The cast of “Heroes” isn’t telling whether New York blows up, but what happens in the hit series’ final two episodes of the season will be “very unexpected.”
“The last three minutes of the season finale are actually the first three minutes of next year,” Greg Grunberg, who plays Matt Parkman, told TODAY host Meredith Vieira.
Given the episodic nature and multiple story lines of “Heroes,” the sprawling cast rarely assembles in one place. But with the penultimate installment airing tonight on NBC at 9 ET (8 Central), TODAY brought the 11 main characters together on the Top of the Rock in Manhattan, with the New York skyline spread out behind them.
In a brief preview of tonight’s episode, Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), who has seen in the future the explosion that destroys New York, begs Nathan Petrelli (Adrian Pasdar) to prevent it from happening.
“I can’t stop it,” Petrelli tells Hiro. Then, whispering in his ear, he adds: “Nobody can.”
“Can you give me a hint?” Meredith Vieira implored the cast. “Something great is going to happen.”
“There’s a lot that’s up in the air at the end of the season, that’s for sure,” volunteered Zachary Quinto, who plays the villain Sylar, a serial killer of others with super powers. Visits to the future have shown that he will explode, destroying the city and thus the world.
‘Weight of the world on his shoulders’
The Heroes — ordinary people with extraordinary powers — have to kill Sylar to save the world, Vieira noted. So trying another tack, she asked Quinto, “Do you have a job next season?”
“I don’t know yet,” laughed Quinto. “We’ll see what happens.”
Milo Ventimiglia, who plays Nathan Petrelli’s younger brother, Peter, gave what may be considered a hint. A hospice nurse, he has the ability to absorb the powers of others.
“Peter’s got the weight of the world on his shoulders,” Ventimiglia told Vieira. “It’s got the potential to destroy New York and kill a lot of people. The caregiver, the person that he is, he doesn’t want that. He’s got to figure out how to get everybody out of the situation — not doing it so much on its own, but relying on other people.”
That was it for the revelations about the last two episodes of the award-winning series. But 11-year-old prodigy Noah Gray-Cabey, a concert pianist in real life who plays Micah Sanders, volunteered a secret when Vieira asked him what it’s like being a kid in a cast of so many adults.
“None of them are grown-ups,” he said. “They’re all just kids.”
No one disagreed with him.
To keep up with the cast and story lines of “Heroes,” visit the show’s Web site at www.nbc.com/Heroes/episodes/.