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"Welcome to Woodbury."
The Governor to Andrea and Michonne.[src]

Woodbury, Georgia is a fortified town that appears in Season 3 of AMC's The Walking Dead. It was home to more than 73 survivors of the outbreak and is led by the Governor. It serves as one of the primary locations of Season 3.


Little is known about Woodbury prior to the outbreak. It can be assumed that it was just a regular rural town in which people resided in.


Following the zombie outbreak, Woodbury was abandoned by it's original inhabitants and was eventually discovered by a man named Philip Blake and other survivors who had previously barricaded themselves in an apartment for an unknown amount of time. Working together, the survivors managed to clear the town of the dead and built fortified walls on Woodbury's streets to keep the dead from re-entering the premises. Over time more survivors arrived at Woodbury and the town grew to contain around 73 survivors, all who fell under the leadership of Philip who was given the nickname; "The Governor". The residents of Woodbury were able to restore power to the town for light and grew crops on the streets to feed themselves and had access to many vehicles. Children were also given educations and the town also had a well trained doctor. Some of the town's residents were ex-military soldiers and were tasked by the Governor with guarding the walls 24/7 in order to ensure protection from the dead and potential hostile survivors.

The Governor would eventually establish a team of men including Martinez, Shumpert, Tim, Crowley, and eventually Merle Dixon who would go on supply runs and scouting missions to retrieve resources. However, unbeknownst to the rest of the Woodbury survivors, the Governor and his men attacked many other survivor camps and killed many innocent survivors in order to retrieve weapons and other valuable resources and to ensure that Woodbury would be the dominant community in the region. Despite the secret atrocities committed by the Governor, Woodbury became a safe, thriving survivor community with minimal deaths as a result of the dead.

Season 3

Encountering Andrea and Michonne

While investigating a helicopter crash, the Governor and his men discovered two lone survivors named Andrea and Michonne Hawthorne and took them back to Woodbury where a sick Andrea was treated by Dr. Stevens and welcomed by the Governor to stay. The two were introduced to the survivors of Woodbury and given decent hospitality by the Governor. While Andrea was impressed by the community and was willing to stay, Michonne was wary of the Governor and did not trust him in the least and she eventually decided to leave. Andrea however refused to join her and decided to remain in Woodbury. The Governor sent his men, led by Merle, in order to kill Michonne, however they failed, with two survivors being killed by Michonne. Merle however was able to injure her and she thus fled to an area called "The Red Zone" by the Woodbury survivors and Merle decided to just let her go there and die.

Encountering the Prison Survivors

After the failed hunt for Michonne, Merle happened to stumble upon Glenn, a member of a group he was previously a member of and his girlfriend Maggie on a supply run. After being refused to accompany them back to their camp, Merle kidnapped the two of them and forced them to drive back the Woodbury. This event was witnessed by an injured Michonne however. While at Woodbury, Glenn was personally tortured by Merle while Maggie was tormented by the Governor and eventually the survivors of Woodbury learned of the prison and the formidable group residing within it.

Attack on Woodbury

Michonne informs Rick Grimes that Glenn and Maggie were taken to Woodbury as captives. Rick forms a search team consisting of Daryl Dixon, Oscar, Michonne, and himself to go out to rescue their friends. They sneak into Woodbury, knock out a guard and find Maggie and Glenn about to be escorted away. The two are rescued and a gunfight ensues in the streets, leaving several guards dead.

Meanwhile, Michonne sneaks into The Governor's apartment and waits for him, but hears noises from his secret room. She finds the zombified Penny, who is the daughter of The Governor. Believing her to be captive, Michonne removes the hood from Penny and discovers that she is a walker. The Governor bursts in and asks Michonne to spare his daughter, but Michonne stabs the girl through the head, and gets into a fight with him. During the fight, some of tanks filled with walker heads in water are overturned, scattering the water, glass, and disembodied heads around the room. The Governor gains the upper hand in the fight and tries to strangle Michonne. Before he can choke her to death, she stabs him in the eye with a glass shard from the broken fish tanks.

Back in the streets, Oscar helps Maggie and Glenn climb over the back gate, but is shot by a guard who appears to be Shane to the hallucinating Rick. The attack ends with the group successfully escaping, though Daryl has been captured and brought to the arena where the entire town screams for his death, along with Merle's, who has been labeled as a terrorist.

Rick and Maggie return to Woodbury to rescue Daryl and get into a shoot-out at the walker arena, leading to the death of Haley and the rescue of Daryl and Merle. During the escape, several walkers infiltrate Woodbury, causing the death of Richard Foster.


As of "The Suicide King", at least five guards were killed, along with Warren, Haley, and Richard Foster (indirectly by walkers who entered Woodbury), and Merle Dixon escaped town. With the arrival of Tyreese Williams and his group in "I Ain't a Judas", and with the soldier's death in "Home" and the deaths at the feed store in "This Sorrowful Life", the town's population was at 53 with a 54th on the way.

In the aftermath of the attack, many of the remaining citizens of Woodbury wanted to leave. After Andrea talked to them, they changed their minds. After the attack, Woodbury becomes a police state and is preparing for another attack with windows boarded up, inhabitants taught to shoot, and an army built up. At this point, The Governor's army consisted of at least 34 people (not including Ms. McLeod and Tyreese's group).

Rick had a meeting with The Governor to settle their war peacefully. The latter offered Rick and the prison group a deal: if Michonne was given as a prisoner, Woodbury would back down. After much contemplation, Rick accepted the deal on behalf of his group. Merle took Michonne to fulfill the deal; however, after a long conversation with her, he let Michonne go. He went to the meeting place and killed at least 8 Woodbury soldiers before falling prey to The Governor. The Governor deliberately shot Merle below the neck to allow him to reanimate, which Merle feared more than anything else. His body was later put down by his brother, Daryl. After the attack on the feed store by Merle, the army was down to at least 28 people (31, counting Tyreese, Sasha, and Allen).

Woodbury Massacre

The Governor rallied up all of his remaining army once he returned from the feed store; Tyreese informed The Governor that he and Sasha would not join the fight, but offered to stay behind to guard the women and children. After a tense moment, The Governor consented. The Governor and his soldiers arrived at the prison, where they shot up the guard towers, mowed down the walkers in the prison yard, and stormed the cell block. But they found no sign of the Survivors. The Governor split up his troops to investigate the dark prison corridors known as the Tombs. Smoke grenades went off and the prison alarm sounded. Walkers attacked The Governor's men, killing several and forcing the remaining people to retreat outside where Glenn and Maggie ambushed them with gunfire. The Governor's army quickly fled the prison. One teen was killed by Carl Grimes in the woods after he fled from the prison.

After the failed prison attack, the Woodbury survivors retreated. On the road, the Governor stopped the fleeing convoy and demanded they return and finish the job. When the survivors refused, the Governor open fires on the crowd, killing almost everyone, including Paul and Allen. Karen survived by hiding under another Woodbury man's body. The Governor, Shumpert, and Martinez drove off. After Rick and his group caught up with the convoy, they discovered Karen and took her back to Woodbury, where they then found Andrea.

The remaining Woodbury citizens, mostly elderly and children, including Ms. McLeod and Karen were brought to live at the prison as were Tyreese and Sasha who rejoin the prison group.

The bus full of survivors that Tyreese drove to the prison was part of the wall at Woodbury, implying that the town was abandoned and left to the walkers.

Season 4

Destruction of Woodbury

The day after the Governor massacred his own people, he returned to Woodbury in a National Guard M1070 HETS (found at the site where he killed the National Guardsmen) and burnt it to the ground. The town is left a burnt-out husk, overrun with walkers and uninhabitable.







  • As of the end of Season 4, all Woodbury survivors have been killed off, with the last of the refugees killed in "Inmates".
    • However, Sasha Williams, who joined the group, survived until the end of Season 7. Michonne, who stayed there briefly, is the only surviving character who lived in Woodbury.
  • The TV Series counterpart of the town of Woodbury is powered by solar panels and has a large library, in addition to vegetable plots and hot showers, unlike its Comic Series counterpart.
  • Downtown Woodbury, the Woodbury Fight Arena, and the Woodbury Hospital are buyable properties in The Walking Dead Monopoly.
    • Woodbury is also a territory in The Walking Dead Risk.
  • In the TV Series, counting both credited actors and the background cast, Woodbury has had at least one hundred seventy-five (175) different people living in the town throughout Season 3, despite the "official" population count standing at 73 (according to Rowan).
    • This was a production oversight as the number seventy-three at the time accounted for all of the characters and extras present for the filming of "Walk With Me", not accounting for the newer extras that would appear throughout the season to replace those no longer working on the show.
  • This is the first community that has staged a gladiator fight in a walker arena, the second being the Heaps.
  • In the video game Unturned, there is a town named Burywood referencing The Walking Dead.
TV Series Locations
Season 1 Interstate 85Gas StationKing County, GeorgiaRoute 18Harrison Memorial HospitalKing County ParkRick's NeighborhoodGrimes Family HomeDrake Family HomeKing County Sheriff's DepartmentSiggard Family FarmAtlanta Survivor CampAtlanta, GeorgiaThe LabBradbury'sAtlanta Construction SiteAtlanta SewersAtlanta BridgeAtlanta Nursing HomeFort BenningCenter for Disease Control
Season 2 Atlanta, GeorgiaGrady Memorial HospitalFort BenningVehicle Jammed HighwaySouthern Baptist Church of Holy LightGreene Family FarmCranwall High SchoolKing County, GeorgiaKing County Elementary SchoolHarrison Memorial HospitalHouseDeserted TownsThe Carriage BarSteve's PharmacyWiltshire EstatesPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaWashington, D.C.Mert County, GeorgiaMert County Department of Public WorksAtlantic CoastElders Mill Road
Season 3 HouseWest Georgia Correctional FacilityGeneral StoreSportman's Deer CoolerWoodbury, GeorgiaGovernor's ApartmentWoodbury Community ClinicWoodbury Research FacilityNational Guard CampWoodbury Walker PitsWoodbury ArenaHermit's ShackVerlin's Feed & Seed Co.Daycare CenterRoadside StoresYellow Jacket CreekJacksonville, FloridaStone Mountain, GeorgiaKing County, GeorgiaKing County Sheriff's DepartmentMorgan's HideoutKing County Baby StoreKing County CaféGrantville MillMotelBig Jake's Bar and Grill
Season 4 West Georgia Correctional FacilityBig SpotClara's CampMacon, GeorgiaBig Tony's Express MartFort Valley State UniversityNeighborhoodTuscany Family HomeNational Guard CampWoodbury, GeorgiaDeserted TownsApartment BuildingRetirement HomeMartinez's CampFort BenningCabinForest CampJoe & Joe Jr.'s BBQ ShackNeighborhoodPine Vista Country ClubMoonshine ShackFuneral HomeHouseTerminusTrain TunnelGarage
Season 5 TerminusCabinSt. Sarah's ChurchDeserted TownsGun StoreMcQuarrie Family Services Food Bank and Thrift StoreHunter's SchoolHouston, TexasGrocery StoreBook StoreGetz Fire DepartmentWest Georgia Correctional FacilityNeighborhoodTuscany Family HomeWhalen Law Firm LLPInterstate 85Atlanta, GeorgiaTemporary Housing FacilityAtlanta BridgeGrady Memorial HospitalAtlanta WarehouseAtlanta FEMA SiteShirewilt EstatesBarnWashington, D.C.Supply RoomAlexandria Safe-ZoneVega Zeta Solar Distribution GroupWoodlands Mall Construction SiteDel Arno Foods
Season 6 Alexandria Safe-ZoneQuint Materials Company Road Base QuarryRed Rendezvous PointYellow Rendezvous PointRendon Equipment SalesDeserted TownsPet StoreFeed StoreAlleywayKing County, GeorgiaMorgan's HideoutMorgan's CampEastman's CabinEastman's CemeteryAlexandria SewerBurnt Out ForestA.A. Pattrick Fuel Co. DepotSunrise Auto InsuranceBridgeAntique ShopCobblestonesGreen Rendezvous PointSorghum BarnGas StationBarnOffice BuildingHilltop ColonySatellite OutpostSlaughterhouse OutpostBullet Factory OutpostEdison Apothecary and BoutiqueViskocil Public LibrarySaviors' RoadblockStanton Quilting Co.Savior Clearing
Season 7 Savior ClearingSaviors' RoadblockAlexandria Safe-ZoneKingdom CottageThe KingdomDeserted TownsPig CorralKingdom-Savior Drop-Off PointThe SanctuaryHilltop ColonyAtlantic CoastBridgeOceanside Cabin Motor CourtGift ShopBullet Factory OutpostLeslie's HouseboatRichard's CacheThe HeapsDwight's HouseChilton High SchoolCar Lot
Season 8 Alexandria Safe-ZoneHilltop ColonyThe SanctuaryDeserted TownsGas StationPaze Industrial ResearchSatellite OutpostShephard Office PlazaSavior CompoundChemical Plant OutpostThe KingdomThe HeapsOceanside Cabin Motor CourtAlexandria SewerCabinThe SwampLewis Medical SuppliesMama's Country Show ClubBullet Factory OutpostRoss' FarmAmbush FieldDwight's House
Season 9 Alexandria Safe-ZoneThe SanctuaryRoute AWashington, D.C.Smithsonian MuseumDufresne County, VirginiaRoute BBridgeRoute DHilltop ColonyBridge CampLumber YardPort CityHallowbrant Outreach RecoveryThe HeapsIntersectionHarrison Memorial HospitalAtlanta, GeorgiaRoute 18Cardille Family CabinGreene Family FarmCRM Pick-Up SpotThe KingdomDeserted TownsJed's CampDaryl's CampMagna's RigWater TowersFactoryPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaBarnHilltop CabinCemeteryCovered BridgeSavior ClearingExpress Yourself MenswearBaltimore, MarylandBaltimore ShelterCoalportJones SpringsRoyal CinemaWhisperers' CampApartment BuildingPurification PlantMilton Charles School for the GiftedAlpha's RavineThe Whisperer BorderAlpha's Barn
Season 10 Atlantic CoastOceanside Cabin Motor CourtAlexandria Safe-ZoneThe Whisperer BorderSatellite Crash SiteAlpha's RavineSecond LivesWhisperers' CampDeserted TownsParking GarageThe Deeper PlaceBarnett AcademyCabinHilltop ColonyBus TerminalAlpha's BarnLibraryAlpha's CaveGas StationRendezvous CabinHilltop CabinNegan's Decoy ShedNegan's CabinBloodsworth IslandKing County, GeorgiaStone Mountain, GeorgiaSatellite OutpostSavior ClearingBoat 672West Georgia Correctional FacilityGrand HotelThe TowerMid-Atlantic CityJuanita's ApartmentFleetwood Drive MinefieldBike GarageSouthern Train YardRendezvous Point BKnoxville CommunityBeach CabinParking LotBurned Down CabinDaryl's CampLeah's CabinBurned Down HouseMini MartWater TowersWarehouseAmbush FieldValak's Viper BarSmith Family HomeReeton Healthcare ClinicCumberland Hospital
Season 11 Fort ConnorsAlexandria Safe-ZoneWashington, D.C.Subway TunnelCommonwealth Detainment CenterWall of the LostHudson Erie LineWellhaven PlazaFactoryDairy FarmChurchArbor HillsMeridianCharleston, West VirginiaThe CommonwealthThe Milton HotelUnion StationHilltop ColonyElodie's TreatsThe Ferals' HouseConnie's CampNeighborhoodHouseCommonwealth JailTillman's Hardware
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