Newnan gathers to experience ‘The Walking Dead’

by Clay Neely

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Photo by Clay Neely

Mike Olmstead, right, displays his autographed book to Trey Thompson near the site of filming for 'The Walking Dead' in Newnan on Thursday.

AMC cable television series “The Walking Dead” was in downtown Newnan on Thursday shooting scenes for an upcoming episode.

First Avenue between Gilbert Street and Fourth Street was closed to traffic in order to accommodate Stalwart Films, LLC, for filming. Spectators gathered around the designated shooting areas, hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite stars from the award-winning television series.

Mike Olmstead and Carl Coalson were on lunch break when they were able to swing by the set and get the autograph of Travis Charpentier, best known for his role as “RV Walker.”

“They’re real secretive and it’s pretty tight down there in regards to pictures,” said Olmstead. “But everyone has been real nice.”

Trey Thompson was also on hand with Mike and Carl, waiting on his wife, Laura, to get off work from Skinner & Thompson Family Law in order to come down and have a look at the set.

“I’ve run into Bob Stooker (Lawrence Gillard Jr.) having a beer at the Alamo before,” said Thompson. “He’s a super nice guy.”

Among fans and the curious gathered at First Avenue Park were mother and daughter Terri and Toni Barton, who arrived at noon. “We got to see Charlie the dog, which was exciting for us. So I guess that kind of paints us as super fans,” Terri said.

Sonequa Martin-Green, who portrays Sasha on the show, walked past the onlookers at the park — waving, smiling and promising to stop by later to sign autographs and meet with fans.

Newnan resident Marlene Littlefield was also in attendance, citing that she “never misses a shooting.”

“I’ve been to Griffin, Senoia, Grantville and the arena scenes at Caldwell Tanks (on East Broad Street in Newnan). I’ve met Norman (Reedus) eight times. Everyone from the cast and crew I have ever met has been incredibly nice and polite,” said Littlefield.

Littlefield helped book all the “walkers” for Saturday’s “Zombie Apocalypse” event at Full Circle Toys, which will feature Moses Moseley (Michonne's Pet Walker 1), Travis Charpentier (RV Walker), Chris Thompson (Arena Deathmatch Walker) and Savana Jade Wehunt (Popsicle Walker) signing autographs.

“I’m real big on the walkers,” said Littlefield. “I feel like they don’t get enough credit for what they do on the show.”

“Coming out to the shootings is always fun. Since I’ve been doing this, I’ve met so many new friends,” said Littlefield. “I’ll be here until the end of the day. This is pretty special, though, because they set up base camp so close to us. That never happens.”



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