Heroes is returning to NBC with Heroes Reborn, and fans of the original series are receiving new details about the 13 episodes ahead. TV Fanatic shared some inside scoop revealed by Tim Kring at NBC’s TCA event on Thursday, and he had one huge shocker.
Claire is dead.
With Hayden Panettiere living it up on ABC’s Nashville, she opted to not return to the Heroes franchise. Kring revealed that, “She died a year prior to our story starting. That sort of gets into the mythology that’s attached to the original show.”
Claire’s dad is still alive, and Jack Coleman plays him. His character will play a major role uncovering “some of that mythology.”
As for the action on the series, it will pick up five years after the end of Heroes Season 4. In that episode, Claire shared her powers with the world. When the series was canceled, it left fans with a huge cliffhanger.
That will not happen on Heroes Reborn. According to TV Insider, Kring spoke about the 13-episode season during the TCA panel.
“The biggest pitfall for us [on Heroes] was always the amount of story we had to tell in a season. The contract we are making with the audience is that this is 13 episodes. A beginning, middle and end. When you log onto this show and watch it, you know you are going to get an end.”
There will be some new characters joining the action for Heroes Reborn. Zachary Levi, best known for his role on NBC’s Chuck, will play a major role in the action as Luke Collins. Levi did not reveal much about his character, but he said that Luke is “bad and misunderstood. We’ve been given this really cool world to play characters that are ambiguous.”
A previous Inquisitr report shared the first trailer for Heroes Reborn earlier this summer, and it shows some more about Levi’s character and the world the heroes now live in.
Zachary Levi is excited to share this new series with his fans. In a previous interview, he spoke about the crossover of his fan base with the fan base of Heroes.
“At the end of the day, I think we should all be focusing on doing right by the fans. If you do that, then you make an excellent product. So I’m hoping that this speaks to and resonates with my fan base and specifically with the original Heroes fan base. I want them to feel like they got more, they got a new chapter of something that they really loved and it kind of made its way back to its roots.”
The 13-episode miniseries will premiere on NBC on September 24.