The Walking Dead filming in Henry County

Beware of zombies if you’re hanging out near Hwy 20 in Henry County:

A zombie alert has been posted for a stretch of Ga. 20 in southern Henry County. That’s right, a zombie alert.

Traffic is being detoured off the highway in both directions at East Main Street near the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the filming of the AMC television series, “The Walking Dead.”

The detour, which began on Sunday, will be in place through 9 p.m. on Thursday, according to Kimberly Larson, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation.

“We had to put the detour in place for them to be able to stage all the scenes that they needed to throughout that area,” Larson said.

She said that there are message boards, signs, barrels and cones set up to channel motorists through the detour area. The DOT had issued a press release saying the highway would be closed for road work, but Lawson said that was just to deter people from showing up to watch filming.

The first season of The Walking Dead, which airs on AMC, was partially filmed in Atlanta and surrounding areas. While I’m a very big fan of the zombie genre, the show bored the hell out of me by the end of the season. Maybe the rumors that Stephen King is going to write for the show in this next season will pan out and it’ll get better.

[UPDATE] Here is the story from Channel 2. Interestingly, this is the same stretch of highway that was used in Zombieland (starred Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Jesse Eisenberg). It seems like writers of The Walking Dead haven’t gotten more creative considering the set looks exactly the same as it did in Zombieland.