Are you ready for round two of the zombie apocalypse? 

AMC's hit series, "The Walking Dead," kicked off filming of its second season this week by shutting down a portion of Georgia State Route 20. The show revolves around a group of people struggling to survive hoards of the undead in and around the Atlanta area. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that traffic was diverted in both directions near the Atlanta Motor Speedway, with a fleet of damaged vehicles trucked in to create a mock crash scene. Executive writer and producer Frank Darabont sent out a first image (above) and talked about kicking off the second season, saying:

"At this moment, I'm standing on a stretch of post-apocalypse interstate in Georgia, littered with abandoned cars and blessing my good luck to be reunited with our amazing cast, and our fantastic directors and crew. Across the board, there are none better. It's great to be shooting again. I think we've embarked on a great season."

Zombies remain a hot topic in the pop culture world, with even organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention taking advantage of our obsession with the living dead to promote emergency preparedness

"So what do you need to do before zombies … or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen?" Assistant Surgeon General Ali Khan wrote in the hugely popular post. "First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house. This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored)."

Unfortunately for the CDC in Atlanta, there will be no starring role in season two of "The Walking Dead." The facility was destroyed in spectacular fashion during last year's finale. 

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

First image from 'Walking Dead' Season 2
AMC's hit zombie series brings back the apocalypse in October 2011.