‘The Walking Dead’ Halts Season 8 Production to Brace for Hurricane Irma
The Walking Dead crew is being forced to take some unexpected time off.
The Season 8 production has been shut down for a second time since filming began, this time to avoid Hurricane Irma’s dangerous rampage.
But they aren’t alone. Production crews throughout Georgia are bracing for impact.
The entire state of Georgia has declared a state of emergency, Comicbook.com reports.
I've expanded thestate of emergencyto include all 159 counties in GA. Read more: https://t.co/O8ZqX9wScAGovernor Nathan Deal (@GovernorDeal) September 10, 2017
Though downgraded significantly from its former Category 5 status, Irma still has the potential to wreak significant damage.
Atlanta serves as a production hub for a number of film crews, including The Walking Dead.
Avengers 4 and Ant-Man and The Wasp have also been put on hold to prepare for the hurricane.
This marks the second time TWD has paused filming Season 8 this year.
Filming came to a halt following the death of stuntman John Bernecker in July.
Shortly after, the death of a stuntwoman caused production for the Deadpool sequel to shut down temporarily.
Joi Harris lost her life during a motorcycle stunt gone wrong.
Even without all these production delays, 2017 is proving to be a rough year for film and television.
Poor ratings and box office numbers have only added to Hollywood’s strife.
Thankfully, Irma has been downgraded to tropical storm status, so at least the halt on current productions shouldn't be too long.
It's a small silver lining in a terrifying situation for many in the southeast.
Hopefully these preparations will spare Georgia from a repeat of the record-breaking flooding being reported in Florida and help put an end to the 2017 Hollywood curse.
The Walking Dead premieres Sunday, October 22 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.