'The Walking Dead's' Chad L. Coleman talks Tyreese: 'You're gonna be so satisfied'

walking-dead-chad-l-coleman-tyreese-made-to-suffer-season-3-amc.jpg"The Walking Dead" keeps getting bigger and bigger, and part of that is due to an ever-expanding ensemble cast with great roles to play. Chad L. Coleman -- best known as "Cutty" on "The Wire" -- is the latest addition as hammer-wielding hero Tyreese.

Tyreese was introduced in the Season 3 midseason finale, "Made to Suffer," and he'll continue to play a key role when the season returns on Feb. 10. Coleman reveals he'll be in five of the remaining eight episodes and audiences can expect him to be involved in some serious action: "The man has a hammer and he knows how to use it," Coleman says.

Like everyone involved with the show, Coleman can't divulge specifics about what's ahead. "I can say forces collide on some level," he teases about Tyreese's relationship with Rick ( Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne ( Danai Gurira). And he promises, "It's gonna be juicy and awesome for all parties involved."

Here's more from Coleman about Tyreese, "The Walking Dead" and "The Wire":

On how TV Tyreese compares to comics Tyreese...

"I'm not an inside out student of the graphic novel. When I came on board I was told, 'If we need to reference it, we will. Just ride it out with us script for script.' 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. 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."

On "The Walking Dead's" habit of killing off African-American characters after limited screen time (Jacqui, T-Dog, Oscar)...

"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. 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."

On Tyreese's show of respect for Carl and the line "You heard the man"...

"I love that. 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. 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."

On what it's like filming the show's action scenes...

"A complete and absolute adrenaline rush, that's what it is. [There's] electricity running through my body like crazy. Also, the technical aspect of it was equally compelling for me: like, 'Oh wow, this is how you do it! Cool!' The zombies are so real, there's really no acting required when you see the amazing work being done. It's just eerie. The most eerie part of it is seeing them doing regular things in between takes or on lunch break. Watching a guy getting salad dressing all decked out like a zombie is pretty hilarious."

On how his experience on "The Walking Dead" compares to "The Wire"...

"Sonequa, who plays Sasha, says, 'Chad, I'm tired of hearing about how this reminds you of "The Wire"!' These are flagship shows, for me, that speak to the level of artistic integrity all actors pine for. We were about to take the cast photo and I couldn't help it. They were like 'Alright Chad, we know, this reminds you of "The Wire!"' They started joking on me terribly, so I have to get that from people. I don't want to belabor it or mislead that we're trying to compare too much. But this is filet mignon, you don't get that a lot. That's why I'm ultra excited about the horror aspect of it, to build in that world these characters, relationships, huge questions about life and death. We get to take it on, that's a hell of a ride."
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