The Walking Dead has been set and shot in Georgia for four seasons. Could that be ending soon?
TWD is based on the comic books written by Robert Kirkman, but there are several differences. For one, in the books, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) is from Cynthiana, Kentucky, and that’s where he emerges from the hospital and meets Morgan Jones (Lennie James). On TV, Rick worked as a sheriff’s deputy in King County, Georgia, and all the action takes place in the Peach State.
However, we’re approaching the part of the comics where the former Team Prisoners meet three strangers who are on their way to Washington, D.C. In the books, our group joins them, and they eventually end up at the Alexandria Safe-Zone in Alexandria, VA.
Based on where we are at halfway through Season 4, we figured we might end up at the Safe-Zone by the end of the season, or at least hear about it. But that’s only if they decide to follow the comics. If they’d rather stay in Georgia they could change the storyline completely, or still shoot in Georgia but pretend it’s Virginia.
At the recent Amazing Arizona Comic Con, Robert Kirkman was asked if TWD viewers could expect to see beyond Georgia on the show. He answered (via Comicbook.com), “Well, that would be a spoiler. But I will say they clearly leave Georgia at some point in the comic. So anyway, they will possibly, eventually follow that storyline, but I can’t say when. But I would say there’s a good chance that may happen.”
“A good chance” is as close to a “yes” as he’s likely to provide. Maybe Season 5 will have an entirely different shooting structure, including brand new locations. They obviously don’t have the prison anymore, but the end of Season 4 is meant to be reminiscent of when Rick’s group first found the prison — and that’s supposed to give us a glimpse of what Season 5 will be like.
So we’re expecting them to find a semi-stable location, whether it’s the Safe-Zone or not. Robert had previously said the second half of Season 4 would start “bleak” but be “more hopeful” by the end, and the possibility of reaching any kind of “sanctuary” would certainly qualify as hopeful after a stretch on the road.
Do you think we’ll leave Georgia by the end of Season 4 or in Season 5, or will they stay there for a bit longer?
The Walking Dead Season 4 returns with Episode 9 on Sunday, February 9 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.