Zombies will be shuffling into Virginia this summer when filming begins on a new series spinoff from the AMC’s popular “The Walking Dead” television show.
Gov. Ralph Northam announced the new zombie apocalypse universe series in a news release this week. The new as-yet-unnamed series, the release states, is expected to boost tourism, employment of Virginians and bring in revenue from goods, services and taxes.
The only problem that we see is that the new 10-episode series will be filmed in Central Virginia and not in the picturesque Northern Shenandoah Valley.
Why don’t we see any TV shows or movies filmed here? Shenandoah and Warren counties would be a great place for zombies to visit — and this area could certainly use the revenue generated by the filming.
Imagine a horde lurching through our scenic towns, farmland and vineyards. They could check out our wineries, float down the Shenandoah River, get lost in a corn maize or take a slow stroll over the Meems Bottom Covered Bridge — as long as they are careful not to damage it. Imagine the scenic background of Massanutten Mountain in their trek through the area. We have the scenery, and we also have plenty of experienced walking dead extras — every October a horde descends on Front Royal.
Unfortunately, the closest we may get to enjoying any revenue from the show this summer may be when production crews or actors traveling south on Interstate 81 make a pit stop in Frederick or Shenandoah County for food or gas. It can happen. Ask actor Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon in “The Walking Dead.” Last April he stopped at the 7-Eleven in Middletown and caused, to the locals’ delight, a stir when police and firefighters were called out to a gas spill when he was filling up his truck. The actor was headling south to Georgia to film the ninth season of “The Walking Dead.”