Since premiering on October 14, the third season of AMC's The Walking Dead has benefited greatly from the introduction of characters and touchpoints from the original comic book series. According to creator Robert Kirkman, another "big deal fan favorite" character will finally make the transition from page to screen during the show's fall finale on December 2.
Dominating the ratings on Sunday nights at 9:00 PM, the show has moved to the prison, which was the main setting for much of the comic's early run, and added characters that fans of the comic have been anxiously awaiting, such as Michonne and The Governor. While some had doubted that AMC would allow the Governor to be fully realized on television, tender moments with his zombie daughter Penny were included in last week's episode and he presents staged fights to entertain and distract the citizens of Woodbury, just like in the comics.
Besides the Governor and Michonne, there is one other "big-name" character from the comics that fans have been clamoring to see in the TV series: Tyreese, a former journeyman linebacker in the NFL who first appeared in Issue #7 before Rick and the gang arrived at Hershel's farm. When asked by EW if the new character on the show would indeed be Tyreese, Kirkman remained non-committal. "I don't know, man!" he insisted. "I don't know. I got no clue!"
Supporting the theory that Tyreese will soon be introduced to television audiences everywhere, rumors began swirling this week that Chad Coleman—best known as reformed criminal Dennis "Cutty" Wise on HBO's The Wire—was spotted on the Woodbury set during filming of The Walking Dead.
If that's true and Tyreese starts out in Woodbury, that means the show will continue its trend of altering and adjusting characters and storylines when adapting them from the comics. That keeps it fresh for those who are familiar with the source material, as well as viewers who would never read a comic book.
Are you excited for the possible debut of Tyreese?