The Vampire Diaries VS. The Walking Dead
Two ghoulish TV series filmed in Atlanta go head-to-head
Second season started last month on the CWLoosely follows . . . The Vampire Diaries
, a pre-Twilight
young adult book series by L.J. Smith Pedigree
Developed by Dawson’s Creek
alum Kevin WilliamsonLove story
High schooler Elena is torn between the two bloodsucking Salvatore brothers—good guy Stefan and bad seed Damon—who were turned by her look-alike vampire, Katherine, during the Civil War. Who brings the blood?
A couple of witches and anyone with fangs—including, this season, werewolvesGore factor
Despite the CW’s network status, there’s still plenty of biting, staking, and cutting off body parts How to kill
Wooden bullets or stakes. The flower vervain (also known as verbena) protects you in the meantime.Georgia stands for . . .
Mystic Falls, Virginia. Covington stands in for Mystic’s square; other filming spots have included Decatur, Sandy Springs’ Glenridge Hall, and Monroe’s Walton Career Academy, where high school scenes were shot.Local talent
Candice Accola, who plays Caroline Forbes, a BFF of Elena, has moved to Atlanta. Want to be an extra? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Six-episode season premieres on Halloween on AMCLoosely follows . . . The Walking Dead
, an ongoing comic book series by Robert Kirkman, who is writing an episodePedigree
Helmed by Shawshank Redemption
director and three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont Love story
Cop Rick Grimes gets shot and awakens from his coma to the zombie apocalypse. He must find his wife and son before his partner, Shane, moves in on his family. Who brings the blood?
“The Walkers”—the dead who have begun to reanimateGore factor
Higher due to zombies that decompose over time and a horse disembowelment. Said bloody-disgusting.com: “From what we saw during our recent visit to the Atlanta set, this may well be the bloodiest show ever seen on television.”How to kill
Destroy the brain—bullets or decapitation work just fine. Georgia stands for . . .
Georgia! In Kirkman’s series, Grimes travels to a “safe zone” in Downtown Atlanta, then moves through more rural counties. Local talent
Zombie roles went to locals. An on-set “zombie school” taught them how to lurch and groan like pros. Hope to join them next season? Contact email@example.com
Illustration by Victor Rivas