The fourth season of AMC's zombie drama The Walking Dead kicks off on October 13, and to get fans good and hungry (and lurchy), AMC has released a new prequel series online.

"The Oath" consists of three 25-minute episodes starring Ashley Bell and Wyatt Russell, directed by seires director/producer Greg Nicotero. Set in the early days of the TWD world's zombie outbreak, the story eventually ties in to the TWD TV storyline you know and love. You can watch the whole series after the cut.

October also marks the tenth anniversary of The Walking Dead comic that inspired the series, created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore. Publisher Image Comics is marking the occasion with a special anniversary edition of the first issue, plus an art book celebrating the work of Charlie Adlard, who took over as artist on the series with issue #7.

The Oath is is the third web series for The Walking Dead TV show, following 2011's six-episode "Torn Apart" and 2012's four-episode "Cold Storage," also directed by Nicotero.



The webisodes are sponsored by Hyundai, which is a fact that will not escape the attentive viewer's eyes.

Hyundai: Because Something Zombies Something Something Car.

The Walking Dead returns Sunday, October 13th on AMC.

[Via ScreenCrush]