Bryan Fuller on Tracy Strauss and the Last Four Episodes of Heroes Season 3

Bryan Fuller has been hailed as the savior of Heroes, so it’s only fitting that we allow him to tell us where the show went wrong while he was off doing his own show (the now-canceled Pushing Daisies), and how he’s going to whip it back into form. And oh yeah, Fuller also puts the kibosh on the whole “is she or isn’t she dead?” question regarding Ali Larter’s Tracy Strauss, and teases us on the final four episodes of Heroes Season 3.

Here are some highlights from Fuller’s interview with SciFiWire. You can read the entire interview there.

On the matter of Tracy Strauss and that “winking” eye from “Cold Snap”:

There was a lot of debate over whether she’s winking, but no, she’s not winking. She’s blinking, and a tear comes down. There was miscommunication with the visual effects, where you were only supposed to see one of her eyes. It was definitely a blink and a shedding of a tear. Tracy comes back in a really big way later on in the season. That was one of the things where it was like, “Is she going to come back as Barbara now?” I was thinking “Can we please not do Barabara, because that’s another sci-fi ghetto storytelling element with clones. How many Ali Larters are there?”

So no, she wasn’t winking. It was a blink. And Tracy Strauss is not dead for good only to be replaced by clone Barbara. There will be no clone Barbara, according to Fuller, and Tracy will indeed return later in the year, apparently a changed woman.

On the remaining four episodes of Season 3, including what’s up with Sylar:

There’s actually a lot of really fun character work happening in the last four episodes that the writing staff is proud of. We’ll see Matt retaliate against Danko in a very interesting way. We’ll also see Sylar strike at the heart of HRG’s life in a way that causes things for him to unravel. The episode after that is essentially “Company Man” for Angela Petrelli, where we’ll be doing a flashback to her life in 1961 and the events that happened there, which really motivates who she is now. In episode 24, we get to the heart of Sylar’s identity crisis, and we clearly understand what his agenda is, what he’s after and who the people in his life are that made the biggest impact. Episode 25 is our big finale.

Heroes Season 3 wraps up with the 25th episode, “An Invisible Thread”. There are just four episodes left.

Below: Sylar and his new BFF Danko.


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  • rebel305

    tracy was the fakeout death. so there is one more major character that is left to die this season. c ya nathan!

    • http://www.myspace.com/tarot999 Tarot

      What I don’t get is why the Behind the Eclipse crew said Tracy was dead.

      • haitian sensation

        you have to look at what they said exactly ‘Traci is dead. Unless you can come back from the dead after slushing into the sewers.’ thats exactly how she’s going to come back

  • rebel305

    tracy was the fakeout death. so there is one more major character that is left to die this season. c ya nathan!

    • http://www.myspace.com/tarot999 Tarot

      What I don’t get is why the Behind the Eclipse crew said Tracy was dead.

      • haitian sensation

        you have to look at what they said exactly ‘Traci is dead. Unless you can come back from the dead after slushing into the sewers.’ thats exactly how she’s going to come back

  • NavyGater

    I LOVE THE WAY THINGS HAVE BEEN MOVING FORWARD IN HEROES THESE LAST COUPLE EPISODES JUST ALITTLE WORRIED ABOUT THIS LIL’ MATT PARKMAN MESSING UP WHAT SHOULD BE AN EPIC FIGHT BETWEEN PETER AND SYLAR… I WANT A FIGHT NOT A “YOUR POWERS ARE GONE” BAM BULLET TO THE HEAD END.

  • NavyGater

    I LOVE THE WAY THINGS HAVE BEEN MOVING FORWARD IN HEROES THESE LAST COUPLE EPISODES JUST ALITTLE WORRIED ABOUT THIS LIL’ MATT PARKMAN MESSING UP WHAT SHOULD BE AN EPIC FIGHT BETWEEN PETER AND SYLAR… I WANT A FIGHT NOT A “YOUR POWERS ARE GONE” BAM BULLET TO THE HEAD END.

  • Jason

    What do you think Sylar is going to do to unravel HRG’s life? We know Claire isn’t going anywhere. Any ideas?

    • http://www.myspace.com/tarot999 Tarot

      Good question… maybe he’ll show up as HRG and really make Sandra angry with HRG.

  • Jason

    What do you think Sylar is going to do to unravel HRG’s life? We know Claire isn’t going anywhere. Any ideas?

    • http://www.myspace.com/tarot999 Tarot

      Good question… maybe he’ll show up as HRG and really make Sandra angry with HRG.

  • SomeGuy

    Nathan’s not going to die. He’s destined to become President. We’ve seen too many futures where he’s a corupted President and then dies after that. So he won’t die until after he becomes president. But you never know, maybe they’ll stay true to thei tradition of making Nathan “Kenny” by making it seem like he dies in the season finale and then come back the next season.

    No, I’m totally kiding about Nathan being president, he could for sure die this season. Though I hope he doesn’t, personally.

    • UnsungHero

      Haha! I never thought about it, but there definitely is a pattern of “killing” Nathan. The way you’ve brought it up also has me wondering if the writer’s will stay on that pattern or not.
      At the risk of sounding like a Fuller Fanboy, I’d also comment that I wouldn’t be surprised if Fuller noticed the pattern while it just as easily flew over most of the other writers’ heads!
      Good observation!

  • SomeGuy

    Nathan’s not going to die. He’s destined to become President. We’ve seen too many futures where he’s a corupted President and then dies after that. So he won’t die until after he becomes president. But you never know, maybe they’ll stay true to thei tradition of making Nathan “Kenny” by making it seem like he dies in the season finale and then come back the next season.

    No, I’m totally kiding about Nathan being president, he could for sure die this season. Though I hope he doesn’t, personally.

    • UnsungHero

      Haha! I never thought about it, but there definitely is a pattern of “killing” Nathan. The way you’ve brought it up also has me wondering if the writer’s will stay on that pattern or not.
      At the risk of sounding like a Fuller Fanboy, I’d also comment that I wouldn’t be surprised if Fuller noticed the pattern while it just as easily flew over most of the other writers’ heads!
      Good observation!

  • Nick

    I bet He will change himself to HRG and screw up HRG’s life as a revenge.

  • Nick

    I bet He will change himself to HRG and screw up HRG’s life as a revenge.

  • Alyssa

    I really hope they kill HRG. He’s literally repeated the exact same story episode for episode every season. It’s getting old.

    • UnsungHero

      I don’t know…depending on where they go with HRG being family-less, his character could take on a whole new dynamic. He could become EVEN more ruthless out of bitterness for the family his job has cost him–yet of course, said job is all he really knows. He could again be more formidable because he doesn’t have as much to focus on, or, as Cold Snap implied with the parallel Danko/HRG shaving references (as commented on by Fuller in the commentary version of the ep), he could basically show signs of losing his cool and control.

      Any of those possibilities, if properly explored, could bring a bit of the new depth to his character you may have been hoping for.

      To me, HRG is much like Angela Petrelli…the more you think you know, the more you realize you might not know. There always seems to be another layer…

  • Alyssa

    I really hope they kill HRG. He’s literally repeated the exact same story episode for episode every season. It’s getting old.

    • UnsungHero

      I don’t know…depending on where they go with HRG being family-less, his character could take on a whole new dynamic. He could become EVEN more ruthless out of bitterness for the family his job has cost him–yet of course, said job is all he really knows. He could again be more formidable because he doesn’t have as much to focus on, or, as Cold Snap implied with the parallel Danko/HRG shaving references (as commented on by Fuller in the commentary version of the ep), he could basically show signs of losing his cool and control.

      Any of those possibilities, if properly explored, could bring a bit of the new depth to his character you may have been hoping for.

      To me, HRG is much like Angela Petrelli…the more you think you know, the more you realize you might not know. There always seems to be another layer…

  • noor

    What about Sylar Alyssa?? He’s repeated himself more than anyone and if he does anything new tht’s just so futile and ….

  • noor

    What about Sylar Alyssa?? He’s repeated himself more than anyone and if he does anything new tht’s just so futile and ….

  • Michael

    …but what about Peter??? Is he going to regain his original power or mayby evolve this one? Come on tell us something :)

  • Michael

    …but what about Peter??? Is he going to regain his original power or mayby evolve this one? Come on tell us something :)

  • http://heroestheseries.com/ steven

    the ratings are still down, even if he is good he will struggle to compensate for the poor writing for everyone else.

  • http://heroestheseries.com steven

    the ratings are still down, even if he is good he will struggle to compensate for the poor writing for everyone else.

  • Max Power

    Tracy Strauss was a horrible character. She betrayed everyone who ever helped her. Let her die.

    If you are going to resurrect anyone, bring Nikki back. She was much better.

    I still don’t think these decisions should be up to only one writer, no matter how good this particular writer may be.

    And, honestly, who cares whether she was blinking or winking, come on… This is ridiculous.

  • Max Power

    Tracy Strauss was a horrible character. She betrayed everyone who ever helped her. Let her die.

    If you are going to resurrect anyone, bring Nikki back. She was much better.

    I still don’t think these decisions should be up to only one writer, no matter how good this particular writer may be.

    And, honestly, who cares whether she was blinking or winking, come on… This is ridiculous.