Walking Dead

Filming not dead yet in Coweta

by Sarah Fay Campbell

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Makeup artist Kevin Smith, right, begins the process of turning Michael Rooker (Merle Dixon) into his character for the AMC network show “The Walking Dead” for Episode 15 of the show’s season three.

Season three of “The Walking Dead,” primarily filmed in eastern Coweta County in the Senoia and Haralson area, ended with a finale that some viewers considered anticlimactic but others found shocking.

Though the series won’t return until October, the zombies will be back in Coweta County soon enough. 

Filming of season four of the popular AMC television series about the trials and tribulations of a band of survivors during a zombie apocalypse is set to start in early May in Coweta. For the recent season, Senoia provided much of the backdrop, standing in as the town of Woodbury. Scenes were also filmed in Newnan at the Caldwell Tanks complex, downtown Grantville and other sites throughout the county, including an old motel south of Newnan.

According to Tray Baggarly, Coweta’s Camera Ready liaison, the show’s location director Mike Riley said filming is set to start on May 6. 

Last Sunday’s season finale didn’t include the expected epic “down to the last man” battle between the survivors at the prison and the Governor and his minions. Far from it. 

And of the 27 deaths that it was rumored there would be in the finale, only one was a major character. Unless you count Milton as a major character.

Instead of a battle royal, the Governor and his troops shoot up a seemingly-abandoned prison. It only takes some flash bangs and smoke grenades, and a few shots from a body armor-wearing Glenn and Maggie to send the rag-tag group running scared. 

When the Governor tries to get his army to return to the prison, they refuse. So he shoots and kills most of his “army,” leaving only his two closest henchmen, Martinez and Shumpert. The three hop in a truck and drive away, and are not seen again during the episode — setting the scene for future conflicts between the Governor and Rick’s group at the prison. Speaking of the prison, it took a beating during the Governor’s attack. 

Rick, Daryl and Michonne travel to Woodbury, planning to take the fight to the Governor. Along the way, they find the remains of the Governor’s army, including one survivor who played and hid under a pile of bodies. She tells Rick what happened. They go to Woodbury, discover Andrea has escaped town and then go looking for her. They find her mortally wounded by Milton, who’s been double-crossed and killed by the Governor and has turned into a zombie. The Governor had fatally stabbed Milton after he refused to kill Andrea and left the two locked in a room together — knowing that once Milton turned into a zombie, he would kill her anyway. “In this life now, you kill or you die,” the Governor said. “Or you die and you kill.” 

After Michonne says goodbye to Andrea and Andrea shoots herself to keep from turning into a zombie, Rick and the others gather the rest of the residents of Woodbury — mostly children and the elderly — and take them to the prison. 

Woodbury is seemingly abandoned. 

But we know we haven’t seen the last of the town — because it’s already announced there will be filming in Senoia for season four. 

In an interview with “Entertainment Weekly” on April 1, Robert Kirkman — creator of “The Walking Dead” series of graphic novels and primary writer on the show, said they were about halfway done with the scripts for season four. 

He was asked why everybody didn’t decide to live in Woodbury instead of the prison. “That’s something we’ll definitely be dealing with in season four,” Kirkman said. “But just off the top of my head I would say that, knowing the Governor is still out there and knowing he knows Woodbury like the back of his hand, it would probably be not too safe to set up shop in his hometown.”

Kirkman told “Entertainment Weekly” that season four will be “all about change.”

“We’re going to see a lot has changed in the prison. I think a lot has changed with these characters. I think we’re going to see a very different Rick with very different motives and we’ll see how this conflict with Woodbury and the death of Andrea has affected everybody,” Kirkman said.



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