Greg Grunberg Spills Fugitives Secrets, Matt Parkman’s Love Life

Remember the good old days of Heroes when you could count on Matt Parkman to be just sorta … there? Well no longer, says Greg Grunberg, who was recently Across the Pond at the London MCM Expo (the Brit version of the Comic Con), and spilled some beans about the upcoming Heroes Volume 4, titled “Fugitives”. According to Grunberg, the title is very appropriate, since it involves — well, POSSIBLE SPOILERS below. Grunberg also gets into some changes in store for his character Matt, in particular his relationship with the speedy Daphne (played by Brea Grant), and why Matt may have some dark moments ahead of him.

Grunberg talked to Digital Spy, telling them this about “Villains”:

“We’re shooting episode two of Fugitives right now. It puts us all in a Guantanamo Bay kind of a situation. We’ve all bagged and tagged and we’re on our way to being killed. What’s great about it is that we all have to work together. We’re all thrown into this terrible situation and have to work together to get out of it, find out who’s in charge of [doing] this and stop them. There’s a new character called ‘The Hunter’ and he’s coming after all of us.”

The Hunter, you’ll recall, will be played by Damages and Homicide: Life on the Streets character actor Zeljko Ivanek. (Read more about his casting here)

So what about Matt Parkman’s love life? Grunberg says there is a moment in this season that Matt Parkman may enter a very dark phase in his life, and that it could involve something that happens to Daphne, the season’s barely villainous villain, with whom Matt is destined to become soul mates with. Grunberg also says that we do eventually find out why Daphne is working for Pineheart, and why she seems to be doing so against her will for the most part.

Grunberg then reveals this about the upcoming seventh episode, airing tomorrow, “Eris Quod Sum”:

“[Daphne is] told that she needs to kill me. She’s told that she needs to bring me in and get me to work with them. She knows that I’m not going to do that, so then that’s the position she’s put in. It’s weird – I can read minds, so I should be able to pick up on the fact that she’s working for the bad guys, but I don’t!”

Well I for one would like to thank the writers for finally giving Matt Parkman something to do other than be the show’s big lovable loser. Really, the lack of a credible storyline for Parkman throughout the previous two seasons has bordered on the absurd.


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  • Surakat

    I don’t like Parkman… he’s boring and he is not a great actor…
    as soon as i read this piece i knew what we can expect in the coming season.
    After all, Greg Grunberg initially wanted the role of Peter.
    I’m glad he didn’t make it.
    He probably had a fallout with the writers regarding his bad storyline which made him useless to the show, so now they are trying to improve the character for him…
    Oh well, I love the show… so i hope it gets better and better.

    • Indian Girl

      wow, strong opinion. I admit his caracter isn’t exactly one of the best, but i do like him.

  • Surakat

    I don’t like Parkman… he’s boring and he is not a great actor…
    as soon as i read this piece i knew what we can expect in the coming season.
    After all, Greg Grunberg initially wanted the role of Peter.
    I’m glad he didn’t make it.
    He probably had a fallout with the writers regarding his bad storyline which made him useless to the show, so now they are trying to improve the character for him…
    Oh well, I love the show… so i hope it gets better and better.

    • Indian Girl

      wow, strong opinion. I admit his caracter isn’t exactly one of the best, but i do like him.

  • MidnightSun

    I don’t really mind Parkman. I like the Terrorist more lol. He’s hilarious. But Parkman isnt a very well-rounded character, and doesnt have that much of a good story. Greg isnt very good as an actor, and I’m extremely glad he didnt get Peter. The show wouldn’t be the same. And does anyone else think the effect for reading minds is extremely lame? I die a little inside whenever they do it :S

  • MidnightSun

    I don’t really mind Parkman. I like the Terrorist more lol. He’s hilarious. But Parkman isnt a very well-rounded character, and doesnt have that much of a good story. Greg isnt very good as an actor, and I’m extremely glad he didnt get Peter. The show wouldn’t be the same. And does anyone else think the effect for reading minds is extremely lame? I die a little inside whenever they do it :S

  • Jason D.

    I dont mind his character too much. not my fav, but not the worst either. Personally, i think its a cool power though to be able to control anything the mind controls and stuff.

  • Jason D.

    I dont mind his character too much. not my fav, but not the worst either. Personally, i think its a cool power though to be able to control anything the mind controls and stuff.

  • Brandon

    Maybe Pinehearst is holding her grandmother hostage. I mena isn’t that who Matt and Daphne named her after in the future. Maybe thats why they hate Peter so much in the future becuase he killed her grandmother. Heck i don’t know lol

  • Brandon

    Maybe Pinehearst is holding her grandmother hostage. I mena isn’t that who Matt and Daphne named her after in the future. Maybe thats why they hate Peter so much in the future becuase he killed her grandmother. Heck i don’t know lol

  • SnakeHead

    All the heroes working together? I wonder if that means Peter, Sylar and Hiro together – the three most powerful Heroes in the Heroes universe. As it is, with only Peter and Hiro, they could just freeze time and breeze through anyone in their path, bar the Haitian and Daphne (but in episode 6, Hiro even managed to freeze Daphne, maybe because she wasn’t running).

    So the most interesting thing about this article I think is *NOT* Parkman, but the Hunter. What power does he have? What makes him so sure he can get all the heroes by his own, except if he got a power like the Haitian and also other offensive powers? Can he fight head-on against Peter/Sylar (lighting, fire, telekinesis, nuclear etc) or even Hiro (time-stopping)? If Hiro had the guts, even Adam Monroe couldn’t beat him. He could have just freeze time and cut off Adam’s head.

    Interesting. Can’t wait for the Hunter to come into play.

  • SnakeHead

    All the heroes working together? I wonder if that means Peter, Sylar and Hiro together – the three most powerful Heroes in the Heroes universe. As it is, with only Peter and Hiro, they could just freeze time and breeze through anyone in their path, bar the Haitian and Daphne (but in episode 6, Hiro even managed to freeze Daphne, maybe because she wasn’t running).

    So the most interesting thing about this article I think is *NOT* Parkman, but the Hunter. What power does he have? What makes him so sure he can get all the heroes by his own, except if he got a power like the Haitian and also other offensive powers? Can he fight head-on against Peter/Sylar (lighting, fire, telekinesis, nuclear etc) or even Hiro (time-stopping)? If Hiro had the guts, even Adam Monroe couldn’t beat him. He could have just freeze time and cut off Adam’s head.

    Interesting. Can’t wait for the Hunter to come into play.

  • wtfing

    They already finish shooting this season’s show?

    • shorty

      they finished the first half of the season (which is until november/december)
      fugitives is the second half of this season

  • wtfing

    They already finish shooting this season’s show?

    • shorty

      they finished the first half of the season (which is until november/december)
      fugitives is the second half of this season

  • 20something

    Well, I do like Parkman, he is my favourite character, although I admit Greg Grunberg wouldn’t fit for Peter Petrelli (this character had to be young and good-looking).

    But don’t say Greg is a bad actor just because you don’t like his character. You have to get the difference between liking a character and liking an actor. In fact, Milo Ventimiglia isn’t a good actor (he’s received a LOT of critics because of his acting) but I like him and his character.

  • 20something

    Well, I do like Parkman, he is my favourite character, although I admit Greg Grunberg wouldn’t fit for Peter Petrelli (this character had to be young and good-looking).

    But don’t say Greg is a bad actor just because you don’t like his character. You have to get the difference between liking a character and liking an actor. In fact, Milo Ventimiglia isn’t a good actor (he’s received a LOT of critics because of his acting) but I like him and his character.

  • Jason D.

    I agree with 20somthing, although he is not my absolute fav character.

  • Jason D.

    I agree with 20somthing, although he is not my absolute fav character.

  • leigh

    Greg Grunberg is good looking, how could you say he’s not. I mean I’ve got a crush on him because he’s so cute, I appreciate pretty faces, he has a handsome face, agree?? yes he’s chubby that’s why he seems to appeal not that hot. If he loose those weight a little, then we’ve got a hunk???right???

    As for someone said that he’s not a good actor, why does he’s nominated for so how many times in his role in Heroes?? Only four characters are nominated for their respective roles, it’s Hayden, Ali, Greg and of course MAsi..

    Let’s just wait for Matt Parkman character development in Heroes..and then look at him, he’s handsome…

  • leigh

    Greg Grunberg is good looking, how could you say he’s not. I mean I’ve got a crush on him because he’s so cute, I appreciate pretty faces, he has a handsome face, agree?? yes he’s chubby that’s why he seems to appeal not that hot. If he loose those weight a little, then we’ve got a hunk???right???

    As for someone said that he’s not a good actor, why does he’s nominated for so how many times in his role in Heroes?? Only four characters are nominated for their respective roles, it’s Hayden, Ali, Greg and of course MAsi..

    Let’s just wait for Matt Parkman character development in Heroes..and then look at him, he’s handsome…

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

    This looks interesting. I’m glad Parkman’ll have something to do. What worries me is that Guantanamo bay situation. I’m worried and wondering where Claude will be for that.

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

    This looks interesting. I’m glad Parkman’ll have something to do. What worries me is that Guantanamo bay situation. I’m worried and wondering where Claude will be for that.