The Walking Dead” is a television phenomenon, as this AMC offering has made zombies and life in a post-apocalyptic world of zombies enticing to a broad range of viewers. It is so popular that it has put a virtual ghost town back on the map, according to the AP on Oct. 7.
The rural town of Grantville, Georgia had people flee the area when after the cotton mill closed and the work dried up. Decades have passed leaving homes, storefronts and streets something that you’d expect to find in a post-apocalyptic world.
This made it the perfect location for shooting scenes for “The Walking Dead” and when they came to town and Grantville locations were seen on a previous season’s episode, a tourist attraction was born. “The Walking Dead” was the CPR that this ghost town needed and today people come from all over the world to see this now famous location.
Now that “The Walking Dead” is coming back with its fourth season on Sunday night, coupled with Halloween right around the corner, what better place could you think of to soak in the macabre locations where zombies once walked? The mayor of the city offers a free “The Walking Dead” tour every Saturday and he takes visitors from all over the U.S. and the world to see where Rick and his crew once roamed.
More than 3,600 visitors have taken this tour since last summer, many more have just rolled into town to see what it has to offer. The episode that was shot in Grantville is called “Clear,” this is where Rick finds Morgan who is all alone and somewhat out of his mind. This is the town where Michonne and Carl became friends after she went back into the local watering-hole which was saturated with zombies to retrieve a picture of Carl with his parents during happier times.
This was Rick, Carl and Laurie’s hometown, a place where Rick was a law enforcement officer. Visitors from Brazil, Singapore and Australia have made the trek to Grantville for the Mayor’s tour. Many scenes from the town of Woodbury were filmed in nearby Senoia, Georgia. The historic downtown area of Senoia transformed into the Governor’s town that was hell masquerading as heaven.
Every Saturday the episode “Clear” is played at Grantville’s Station 22 Grill and townspeople as well as the visitors watch this hour-long “Walking Dead” episode before heading out to the locations depicted in the 12th episode of the third season. The locals know the dialog by heart and some are heard speaking along with the actors in the episode "Clear."
The town brings out the animal cages used in the episode to bait the walkers and the chalk writing is on the wall as it was when the episode was filmed. They make it as realistic feeling as possible for the visitors.
Mayor Sells is hoping that the town draws enough attention that businesses start to relocate there. They need a pharmacy, a grocery store, a daycare and much more to bring their town back to its golden years!