'The Walking Dead,' up close and personal

October 8, 2014 8:53 PM

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'The Walking Dead,' up close and personal

When viewers last saw The Walking Dead 's stalwart survivors at the end of Season 4, many were trapped in a darkened train car. On a late summer day, they are outdoors shooting scenes for Season 5 in a pine forest in Williamson, Ga., about an hour south of Atlanta. USA TODAY visited the compound, picking up details about AMC's (and cable TV's) top-rated drama (returning Sunday, 9 p.m. ET/PT).

You've got to get up early to be a zombie. By 9 a.m., today's featured walker, Stephen Vining of Kennesaw, Ga., has been in the makeup trailer for two hours. (On the busiest day this year, the makeup team turned 60 people into walkers.) After adding forehead, lower-face and throat prosthetics, speci...

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