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.