The Walking Dead Casts Wire Alum as [Spoiler]!

Walking Dead Chad Coleman TyreeseRick’s post-apocalyptic army is growing, and not a moment too soon.

The Walking Dead has recruited Wire grad Chad Coleman to play the key role of Tyreese, TVLine has confirmed.

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In the Walking Dead comics, Tyreese was a prominent member of the survivors and served as Rick’s second in command following Shane’s death. The character’s arrival (rumored to be in this season’s eighth episode) comes as Rick prepares to do battle with David Morrissey’s Governor.

Coleman’s post Wire credits include stints on The Good Wife, Burn Notice and I Hate My Teenage Daughter.

News of Coleman’s casting was first reported by TVOvermind.

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49 Comments
  1. I Heart Chuck Bass (and Damon Salvatore) says:

    Um, Rick has a second-in-command. His name is Daryl Dixon and he is awesome. :)

    • Aleksa says:

      Awesome, yes, but Daryl isn’t in the comic. I’m curious to see how they bring in the new character.

    • Shelly says:

      They’re talking about the COMIC.

    • Lena120 says:

      I get what you’re saying. That has me a little worried too. On the show Daryl is rick’s right-hand man, and in the comic Tyreese is. Is there room for both. Does that mean something drastic is going to happen to Daryl?

      • Johanna says:

        Omg!! Please don’t kill Daryl!! I’d truly be devastaded :( he’s on the show Rick’s secnd hand no doubt so let’s say that Tyreese will take T-Dog’s place? May be better written of course… But don’t do anything to my Daryl!

    • Kat says:

      Enough said!!!

    • deanza says:

      daryl and chuck lover? I think we should be best friends.

    • I dont really get how ppl view Daryll as second in command. Yes, he is badass, and a very important part of the team, but that doesnt make you rRicks right hand man. And it was only when Rick had the breakdown did he truly step up. But the Thing about Tyreese, is that he wasnt just a second in command, he was Ricks BEST FRIEND. He completely replaced Shane. That is what most ppl mean when they say right hand man. Rick confided in Tyreese so much, sought his advice so much, shared so much.
      Daryll and Rick simply dont have that “best friends” relationship. I dont see any reason why he and Daryll cant coexist since they fill 2 different roles.

  2. bigby_wolf says:

    YESSSSS! One of my favorite characters from the comics!! Can’t wait to see him on the show!!

  3. anon says:

    Daryl Dixon was not a character in the comic books.

  4. wrstlgirl says:

    Yeah, what the heck, Daryl Dixon is Rick’s right hand man for sure. I don’t mind them bringing in newbies, it’s necessary, but don’t knock Daryl, na ahhh, no way!! The show has been mixing up the characters in the comics so I’m sure Daryl’s place is solid.

  5. Kristen says:

    Isn’t Tyreese the reason Carol goes cray in the comics? Hope that storyline doesn’t happen.

  6. Mina says:

    I’m pretty sure after Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus has the most secure position on the show. He’s incontestably an overwhelming fan and staff favorite. I’m sure Tyreese and Daryl can share duties

    • wrstlgirl says:

      I agree completely. I don’t see either of them going anywhere. I actually think the whole group is pretty safe at this point. Rick’s group that is, IDC about Andrea and the creepy Gov.

    • aleksa says:

      Exactly. Daryl’s so popular, there were rumors the comic creator adding him to the comic.

  7. beej says:

    I’m SO tired of this elitist “It’s happened this way in the comic” or “It never liked this in the comic” BS. Get over it. Just because something happened in the comic doesn’t mean that it will happen in the television show AND WE DON’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT!!!

    • Winnie says:

      While I think that some people absolutely go overboard with “but…but…in the comic,” I find this comment overboard, too. Please speak for yourself. When a musician covers another musician’s song, or updates an original song, I like to know what the original sounded like, and sometimes it gives me insight into additional elements to be aware of the origin and sound. If you don’t care to know, that’s absolutely fine and I’m sure you, your beloved caps lock key, and your multiple exclamation point babies can all live together in beautiful harmony… hiding out from the news that the Titanic was a real ship that didn’t have Leonardo DiCaprio as a passenger.

      Aww, now my comment is overboard, too.

      I never thought of reigning badass/secret softie Daryl MFin’ Dixon as Rick’s 2nd in command, just because I don’t feel Daryl considers himself that, either. He is an extremely helpful, resourceful, skilled, and integral core group member/T.V. show character, so I don’t think it’s a matter of losing a place at all. That being said, I am excited for the arrival of Tyreese (especially with such a great casting choice for the character’s look and Chad Coleman’s acting chops) and hope his daughter and her boyfriend are in tow.

      • Shelly says:

        I completely agree with u. . You said it all.

      • I Heart Chuck Bass (and Damon Salvatore) says:

        I think the show and Rick consider Daryl his second in command. Remember when they were discussing whether or not to let those two surviving convicts join them or send them back to their cell block? Rick made the decision and then turned to Daryl, who nodded his approval. That spoke volumes about their relationship.

      • majamababe says:

        Good insight. Totally agree. In interviews with Kirkman he has stated that there are some things from the comics he makes sure to keep while the tv program gives him the chance to add elements he didn’t think about while he was/is writing the graphic novel. Both mediums have their fan base. I like them both.

    • Rain says:

      I’m completely with you, I’m so sick of hearing about things that happened in the comic. If I wanted to know, I’d read the darn things! I’ve had a couple of things ruined beforehand on the show because of the people who insist on talking about the comic.

      • wrstlgirl says:

        Completely agree about the spoilers. There are a few events that we already know are coming because of people who’ve read the comic have to comment about them. Just because they happen to different characters in the show versus the comics doesn’t mean I want to hear about them in advance. In fact there are spoilers right here on this thread.

        • tripoli says:

          As a reader of the comics I do my best to refrain from mentioning anything specific as I too hate spoilers. But on the other hand, the show and comic are vastly different and we really can’t know what will be incorporated from the comics. So much is different it’s hard to know what some may consider a spoiler. Most of the comments I’ve seen about the comics are very general and show that people are excited about the show and what is to come. Unfortunately for non comic readers, there was a already a huge following for The Walking Dead before the show came along and those people are passionate and can’t help but discuss certain aspects of the comic and whether it will be in the show. The excitement of seeing Michonne and the prison at the end of last season was pretty awesome for us because we knew that some epic things are coming. As someone who isn’t able to watch this show live, I’ve learned to stay away form any place that may discuss the show in any way so as not to be spoiled. Perhaps those of you who feel so spoiled by the comments should do the same. Sucks, but at least you’ll see everything with fresh, unspoiled eyes.

  8. Ash says:

    I really hope this doesn’t mean less time for Daryl. He/Norman Reedus is amazing and I love where the writers are taking his and Carol’s relationship, so the intro of Tyreese makes me uneasy.

  9. Cheryl Thompson says:

    If Dary Dixon goes, I go!!! Daryl reminds me of my friends back home in North Carolina..I am a black woman and some of my best friends are “rednecks”. It’s a way of life for them..does not mean hate. Please don’t kill Daryl…he is the best!!!

    • Caro says:

      I’m from North Carolina and I’d have to agree with your comment about Daryl being like some of these NC rednecks. It’s why I love him!

  10. kat England says:

    iam CRAZY about the walking dead, and its killing me that you guys are casting so close to me. I want to see Rick and most of the cast, not the Gov. He is too creepy for me. But I soooo want to meet Michong, she is such a bad a**….. I live in Newnan where you guys are filming for now, well you guys are in a differfent place, but you are still in my county. I sooooo want to meet you guys. I’m soooo crazy about the show and you guys. Keep up the great job you are doing. But seriously, I gotta meet y’all. Love love love love you!

  11. kat England says:

    I know I kind of went off topic a bit, but I couldn’t help myself. I’m just so crazy about the show and I had to let you and the cast know.

  12. Christine H says:

    Daryl and Carol have each other to keep sane. With the baby they need a little more solid protection. Daryls place is safe. He is to essential to the group and important to Carl and the baby, as well as the group.

  13. Mik says:

    I miss The Wire. I can’t wait to see Coleman on The Walking Dead though.

    Also: Am I the only one who thinks it’s funny that the name of the production designer on Walking Dead is Grace Walker?

    • Alan says:

      he’s an actor, he’s supposed to alter how he acts according to how the role is to be played so it doesnt matter how he played a character in an old show, he probably wont be anyway similar. come his debut you sill most likely be talking about how good he was

      • Mik says:

        Uuuuh…so let me get this straight…actors doesn’t actually play the same character through their whole career? Wow, how did I not figure that out myself? Thank you for sharing your insight!

        Alan, I think you misunderstood what I was saying… I have no idea what you are talking about.

  14. sean says:

    Darl and carol are destined (on the show not the comic) so the new guy will probably be more likely to end up with michonne. Its gonna be interesting to see how they tie it all together.

  15. fiona says:

    I’m thinking Tyrese is probs there to replace TDoggs old position

  16. Breck says:

    I’ve read all the comics to date (it’s still being written, for those of you who don’t read them). The show takes a lot of elements from the comic, but also leaves some things out or changes some things (For instance Sophia is still alive in the comics, or Shane was killed off MUCH earlier, etc). The producers said that they do this to keep ALL viewers guessing (especially the ones who read the comics like myself).

    So while I would like to tell you that a character is a lock to be safe, I can’t put it past the show runners to change anything. But I have to say that Rick should be the only one safe in the show, mainly because he’s the lead character, both in the comics and the show.

    I am really looking forward to seeing how the events play out the rest of this season. I believe the 8th episode which is the mid-season finale is entitled “Made to Suffer” which is a massively important volume in the comics in terms of the events that transpire.

    Love the show and the comics, makes for interesting conversations.

    • tripoli says:

      Great comment. I think those who haven’t read the comics are missing out in some regards. Even those of us who have read the comments don’t know exactly what is going to happen and when. I’m constantly surprised by how they manage to incorporate stuff that was done in the comics while also keeping it fresh with new ideas. I heard Kirkman say once that in some ways, Carl is the only one who is really safe because the show is sort of his story. The child having to come of age during the zombie apocalypse.

      • @jekelish says:

        Actually I’d say Carl is the only safe character, since Kirkman has been quoted saying TWD is his story.

        • @jekelish says:

          And I totally missed you saying that, and actually meant to reply to the other poster. So now I look ridiculous.

          Um, happy turkey day?

  17. Alan says:

    i was wondering when we were going to hear about tyreese being cast, i knew it had to be soon or else a lot of people who read the comics would have been disappointed. based on what ive heard about tyreese’s role in the comics things are about to get interesting

  18. Lee says:

    So was it Tyreese who was watching Carol from the bushes (when she was cutting that walker open)?

  19. I dont really get how ppl view Daryll as second in command. Yes, he is badass, and a very important part of the team, but that doesnt make you rRicks right hand man. And it was only when Rick had the breakdown did he truly step up. But the Thing about Tyreese, is that he wasnt just a second in command, he was Ricks BEST FRIEND. He completely replaced Shane. That is what most ppl mean when they say right hand man. Rick confided in Tyreese so much, sought his advice so much, shared so much.

    Daryll and Rick simply dont have that “best friends” relationship. I dont see any reason why he and Daryll cant coexist since they fill 2 different roles.

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