Living in the zombie apocalypse is no picnic. Rick Grimes and the rest of the survivors on The Walking Dead have found a home in Alexandria, Virginia, but that town didn’t appear overnight. The hit AMC series shoots their zombie carnage in a real town called Senoia, Georgia, and the production has certainly left a mark on the community. Apparently living on the set of a major TV series isn't all it's cracked up to be, as a resident of Senoia just had the cops called on him for gardening during the show's production.
Senoia resident Fred Morris revealed that the crew behind The Walking Dead called the cops on him while filming a scene. He lives just outside of the “Alexandria” wall, and one day he decided to trim his trees, which interfered with the show’s production. Morris – understandably frustrated – spoke out about the encounter and his refusal to back down in the face of the AMC series:
They come out of there saying I need to stop because they're filming. I said, ‘Well, no, you just carry your happy butt right behind the wall, that's where you do your stuff. This is my home.'
Through careful use of Hollywood magic, the series manages to make the town of Alexandria, Virginia (and Woodbury before that and the Hilltop Colony after it) look like a fortress in the middle of a zombie-infested wasteland. What fans of the series might not realize is that the show films in a real town, and the production of The Walking Dead can create a major inconvenience for the townspeople. Many other residents have complained about issues plaguing their town such as explosions in the middle of the night, as well as specific time restrictions regarding when they can come and go from their homes.
Despite this report from from Good Morning America, living in Senoia apparently also has its share of advantages as well. Other residents of the town have voiced their opinion that numerous members of the cast and crew are incredibly gracious and thankful for access to the town, and The Walking Dead production compensates the townspeople an average of $400 per month for their troubles – as well as ensuring that the residents remain quiet with regard to spoilers. Additionally, the presence of the wildly popular series in town has allowed Senoia to experience a surge in tourism, which has bolstered the local economy.
While we most certainly feel for Mr. Morris and the fact that the cops arrived on his doorstep while he trimmed his shrubbery, we have a feeling he’s going to have to put up with it for quite a while. Rick Grimes and the rest of the survivors have carved out a nice little home for themselves behind the walls of Alexandria, and we cannot imagine that they will be giving up that luxury anytime soon.
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