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‘Walking Dead’ demonstrates impact of film industry in Georgia


Not much can be seen from outside the rusted steel curtain that walls off the fictional town of Alexandria.

But that didn’t matter to Jenny Williams, who traveled from Dade City, near Tampa, with her husband Ronnie to visit this small town about an hour south of Atlanta.

Seeing the wall, which is meant to protect “The Walking Dead” characters from zombies as well as keep the popular AMC show’s fans at bay, brought tears to her eyes.

“I was all like, ‘It’s Alexandria! The wall!’ she said. “I was just like, ‘Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh.’

“This is what I’ve been watching and obsessing over for years, and I’m seeing it in real life now, and it’s just really cool,” she said as she stood outside the wall on a recent weekday afternoon.

The couple, who came to Senoia as a birthday treat for Jenny, are among the many people from all over the world who make the trip to a small Southern town whose identity has become intertwined with a post-apocalyptic zombie outbreak.

The restaurant menus here include items referencing the show. Zombie hunting permits can be acquired at the welcome center. There’s also a “Walking Dead” café and a museum with props from the show. Some shops incorporate zombie references where they can.

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