duck was bitten in the raid, leaving Lee shocked. Lee then sits down with Clementine and telling her about his past life, and her experience with Lee when they met. Lee then falls asleep, having a nightmare of Clementine being a walker.

The group then come across a train blocking the road and meet its sole inhabitant Chuck, and take the train to Savannah to find a boat. Katjaa warns Lee that Duck will die soon asks him to tell Kenny to stop the train. Kenny strongly refuses to believe Duck will become a walker. Lee can talk Kenny down from ignoring his son's fate because Kenny feels it's his fault Duck's dying because he didn't bother to save Shawn at Hershel's farm, or Lee can fight Kenny to make him stop the train. Either way, Kenny will come to terms with Duck's fate and will stop the train.

When they stop, Kenny is afraid that he has to end his son's suffering, which Lee can optionally choose to end Duck's suffering for him. When Clementine asks what Lee's gonna do about Duck, Lee replies that he's gonna "put him out of his misery". Katjaa then commits suicide over her son, which making a decision to kill Duck, or leave him in the woods.

Chuck tells Clementine if she keep going on "like this", then she will never make it. Lee then became angered at Chuck for telling Clementine that she's gonna die. Chuck then gives Lee advice such as, protecting herself with a weapon, cutting her hair, and telling her a plan, and Chuck also noted that Lee needs to considering children living people. Chuck apologizes and says that he didn't mean to scare Clementine because he worries that "too many people have died" and if Chuck see another child die then he might, "do himself in". Lee then agrees with the advice.

While Lee teaches Clementine how to shoot, cuts her hair, and makes a plan with her to find her parents at the Marsh House, the hotel her parents were staying at in Savannah, Ben tells Lee and admits that he was the one giving the supplies to the bandits in order to save a friend of his whom the bandits held hostage. Lee will either understand Ben's decision and tell him not to tell Kenny as he caused Katjaa and Duck's deaths, or will be furious at Ben and threaten to kill him.

The group then stop the train after Kenny finds a falling diesel tanker dangling over a bridge over the railroad. They later meet duo couple Omid and Christa on top of the bridge. After the introduction, Lee manages to find a blow torch, and is able to cut the tanker down. Ben spots a herd of walkers coming to the train. The group was able to escape, but Omid's leg is broken after falling from the bridge to escape the herd. The episode ends with Lee and Kenny hearing a man' voice from Clementine's supposedly broken walkie-talkie, who instructs Clementine to find him whether Lee approves or not as he claims he has her parents. This leaves Lee and Kenny stunned and wonder who the man is as the train pulls into Savannah.


Actor/Actress Role Details/Other Role
Dave Fennoy Lee Everett N/A
Melissa Hutchison Clementine N/A
Gavin Hammon Kenny N/A
Cissy Jones Katjaa Jolene
Last appearance
Max Kaufman Kenny Jr."Duck" Last appearance
Nikki Rapp Lilly Last appearance
Trevor Hoffman Ben Paul First appearance
Nicole Vigil Carley1 Last appearance
Sam Joan Doug1 Last appearance
Maxwell Zorbel Bandit Leader Last Appearance
Roger L. Jackson Charles"Chuck"
First appearance
Owen Thomas Omid First appearance
Mara Junot Christa First appearance
  • ^1 Determinant Status (Depending choice in A New Day)
  • ^2 Radio Voice only


Platform GameRankings Metacritic
PSN (PlayStation 3) 86.1% 87/100
XBLA (Xbox 360) 88.4% 88/100
PC (Windows, Mac) 85.4% 85/100
iOS (iPad, iPhone) 90% TBD
PlayStation Vita 82.5% 89/100

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