The Walking Dead is primarily filmed in a small town south of Atlanta, Georgia, called Senoia (pronounced suh-noy). The town has embraced the show, the crew, and the fans who come to visit. I was there on the gorgeous spring morning of the Season 5 Finale.
The WAKING Dead Cafe - get it? WAKING? It's coffee! You can also get baked goods decorated as zombies there, so you can pretend you're eating dead flesh.
The Walking Dead Store was very crowded, as you can see from the photo. I didn't go in because I don't like crowds, and I was a little bit afraid of that little girl in the red dress.
The Georgia Mercantile is about two blocks down the road from The Walking Dead Store. They have maps, and do tours, and that sort of thing.
You can check out more about Senoia on the Big Screen Walking Tours at www.georgiamercantile.com.
Right next the Georgia Mercantile is the Senoia Post Office, which backs up to part of THE WALL around the set of Alexandria.
A little further down the street you can see more of THE WALL. It is incorporated into the heart of downtown Senoia, and the center of the town is cut off from outside traffic.
The main gate in and out of Alexandria is just down from the tower. There was a really nice security guard out of range of this photo, and we smiled and waved at each other.
On the opposite side of THE WALL's perimeter is an empty lot, where a second gate backs up to Jessie's and Porchdick's house, and the houses for Rick and his crew.
One time there were some people walking around in this lot, which is privately owned by a resident of Senoia. When the trespassers were approached and questioned, they displayed their "tickets to wander freely," which they had purchased for $50 each. The seller of these tickets, it was later determined, was some middle-aged dude who lives a few blocks away with his mom.
Atlanta Proxifan readers are very fortunate to have access to this empty lot without the risk of falling prey to sketchy middle-aged dudes who live with their moms.
The houses inside the wall are much newer than the rest of downtown Senoia. It was a new development that went in right around the time of the market crash. A lot of the houses were unsold and vacant when The Walking Dead came to town, but there are a few privately occupied homes within the walls. Those residents are subject to confidentiality agreements, certain terms of coming and going to and from their homes during filming, and tolerance of the noise and such that accompanies shooting different scenes. They are compensated, though, and I have not gotten the impression that they are terribly put out by it all. Besides, it would probably be pretty awesome to be a very literal "insider" at Alexandria.
On the next block over, and outside THE WALL, is the Pudding House. In Georgia, we call it the Puddin' House. It is currently undergoing gorgeous renovations, but has a very creepy history.
Years ago, a previous occupant of the house was caught by his wife with naked photos of a 14 year old girl. After they left, a prominent public school official lived there with his wife and adopted children. The adopted children were molested by that former resident, who is now in prison. I don't know who the current occupants are, but the house really is looking quite lovely in it's restoration, and for the record, I didn't pick up any current creepy vibes from being there, so maybe the Puddin' House's darkest days are behind us.
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Next week's proxifan post will be of Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta, where the elaborate fight scene in Anchorman: The Legend Continues was filmed!