‘The Walking Dead’ & the National Day of Prayer at the Georgia Statehouse

The zombie-laden horror series, “The Walking Dead,” and the National Day of Prayer shared common ground, literally, at the Georgia Capitol on May 3.

A number of people in eerie, dirty-looking black clothing were eating on the statehouse lawn when Mike Griffin, public affairs representative for the Georgia Baptist Convention, arrived early to set up for a Facebook Live airing of the noontime National Day of Prayer gathering.

“I thought maybe they were feeding the homeless,” Griffin said.

A number of trailers had been pulled to the main doors and Griffin asked a security guard, “What’s going on out here?”

“They’re filming The Walking Dead” came the reply.

The National Day of Prayer observance was slated at one end of the capitol building. The crew of The Walking Dead, which airs on the AMC cable channel, had rented the rotunda and the other end of the building, partitioning off the rotunda.

The Walking Dead set-up was noisy as cameras and other gear were carried into the building and put in place by the production crew, based in the metro Atlanta area.

But then the singing and praying of the crowd gathered for the National Day of Prayer resounded through the rotunda and hallways for much of the hour-long observance, Griffin said. Crew members from The Walking Dead stood at the side of the prayer gathering periodically to check out what was going on.

When Griffin left the statehouse, he noticed another scene that would be filmed for The Walking Dead on the street between the capitol and legislative office building. The street was littered with debris and banged-up cars, and a forklift was picking one up.

“It was kind of an odd moment, to say the least,” Griffin said of his encounter with The Walking Dead on the National Day of Prayer.

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Source: Baptist Press