9 Big Questions With 'Walking Dead' Star Chad Coleman: Tyreese's Storyline Is About to Become 'Gut Wrenching'
Tyreese (Chad Coleman) in "The Walking Dead"
As the final few minutes of last week's "Infected" — the second episode of Season 4 — hinted, the new illness threat for the prison dwellers on "The Walking Dead" is likely to turn into a polarizing personal drama in this Sunday's "Isolation," after Tyreese discovered that someone had burned to death his sick girlfriend Karen, along with fellow infection sufferer David.
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"The Wire" alum Chad Coleman, who plays the shocked and heartbroken Tyreese, recently talked to Yahoo TV about where the season is headed, the tough childhood experiences that inform his portrayal of the beloved comic book and TV character, and about the other comic book character he's itching to play on the big screen.
1. The first two episodes of the season seem to preview that Tyreese will be front-and-center all season ... true?
Oh, absolutely. That was the plan, to bring him in slowly in Season 3 and then really give him the ball, in Season 4, as a series regular. That was what the writers had planned, and everything they said they would do, they're doing. It's awesome.
2. Tyreese had a nice romance going with Karen. How much is that going to impact the rest of the season?
Karen (Melissa Ponzio) and Tyreese (Chad Coleman) in "The Walking Dead"
That's a huge step. It's one thing to walk with that humanity and have others' best interest at heart, but it's something else to risk a relationship and that kind of vulnerability. With the protection and the care he has for his sister and other human beings, that's great, but to put your heart out there is a whole other level to it. I love seeing that, because actually, that's as risky as anything else. It speaks to him desperately trying to move on, trying to move forward. She's a pretty woman. She's beautiful and just a beautiful human being. We need that. You see everybody still rooting for Glenn and Maggie. It's nice to see others be able to negotiate that path as well.