Those who tuned in for the mid-season finale of AMC's "The Walking Dead" were introduced to a familiar face. Chad L. Coleman ("The Wire") joins the show as Tyreese, a fan-favorite of Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's comic book series. The actor spoke with Zap2It regarding what's in store and his excitement in joining the series.
Coleman confirmed that his character will appear in at least five of the final 8 episodes of the season when it returns from mid-season hiatus. The actor doesn't hide his excitement in joining the series, in large part due to the rich character he will be portraying. "The humanity of the man is very much akin to what was done in the graphic novel. I believe his lack of skills as a rifleman is very much part of it," Coleman explained. "His desire to protect, his desire to abstain from egregious violence, his strong sense of family, those are things that are resonating for me in the role."
Regarding the series' penchant for dispatching its black characters quickly, Coleman insists that it just goes with the territory. "I have a very dear friend who I think is very much leading the online charge [to improve the show's African-American characters]. I can't say anything but slow down, be easy, you're gonna be incredibly proud. [Executive producer] Glen Mazzara and all of these folks have the highest of integrity and character," the actor said. "We matter as much as anyone else, you're gonna see that played out on the show. I don't think there's any kind of agenda on [the writers'] parts, it's just how storytelling unfolds sometimes. You're gonna be incredibly proud of Tyreese and Michonne and Sasha [Sonequa Martin-Green]. You're gonna be so satisfied."
The actor cites his meeting with Carl as one of his favorite scenes from his long-awaited debut. "It speaks to [Tyreese's] ability to read a situation clearly and communicate in an effective manner to try to get the objective taken care of. He sees something in this young man," Coleman said. "The way [Carl] holds a weapon, his presence and stature. It was very clear what [Tyreese] was dealing with and he was going to deal with it as diplomatically as possible and in no way, shape or form take advantage of this young man."
What did you think of Tyreese's debut?