Greg Grunberg’s character Matt Parkman has been missing from Heroes for the last couple of episodes, but the actor has resurfaced over at EW and according to him, he’s certain the show will have a fifth season. If nothing else, so the show can reach that magical 100 episodes, which would make it a cash cow when it goes into syndication. So, what does Greg think is the reason Heroes will be back, despite sagging ratings and mass grumblings from fans about the show’s current wayward plotlines and seemingly lack of focus? Here’s what he said:
“We wrapped yesterday and the [final episode] is nowhere near a series finale. It is cliffhanger-y and exciting, but it is nowhere near an end to a series that people are so invested in. It does not tie everything up in a neat bow… I don’t have any doubt that the show will be back.
“We will wrap it up properly in the next season and get to 100 episodes. At least that’s what I would like to see happen. They take so much care in writing the show that I would hope we get the chance to end it right.
“Lost announced an end [date] and I think that helped both the people working on the show and the people watching it. They see the finish line and I think it gives them something tangible to invest in and be excited about. It’s like it’s a movie and they want to see the end of it. That’s what I hope happens with our show.”
To further make his case, Greg cites the show’s strong DVD sales and overseas popularity, no doubt helped by the show’s status as the #1 most pirated show on the Internet.
Also, the idea of setting an end date for Heroes has been brought up before, but it’s never really been put forth by either the network or Tim Kring, though I think it’s definitely a good idea myself. At the moment, the show seems to be treading water, and setting an end date might give it that push it needs to get the creative juices pumping again.