The Walking Dead
Season 4 is well underway, but if you want even more
zombie goodness, there are additional Walking Dead
stories online thanks to three webisodes
. This is something AMC has done two times before, with short standalone series’ following new characters and new stories, but still keeping a connection to the world of The Walking Dead.
The latest three-part series, The Oath
, is about 30 minutes total, and includes a callback to TWD
Season 1 — actually the very start of the series itself.
By the end of the third episode, we not only learn the web series' characters are in the same hospital that Rick Grimes emerges from, we see who wrote "Don't Open, Dead Inside" on the cafeteria doors. We saw those words back in Season 1, so now we know how they got there. But The Oath also leaves questions — we meet a doctor in the hospital who has apparently been there for months; did she never see Rick when he was there? If she assumed he was dead, wouldn't she have put him in the cafeteria with the others?
Anyway, here's a brief rundown of what happens in the series. It's pretty good!
Part One: "Alone"
The web series starts with a camp overrun with walkers, leaving Karina (Ashley Bell) sobbing over a bit loved one. It's reminiscent of the Season 1 scene where walkers attacked the Atlanta group's camp and Andrea cried for her sister Amy. Paul (Wyatt Russell) grabs Karina and forces her to leave the camp and everyone they loved.
Paul: "We have to keep running. Remember when I found you, I was the one who made you take the oath before you could join us, you remember that?”
Paul: "Say it."
Karina: "When one lives, all live."
Paul: "I promise, I will never leave you. But right now, we have to go."
Paul is hurt pretty badly, so they have to seek help. Karina drives him to a couple of medical stations, but they're overrun with walkers. They end up at a hospital that seems deserted, but really isn't...
It's a great start and really showcases producer/director Greg Nicotero's makeup and effects expertise. If the zombies of Season 4 look this good, we're in for a treat!
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