Rooftop Scenes

We’ve seen several scenes shot on top of a roof in downtown Atlanta.  Most notably is the scene where Merle Dixon is handcuffed to a pipe on the roof and later missing when Rick, Daryl, Glenn, and T-Dog come back to rescue him.

Unfortunately for photo takers, the rooftop used in these scenes is the roof of the Norfolk Southern building mentioned several times before.  Since we don’t have access to that rooftop, I’ll pass along the Google maps location here.

Knowing where this rooftop is located takes creates a bit of vertigo because it’s on a building on the opposite end of the street from where the loading dock rescue and zombie walk scenes were filmed.  The easiest way to think of it is Rick and Glenn were actually walking toward this building when in the show, and as seen through Morales’ binoculars, it appeared they were walking away from it.

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18 Responses to Rooftop Scenes

  1. Still Walking says:

    I just got off the roof of this building, and have a photo of the location where Merle was handcuffed if you want it for your files.

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  3. I once worked in the Norfolk Southern (formerly Southern) Railway building. It does, indeed, still stand empty. The entire property, known locally as the “railroad gulch”, including three large office buildings, is for sale. It was once expected to be used for a multi-modal transportation hub, bus, train, commuter service, etc., but political wrangling and low-ball offers from the city and state have stalled that project.In the interim, it is a prime filming location.

  4. jim says:

    Does anyone still want a pic of this roof? I WORK in the builging next to it, federal building and my office window is seen throughout the scene. Lol. I watched meryl with his rifle and rick on his horse entering ATL. Had no idea what i was watching and kick myself evey sunday for not taking pics. However i stare at this roof daily. Can’t believe i only now discovered this site. GREAT JOB

    • Hey, Jim! Are you serious about a pic of the roof? My husband, son and I are coming into Atlanta Thursday and Friday this week. We tried to get the tickets to the zombie tour, but it was sold out. We were going to try and see a few locations if we could just for fun. I’d love a picture of that roof! My husband and I are big fans of the show since the beginning.

      • lisa, you dont need the tour if its sold out, my husband and I went for finale weekend and did our own tour using the information on this site. almost all locations were easy to find and take pictures of unless they were blocked off. !!! good luck and have fun, it was one of the best weekends of my life! like a scavenger hunt. :)

  5. Martin says:

    Does anyone know what building that is? It looks like some sort of a hospital. What does it actually serve for?

    • As far as I know it’s still owned by Norfolk and Southern Railroad. The building, which is next to the rail yard, was their headquarters until they moved into midtown in 2004. Last I heard the buildings were for sale and since the railroad has owned it so long, they don’t really owe any money on it (aside from property taxes I suppose) so they’re not in a huge rush to sell it.

  6. Aaron says:

    Another old reply here.

    The scene where Merle Dixon starts shooting his gun on the rooftop in Atlanta caused a little bit of real-life chaos. Some people did not know they were additional in filming, and thought that Michael Rooker was a sniper and called the police. A SWAT team actually showed up and the misunderstanding was then explained

    • Wow, I hadn’t heard that Aaron. Interesting story, and knowing downtown Atlanta, I believe it. I know the area where they filmed this and I suppose there’s no way they could get the word out to everyone. Thanks for the info!

  7. Ofer Lando says:

    Replying to an old post, but anyway – here’s the closest I got to a “root top view” – using Google Maps –

  8. Bill says:

    I commute by this place everyday. I have been trying to figure out if the filming was on the north or south building.

    • heb says:

      Hello Bill,
      Watching the show again tonight, 31 Dec 2011, and viewing the google satellite photos; it was the south building.


      • Indeed. I missed your original comment back in October, apologies for not responding sooner. The cooling tower on the north building, visible in the scene, is how I was able to tell which rooftop they were on.

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