However, you don't have to know the difference between Rick Grimes and Rick Springfield to understand what tourism dollars mean to small towns such as the ones in Georgia where the AMC show is filmed.
According to this story from the Associated Press, "(E)very Saturday, visitors from around the country and the world turn off Interstate 85 and onto a two-lane highway that leads to the tiny town (of Grantville) 49 miles southwest of Atlanta.
"Since last summer, more than 3,600 visitors have taken a free tour led by Grantville Mayor Jim Sells, who explains where each scene from the 'Clear' episode — during which the character Morgan makes it his mission to 'clear' walkers by killing them — was filmed.
"Visitors have come from as far as Australia, Singapore and Brazil, giving new life to the town through tourism, Sells said. He calls it phenomenal, but adds: 'We don't understand it.'
" 'Nobody came after they filmed 'Lawless' and 'Broken Bridges' here,' he said, referring to movies shot in the town.
" 'But once this episode aired from 'The Walking Dead,' people started showing up from all over.'"
Georgia's state incentives that lure in production companies are one of the big reasons why that state is so attractive to filmmakers. Alabama lawmakers, who have been slow to react, should take note. (Imagine a "Walking Dead" scene filmed at McClellan?)
-- Phillip Tutor