ATLANTA, July 19 (UPI) -- Season 4 of the Georgia-set zombie apocalypse series "The Walking Dead" is to premiere Oct. 13, AMC announced Friday.
The cable network said it will air eight episodes, and then take a break before resuming in February with the remaining episodes of the season.
"In the highly anticipated new season, we find Rick and the group fostering a thriving community in the safe haven of the prison. Sadly, in this brutal world, happiness is short-lived and walkers and outside threats are no match for danger brewing inside the fences," AMC said in a synopsis. "The group's home and new way of life will be thoroughly tested, and their struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 4 also introduces several new characters, including Bob Stookey [played by Lawrence Gilliard Jr. of 'The Wire.']"
"The Walking Dead" stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, a former sheriff struggling to maintain order in a new world overrun by the undead.
The crowd at Comic-Con in San Diego was treated to a 4-minute, 27-second-long video preview teasing Season 4 on Friday.