'Passage' will air during season 7 of 'The Walking Dead'

By Joey Nolfi
October 18, 2016 at 08:54 PM EDT

After scoring two Emmy nominations and over 4.6 million video streams for Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462, AMC premiered Tuesday the first of 16 planned webisodes in its new Fear the Walking Dead: Passage web series.

The project follows “a fearsome survivor” named Sierra (Kelsey Scott) who helps an injured woman, Gabi (Mishel Prada) “in exchange for an apocalyptic sanctuary,” according to a press release.

Totaling 50 seconds in length, the first episode of Passage begins as a Hazmat suit-wearing, knife-wielding figure navigates a barren campsite in the middle of the desert. He slays an oncoming group of zombies as a young, bloody woman hides from him.

Each of Passage‘s 16 installments will clock in at under one minute long, and will debut during new episodes of The Walking Dead‘s seventh season before streaming in full online. The project was produced by Dave Erickson, showrunner and executive producer of Fear the Walking Dead. Andrew Bernstein directed and produced the webisodes, which were written by Lauren Signorino and Mike Zunic, who also served as consulting producers.

“We saw a tremendous response to last year’s Flight 462 so we are excited to again be expanding the world of Fear with another story of survival at the onset of the apocalypse,” Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, said of the new series via a statement. “It’s great to be working with Dave Erickson and the Fear team on this new piece of original short-form content that will continue to engage fans in the series’ off-season.”

Flight 462, set in the same universe as its long-form brethren, followed a group of passengers aboard an ill-fated airplane in the moments leading up to the zombie outbreak. The series introduced Alex (Michelle Ang), a survivor of the flight’s eventual crash, who would later cross over into the main Fear the Walking Dead narrative.

Fear the Walking Dead: Passage is available to stream now on AMC’s website.The Walking Dead returns to the network this Sunday, Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. ET.