It seems like every TV show currently on air is supplemented by at least one web series, but a few programs have stood out by producing web content that stands out rather than simply fluffing up the main TV attraction. One of the most web-savvy series has been The Walking Dead; with season four of the zombie horror series arriving on October 13th, AMC has released another grim, engaging, and high-tension web companion, titled The Oath.
The Oath is the third web companion for the most-watched show on basic cable, and the previous two–season two precursor Torn Apart and season three lead-in Cold Storage–were of award-winning quality. The Oath continues The Walking Dead‘s strong run of form; even as the TV show’s quality has swayed between a shaky second season and strong third one, the webisodes have been consistently worthwhile.
The Oath is available in three parts from AMC’s YouTube channel.
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What makes The Walking Dead‘s web companions so good? For one, the show’s fully-realized world leaves a lot of opportunities for side stories; for that reason, Game of Thrones would be a prime candidate for online companionship, should HBO ever decide to give the people what the people have already started giving themselves. Secondly, executive producer Greg Nicotero makes sure tell a story instead of simply providing behind-the-scenes analysis (which is what Chris Hardwick’s Talking Dead is for). Finally, The Oath looks very much like a TV product, not a cheap web imitation.
Put all that together and you have another enjoyable series that won’t just excite Walking Dead fans about the upcoming season. It will also convince non-watchers that the show’s zombie-infested world is worth checking out.