The Walking Dead’s Tyreese Has A Lot On His Plate


When The Walking Dead left us last season, we had a lot of questions left unanswered.  One of the major questions for me concerned Tyreese.  After a heartbreaking journey with Carol Peletier, his travelling companion confessed to burning the corpse of his girlfriend.  This couldn’t have sat well with the tough Tyreese, but he found it in his heart to forgive her.

We saw the two walking in the direction of Terminus.  At the end of season 4, Carol, Tyreese, and Judith were notably absent from the train car at Terminus.

So what is in store for Tyreese?  Did he really forgive Carol, or just say it to keep the two together?  Will they be able to figure out what is going on in Terminus before they are captured as well?

Entertainment Weekly sat down with the man who plays Tyreese, Chad Coleman, for an interview.  Here are a couple highlights:

"“We pick up right where we left off, so there’s no jump in time. You catch him right in the middle of it, in the tug-of-war of emotions, just wrestling with it, the push and pull. On one level feeling a connection with Carol for sure with all that we witnessed together, and just the pull of the pain of losing someone who meant so much to me. So he’s still struggling. He’s still wrestling. And then, on top of that, they’re trying to make their way to Terminus, so it’s just a push-and-pull and still trying to hold that weird little community, trying to hold it together to get to a larger safer place. And hopefully reconnect with the rest of the group.”"

And then Chad Coleman spoke about the transformation that Tyreese is undergoing and what direction the character is going in:

"“He just doesn’t know who he would become. If we make it back, and you do all this horrendous stuff, then who are you when we get back to “normal?” So I think that’s why he fights so hard, because doing those things has to change you. So I think he’s just really afraid of who he will become if he didn’t hold on to his core values and the way he believes a human being should go about their lives, especially in relationship to the violence.”"

For the rest of Entertainment Weekly’s excellent interview with Chad Coleman, go to