Tracking down The Walking Dead in Atlanta
Sooo, I’ve got a bit of a different post for you today – it’s sort of travel-related, but also super fan-girl-ish, so I hope you’re up for that!
As part of our US trip, we headed to Atlanta, and one day last week, spent some time driving around the smaller towns of Griffin and Senoia, Georgia, chasing down locations of the super popular TV show The Walking Dead.
Don’t judge me – I’m a TV junkie, and TWD happens to be one of my favorite shows (yay zombies!), so I thought it’d be cool to visit some of the iconic sites and see where the show is filmed. And since the show returns for its 8th season tonight (whoop!), I thought today would be a great time for this post, to get you in the mood!
I found this very comprehensive map, which was super helpful, and even though some addresses were inaccurate and other buildings have since been torn down or replaced, we did manage to find seven locations. Some are iconic, and others are a bit more niche – how many do you recognize?
The second half of season 4 centers around our group of survivors, who have been split up after the Governor’s attack on the prison, making their way to Terminus, a sort of promised land, where “those who arrive, survive”. As it turns out, that’s not exactly true, though, but luckily Carol comes to the rescue in a scene that establishes her as a total badass.
Since it was used a few seasons ago, Terminus is now freely accessible. Unfortunately, there’s some sort of junkyard there now, so we couldn’t really get that iconic shot from the video. Here’s a shot from the side instead, for which I climbed on a dumpster. I am nothing if not determined.
2. Abandoned auto shop
We’re still in season 4, where after losing Beth, Daryl meets a raggedy group of men who live by a simple set of rules: if you want something, you have to “claim” it. Daryl stays with them for a few days or so, until they find Rick, Michonne, and Carl, and there’s a bit of a spat. This abandoned auto shop is close to Main Street in Griffin, GA, and though I couldn’t find a reference shot from the outside, it’s where this scene takes place.
The building still looks pretty much the same.
3. The Governor’s barn
Our favorite Big Bad from seasons 3 and 4, the Governor, has a little breakdown after his first attack on the prison fails. He burns down Woodbury, and then sets out on foot. He walks by a barn that’s covered in graffiti, and later assumes a name he reads there, Brian Heriot (you can see this at the 2:35 min mark in the video below).
Also, how great is the song in this video?!
The barn still looks the same (sans graffiti), although the address given in the map I linked to above is slightly off. It is on the same street, though.
Woodbury is the Governor’s home base, where Andrea and Michonne end up after being “rescued” in the woods by Merle. Michonne is immediately suspicious (rightly so), but Andrea decides to stay in this walled-off and secure community.
The town of Woodbury was shot in the center of Senoia, GA – this is literally Main Street, with all its little shops and restaurants.
Some more shots of Senoia below.
5. Alexandria Safe Zone
At the end of season 5, Rick and the gang arrive at Alexandria, a “too good to be true” safe city, walled off with giant metal plates, equipped with solar power and running water, and stocked with food.
The set for Alexandria (or ASZ) is smack-dab in the middle of Senoia – you can see it from Main Street! It’s crazy to me that there are people living their everyday lives right next to this giant TV set – where they film zombies, explosions, and the like. It is pretty well cordoned off, though, and obviously you can’t get inside. You can get a pretty good view, though.
7. Glenn & Maggie’s pharmacy
This is a personal favorite of mine – I love Glenn and Maggie as a couple, and this scene was so funny. It’s from early season 2, where the two hook up for the first time in an abandoned pharmacy after they fight off a zombie. So romantic!
The little area you see in the video still looks exactly the same. It’s located in Sharpsburg, and all the small stores are abandoned – which is sort of sad, but also kinda cool, because that way it makes you feel like a walker could be trapped in there!
Bonus: The town of Senoia, Georgia
Even if you’re not into The Walking Dead, Senoia is a lovely little town that’s worth a visit if you’re in the Atlanta area. There are tons of cute little stores (ignore the giant TWD merch store, though), cute cafes, and homestyle restaurants.
You’ll find interior design and decorations stores, local Georgia products, and even a store full of Christmas decor! I got some great autumn and Christmas-themed decorations to bring home with me!
Bonus 2: Lunch at Nic & Norman’s
Allowing myself a complete and utter fangirl moment, we decided to have lunch at Nic & Norman’s, a restaurant on Main St, Senoia, co-owned by co-executive producer of TWD, Greg Nicotero, and Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon. Spoiler: Sadly, neither of them were present.
It’s a cute little restaurant, the food was nice, and they had a delicious TWD themed beer – Blood Orange IPA by local Terrapin Beer Co. out of Athens, Georgia, which I really liked.
Any fellow TWD fans here? Did you recognize the locations? And are you excited for season 8? Hit me up in the comments!