1Tyreese Vs. Fred
It’s been two seasons since Chad L. Coleman left The Walking Dead. The actor has stayed busy after the death of Tyreese though, with roles on Arrow, The Expanse, and History’s new Roots miniseries.
The Expanse is preparing to debut its second season on February 1 and Coleman is making the promotional rounds. Coleman has a small but pivotal role on the show as terrorist leader Fred Johnson. It’s difficult to explain the plot of The Expanse, but take it from me — it’s one of the best shows on television.
Coleman served in the U.S. Army earlier in his life, and ComicBook.com asked him if that experience influenced his acting performances.
“Not really for Walking Dead, because [Tyresse] couldn’t even fire a weapon,” Coleman said. “That’s the beauty of Tyreese. Tyreese is like an anti-hero, an everyday man, and there’s no superhero-ness to him. He’s very human and that humanity sits up front so when viewers experience it, they think, ‘yeah, that’s how I would be, I’m scared as hell, I don’t care what my size is and I’m afraid and I don’t want to kill people.’ And I think the average person would have that kind of response and then have to push through and find a way to make it happen. The military, in terms of a commander, I was around a lot of high-powered officers so that was great. I met General Wesley Clark when he was the signal corp commander and I was a video cameraman. So being in the presence of that kind of leadership, that’s what Fred possesses. And my own leadership skills, even though it was a squad, I had to take care of people and could draw from that.”