Tyreese was the moral compass of the show
Another punch to the heart for The Walking Dead fans this week as another fan favorite was killed or shall we say bitten off. As the fandom tries to move past the sudden death of Beth Greene played by Emily Kinney, we are hit with another excruciating loss for the group. When the episode opens, the audience is greeted by someone shoveling dirt from the ground. As a fan, knowing The Walking Dead never ceases to surprise you when it comes to the loss of a character, you can only think of one thing, “They’re digging a grave for someone”. As the episode progresses we see little Lizzie and Mika, two sisters shockingly killed in season 4, telling someone as blood drips from their foreheads that “It will be okay now”. We knew there wasn’t going to be a happy ending and fans speculated on what it could be. Why were Lizzie and Mika here and what’s happening? What’s going on? (Good job with the name of the episode guys!) Some thought they were speaking to Beth who we’d just lost at the mid-season finale but others wondered if the fate of another character was on the line. By the end of the episode, we got our answer.
Tyreese, the moral compass of the show, the one who tried to define the new world instead of letting it define him was taken all too soon according to fans. Tyreese aka actor Chad Coleman was visibly emotional on the last episode of Talking Dead as he spoke about the moment he learned he was ending his three season run on the widely popular show. He tells Variety.com,” So I went in and sat down and he said, “Well, the time has come for Tyreese.” I laughed and said, “Scott, stop playing, stop playing.” Then he teared up, literally, and I thought, “OK, this is real” and I said “wow, wow, wow” about 25,000 times.” I think Chad’s response sums up the response of the fans watching the episode play out. Wow is all we could say as another member was unexpectedly taken so early in the second half of the season.
During Tyreese’s demise, he begins having hallucinations which brings back former cast mates who we loved to hate and also just loved! Along with Lizzie and Mika we got to see Beth Greene again (Yay), The Governor (Boo), Bob along with his half leg, and Martin, the guy Tyreese could’ve and should’ve killed in the cabin but didn’t. Bringing back all of these characters, yes even The Governor, was an amazing moment for the audience and cast.
Director Greg Nicotero played a voicemail he’d received from Norman Reedus aka Daryl Dixon during the Talking Dead praising his genius direction for the episode. If the cast is so excited about it, imagine how we feel. The clips below further detail Chad’s last moments as Tyreese and the hope he has for his cast mates as they continue along their journey. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the season has in store for our favorite zombie apocalypse group and if we’ve learned anything as fans, we know we’re in for a real ride, so buckle up!