A couple of notable Heroes news were making the rounds this week, including a pretty extensive interview with Heroes creator Tim Kring over at Comic Book Resources, where Kring delves into a lot of issues currently on Heroes fans’ minds; over at BuddyTV, they have two more behind-the-scenes videos from the currently shooting Season 3, including one very interesting scene between Ali Larter and Adrian Pasdar; meanwhile, in geeksville, Seth Green makes it official that he’s joining the show for a couple of episodes.
First up is Tim Kring, who has been doing quite the whirlwind publicity rounds for Heroes Season 3. Here’s one of those interviews, via CBR, who queries Kring on pretty much everything from Sylar’s supposed return transition from bad guy to not-really-all-that-bad guy, new characters, old characters, and the lost possibilities from the Strike-shortened Season 2.
What was lost during the Writers Strike as far as the virus storyline and will we ever find out what happened to Caitlin?
The virus story was really the casualty of the strike. We retooled the last couple of minutes of the finale to Volume Two when we knew that the Strike was eminent. We changed the ending so that that virus never broke out. The second volume of Season Two was going to be an outbreak story that would have lasted eight episodes and it was all avoided by Peter Pertelli catching this vile of virus. So it did not break and therefore did not get out in to the community. So three episodes into that volume, we would have found out what happened to Caitlin. As we go forward, after the Writers Strike now, that has sort of become a lost part of the mythology of the show that may never return.
Even though Sylar is evil, he is clearly supposed to be sympathetic to the audience. Do you plan to continue that aspect of the character or will we see a different side of him this season?
To be really honest, that is sort of a quest with this character, to continue to play off of the duality of good an evil — which I think has been at the core of a lot of characters on this show and certainly will become more thematic to the show this season in “Villains,” where so many of our characters will be faced with these choices of who are they really and what is their base nature. So yeah, we are going in places with this particular volume with Sylar that will, I think, cause the audience to be really torn as to how they feel about this guy. They know that he’s capable of tremendous evil and yet he has a kind of depth of pathos that makes you question your own sense of what’s right and wrong. He’ll have a series of very human relationships in this volume alone.
Are there a lot of new characters being added this season and if so, will some of the main characters be featured more prominently than others?
This season, we are not really introducing any new characters that have their own storylines. We are concentrating pretty much on the core characters that we’ve had for two seasons now. We have a certain style of storytelling where there are multiple characters in multiple stories going on at the same time. The difference in this volume, “Villains,” is that they are all feeding on one, big, giant story. So no, we are not really planning on featuring anybody anymore than anybody else. The audience may feel that way at times, but I think when they see it put together, certain episodes may lean a little more heavily on one character or another, but by the end I think it’ll balance out.
Entertainment Weekly caught up with Seth Green over at the VMA held last weekend and threw some questions at him, including his Heroes part:
It’s true, Green and pal Breckin Meyer have joined the cast of the NBC drama, so naturally we begged the actor to give us some hints to their upcoming arc, and in typical Heroes fashion, he was 100 percent vague. “They have a first page that says, like, ‘Keep our secrets,’ ” Green says. Still, we did get this out of him: “We’re starting on set Monday. That’s what this whole beard is for.” Facial hair aside, Green admits he would’ve done anything for the gig: “I’m a really big fan of the show,” he says, “and I kind of begged for a long time to see if there was anything I could do.”
Over at BuddyTV, two new behind-the-scenes video have popped up. One features Hiro in a magic shop, looking for a sword, and the other features Ali Larter’s Tracy Strauss and Adrian Pasdar’s Nathan Petrelli in a car — holding hands! Hmm, methinks these two will be spending a whole lot of time together in Season 3.