The Walking Dead and AMC have been approved for a massive new set piece in Alexandria.
Produced in Senoia, Georgia, the AMC show will see the Alexandria set get a 65-foot windmill erected on its property. The Senoia City Council approved a height variance for the windmill at their city council meeting this week.
"Location Manager Mike Riley told the city council that he had met with the fire marshall and those responsible for the safety design of the windmill, and the main structure will have to be less than 40 feet tall," the Newnan Times-Herald reports. "With the blades, the total height will be around 65 feet, he said. A sprinkler system will be installed inside the tower."
No one spoke to support or challenge the height variance at the council meeting.
"I'm coming to say hello again," Riley said at the meeting. "We are starting Season 9 of the series and I wanted to thank the commissioners and citizens for allowing us to film these past seasons. It's been a great experience for us. It looks like we're going to keep going for a while longer.
"We do appreciate everything you've done for us and we look forward to working with you on the future."
The AMC show has recently been filming at the capitol, with photos surfacing online, revealing the new looks of several characters. If the windmill is any indication of the show's narrative, fans should expect a considerable time jump between Season Eight and Season Nine, just as the comic book experienced between issue #126 and issue #127. The windmill first appeared in the latter issue.
The windmill is not the only tell structure which has joined The Walking Dead to indicate a time jump is coming. The first official photo from the set released by AMC not only revealed Greg Nicotero is directing the Season Nine premiere, but also that the Hilltop community has a new water tower, which could have been constructed with help from Georgie's Key to The Future book.
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