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.