Walking Dead Tyreese actor Chad Coleman discusses characters death

Chad Coleman as Tyreese - The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 9 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Chad Coleman as Tyreese - The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 9 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

During a The VŌC Podcast episode, Walking Dead actor Chad Coleman discussed the death of Tyreese in the series and other favorite moments and shared that his first love was theater.

Many viewers of The Walking Dead series hold the sibling duo of Tyreese and Sasha Williams in high regard. In season three, the pair came on the scene while Rick and the group lived at the prison. Initially, Rick turned them away, and they headed to Woodbury. But, once they realized how crazy the Governor was, they returned to the prison with many Woodbury residents.

Tyreese was brave, compassionate, and willing to defend those he cared about.

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Tyreese’s death was heartwrenching and so meaningful. His hallucinations brought back many deceased characters who helped him ease into his death.

Coleman talked about what he says was Tyreese’s epic death. He stated that “The Grove” scene when Carol (Melissa McBride) told him that she was responsible for Karen’s death and his death scene were his favorites. He also mentioned his fight scene with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) at the prison after Karen is killed.

Tyreese finds one of Noah’s brothers dead in the bed. He is then bitten on the arm by the other twin, as he is distracted by photos of the boys on the wall. As he sits bleeding out, he begins to hallucinate. He hears a voice on the radio (voiced by Andrew Lincoln) that really isn’t there.

Martin makes an appearance to taunt him once again. Bob returns to speak about things happening for a reason. The Governor tells Tyreese he had to earn his keep and implies that he is weak. Lizzie and Mika return to say to him it’s better now. The Governor in his hallucination turns into a walker, and he sustains another bite to his arm as he tries to fight it off. Beth appears, singing to Tyreese as he continues to bleed out. Her words, I’m a strugglin’ man, and I got to move on, appear to be foretelling that he will die.

The next time he sees the hallucinated visions of Beth, Bob, Lizzie, and Mika, they are all free of the injuries they sustained at their death. They tell him it’s ok to let go.

His death was such a sad one as he was such a tender soul and someone so compassionate. The episode’s final image is his stocking cap on the cross that marks his grave.

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You can hear the entire interview with Chad Coleman on The VŌC Podcast, where they discuss TWD and his other roles in The Wire, Left 4 Dead 2 and The Orville.