With the return of the second half of season 8 of The Walking Dead next week, it seems only fitting to share some location highlights from the show I visited during my recent trip to Georgia! The city of Atlanta acted as home base for the show for the first few seasons before the characters started shifting to the more rural or suburban areas of the state. The skyline view above is unmistakable (even though the show took some liberties using CGI magic) as the crowded freeway in the show’s promotional posters. Rick is riding horseback into the abandoned city of Atlanta after zombies have already taken over. View the real poster by clicking the link here.
While not necessarily one of the “main” locations, my trip wouldn’t be complete without stopping by the one-time home of Rick Grimes. After waking up in the hospital in episode 1, Rick returns home in search of his family.
The small town of Senoia, about 40 miles south of Atlanta, is the real-life home of the Alexandria Safe Zone. When I visited, the show was currently in production so the metal wall was up surrounding the homes (yes, real people live in the homes!), but the rooftops of some familiar buildings were still in sight! And you don’t even have to look out for walkers!
The entrance to the walled-off community that usually appears on the show is visible from the public road, but don’t try to walk any closer or security will quickly turn your around! Note the “Alexandria Safe Zone” sign to the right of the entrance in the photo above!
Senoia was also home to Woodbury and The Governor back in season 3. The show took over Main Street and turned it into a post-apocalyptic town. The water tower is unmistakeable!
Senoia is proud of its on-screen fame and offers multiple walking or bus tours of The Walking Dead locations. Several stores sell maps that pinpoint each spot, and Main Street is scattered with TWD inspired shops. Be sure to check out the Woodbury Shoppe (48 Main Street) for all your TWD or Senoia souvenirs! They also have props from the show in the basement along with signatures on the wall from the cast. And yes, even the beautiful Lauren Cohan!
As seen on screen in: The Walking Dead (2010 – ??).