6th June 2019 update: We’ve since visited Senoia, Georgia and taken the Walking Dead Studio Tour – my review here. The tour isn’t currently running but they hope to start again once filming completes.
For those who’ve somehow missed The Walking Dead TV series, this from Wikipedia:
The Walking Dead is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series for AMC based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The series features a large ensemble cast as survivors of a zombie apocalypse, trying to stay alive under near-constant threat of attacks from the mindless zombies, colloquially known as ‘walkers’. However, with the fall of humanity, these survivors also face conflict from other living survivors who have formed groups and communities with their own sets of laws and morals, often leading to hostile conflict between the human communities. Andrew Lincoln played the series’ lead character, Rick Grimes, until his departure during the ninth season.
I remember Andrew Lincoln from a great British TV show called ‘This Life’ – his character ‘Egg’ was very different from Rick Grimes.
The Walking Dead is a great show, albeit pretty violent and grisly. The show became so violent in Season 7, that many people stopped watching – myself included. For me, the idea of being captured by a psychopath, especially as a group of family and friends wasn’t something I could handle – even if you survive, you may still have to watch your family and friends tortured and killed. So in my version of the end of Season 6, Rick and the group go out in a blaze of glory, taking out as many of Negan’s Savior gang as they can.
Here’s a scene from Season 6 before everything went to Hell.
Even though I chose my own ending to the show, I do secretly catch up on what’s been happening by asking my Son who still watches. Apparently Negan wasn’t so bad and Rick was taken away by helicopter in Season 9 – he doesn’t return in Season 10.
The Walking Dead is filmed in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to location filming, there is an entire studio of sets in Senoia, Georgia – the best part is that they recently started to run tours! The two-hour long tours begin at Riverwood Studios and feature several prominent sets, then transport guests to Downtown Senoia where they will go behind the walls of Alexandria.
Up until yesterday (22nd March), the tours only ran until the end of March 2019. That was bad for us as we couldn’t make it to Atlanta until May. So you can imagine how happy I was when I received this news:
You asked, and we listened— The Walking Dead Studio Tour is excited to announce that we have been extended through June 30th!
I immediately went ahead and booked tickets – $146.90 for two adult tickets including taxes. As part of the process, each ticket owner has to sign a waiver – the waiver pretty much waives your rights to claim for any injury, including Walker bites, plus allows the studio to confiscate your phone/camera and erase pictures. You are only allowed to take a photo when told it’s okay and you consent to being searched for hidden camera equipment. Selfie sticks are banned – as they should be! I’m not sure how the waiver would stand up in court should some part of the set fall on you, but let’s assume that won’t happen.
Tickets sell pretty quickly, so book now – maybe I’ll see you on the tour.