Tyreese and his sister Sasha were fleeing an overrun camp in Jacksonville when they stumbled onto the prison. Although Rick initially chased them away in a fit of madness, they were eventually welcomed back into the prison community along with the survivors of Woodbury.
Tyreese proves himself a capable soldier but also a kind and thoughtful member of the community, expressing distaste at the systematic slaughter of walkers at the prison fence. "When they're comin' at you, out there, it's different," he tells his girlfriend Karen — also a Woodbury survivor. "Face to face… I just want to do something else to help out."
Despite his inherent kindness, Tyreese has a violent temper. When Karen is murdered in an attempt to prevent a deadly virus from spreading throughout the prison, Tyreese demands that Rick find whoever is responsible. "You bring them to me," he rages. Rick argues that saving lives is the immediate priority, angering Tyreese further and triggering a fist-fight.
Tyreese then stands guard at the entrance to the sick ward — lest the killer strike again. He eventually abandons his post when Sasha falls ill and he joins a team on a mission to retrieve medication from a veterinary college. En route, he remains nearly catatonic over Karen's loss, even as a herd of walkers surrounds him. Snapping out of his stupor, he maniacally hacks at the herd with his hammer until he escapes.
The Governor eventually returns to attack the prison. In the aftermath, Tyreese flees with Lizzie, Mika and Judith. On the road, they run into Carol, who says she was on her way back from a supply run when she saw the massacre. They decide to head to Terminus, where road signs promise "Sanctuary for All."
The group eventually stumbles upon an isolated house in a pecan grove. Tyreese suggests that they live there instead of going to Terminus. "I trust you," he tells Carol, admitting he's not ready to be with other people yet. Tyreese says he's haunted by nightmares of Karen and the person who killed her.
That person, it turns out, is Carol — a fact Tyreese learns following the deaths of Lizzie and Mika. Carol confesses to Karen's murder and hands Tyreese a gun, inviting him to do whatever he needs to do.
Tyreese grips the table, trying to contain his anger. "I forgive you," he finally says. "It's a part of you now. Me too."
An accomplished television, film, and stage actor, Chad received critical acclaim for his work on HBO’s Peabody Award-winning drama series The Wire, playing Cutty for several seasons. He previously starred on the series I Hate My Teenage Daughter, produced by Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer, and held a recurring role in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Additional television credits include Lie to Me, The Good Wife, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
On the big screen, Coleman was seen in New Line Cinema’s Horrible Bosses, directed by Seth Gordon and starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Colin Farrell, and Kevin Spacey; as well as The Green Hornet, directed by Michel Gondry. Other film credits include Brother to Brother, with Anthony Mackie; Carlito's Way: Rise to Power, with Jay Hernandez; and the independent feature Confessions, with Lynn Whitfield and Bokeem Woodbine.
Coleman made his Broadway debut in Lincoln Center Theater’s 2009 revival of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, which was nominated for six Tony Awards®. Additional Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include the Wooster Group production of North Atlantic, with Willem Dafoe and Steve Buscemi; Elle, with Alan Cumming; the Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere Force Continuum; and American Place Theatre’s Living in the Wind. He also appeared in Watch of the Nightingales; Man in the Polyester Suit; and Miss Evers’ Boys, directed by Kent Gash.
When Coleman is not working in front of the camera, he dedicates his time to helping underprivileged youth find proper mentorship. He is also involved with various causes including Tim & Daphne Reid’s Virginia Scholarship & Youth Development Foundation and the Special Olympics of Northern California.