I think by now it’s no longer a spoiler to say that Season 3 of Heroes will feature two versions of Claire Bennet — the Texas cheerleader we all know and love, and a new, futuristic version. Or as Hayden calls her: an older, more badass Future Claire. In an interview with Sci Fi Wire, Hayden talks about her dual role in the upcoming season. Plus, Tim Kring sits down for an interview with the New York Times, who gets into his grill about famously apologizing for the lackluster Season 2. Quite the interesting interview if you’re in the mood to read. A lot. It’s a pretty long interview, is what I’m saying.
But first, here’s what Hayden told Sci Fi Wire and other media outlets during a junket about the upcoming twist with her character in Heroes Season 3:
“She’s very different… It’s a very different world [in the future], and it’s kind of, as you can imagine, a world gone a little bit awry, and she’s a very different person than she was.
“One of the cool things I think about this season is I get to play kind of two different characters for a second, because we pop back and forth a little bit from the present to the future.
“There are some things that I think are going on with her character and things that are going to happen, things that are a really big part of the story, but things that I’m not sure yet… They won’t tell me quite yet how it’s going to manifest and how it’s going to play out. But I think Claire plays a very important role in what happens, and in that way she can be worse than all of them.”
Meanwhile, Tim Kring’s interview with the New York Times had him showing up with Katherine Pope, head of NBC Universal studio, apparently there to keep Tim from, like last time when he talked to Entertainment Weekly, from apologizing again.
Here’s an interesting excerpt from the interview (read the rest of it here):
Mr. Kring was a bit reluctant to revisit his self-criticism from last fall, and Ms. Pope even more so. Mr. Kring said that in the previous interview (with Entertainment Weekly) he had only discussed what had gone wrong with “Generations,” the previous volume, “because I was asked if I would do anything differently.”
He continued: “I’m trying to make the best show I can, and on any given day there are 10,000 things I would do differently. Nobody ever asked me that before.”
Ms. Pope jumped in with a laugh, “And we won’t let anybody ask that again.”
But Mr. Kring’s analysis now is much the same as it was: The audience got used to the “adrenalin pace” from the end of Season 1, and when Season 2 started with the introduction of still more new characters, the viewers “lost a bit of patience for the build-up.” That has led him to conclude that “when any new characters come in we need to connect them to the story line and characters they’re already familiar with.”
As to the Hiro trip back in time, Mr. Kring acknowledged that “some people didn’t like that we had separated Hiro from the other characters.” And romance? “I had sort of said romance would be a different thing for a show like ours because we have such adrenalin in the storytelling. It has to be a battlefield romance. These are things you learn along the way.”
I thought it was kind of funny that a big time NBC suit had to sit in with Kring on the interview. I don’t even know if that’s common place, but I’m going to guess that it isn’t.