These ‘Walking Dead’ Webisode Zombies Are Not Happy Or Nice. They Aren’t Even People Anymore.

As it has for the last two seasons, AMC has released three webisodes to whet (or help you lose) your appetite for Season 4 of The Walking Dead, set to premiere Sunday, October 13 at 9 p.m. ET. This outing, “The Oath,” is directed by series executive producer and special effects makeup designer Greg Nicotero; the self-contained story takes place just outside the main action and cast of the series, so unlike the Season 4 trailers, there’s not even the least hint of spoilers here. And if you haven’t been following the series (or Robert Kirkman’s comics), the webisodes give a nice sense of its look and feel, and of its central premise — in a world full of zombies and sudden horrible death, just how do people stay human, and what is that anyway?

In “The Oath,” Karina (Ashley Bell) and Paul (Wyatt Russell), the last two members of a group of survivors whose camp was overrun, drive desperately across zombified Georgia looking for a hospital or clinic. (Happily, they have found a fully fueled Hyundai Tucson that, in the middle of the apocalypse, is somehow in showroom condition — you’ll never guess what company sponsors the webisodes. But it’s OK; this is still in the early days of the outbreak.) They eventually find help in an empty hospital (where there’s still electricity?), where a doctor (Ellen Greene) turns out to be their savior. OR DOES SHE?

Of course it’s kind of corny. It’s zombies, after all. But it’s top-notch popcorn-munching television, and I’m looking forward to the season premiere almost as much as I’m looking forward to the roomy, comfortable interior and great gas mileage of the 2014 Hyundai Tucson.

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  • el_donaldo

    Have you played the game? It’s not terribly satisfying as a game, but it’s very enjoyable as an experiment in immersive narrative. Although the game-makers promise you that your choices will determine the story, that’s not quite true. It’s more like you’re forced into the kinds of moral dilemmas that the comic and the TV show exploit so well, and your choices set the tone of the interactions with the other characters – with some spoiler-related consequences in the final episode. And the story is actually pretty gripping, It’s on Steam and iPhone plus other platforms too I’m sure.

    • doktorzoom

      I may have to get that, if only for the sake of a review!

  • axonneuron

    they see me shamblin’, they hatin’