It's Zombie Time: 'Walking Dead' returns

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Hershel, left, enlists Rick to rescue two walkers from the swamp and bring them to the barn for safekeeping in an episode of “Walking Dead.” As they return, they are met by Jimmy, played by former East Coweta High School student James McCune. From left are Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson), Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Jimmy (James McCune)....(Photo by Gene Page/AMC)

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com Fans of zombies can get their fix on Sunday at 9 p.m. when "The Walking Dead" returns on AMC. Many scenes in season two were filmed in Coweta County.
The mid-season finale that aired on Nov. 27 ended with a bang. The group of survivors, trying to make their way to Fort Benning and avoid the "walkers," spend most of the season at a farm on Fairburn Road (actually, a Coweta locale) after Carl, the son of lead character Rick, is accidentally shot. They spend that time looking for young Sophia, who went missing in the first episode of season two. The group soon discovers that their farm host, Hershel, does not kill the "walkers" but instead locks them in his barn and feeds them chickens. The zombies in the barn include Hershel's own wife and step-son, as well as friends and neighbors. At the end of the finale, Hershel enlists Rick to help rescue two walkers from a nearby swamp and take them to the barn for safekeeping. They are confronted by the rest of the group, including Shane, Rick's friend and fellow former sheriff's deputy, who breaks open the locks on the barn door. As the walkers exit the barn, members of the group line up with guns and start "killing" the zombies. In the final scene, the last walker to come out of the barn is Sophia -- the girl they have been looking for. Two familiar locales were highlighted in the first half of the second season. Newnan High School was used as a high school that had been turned into a Federal Emergency Management Agency camp. The camp had been overrun by walkers. Shane and Otis, the farm resident who accidentally shot Carl while deer hunting, go to the camp to try and find a respirator and other medical supplies so that Hershel, who is a veterinarian, can perform surgery to save Carl's life. Shane and Otis have a tough time at Newnan High; they run through familiar hallways and narrowly avoid the walkers several times -- including once by jumping out the window of the old gym, which injures Shane's leg. As they are making their final run for Otis' truck, with the walkers close behind, Shane shoots Otis in the leg and then struggles with him to get the medical supplies. Shane is able to escape as the zombies attack the injured Otis. Downtown Sharpsburg stood in for the closest town to Hershel's farm. Glenn, a member of the group of survivors, and Hershel's daughter Maggie visit the town's pharmacy to get medical supplies. Another resident of the farm is Jimmy, played by former East Coweta High School drama student James McCune. The show already has been picked up for a third season. There have been reports that season three will also be filmed in Coweta, including some scenes in downtown Senoia, though nothing could be confirmed officially this week with AMC representatives.


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