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Filming of The Walking Dead Season 5: Back to an Urban Area! (VIDEO)

Carl Grimes, Michonne, and Rick Grimes Walk in The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 15: “Us” When The Walking Dead first began several years ago the epicenter of the drama was in downtown Atlanta (remember when Merle was handcuffed to a pipe on the roof of that office building?) but slowly we moved away from the city to Hershel Greene’s (Scott Wilson) farm, Woodbury, and for the first half of last season, the prison.

As we left things at the end of Season 4, much of our group was locked inside that Terminus train car, but we’ll know they’ll be getting out soon or later and it sounds like we might be headed back into ATL.

In a new video from AMC, TWD location manager Michael Reilly discusses recently shooting a Season 5 scene in Atlanta proper. “We have moved back into an urban area, during the week, on a business day. It’s a big logistical nightmare.” However, whether or not this means our survivors are headed back to Atlanta or Atlanta is going to be made to look like another locale remains to be seen. They have to begin the journey to Washington D.C. sometime…

xplaining what goes into shooting any scene, Michael says, “You gotta get the proper permits to shut the streets down, there are notifications that you have to do, you can’t just show up. You have to give people fair notice that you’re coming.”

It may be a pain in the ass, but it’s an important part of the TWD magic. “To us it’s about controlling where we are,” Michael points out, reminding us that the post-apocalyptic landscape has a very distinct look. “Everything has to be trashed and burned out. We have to dress everything.”

And when the TWD cast and crew need to shoot in a specific location, it’s common for them to shut down the area a block or two around where they are actually shooting, partly because of safety concerns and not wanting to spoil anything for the viewers. Production designer Grace Walker notes, “Some of the security factors that come into place are when we’re filming in towns, cities, or wherever crowds can gather. It becomes difficult for locations.”

In order to protect the cast, crew, and plot, production routinely puts up tents around the set. TWD may be a massive production that lasts from July to November each year, but Michael prides himself on the fact that he and his staff always take the community into consideration when filming. As he puts it, “There’s not a location that I haven’t been to in my entire career that I could not go back to and shoot again.”

Are you surprised that shooting TWD is such a hassle? Happy we’re headed back into an urban area? Watch the complete video and then weigh in below!

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres on October 12 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Michael Rooker Comments on ‘The Walking Dead’ After Merle’s Death

Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon on The Walking Dead

(Photo : Twitter)

Michael Rooker portrayed Merle Dixon on The Walking Dead for parts of the first three seasons before the character met his end. Now that he is off the show, the actor has had a chance to actually enjoy it as a fan. But what does he think of it as it heads into Season 5?

The actor spoke to Bloody Disgusting, which asked him for his thoughts about the AMC series. Here’s what he had to say:

“BD: The Walking Dead just continues to be insanely popular. I’m interested now that Merle is dead, have you had a chance to watch the show as a fan or is that experience is too strange?

MR: I have, finally. We didn’t get a chance to watch any of it while we were making it, but they would offer us the chance to watch the show prior to its release. While we were filming we would have a weekly viewing, but everyone was so damn tired that you would say, ‘Thank you so much, but I’ve got to get some sleep.’ I would only got to see a few of them, and when I finally did watch it when I was off the show and I watched them all in a row. It’s a very cool show and an awesome piece. There were some decisions about the show that I disagree with, such as the editing, but that’s going to be with almost every project. What we’re doing on the show, and I say we because I’m still a part of the show. I’m the one that you go and visit during Decoration Day, because I died twice on the same episode. They’ll still think of me, but they don’t really want to hang out with me because I’m dead. I’m dead, so some of the other living actors on the show may be contaminated by my death on the show. Some of the writers on the show have seen us photographed together and think, ‘Wow, maybe we should kill him off as well.’

BD: Seeing the reaction to the cast members of The Walking Dead at…conventions, it’s almost like you guys are today’s version of rock stars being mobbed by fans.

MR: We are at times. People are a little afraid to mob me but they do anyways, because Michael Rooker is a pretty approachable and friendly guy in real life. You don’t want to run up behind me, because that’s just not fun. If you approach me from the front I probably won’t bite! (Chuckles)”

It’s interesting to hear Rooker comment on the editing rather than the content, which some fans have taken issue with during the last season or more.

What do you make of Rooker’s remarks? Let us know in the comments section.

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The Walking Dead – Favorite Character Per Season! #TheWalkingDead #TWDUpdate

These are the views and expressions of popular Walking Dead YouTuber Trevschan2, and do not necessarily represent the views of The Walking Dead Update.

“Alright what’s going on guys it’s Trev back again here to bring you another video. In this one we will be talking about who our favorite characters in each season of the walking dead are. Of course season 5 has not started yet but we’ll focus on who are our favorites for each season from season 1 to season 4. For me these are my one per season favorite characters from each:

The Walking Dead Season 1 – Rick Grimes
The Walking Dead Season 2 – Shane Walsh
The Walking Dead Season 3 – Merle Dixon
The Walking Dead Season 4 – Daryl Dixon

As always thanks for watching everyone and let me know who your favorite characters per season are.”

Michael Rooker- “It’s More Fun To Be A Bad Guy” #TheWalkingDead #TWDUpdate

‘Walking Dead’ star part of traffic safety push

CHICAGO (AP)Illinois officials will trot out a TV star to emphasize holiday traffic safety.

Michael Rooker – who played Merle Dixon on the hit television series, “The Walking Dead,” will introduce a video series for an upcoming traffic safety campaign by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Entitled, “The Driving Dead,” Rooker will attend a news conference Thursday at the Music Box Theater in Chicago to unveil a video trailer.

It will kick off state officials’ Labor Day crackdown on impaired driving – “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Safety advocates and representatives from Arthur Agency, a Carbondale-based advertising firm, will join Rooker for the event.

The campaign will use digital and social media to reach drivers who are most likely to drive drunk or without a seat belt.