In the most recent episode of season three, titled “Clear”, we saw Rick, Michonne, and Carl all driving together on a trip. We find out quickly enough that they’re headed for what used to be Rick’s hometown in hopes of finding some guns and weapons to take back to the prison. They do indeed find some guns and weapons, but certainly not from a source they were expecting.
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Many more photos below…
This episode, with the exception of the driving scenes which I’ll be covering in another post later, was filmed entirely in Grantville, GA. Grantville is a small town of less than 5000 residents approximately 40-50 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA. The closest previous shooting location to Grantville would probably be Newnan, GA which is where the scenes were filmed for Shane and Otis’ supply run back in season two.
I had a free weekend morning and decided to drive up to Grantville for some pictures today. The town looks much like it did when the cast and crew were there for filming, with the obvious lack of zombie traps and road blockages. While I was taking pictures, I had the opportunity to talk with a local store owner while standing on the main road in town. He told me that during filming, the town was essentially shut down for two weeks. As you can see from the pictures, closing down the biggest road through town for two weeks was likely a bit of an inconvenience. If you decide to visit Grantville, and if you have time, stop by and support a local business whether it’s one of the stores or eateries while you’re there.
Pictures of Grantville during filming weren’t easy to get as police had the town blocked off rather well, though some from locals obviously leaked out and I’ve shared many of those before. I’ve come to realize that the crew does this whenever there’s someone, or something, in the episode they’d rather not have become public knowledge. In this case it was the reappearance of Morgan, the survivor who help save Rick’s life in the pilot episode.
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For those who have been asking, the partially destroyed building Rick, Michonne, and Carl pass at the beginning of the episode, and again at the end of the episode, is an old mill which was destroyed by fire, or so I’ve heard. As usual, if anyone has more information about the old mill, or Grantville in general, please leave a comment below and I’ll update as necessary.
The building which served as an old restaurant where Carl and Michonne went to retrieve a photograph is actually the old train depot. I have photographs of the exterior above but I wanted to separate the interior pictures here. Judging from what it looked like on the show:
And how it looks normally, you can see just how much work went into converting it for what we saw on screen. Here are some photos of the interior sent to us by Ben who is familiar with the building as there’s a yearly cattlemen’s dinner held there. Thanks Ben for allowing me to share these photos.