Big gripe about the Walking Dead. Setting.
I'm going to preface this with the facts that I have lived in both North Georgia and the Alexandria/Washington DC areas in my lifetime.
This has been a huge gripe for me since season 3. THE SETTING. Ever since they got off the farm the group has been navigating throughout the same goddamn boring backroads of Georgia. Same tree lined roads for SEASONS. Only ONCE stumbling across that Walmart. These guys at the Walking Dead have so much money and they can't afford to shutdown an area of bigger road? I don't even think you can get to Alexandria (which is literally 5 minutes from DC) on those dumbass backroads theyre taking. There has been absolutely no variation in sets. Just woods/woods/woods. Thats it. And Georgia isnt like that! There's more than just downtown ATL and backroads. They did the highway scene in Season 2, but since then its been one bland woods scene after another. It really makes it hard to believe that all these groups of characters have never stumbled across one another, because in reality all this stuff is happening in the same area. Its just a really bad and lazy job of setting the actual sets.
Also the fact that they had to travel all the way to Richmond Virginia to find a gated community was dumb. If there is one thing there is no shortage of in North Georgia it's planned communities like that. But no, they film in this tiny area that has the same forest and road no matter where the actual in show location is supposed to be. And that view of DC they got when they were in the RV doesnt exist. Not even close.
Now for Alexandria....... First of all there arent woods surrounding the area like that. It's brutally obvious that it's Georgia. Alexandria is right on the Potomac River. They would have seen the Potomac, and they would have hit the GW Parkway and Mt. Vernon etc.......CAN YOU IMAGINE how cool it would be if they actually filmed this in Virgina?? On location? And they could DO IT. Because theyre the biggest show on TV. But no. And Alexandria is an extremely expensive, high end area. The entire downtown area is brick for Christsake. And the neighborhoods are as expensive as they get.
This just tells me that the people making this show don't give a shit. Actually filming this in Virginia or AT LEAST making an effort to make it look like Alexandria would make the show so much cooler and more enjoyable.