Tim Kring on Volume 2 Finale, Possible Volume 3 Storylines

Tim Kring didn’t waste anytime. As soon as last night’s “Powerless” episode ended, Kring was sitting down with TV Guide to talk about Volume 2, and what awaits the characters. He talks about the fates of Nathan and Niki, both of whom were dead or dying at the end of “Powerless” (but seriously, who stays dead in this show?), Sylar’s return as possible ringleader of a “legion” of villains, and Elle’s possible transition from bad girl to good girl.

You can read the whole TV Guide article here. Below are the notable excerpts:

About Nathan and Niki’s fates:

“…up in the air and will be determined when we come back after the strike,” Kring says. “Things are fairly dire for them both.”

It’s Heroes. No one dies in Heroes. If you can survive getting blown up by a nuke and getting shot in the eye, I’m pretty sure getting shot in the chest is akin to a mosquito bite to these people.

About Elle’s possible transformation from bad girl to good girl:

Kristen Bell gave us the perfect reaction in that scene,” Kring says. “For a moment there, Elle sees she’s been given an opportunity to use her powers in a good way. And she absolutely likes the sound of that word ‘hero.’”

The title of Volume 3 is “Villains”. What does that mean?

“We’ve introduced a cadre of them over the course of the show and we’re going to see them rise up,” Kring says. “Just as the heroes have found each other to save the world, the villains will do the same with the opposite intent.” And their numbers may be legion. “The Company has catalogued many of these people over the years. There may be more of them down in that basement than we have alluded to so far.”

If the villains team up, they’ll need a leader, right? But wait, won’t Zachary Quinto be busy playing Spock?

“Sylar getting his power back does not bode well for our heroes,” says Kring, who admits there is one upside to the writers’ strike: Originally, Quinto was not going to be available for much of Volume 3 because of his commitment to the new Star Trek film. Now, with the strike dragging on, he’ll likely be done playing young Spock by the time Heroes returns to production.

So there you go. What to expect in Volume 3, which will either commence after the Winter break if the strike is resolved, or be kept under wraps for Season 3 if it is not, from the Main Man himself.

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  • WIllie

    Nathan is one of the most rich and well developed characters on the show.The fact that he played bench to some of the abysmal performances this year is criminal and a huge mistake by the writers.

    To underuse him all season only to pull him out so he can get shot for a cliffhanger screams “shock value”.

    I’m calling the writers out on this one,I know this character’s death is the last thing on your minds right now,and rightfully so (I support the WGA),but getting rid of this character who still has so much potential for redemption and starting anew in his life would be a travesty.NOTHING IS WRONG with the original cast,I know the creators were so hellbent on using BRAND NEW characters when Season 2 was coming up,but look how that payed off.Anders and Bell were fine additions,but the Twins and New Orleans storylines didn’t pay off.

    The Petrelli family history is still shrouded in mystery and there’s is still so much untapped potential.Nathan’s character was one of the defining aspects of this show,his ability to go good,as well as step along the blurred moral line into the gray is what makes him great and essential to the show WHICH IS all about morals and doing the right or wrong thing.

    So to the creators and writers of this show,Please hear us.This isn’t a cry of obsessed fandom over the loss of a character.This is about continuing the show down an interesting route and exploring untapped storylines which,no offence,was really missing this season.

  • WIllie

    Nathan is one of the most rich and well developed characters on the show.The fact that he played bench to some of the abysmal performances this year is criminal and a huge mistake by the writers.

    To underuse him all season only to pull him out so he can get shot for a cliffhanger screams “shock value”.

    I’m calling the writers out on this one,I know this character’s death is the last thing on your minds right now,and rightfully so (I support the WGA),but getting rid of this character who still has so much potential for redemption and starting anew in his life would be a travesty.NOTHING IS WRONG with the original cast,I know the creators were so hellbent on using BRAND NEW characters when Season 2 was coming up,but look how that payed off.Anders and Bell were fine additions,but the Twins and New Orleans storylines didn’t pay off.

    The Petrelli family history is still shrouded in mystery and there’s is still so much untapped potential.Nathan’s character was one of the defining aspects of this show,his ability to go good,as well as step along the blurred moral line into the gray is what makes him great and essential to the show WHICH IS all about morals and doing the right or wrong thing.

    So to the creators and writers of this show,Please hear us.This isn’t a cry of obsessed fandom over the loss of a character.This is about continuing the show down an interesting route and exploring untapped storylines which,no offence,was really missing this season.

  • Mle

    So, “Generations” is over. And what did we learn about the preceding generation?

    Next-to-friggin’-nothing.

    We had three new characters from that generation introduced. One is buried, one died in the same episode she was introduced, and one is Bob, who seems to be pretty much a good guy, with some bad qualities (contrasted with Bennett, who is a bad guy with one good quality).

    We know *two* of the preceding generation’s powers. We know next to nothing about their history, goals, and their falling-out.

    Noah Bennett went nuts, and got horribly sloppy (killing his mentor instead of brain-wiping him, but leaving his fingerprints all over — nice work, Einstein!). Pretty much everything he did made things worse for him and his family. Except dying.

    D.L. died stupidly, and without making a point (contrast Highlander, for example, when Tessa dies in a mugging, reinforcing the difference between her mortality and immortality). Mohinder begins to embrace the company, and they act in a way that makes him start to trust them (in contrast to Bennett, who acts in a way that almost guarantees that Mohinder won’t trust him).

    And, possibly worst of all, Hiro and Ando get almost no screen time together. Hiro is a little useless without Ando to play off of. We all know his scenes in feudal Japan took too much time, but his drive for revenge against Adam contrasts with his entire behavior last season, not to mention his talk with his father this season.

    The less said about the Wonder Twins, the better. We don’t know what her power is, exactly, and she’s easily swayed, which doesn’t make her endearing. I’m wishing we’d seen about a third as much of them.

    But, still, why call it “Generations?” Why not call it “Pride and Prejudice?” Or even just “Stupid things happen to people who don’t work together, but should have.”

  • Mle

    So, “Generations” is over. And what did we learn about the preceding generation?

    Next-to-friggin’-nothing.

    We had three new characters from that generation introduced. One is buried, one died in the same episode she was introduced, and one is Bob, who seems to be pretty much a good guy, with some bad qualities (contrasted with Bennett, who is a bad guy with one good quality).

    We know *two* of the preceding generation’s powers. We know next to nothing about their history, goals, and their falling-out.

    Noah Bennett went nuts, and got horribly sloppy (killing his mentor instead of brain-wiping him, but leaving his fingerprints all over — nice work, Einstein!). Pretty much everything he did made things worse for him and his family. Except dying.

    D.L. died stupidly, and without making a point (contrast Highlander, for example, when Tessa dies in a mugging, reinforcing the difference between her mortality and immortality). Mohinder begins to embrace the company, and they act in a way that makes him start to trust them (in contrast to Bennett, who acts in a way that almost guarantees that Mohinder won’t trust him).

    And, possibly worst of all, Hiro and Ando get almost no screen time together. Hiro is a little useless without Ando to play off of. We all know his scenes in feudal Japan took too much time, but his drive for revenge against Adam contrasts with his entire behavior last season, not to mention his talk with his father this season.

    The less said about the Wonder Twins, the better. We don’t know what her power is, exactly, and she’s easily swayed, which doesn’t make her endearing. I’m wishing we’d seen about a third as much of them.

    But, still, why call it “Generations?” Why not call it “Pride and Prejudice?” Or even just “Stupid things happen to people who don’t work together, but should have.”

  • Low

    Something definitely bugged me about this series. The whole layout of story-lines were too detached. In the first series (unfortunately for the writers , they set the bar pretty high) despite taking a long time, you knew that the stories were going to coincide at some point. But ‘Generations’ was more made up of bits and pieces that had me expecting confrontations and/or pivotal involvements, which sadly turned into a few distant links; Mika’s involvement, as well as Claire and West’s part. (Hiro-Kensai/Adam-Peter being the well executed exception)

    It also seems like The twin’s only function was to transport Sylar back to the US, a bit of a waste of potential, and a bit too coincidental for my liking.

    From what we’ve heard about ‘Villains’, I really hope they don’t make the same mistake as the ‘Matrix’ sequels and take it too distant from reality. Part of what made ‘Genesis’ so good was how ‘down to earth’ it was, making it much more believable. I’ve got a haunting feeling that season 3 is going to be more like the ‘childish’ ‘good vs evil’ battle we see in X-Men. PLEASE KEEP IT REAL!

  • Low

    Something definitely bugged me about this series. The whole layout of story-lines were too detached. In the first series (unfortunately for the writers , they set the bar pretty high) despite taking a long time, you knew that the stories were going to coincide at some point. But ‘Generations’ was more made up of bits and pieces that had me expecting confrontations and/or pivotal involvements, which sadly turned into a few distant links; Mika’s involvement, as well as Claire and West’s part. (Hiro-Kensai/Adam-Peter being the well executed exception)

    It also seems like The twin’s only function was to transport Sylar back to the US, a bit of a waste of potential, and a bit too coincidental for my liking.

    From what we’ve heard about ‘Villains’, I really hope they don’t make the same mistake as the ‘Matrix’ sequels and take it too distant from reality. Part of what made ‘Genesis’ so good was how ‘down to earth’ it was, making it much more believable. I’ve got a haunting feeling that season 3 is going to be more like the ‘childish’ ‘good vs evil’ battle we see in X-Men. PLEASE KEEP IT REAL!

  • dmoney

    I agree. They could have wrapped the Hiro/Adam story, in past Japan, up in just 2 episode with a faster pace then to drag it out so much. This is what killed any pace or interest in volume 2 episodes and when it was resolved then the series reclaimed itself.

  • dmoney

    I agree. They could have wrapped the Hiro/Adam story, in past Japan, up in just 2 episode with a faster pace then to drag it out so much. This is what killed any pace or interest in volume 2 episodes and when it was resolved then the series reclaimed itself.

  • Spikey

    oh god bless no xmen please…
    >.< want season 1 back

  • Spikey

    oh god bless no xmen please…
    >.< want season 1 back

  • 311

    Please let Nathan be revived. He was one of my favorite characters…. HRG pulled the trigger…terrible..

    Take Monica instead!! Bring back Nathan and Niki(without her MPD).

  • 311

    Please let Nathan be revived. He was one of my favorite characters…. HRG pulled the trigger…terrible..

    Take Monica instead!! Bring back Nathan and Niki(without her MPD).

  • kk

    after all niki has been through, is she not the one character we are all gunning for to pull through!!!

  • kk

    after all niki has been through, is she not the one character we are all gunning for to pull through!!!

  • bob, the man with gold

    i dunno. the season was ok when I watched, but now when i think about it, it really sucks compare to season 1. i like the idea of a bad guy group because there have been to many good people groups in the past few years. but i also dont want 10 sylars.

  • bob, the man with gold

    i dunno. the season was ok when I watched, but now when i think about it, it really sucks compare to season 1. i like the idea of a bad guy group because there have been to many good people groups in the past few years. but i also dont want 10 sylars.

  • mk

    How is that gonna work with Sylar heading a legion of baddies? Isn’t he gonna just go around stealing their brains?? would be a bit of a shift from his character if he were to start up bonding with a team…..and I’m still a little miffed as to why season 2 didn’t explain quite how Sylar survived, or survives all his deathly experiences….Generations was a complete washout, hoping for a miracle for the next season. Plus, c’mon even Xmen the movies (1&2 anyway) were better than this!

  • mk

    How is that gonna work with Sylar heading a legion of baddies? Isn’t he gonna just go around stealing their brains?? would be a bit of a shift from his character if he were to start up bonding with a team…..and I’m still a little miffed as to why season 2 didn’t explain quite how Sylar survived, or survives all his deathly experiences….Generations was a complete washout, hoping for a miracle for the next season. Plus, c’mon even Xmen the movies (1&2 anyway) were better than this!

  • Shiori

    Anyone know when Season 3 will be out??I just can’t wait for that!

  • Shiori

    Anyone know when Season 3 will be out??I just can’t wait for that!