Chad Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green Promoted To 'Walking Dead' Series Regulars (Season 4)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
April 3, 2013 7:39 PM
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Congrats to Chad Coleman (who plays Tyreese) and Sonequa Martin-Green (who plays Sasha) who've been promoted to full-time series regulars in AMC's hit zombie series, The Walking Dead, which returns in October.

As we saw in last weekend's season finale, both characters have now rejoined Rick at the prison.

In addition, we haven't seen the last of The Governor, because David Morrissey will also be returning as a series regular next season.

What direction will the series take once October comes around?

Creator of the series, Robert Kirkman, told THR the following:

"[Rick] is letting the people of Woodbury in and tying to tell Carl that these people are like us, you have to be open to this and the only way to survive in this world is to have people and be in a community. That's going to be a big part of season four."

So, we now officially have 3 black series regulars on the show, including Danai Gurira as Michonne. That breaks the rule doesn't it? The one about there not being more than 2 black regular players, right?

It's my understanding that the Sasha character was created just for the TV series, and doesn't exist in the comic books. It makes you wonder what exactly prompted that decision - to create this new character, and make her Tyreese's sister. I wonder what specific story-line they've crafted for her, and how it'll fit into the overall picture. 

I wonder how Tyreese will be used, and how his story (whatever it is) will unfold, given that he's going to be around just about every episode. He's supposed to become Rick's right-hand man, so maybe we'll see that start to happen in season 4. He and Michonne are supposed to get involved romantically, although, in a previous interview, Danai didn't seem certain that this would happen. But maybe she just couldn't say.

And speaking of Michonne, will we see a more 3-dimensional depiction of her? Maybe dig into more back-story, give her something more to do than scowl and chop off heads with her sword from time to time.

Am I asking for too much of all these characters?

Obviously the series isn't following the comic books closely, so whatever you might have read in them, is pretty much out the window. 

But congrats to Chad and Sonequa on the promotions.

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9 Comments

  • willie dynamite | April 4, 2013 11:08 AMReply

    Both Tyrese and Michonne are Alpha characters in the novel, I have given up on that happening on the show. The show and the novel are two very different entities.

  • sagevalentine | April 4, 2013 11:05 AMReply

    I fear for Tyreese's character because right now I am reading the compendium of the walking dead comic books. Sasha was created because in the comic book his daughter dies in a suicide pact with her boyfriend. The situation would never cross over properly to TV so they created Sasha. As for Michonne her character is growing and will blossom next season.

    The Governor ........I am unsure as to why his character is still alive. Three attempts made on his life and he lives. He is like a roach in that respect.

    They begin filming this month for season4. It will air October 13th,2013

  • Lol | April 4, 2013 7:25 AMReply

    Thass wassuu

  • miktal | April 4, 2013 4:35 AMReply

    Great, fine, now give them a damn storyline!!! Or are we just happy to see black faces in a show?

    I was desperate to see Morgan join the group, but I suppose they thought that he was too strong a character and would of undermined, Rick. T-dog from Se1was boring and just did as he was told, his replacement was killed off so quick that I hardly remember him, and we still don't know anything about Michonne, except she scowls a lot. I never thought I`d miss a good old fashioned, single minded, unpredictable, or even wise cracking, black street thug.

  • The Answer | April 5, 2013 4:18 AM

    Just happy to see black fcves.

  • TarDan | April 3, 2013 7:51 PMReply

    @SLB: She's on the show, "Once Upon a Time", but not a series regular. She's only been on for two episodes, so I'm not sure how long she'll last (not long, I'm guessing . . . )

  • cruz777 | April 6, 2013 1:43 PM

    she will probably die in both next season. they will definitely cull the new inhabitants of the prison using the comic as a sort of reference.

    Tyreese will never be as awesome as he was in the comic, and they gave much of his essence to Darryl (similar to how they gave Andrea's awesomeness to Maggie and the new improved Carol and left Andrea horrible)

  • slb | April 3, 2013 8:12 PM

    Okay, thanks!

  • slb | April 3, 2013 7:49 PMReply

    Didn't Deadline report that Sonequa was cast in another show a few weeks ago? Maybe I'm mistaken. Well good for her. Got "regular" status. Now let's see them actually do something with their characters.

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