I have a lot of ground to cover in this post so let’s just jump straight into it. If you’ve seen the season three premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead then you should recognize everything I’m posting about here. If you haven’t seen it yet, no worries, I’m not going to give any spoilers but I will be showing you sights you’ll be seeing when you do watch it. Ready to start? Let’s go…
First let’s begin with the new intro sequence. The new intro has some things we’ve seen before as well as locations new to season three. First we see the highway crash scene from the beginning of season two, then Hershel’s farmhouse, a cemetery (I’m assuming this was the cemetery behind the church from season two), and the red-roof house where Daryl found signs of life and a Cherokee Rose. Then we move into locations we haven’t seen before; ESCO Feed Mill, Case General Store, Sportsmans Deer Cooler, and finally the prison.
I rode up to Senoia and the surrounding area today to get photos of as many of these new locations as possible. I’ll post pictures of what I was able to get but there were some locations I was unable to photograph.
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Let’s start with the big one that everyone’s going to be asking about, the prison. I don’t know how many people know the specifics on the prison so I’ll tell everything I know. The prison, as seen on the show, is not a prison at all. The prison is actually a fairly elaborate set built on the property of Raleigh Studios Atlanta in Senoia. It’s actually the rear of the facility and that’s why you don’t see any roads, driveways, or parking lots aside from a gravel road or two. The fences, the guard towers, the gates all were built on the rear of the studio lot specifically for season three of The Walking Dead. I say all of that to explain why I was unable to get photographs of the prison set, not even the yard. Some fans have driven to the studio in the past and they can attest to the fact that there is security on the road leading to the studio, at all times, and they are not going to let anyone in there which isn’t supposed to be there. There are railroad tracks running behind the property, as seen on the show, but these railroad tracks are no longer used. They’re overgrown with vegetation and if you don’t really know where to look, you’ll likely miss them completely. Where these railroad tracks cross the road leading to the studio there are many signs stating that everything you’re looking at, including the tracks, is private property, do not trespass, no photography, and several other warnings I didn’t need to read to know I wasn’t supposed to be in the area. I suppose one could attempt to sneak in there, but I’m fairly certain this would lead to said person being escorted off the property at best and at worst given the opportunity to explain their actions to local law enforcement. It’s just not worth it and I hope all fans respect private property laws here, as well as at every single location for the show. Many, if not most, of these locations are private property and I would hate for fans of the show to cause any unnecessary headaches for the studio, production crew, location manager (Michael Riley) or anyone else associated with the show while they’re attempting to bring The Walking Dead to the fans. However, I will be updating out Google Maps to show where the studio is located. It isn’t a secret as far as I know and their address is readily available online.
Next up is the house we see at the very beginning of the season three premiere. Rick and the other survivors bust into the house, kill the zombies inside, and are then driven out by the approaching horde. At the time this scene was filmed, the house was abandoned according to local fans who watched filming. As of now, some 4 to 5 months later, that no longer appears to be the case. There were vehicles in the driveway, people on the property, dogs, chickens, and just about every other sign you could imagine that people reside there. As a result I wasn’t able to get photos of the house but I do know where it is and it’ll be updated on the map as well (as will all locations I discuss in this post). I can say that it looks exactly the same, at least from the outside, today as it did when they filmed there.
Now on to the locations I was able to photograph. Only one location I photographed today wasn’t actually seen in the episode itself but in the new intro sequence. That location is the old ESCO Feed Mill.
This is located in Haralson, GA on Line Creek Road near the intersection with Railroad Street.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find much information about this old mill and most Google searches about it simply turn up more photos which have been taken of it over the years. If anyone has any historical information about the ESCO Feed Mill, please pass it along and I would be happy to share it.
The next image in the intro sequence is a storefront we will also see in the first episode itself:
It’s the same location Michonne enters, dispatches a few zombies, and gets aspirin for an ailing Andrea:
Those who have been to Haralson, GA to watch filming will probably better recognize the right side of this building that is facing GA85 and has “Thompson’s Mercantile” written on it, easily visible from the road.
The words on the front windows say “Case General Store” and are visible behind Michonne when she enters the store during the episode, though somewhat difficult to read. I’ve include a few pictures here because we will definitely be seeing this location again during the season. The store is located in Haralson, GA on Main Street. If you’re looking at the front of this building as shown above, turn left and go to the end of the street (about 2 blocks), and turn right you’ll see the aforementioned ESCO Feed Mill. Portions of the mill are visible in the episode to the left of the building and in the background. I don’t believe this building is a general store any longer but is now home to the Funky Shack Art Studio (location of the Zombie Wedding Bash just before the season three premiere aired).
The final location seen in the intro, as well as seen in the episode itself, is the Sportsman’s Deer Cooler. While primarily the interior is shown during the intro, the exterior is shown as Michonne enters to deliver the aspirin to Andrea:
The Sportsman’s Deer Cooler is also located in Haralson, GA on Addy Street. It is across the railroad tracks, basically on the other side of town, from the Haralson, GA locations shown above.
As the name implies, this location processes deer for hunters during the hunting season. It is a business in Haralson and looks basically identical every day as it did in the show, though I hear it was washed inside prior to filming. Since it’s currently deer season in Georgia, this business was in operation when I went by there today and I didn’t want to interfere with them while they were working so I didn’t attempt to get any interior pictures, though I’m sure it would look the same as what we were shown during the episode.
That should wrap up everything we saw during the season three premiere. If anyone has any comments or questions feel free to ask away. I’ll answer to the best of my ability and there are quite a few local fans who keep up with the site and they can usually answer what I cannot. You can also email us with any pictures or questions, follow us on Twitter, or check out our Facebook page.