In a world where beloved hit-series are canceled at will by an iron-fist-wielding network (let’s not even get into the thick of the socio-political gossip and muck of all that junk), in a world where all of that girth of ickiness is present at any moment and time, we could all use some escapism, maybe in a very literal sense. In that sense, AMC has announced that its Georgia-based eight-season drama series will open its doors to the public for the first time ever with a new series of Walking Dead studio tours, beginning on December 14. The tours, offered on Fridays through Sundays, will take fans of the ongoing undead television story to some of its most iconic narrative landmarks in recent history, such as: Alexandria, the Sanctuary, the Hilltop, the Heaps, and Oceanside.
The move stems from similar maneuvers by Warner Bros. with that of their tours of iconic sets such as Friends and ER, as well as Universal’s tours which feature the infamous Bates Motel. Walking Dead Executive producer and general manager of Riverwood Studios Tom Luse, when asked about the debut of public tour-visits, said: “For years, the devoted fans of The Walking Dead have been eager to get behind the studio walls and see the unique way this series is made. It’s exciting to now offer a closer look to all who have supported The Walking Dead.” He would go on to say: “Our cast and crew work tirelessly to bring this series to life. We are extremely grateful to all who make this show possible on and offset. We could think of no better way to say thank you than to share behind the scenes with the public.”
So, in this time of grimness constantly pecking you on the shoulder, don’t be afraid to stem-away from the madness and dive into the geekiness. Tours begin December 14.