Heroes Has No Problems Spoiling Tonight's Episode

Are you a Heroes fan? Then don't open up today's edition of USA Today. Heck, don't even turn on your computer. In fact, stop reading this right now, put your fingers in your ears, and yell "La la la la la la la la la" over and over again. Because spoilers are out there, and showrunner Tim Kring doesn't even care.

How do we know he doesn't mind? Kring is openly discussing them with a national newspaper. Nobody is even pretending to hide the big turn of events that goes down in tonight's episode; the spoiler is right there—in bold, 72-point type—in the USA Today headline.

And that headline says (Spoiler alert... we'll at least try a little bit) "Adrian Pasdar 'never better,' Heroes character never deader." In case that was lost on you, tonight will be Pasdar's last episode on Heroes.

Now, that bit of spoiled news leaked onto the Web in early November, and of course the REAL Nathan died a while ago. But to those who say "who cares then," I'd counter with this: Not everyone has "Heroes Spoilers" programmed into their Google Alerts, and though the character was already dead, the actor remained on the show.

So what's the reason the show's creator is blatantly telling everyone what happens tonight? I guess it's a ploy for a ratings increase. I don't know how telling people what's going to happen increases viewership—if I were a Heroes fan (I returned my fan club card in Season 2) I would be insulted. How about rewarding the loyal fan base by not throwing spoilers into a national paper?

But maybe Kring just doesn't really know what he's doing. Listen to this quote from the article: "On a show where you put characters in life-and-death situations with real stakes," Kring said, "characters have had to die ... but we were starting to run out of ways to keep that character around."

Spoilers are usually dug up by some basement nerd. To see a showrunner just hand it over is troubling, to say the least.

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Despite lasting all 4 seasons I'm surprised Kring thinks this character death came as a surprise. Although Season 4 has been a vast improvement over the muddled Season 3 the writers still need to bring something new to the table if Heroes is still going to be a viable concern. My main gripe with the show is no-one ever appears to be in much danger (with the exception of Nathan) as they are always coming back in one shape or form. When you strip a show of this nature of any tension there is very little reason for viewers to return season after season...
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I remember people chatting about how great season 1 was and you can tell that it was glowing in popularity on the Internet and mainstream media. Then everything went downhill during season 2, mostly due to badly written plots and too many characters being introduced. Heroes never recovered, even though they're trying to make an effort now in season 4, the writers are still painting themselves into a corner. Tim Kring deserves most of the blame by trying to please fans and basically not planning out how each season will be plot wise. It's really sad.
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he's just stirring up some buzz
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Turned in my card a little into season 2 and it's unfortunate that Heroes never returned to that glory. How o how did they screw this potential (from a superpower saga) up so much (a drama about idiots/naive people w/ superpowers)?

There has not been an exciting plot in Heroes since S1 and I'm surprised it survives with it's moronic plots of today.
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I haven't seen Heroes since the start of season 3. I pretty much lost hope. I'd like to eventually watch the whole show on dvd though. Anyway, what Kring is doing is a sneaky trick to perhaps re-kindle the interest of former fans of the show. Yet, in the process, he's ruining it for the current fans. Well done sir, well done. Idiot.
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Pity they couldn't kill more of them starting with "I just want to be normal" Claire. In 4 seasons, FOUR! thats 71 episodes, she still hasn't embraced her cool power and done one thing useful with it. And now we may as well watch One Tree Hill since hereoes is more teen drama now. After 4 seasons all these "heroes" should have come to terms with their powers and be kicking bad guy ass. I morn season 1. The Samuel thing, and the carnies are cool, its ALL the original characters that are lame, whining, and useless. Getting rid of them all is the only way to save this show.
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Say what you want about heroes
I don't care Heroes For ever
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Keep that character around?! Are you kidding me? The last 2 seasons have been a bloodbath of character killing. Jeez, you couldn't kill them fast enough. Sylar couldn't kill the rest fast enough and now you're talking about "keeping that character around" even though you've tried to kill him off 2 other times. Seriously, I love Heroes but give me a break! Sounds more like the writers are running on empty...again.
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Well, whatever.

Heroes last good epsidoe was in Season 2. Now it completly sucks!
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THE PERSON WHO WROTE THIS IS A DRAMA QUEEN. SORRY BUT THAT THE BEST DESCRIPTION I CAN GIVE. "(I returned my fan club card in Season 2)" SO WHY DO YOU EVEN CARE? CAN I SAY HATER!!!!



HEROES FAN DONT CARE ABOUT THIS SO YOU WASTED YOUR TIME. SORRY.....GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HEROES!!!
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isn't surprising at all..I knew they'd have to get rid or "nathan" soon or later..and 11 episodes in is definitely later.

I'm glad to see that storyline gone so they can progress with the story when the show returns jan 4th. I never stopped watching..and probably wont.
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Luckily everyone stopped watching three years ago, and so the whole crisis was averted.
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Who cares... Besides, we got bigger fish to fry, my friends. Now all we have to worry about is Samuel and what kind of evil is going to attempt against the all team, not just Hiro...
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The only interesting thing about Nathan was his relationship with his brother, Peter. His political storyline "died" in Season 1, his humanity faded in Season 3 and at least he got to die fighting. This whole Nathan/Sylar storyline was just to keep the real Sylar busy for a while, so that Samuel's could progress. I like the show, I like the characters and I'll keep watching... spoilers or no spoilers.
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Wow, that was... anticlimatic.
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i don't mind spoilers
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This is the era when they give away the climax of movies in the trailers. So its no surprise it happens with TV series as well.
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Nathan's Sylar storyline was sooo anti-climatic and terribly executed throughout the season. Nathan barely had any screentime n we never got to see him be the better Nathan he promised to be. All we got was sylar, sylar, sylar sylar and more sylar. Sylar in Matt's mind, sylar doing absolutley nothing at the carnival. It was beyond boring. Someone deserves punishment for the deliverance of that poorly written story arc
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it just sucks because they wont give zeus his powers back...i mean odin no! I mean peter...yeah peter
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so Nathan "The Cat" Petrelli is finally dead...yeah right! they'll most likely bring him back to life in some far fetched way
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I thought Nathan will the number 1 hero here coz he's the only one who can fly. I thought his powers will become like superman.

Yeah, this show used to be really good & now it just sucks.
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I'm with Tim... I stopped watching after season 2
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I didn't see anyway of Nathan coming back to begin with, since they left Sylar alive. It was going to happen.
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If characters actually stayed dead, I might be surprised, but I wouldn't doubt if he turned up again around May.
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I'm not sure anybody really cares that much about Heroes anymore. Maybe that includes its writers and producers too.
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his character was dead for a long long time, just like the series :)
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ok that doesn't come as a surprise. i quit watching the show after they killed of kristen bell's character & even the it was hard to watch. this show used to be really good & now it just sucks
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@ meelk .. think you mean middle of season 2
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Eh, don't really care much as this comes as no surprise given the fact he was already dead in the first place.
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I am not pleased Nathan died. He had a lot of potential.
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What will the Hero's writers do now that they can't make killing Nathan the season finale for the 4th year in a row. The writers of this show have never done a death properly so why start now. They talk about raising the stakes but when you constantly kill people off ot stops being shocking and starts being tedious and boring.
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good to know.
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This show went completely off the rails midway through season 1. Why would anyone still be watching this drivel?
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Yikes wow, well I don't mind Nathan dying.
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