*Just days after “The Walking Dead’s” bloody season finale, the show based on the comics created by Robert Kirkman has promoted three familiar faces to series regular.
Chad Coleman (Tyreese), Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) and Emily Kinney (Beth) will rejoin the series full time when the AMC series returns in October, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. They join David Morrissey (The Governor) as new regulars on the series, which will start off next season at the newly repopulated prison.
In addition, Melissa Ponzio — who plays Karen, the lone survivor of the Governor’s attack on his own Woodbury army that helped bring peace between Tyreese and Rick in the finale — will return to the series as a recurring guest star in season four.
Coleman, a veteran of HBO’s “The Wire,” joined the series in November in a recurring role as fan favorite Tyreese, who first appeared in the seventh issue of Kirkman’s long-running Image comic. During season three, Tyreese played a central role in saving the women and children of Woodbury from the Governor, rejoining Rick — with his outspoken sister, Sasha (Martin-Green), who is a new character to the Walking Dead universe.
Kinney, who plays Hershel’s youngest daughter Beth, has been with the series since the second episode of season two and likely will continue to have a larger story as she helps the group care for Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) newborn daughter, Judith, and someone who’s closest in age to his troubled son, Carl (Chandler Riggs).
“[Rick] is letting the people of Woodbury in and trying 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,” Kirkman told THR after the finale, which claimed the lives of Milton (Dallas Roberts) and Andrea (Laurie Holden).