In 2010, the small town of Senoia, Georgia, welcomed a television production into their town, not knowing if the proposed show would ever be aired or how long it would last. The show was indeed a hit, and life changed considerably for the people who live in the set of The Walking Dead. An anonymous resident of Senoia talked to Cracked about how the zombie apocalypse series has affected the town and its people.
One of the drawbacks of filming in a real town is that real people really live there. The Alexandria Safe-Zone, which brings a whole new meaning to the term "gated community," is a real subdivision called the Gin Property, whose residents have had to live with certain new conditions. "They had to agree to things like specific exit/entry times at their own homes to work around filming, and allowing bright lights and loud noises at three in the morning," Brittany says. "I believe they are legally obligated to wait until the crew okays their leaving so that they don't mess up a scene."
That's right: When filming is in progress, there might as well be real zombies outside, because you're not leaving your house. God forbid you get stuck in traffic or have to work overtime and get home after filming has started -- you're camping out.
That’s just (part of) one thing. Cracked titled their article 6 Weird Realities Of Life On The Set Of The Walking Dead, so you can go there and read about the businesses, the zombies, the sets, the tourists, and more.