Tyreese (Chad Coleman) has never been afraid to wear his feels on his sleeve, but after the death of his girlfriend Karen and the illness of his sister Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), we're worried he might actually lose it. The character's rage and sadness have started translating into reckless behavior, and in Season 4, Episode 4, "Indifference," it almost got the group killed. So we're wondering — as Michonne (Danai Gurira) did — is he trying to die? Does Tyreese genuinely want to get killed?
Sometimes, a little not-giving-a-damn can go a long way — we're pretty sure his lack of caring about his well-being is what got him out of Episode 3, "Isolation" unscathed. But in "Indifference," when Tyreese brashly hacked at the overgrowth outside the gas station with Michonne, Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), and Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr), that look in his eyes was not one of simple badassery. It was rage.
The rest of the group seemed to notice this, too, warning him to slow down. That ended up being the least of their worries, as Tyreese ended up letting a few walkers out of a door hidden behind the foliage. When a walker reached for Tyreese, he held on and didn't let go.
Of course, later on Michonne addressed this, asking him point-blank if he wants to die. We're not sure if the question was hypothetical or not, but given Tyreese's actions, it was valid — although Tyreese did not provide a response.
It's entirely possible that Tyreese wants to get himself killed. "Indifference" set up Tyreese's doom-and-gloom before the episode's violence even started. When Bob saw Tyreese sulking by a creek and washing out his shirt, wondering whether his sister was dead, Bob said that it helps to keep moving. Tyreese lashed out: "no, it doesn't."
It seems likely that the subtext here is that nothing helps. After losing his girlfriend on the same day his sister fell ill, Tyreese may feel like there's no hope left in this zombie horrorscape.
So why doesn't Tyreese just take himself out? It could be that he doesn't want Sasha knowing that it was his own doing. Or maybe he wants to go out swinging, even if his ultimate goal is to go out. Maybe he's religiously opposed to suicide. Maybe he's not entirely sure it's what he wants, and he's trying to get some lucky walker to make the decision for him.
What do you think? Is Tyreese actively trying to die, or is he just going through some feels right now? Weigh in below!