"He asked if I can keep the track playing while we wait."
—Milton Mamet informing Andrea of Michael's final wish[src]

Michael Coleman is a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. Michael lives in the town of Woodbury with his wife.


Woodbury, Georgia

Before the outbreak, Michael lived with his wife Betty, his son Michael Jr., and his daughter Emily. He was a member and resident of Woodbury. At some point, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.


Michael Jr. and Emily likely died after the outbreak based upon the way Milton talked about them, and Michael's reaction after seeing their pictures and hearing their names.

Season 3

"When the Dead Come Knocking"

Coleman is first seen bedridden in a room for Milton's experiment with Andrea. Milton proceeds to begin a process to instill a certain procedure into his subconscious. When the procedure ends, Milton explains to Andrea that he is dying of prostate cancer and that Woodbury doesn't have the supplies to treat him, and that they are waiting for him to pass away, so they can carry on the experiment to discover if walkers can still recognize things from the person they once were. This procedure Milton had repeated several times on Coleman in his last days. Once he begins to reanimate, Milton and Andrea restrain him. Milton begins the procedure with no results. Milton refuses to quit and wants to undo the latch on Michael's right arm to show that he can still do the procedure. Milton undoes the restraint, but Coleman attempts to bite him, and Andrea stabs Michael in the head.


Killed By

  • Prostate Cancer (Alive)

Michael was dying from prostate cancer, so he volunteered for Milton's reanimation experiments. While being kept in the Woodbury lab, watched by Milton and Andrea, Michael died from the cancer.

After being unlatched from his restraints, Michael attacked Milton, although Andrea quickly stabbed him in the head with a small knife before Milton was harmed.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Michael has killed:


Milton Mamet

Michael and Milton became friends while Milton monitored Michael's condition in "When the Dead Come Knocking". They were very close; this is shown by Milton's reaction when Michael became a zombie, trying to unfasten Michael and risking his own life to see if a part of Michael still existed. After Andrea put him down, Milton was deeply saddened.


TV Series

Season 3


  • Michael is one of the oldest characters to die in the TV Series, the others being Dale and Hershel.
  • Michael was supposed to have lines, but they were cut prior to filming. [1]
  • Michael is one of the few people in The Walking Dead universe to die of natural causes, the others being David Chalmers, David Chambler, LucillePatrick, Caleb Subramanian, several unnamed prison survivors, and possibly Larry (as he was killed before whether he was truly alive or not was established).


TV Series Characters
Grimes Family RickJudithCarlLori
King County LambertPaulaShaneLeonMr. SiggardMrs. Siggard
Jones Family MorganJennyDuane
Atlanta Camp CarolDarylMoralesGlennAndreaMerleTheodoreMirandaLouisElizaDaleSophiaJacquiAmyEdJim
Nursing Home GuillermoFelipeMiguelGilbertJorge
Jenner Family EdwinCandace
Greene Farm MaggieBethHershelPatriciaJimmyAnnetteShawnArnoldOtisJosephine
The Living NateRandallSeanTonyDave
Michonne's Group MichonneMikeTerryAndre
The Prison AxelOscarAndrewTomasBig Tiny
Woodbury JeanetteMrs. RichardsMs. McLeodPhilipCaesarShumpertJacobsonMr. RichardsOwenErynKarenGregMiltonStevensRowanEileenMrs. FosterBettyNoahPaulJodyRichardHaleyPennyWarrenMichaelGargulioCrowleyTimEmily
Tyreese's Group SashaTyreeseAllenBenDonna
Military Personnel WellesWilsonBradySeanFranklinCallaway
Prison Newcomers BobLizzieMikaLukeMollyJulioHenryNorisCalebDavidRyanCharlieChloePatrickZach
Chambler Family TaraLillyMeghanDavid
Martinez's Group HowardMitchAlishaPete
Post-Prison Survivors EugeneRositaGabrielAbrahamEllenA.J.Becca
The Claimers DanBillyHarleyTonyJoeLenLou
Terminus MartinGregTheresaGarethAlbertMikeMaryAlex
Grady Memorial Hospital StevenTanakaAlvaradoAmandaBelloLicariPercyMcGinleyFrancoNoahDawnO'DonnellBobJeffriesGormanJoanGavinHanson
Alexandria Safe-Zone AaronEnidBobBarbaraScottHeathBruceTobinKent AnnaMikeyFrancineSpencerOliviaDeniseDeannaRonJessieSamDavidBetsyNicholasTommyAnnieWillSturgessBarnesRichardsHollyMichaelStacySamanthaJefferyBobbyNatalieErinShellyDineshO'HaraCharlyneDanAdrianParkCarterPeteRegAidenEric
The Wolves OwenAphid
The Saviors NeganLauraArat AmberTanyaFrankieMarkGinaRegina AldenGracieJoséPotterBrookeD.J.JohnSherryDwightWadeCamHuckNorrisMelSimonDukeLanceGaryReillyJaredEvanKatyKenoDerekDeanGavinGomezPaulieDukeZiaLeoYagoJoeyGuntherRudyToddDinoNelsonMaraGordonRoyDavidEmmettIsabelleJosephChrisGeorgeNeilRomanMilesJiroPrimoPaulaMichelleMollyDonnieGabeTimmyTina
Hilltop Colony PaulBertieKalEduardoGregoryCrystalOscarCraigWesleyHarlanNeilFreddieAndyEthan
The Kingdom EzekielJerryDianneHenryJennyNabilaDanaKevinKurtAlvaroDanielColtonRichardBenjamin
Oceanside RachelCyndieBeatriceKathyNatania
The Scavengers AnneTamielBrionFarronWinslow
Georgie's Group HildaMidgeGeorgie
Miscellaneous Survivors SiddiqWilhelmEastmanSamChristopherAnaClara
Animals NellyShivaTabithaButtonsDukeFlameViolet
Walkers CarlaDellyJoe Sr.BillTonyNickErinDougLouiseWayneHannahSummerEddie
Alive characters appear in green. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Unknown characters appear in blue. Undead characters appear in grey and italics.