Prisons are always grey, grim places – and a prison in the midst of a zombie apocalypse is even more depressing.
Imagine blood splattered over sparse, claustrophobic cells and decaying prisoners lumbering around in dull grey pyjamas.
But it’s in this unlikely haven that sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes chooses to shelter his pregnant wife Lori, their young son Carl and the rest of the motley crew that make up the cast of The Walking Dead.
When the Emmy award-winning show launches its third season on UK TV tonight, its cast – led by British export Andrew Lincoln as Rick – will still be filming in the countryside around Atlanta, Georgia.
Down the road from the studios where the prison set has been constructed in its entirety, in the idyllic town of Senoia, there’s a public notice to the residents that reads: “Stalwart films thanks the people of Senoia for not mowing their grass.” You don’t mow the lawn in a zombie apocalypse.
Senoia is doubling for the fictional town of Woodbury, which has managed to barricade itself against the ‘walkers’ under the direction of The Governor, a new character played by another Brit actor, David Morrissey.
The two main sets for this series – Woodbury, a picture-perfect throwback from the zombie-free past, and the prison, a soulless shell that simply aids survival – set up the main storyline for this season, as Rick and The Governor fight for supremacy.
“It’s fair to say, if you know the comic books, they are not the best of friends,” says Lincoln, 39, in a break from filming.
“I don’t want to spoil it, but suffice to say, it’s a clash of civilisations and ideologies.”
Source: Coventry Telegraph.