Although much of the series The Walking Dead is filmed outside of the city, there are quite a few scenes in which Atlanta played the star. Possibly the most well-known image from the show, and currently of Atlanta, is the shot from the Jackson Street Bridge. This is a fantastic point from which to observe a nice chunk of downtown, and Freedom Parkway's entrance and exit ramps onto the I75/85 connector prevent anything being built to obstruct the fabulous view.
Below is a photo capturing the view of the other side of the Jackson Street Bridge, where Freedom Parkway crosses Boulevard. It's boring.
Sometimes there are fun things to see on the actual bridge, such as the bloody remnants of possible crime scenes.
And other things on the bridge seem to really foreshadow events occurring on The Walking Dead TV show.
The cylindrical building near the center of the skyline (in the title photo of this article) is the Westin Peachtree Plaza. It is super swanky, and when I was a kid, my mom would take me there to ride up and down the glass elevator (the tube on the side of the building, as seen in the title photo). Around the time the Olympics were held in Atlanta, they started charging people money to go up the elevator. If you want to visit the Sundial Restaurant and/or Lounge, though, they waive the elevator fee. The Sundial is at the top of the building, and makes a full rotation about every 30 minutes, giving guests a 360 degree look at the city. It.is.AWESOME.
Getting into the actual downtown area are locations where Rick first arrives in Atlanta via horseback. The first thing I recognized from these scenes were the Georgia State University signs. This is because I went to Georgia State University for seven years, got hours upon hours of college credits, yet nary a degree to show for it (#selfsabotage).
Amidst the sporadic buildings of Georgia State University is the Rialto Theater, also seen during Rick's slow ride into the depths of apocalyptic hell. After drinks at the Westin, I saw Menopause the Musical there - I took my mom for mother's day; I don't really like my mom, but the alcohol helped, and the play was pretty funny.
The tank Rick ends up taking shelter in was in front of the Forsyth-Walton Building.
Zombies were all over the place from Walton Street at Forsyth to Walton Street at Fairlie, and there were also some on Poplar Street. There are other streets in the area that featured zombies, but I don't have photos of them all.
Side Note: Slice, the restaurant seen on the left of the Poplar Street photo, gets great reviews, though I've never been there. Also, there is no better city for sidewalk dining than Atlanta (well, in the spring and fall, anyway).
A bit further down Fairlie Street is the parking garage where Carol and Daryl go out searching for Beth. This corner is approximately where Daryl lit a notebook on fire to divert approaching zombies.
From the top of the parking garage on Carnegie, the building in which Rick saw a helicopter reflected (back to the first season and the horse ride into the city) can be seen.
Attached to the parking garage is the sky bridge that housed the homeless zombie tent city Carol and Daryl encountered.
I realize the pictured interior of the sky bridge is not the one used in the homeless zombie camp scene, but you had to have special access to get into those spaces from the parking garage, and I was only able to squeeze in on the upper bridge. The lower bridge, as seen in one of the photos above, was the one used in that scene. You can tell by the light fixtures.
As this article features only a few of the downtown locations where The Walking Dead was filmed, I will write about and photograph more of them at a later date. A GIGANTIC shoutout to www.walkingdeadlocations.com - it has been a wonderful resource for me when I've covered The Walking Dead, and I strongly encourage any fan of the show to check it out.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and as always, please feel free to ask me about any other filming locations and scenes, and remember that I cover movies and shows that are NOT The Walking Dead. For example, Vampire Diaries, Halt and Catch Fire, The Originals, and many other television series and films are/have been produced in Atlanta and the surrounding areas. You can check my profile for the other shows and movies I've already posted about, unless, of course, you are only here for The Walking Dead. In that case, go ahead and follow me, because there will be more TWD articles in the future.