Heroes Reborn Has Killed Off at Least One Fan Favorite from the Original Series
Heroes Reborn is bringing back a lot of the old guard from the original series, including Noah Bennet (Jack Coleman), Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy), and of course, Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka). But there are several notable absences as well, and at the TCA press tour this week, Heroes creator Tim Kring confirmed that at least one of the fan favorite characters who isn't returning has actually died in the intervening years.
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As was revealed to the world in the series finale of Heroes, Claire had superhuman regenerative abilities, and so shouldn't have been able to die. The entire premise of the pilot, in fact, was Claire trying and failing to kill herself over and over again in an attempt to test her powers.
It's unknown whether any other original characters died in the June 13 disaster, but we wouldn't be surprised if Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia) and Tracy Strauss (Ali Larter) were killed in the event as well. Like Claire, they both have family members returning, who had much less significant roles in the original series, so their absence will have to be explained somehow. Plus, if many of the original heroes died in that event, then that would go a long way towards explaining the new "Where are the Heroes?" mantra:
But then again, the producers probably don't want to kill off too many main characters, in case any of them are available to return for a potential second season. Kring said (via Deadline) that several of the actors he wanted to return "didn't have availability, it was out of our control," although he clarified that it was also dependent on "what the story dictated."
This major character death will heavily inform the storyline of Noah Bennet, who will be investigating the mystery of the June 13 event:
"The June 13 date has all kinds of mystery attached to it. By having to go back to discover what happened or follow the trail of what happened, we unpack a lot of what happened in the intervening years, in a thriller-esque kind of way. His storyline has very much a '70s thriller / Three Days of the Condor quality because it's a bit of a paranoid thriller. Who does he trust and what does he know and who's telling him the truth?"
With all the focus on what happened in the years since the series finale, Heroes Reborn certainly isn't picking up where Heroes left off. The prequel series, Dark Matters (which you can watch in its entirety here), fills in the gaps somewhat, but Kring stated that in general, the miniseries doesn't feel like a fifth season as much as a tenth season:
Heroes ran for four seasons from 2006-2010, and went off the air five years ago. If it had never been canceled, then the show would be entering its tenth season. Kring said that treating the show like a tenth season rather than a fifth season was a choice made by him and the network in order to even the playing field between dedicated viewers of the original series and new viewers (or, let's be real, viewers who dropped off somewhere in the second season):
Heroes Reborn premieres on September 24 at 8 pm ET on NBC.