‘Walking Dead’ fans turn out for filming at old hospital
by Sarah Fay Campbell
The old Piedmont Newnan Hospital campus on Hospital Road has been a hive of activity over the past few days.
The parking lot is packed. Tents are erected in a courtyard.
But it’s not because the state has given the go-ahead for the new mental hospital proposed to locate there.
The former hospital is now the site for filming of the AMC cable television network hit show “The Walking Dead.”
Crews from Stalwart Films have been on site for the past few days, and some scenes are set to be filmed outside today.
Intermittent road closures on Hospital Road are set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, weather permitting.
Outdoor scenes were originally set to be filmed Wednesday, but were delayed because of the weather, according to Gina Snider, Newnan city public information officer.
When outdoor filming is taking place, Newnan Police officers stop traffic at four-minute intervals, according to Snider.
Fans of “The Walking Dead” are dedicated, and several were out Wednesday and Thursday along Hospital Road, hoping to catch a glimpse of filming.
Dawn Rutledge and Breanna Pomaville drove all the way from Anderson, S.C., for the day on Thursday.
It’s their first time traveling to Coweta to see “The Walking Dead” film crews, and “we’ll probably be back,” Pomaville said.
Robert Jones and Ian Cornelius arrived Wednesday from Perry, Ga. “We’re that crazy,” said Jones.
Michael Loughrey of Atlanta brought his daughter, Michaela, who is visiting from Nashville, down for the day.
Some folks who had visited from Kentucky had just left, Rutledge said.
“Walker Stalkers,” as they are known, find out about filming locations from various websites and Facebook pages.
“We’re loving the show,” said Michael Loughrey.
“‘Cause we’re nosy,” said Rutledge.”
Jones said that the stars that he has met have been “very, very nice.” He got to meet Josh McDermitt, who plays Dr. Eugene Porter, the scientist with a mullet haircut who claims he knows how the zombie infection began, in downtown Senoia, and has met other stars at various conventions.
Loughrey got to see filming of the Season 3 finale because he was working at a nearby house.