Published on December 8th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz


“The Walking Dead: World Beyond” Stars Alexa Mansour, Hal Cumpston & Nicolas Cantu On Where To Go In Richmond, Virginia

Earlier this year, RLJE Films released the hit drama series The Walking Dead: World Beyond Season 1 on DVD and Blu-ray. Set in the same universe as The Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: World Beyond Season 1 starred Aliyah Royale (The Red Line), Alexa Mansour (Unfriended: The Dark Web), Hal Cumpston (Bilched), Nicolas Cantu (The Powerpuff Girls, The Amazing World Of Gumball), Nico Tortorella (Scream 4, Younger), Annet Mahendru (The Americans) and Julia Ormond (Legends Of The Fall, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button). The show’s second and final season is now underway and airing via AMC.

On December 2, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with Nicolas Cantu, Alexa Mansour — who I interviewed at length earlier this year for The Hype, as embedded below — and Hal Cumpston via Zoom as part of a virtual media roundtable event. A transcription of our conversation is below, in which I asked them all about Richmond, Virginia, which The Walking Dead: World Beyond was filmed in. More on the series and its performers can be found by clicking where, here and here.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond filmed largely, if not entirely, around Richmond, Virginia. Can each of you give me a recommendation for something to do in Richmond?

Alexa Mansour: Jefferson Hotel. Go to The Jefferson Hotel, get a dirty martini, it’s great.

Hal Cumpston: Yeah, The Jefferson Hotel is awesome. They have an alligator out front because apparently they used to have alligators walking around the hotel there, in the 30’s or something. Where did we all go for that dinner, by the river? That was great.

Nicolas Cantu: The Lilly Pad.

Alexa Mansour: It was The Lilly Pad.

Hal Cumpston: The Lilly Pad, hell yeah.

Nicolas Cantu: My shout-outs for Richmond are this hot chicken sandwich place called Hot Chick, and I would go this state park place called Treasure Island, that place was sick. Those are my two shout-outs, and the river is beautiful. You find stuff to do along the river, that’s great too.

Did any of you go to GWARbar?

Nicolas Cantu: What’s GWARbar?

Hal Cumpston: I walked past it.

The heavy metal band GWAR has a bar with food in Richmond.

Nicolas Cantu: What? Really? My friends just went to a GWAR show. I didn’t know they had a bar in Richmond. (starts making guitar noises)

Hal Cumpston: (makes more guitar noises)

Nicolas Cantu: Man, I missed that. Thank you.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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