Atlanta, Georgia is the capital city of the state of Georgia. The Metro-Atlanta area's population was over 5.5 million people before the outbreak occurred. It was a major location in the comic series and in Season 1, a minor location in Season 2, and a major location again in Season 5 of the TV series.


Location History

Atlanta is the capital of and the most populous city in the state of Georgia. It is the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, home to 5,359,205 people and the ninth largest metropolitan area in the country. Atlanta is the primary transportation hub of the Southeastern United States, via highway, railroad, and air, as it has the busiest airport in the world.

Before the apocalypse, Atlanta was a large and densely populated city with tall buildings and several stores.It was a nice city to tour through.


TV Series

Season 1

As the undead rose, the government and military advised people to seek the larger cities for protection, yet were unable to handle the dire situation. The military failed to hold the infected back, resulting in the majority of its population reanimating as undead. Military checkpoints were overrun and vehicles were burned or abandoned. People attempted to flee the city using the freeways and highways, however, they became gridlocked, leaving the vehicle occupants vulnerable to the 'walkers'. The Center for Disease Control building is also based in Atlanta and was attempting to discover a cure for the outbreak. When the city became overrun and the military personnel within became infected, airstrikes were called in, releasing napalm onto the city streets. Nevertheless, they were ineffective at clearing out the city of the undead and most of the city remains intact, as just the streets of infected were targeted (which explains why when Rick Grimes entered the city, he saw several burned vehicles). With the city overrun with undead, it left the outskirts of Atlanta relatively safe until the walkers began to slowly make their way out to the more rural areas, in search of food.

Season 5

Atlanta is seen once again in the episode "Slabtown", where it's revealed that Beth Greene was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and was held here since her disappearance in Season 4. It is also revealed that the Atlanta Police Department is still in operation but is extremely limited in its jurisdiction and control, being confined to sections of Grady Memorial Hospital and maintaining somewhat of a dictatorship by forcing "rescued" survivors to do labor. Atlanta is also visited by Carol Peletier and Daryl Dixon in "Consumed" to search for Beth at Grady Memorial Hospital. Noah is also attempting to escape from Atlanta when he runs into Daryl and Carol.

Video Game

Season 1

In Season 1 of the Video Game, the main character Lee Everett is handcuffed in the back of a police car driving away from Atlanta to the Meriwether County Correctional Facility in Georgia. Though not seen in game since the introduction, several references are made about Atlanta by Lee informing other survivors that Atlanta is not safe, as well as Federal Rescue Services informing the state of the city via radio and emergency broadcasting. The FRS also declares the city a Level 9 Catastrophe since the start of the apocalypse, meaning that the city is completely overrun by walkers and is now lost. Near the end of the first episode of the game, Glenn wishes to leave the group of survivors and head for Atlanta to find his family and friends in hope that they are still alive.



For full article, please see Interstate 85

One of the main highways leading to and from the city of Atlanta was Interstate 85. People attempting to flee the city jammed the outbound lanes of the highway, and with the highway blocked, people became more easily infected. Rick Grimes uses this stretch of highway (the inbound side) to enter the city by horse. Other survivors seem to use this highway a lot, as Glenn Rhee was seen driving a stolen car down this highway as a distraction to the walkers while Rick moved to save all the other survivors at the department store. The highway was also seen in "What Lies Ahead" in Season 2 where all of the survivors left Atlanta by driving down this highway. It was seen again in "Consumed" in Season 5 when Daryl and Carol were following the people who took Beth and drive along the highway to get back into the city.

In Telltale Games' The Walking Dead, Lee Everett is handcuffed in the back of a police car driving away from Atlanta to the prison in Georgia after being convicted of killing a US Senator over an affair with his wife. However, a walker on the highway gets in the way of the car and causes the cop and Lee to crash off the highway into a nearby ditch.

Main Street

Upon navigating the lifeless streets, Rick encounters a crowd of zombies, forcing him to flee. Unfortunately, he is knocked off his horse and seeks refuge in a tank as his horse is eaten alive by dozens of zombies. (Days Gone Bye) While avoiding the walkers, Rick drops his bag of guns on the street in order to survive, and later Glenn is seen sneaking on this street to get Rick's hat and the bag of guns back.

Department Store

For the full article, please see the Atlanta Department Store

Rick is contacted by Glenn via radio, who gives him instructions on how to escape his position stuck inside the army tank. Rick makes it to the location Glenn tells him to go to and the pair flee from the zombies up a ladder to the rooftops. From there, they make their way to a department store where other survivors are holed up. T-Dog and Morales emerge from the store to clear nearby zombies so Rick and Glenn can enter. Inside are the other survivors, Jacqui and Andrea, while Merle Dixon is on the store roof, keeping guard. Due to the shooting by Rick and Merle's carelessness of shooting walkers for fun, the walkers have begun surrounding the store, trapping the survivors. At first, they attempt escaping underground, but the passage is blocked. Rick has another idea and drags the corpse of Wayne Dunlap inside the store before cutting open the body and smearing him and Glenn in the guts, allowing them to walk through the horde of zombies and steal two vehicles before returning to the store for the other survivors The group exit the city while Dixon is left behind, having been handcuffed to a pipe on the roof for turning against his fellow members, with the handcuff key lost. (Guts) Merle, having been left behind, began to become delirious, but snaps out of it and starts trying to grab a nearby hacksaw. Rick, Glenn, T-Dog, and Daryl later return to the department store and head to the rooftop only to discover Merle has amputated his hand and escaped. (Tell It to the Frogs) The group follow a trail of blood that leads them to discover that Merle had cauterized his stump and escaped through a smashed window. After planning on how to retrieve a bag of guns from the nearby street, the group leave the department store. (Vatos)

Nursing Home

For full article, please see the Atlanta Nursing Home

When Rick, Glenn, T-Dog, and Daryl Dixon head back to Atlanta in order to release Merle from the handcuffed roof and retrieve the bag of guns left on the street, they come across other survivors that had been using a nursing home as a refuge base. The nursing home is filled with several dozen seniors who were abandoned by its caring staff, except for two people. Those two workers, members of the Vatos gang, recruit fellow gang members to assist with caring for the seniors of the home, transforming the home into a well-defended complex. The men are armed with various weapons and watch over the home, including a warehouse/garage that connects to the home, where cars are being worked upon. Other survivors included some women, caring as nurses for the senior citizens. (Vatos)

Center for Disease Control

For the full article, please see the CDC

It is a main building within Atlanta that the survivors attempt to reach in Episode 5 of Season 1, "Wildfire", in an attempt to discover assistance and aid from the government.

Grady Memorial Hospital

Grady is located in the city of Atlanta. Beth Greene resides in Grady in Season 5. Remnants of the Atlanta Police Department have managed to keep part of the hospital running with a handful of other people under the leadership of Lt. Dawn Lerner.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Atlanta's airport was shut down during the early period of the zombie outbreak as a nationwide ground-stop was enforced by the military. Thousands of passengers were stranded at the terminal for four days as their flights were cancelled. A horde of walkers descended on the airport on the fourth night at killed many of the people there. A substantial group which included Carla managed to escape.


Comic Series



  • Amy - killed by zombies in the nearby camp.
  • Jim - bitten by a zombie and by choice left to turn into one himself.
  • Shane - shot through the neck my Carl Grimes.
  • Numerous counts of unnamed people.
  • Numerous count of zombies

TV Series



  • Siggard family horse - grabbed and devoured while helping Rick get into Atlanta.
  • Wayne Dunlap - killed by zombies and then killed by T-Dog.
  • Ed Peletier - killed by zombies in the nearby camp.
  • Amy - killed by zombies in the nearby camp.
  • Jim - bitten by a zombie and by choice left to turn into one himself.
  • Dr. Edwin Jenner - killed in the CDC explosion.
  • Jacqui - killed in the CDC explosion.
  • Gavin Trevitt - accidentally killed by Beth Greene.
  • Joan - suicide.
  • Officer Gorman - killed by a reanimated Joan.
  • Sgt. Bob Lamson - shot in the head by Rick Grimes.
  • Officer O'Donnell - pushed down an elevator shaft by Beth Greene.
  • Beth Greene - accidentally shot in the head by Dawn Lerner.
  • Lt. Dawn Lerner - shot in the head by Daryl Dixon.
  • Numerous counts of unnamed people.
  • Numerous count of zombies

Video Game Series


  • Steve - (Former radio broadcaster)
  • Lee Everett - (Former university history teacher)
  • Carley - (Former regional news reporter)
  • Lee's wife
  • Numerous counts of unnamed people.
  • Numerous counts of zombies

Novel Series





Atlanta in the Comic Series

Atlanta in the TV Series

Atlanta in the Video Game


  • There are a few members of The Walking Dead TV series and Fear The Walking Dead cast and crew that were actually born in Atlanta, Georgia:
  • This is the only location to appear in the comic series, TV series, video game, and webisodes.
    • The city is mentioned several times in the Video Game and is only briefly seen at the very beginning.
  • Locations for Rick's house, Morgan Jones's house, and the park where the "Bicycle Girl" is first spotted and later killed are all within a quarter mile of each other in Atlanta's historic Grant Park neighborhood. In fact, Rick's house is directly across the street from the Zoo Atlanta. One of its buildings can be seen as Rick leaves his house.
  • Many of the scenes in Atlanta were shot in the Five Points district. Locations such as Woodruff Park, Georgia State University, and the buildings surrounding them such as 25 Park Place, the Equitable Building, and the Candler Building can be seen during Rick's escapades.
  • Downtown Atlanta is a buyable property in The Walking Dead Monopoly.
  • Homer Simpson appears on a Billboard in the comics.
Locations (Comic Series)
Cynthiana, KentuckyAtlanta, GeorgiaAtlanta Survivor CampWiltshire EstatesGreene Family FarmMeriwether County Correctional FacilityWoodbury, GeorgiaNational Guard StationFr. Gabriel Stokes' ChurchThe Hunters' BaseAlexandria Safe-ZoneHilltop ColonyWashington, D.C.The SanctuaryThe KingdomOceansideWhisperers' CampPittsburgh, PennsylvaniaThe Commonwealth
Locations (TV Series)
Season 1 King County, GeorgiaHarrison Memorial HospitalKing County Sheriff's DepartmentInterstate 85Siggard Family FarmAtlanta, GeorgiaAtlanta Department StoreAtlanta Nursing HomeAtlanta Survivor CampCenter for Disease Control
Season 2 Vehicle Jammed HighwaySouthern Baptist ChurchGreene Family FarmUnnamed High SchoolKing County Elementary SchoolWiltshire EstatesSteve's PharmacyThe Carriage BarMert County, GeorgiaFort BenningElders Mill Road
Season 3 West Georgia Correctional FacilitySportman's Deer CoolerWoodbury, GeorgiaGovernor's ApartmentWoodbury Community ClinicNational Guard CampHermit's ShackVerlin's Feed & Seed Co.Unnamed Daycare CenterWoodbury ArenaWoodbury Research FacilityYellow Jacket CreekRoadside StoresKing County, GeorgiaKing County CaféGrantville MillUnnamed Motel
Season 4 West Georgia Correctional FacilityBig SpotClara's CampFort Valley State UniversityUnnamed NeighborhoodNational Guard CampWoodbury, GeorgiaUnnamed apartment buildingCaesar Martinez's CampPine Vista Country ClubTerminus
Season 5 TerminusSt. Sarah's ChurchWest Georgia Correctional FacilityInterstate 85Atlanta, GeorgiaGrady Memorial HospitalShirewilt EstatesAlexandria Safe-ZoneDel Arno Foods
Season 6 Alexandria Safe-ZoneEastman's CabinHilltop ColonySatellite OutpostBullet Factory OutpostViskocil Public Library
Season 7 Alexandria Safe-ZoneThe KingdomHilltop ColonyThe SanctuaryOceansideBullet Factory OutpostJunkyard
Season 8 Alexandria Safe-ZoneThe KingdomHilltop ColonyThe SanctuarySatellite OutpostShephard Office PlazaChemical Plant OutpostJunkyardBullet Factory OutpostOceanside
Locations (Video Game)
Season 1 Atlanta, GeorgiaInterstate 85Georgia WoodsClementine's NeighborhoodGreene Family FarmMacon, GeorgiaEverett Pharmacy DrugstoreTravelier MotelRobins Air Force BaseSt. John's Dairy FarmJolene's CampHighway RoadThe TrainHighway OverpassTrain StationSavannah, GeorgiaFivel's MansionCrawfordSt. Felicity's Catholic SchoolHerman's Auto GarageSavannah HospitalSavannah WarehouseThe Marsh HouseEosé Jewelry StoreSavannah Outskirts
400 Days Prison BusYewberry RoadCornfieldGil's PitstopSurvivor Camp
Season 2 Christa's CampCabinForest ShedFish TrapsStation House BridgeStation HouseMoonstar LodgeHowe's HardwareParker's RunSunshine Mobile Home ParkPower StationUnfinished HouseWoodchuck Rest AreaWellington, Ohio
Michonne The CompanionThe MobjackMonroeFairbanks' House
Season 3 García HomeC&C Auto StopPrescottRichmond, VirginiaDiner and Self Service Station
Season 4 Train StationEricson's Boarding School
Locations (Webisodes)
Torn Apart King County, Georgia
Cold Storage Atlanta, GeorgiaSelf Storage Facility
The Oath Harrison Memorial Hospital