Last weekend, I took a trip to Georgia, and stayed right outside of Atlanta. After my skydiving adventure, one of the first things I did with my friend was to go to the Jackson Street Bridge because of it’s iconic vantage point shot in The Walking Dead television series:
That shot of Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln) riding a horse through the deserted streets of Atlanta in a new zombie world during the opening sequences of the first season of The Walking Dead is iconic now.
Who doesn’t remember the iconic poster?
The first season, which debuted on Halloween in 2010, quickly became one of my favorite, must-see television shows. And by “must-see,” I mean that quaint notion of, “I must be plopped in front of the television at 10 a.m. on Sunday nights to see this show.”
It was that good. It was the cliche “water cooler” talk. Everyone my age was talking about this show, and if you were scrolling Facebook, quite literally everyone would be talking about what just happened on the show. You had to be in on it!
After all, another thing going for the early episodes of the show was Frank Darabont of horror movie and Stephen King adaptation fame was behind it. And it’s zombies. It doesn’t take much to sell me on zombies.
Grimes is one of my favorites protagonists in anything I’ve seen. Add in Shane Walsh (played by the brilliant and hunky Jon Bernthal), and again, I couldn’t be more down for this show.
So yeah, when I was in Atlanta, it was a no-brainer to try to get the same vantage point on the bridge as the one Grimes was on with the horse:
Two things to note here: I didn’t realize I probably should have been standing further to my left to get the proper side of the highway in the shot, and secondly, admittedly, the bridge, as you can see by looking near my pale legs, isn’t that clean. There was a lot of trash and litter on the bridge, which was sad to see.
But even without the show’s iconic shot to frame it, standing on that bridge and looking at the Atlanta skyline in the distance on such a beautiful day was stunning. Also, for something iconic and with a great view, it’s easy to get to and free, of course. So it has that going for it, too.
Unfortunately, like many of my favorite broadcast network and cable shows I loved in the mid-2000s and early 2010s, I fell out of watching them once streaming hit, and in the case of The Walking Dead, there’s a particular moment in season seven that made keeping up with it more of a chore. I haven’t seen the rest of that season and none of seasons eight, nine or 10. They also recently announced season 11 to finish off the series in 2022. What a run. And looking at these photos and doing my research into the show, it’s getting me nostalgic to go back and finish what I started. It nags at my brain to leave shows, books, and movies unfinished, especially when, like this show, I invested a lot of time and energy to them.
Are you a Walking Dead fan? Have you been to the bridge in Atlanta?