From creator/writer Tim Kring (Crossing Jordan) comes the third volume of the epic drama that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. Last season's mysteries - like the identity of Nathan Petrelli's shooter - are finally revealed. And new and unexpected developments erupt as "Heroes" returns with an amazing twist: a shocking revelation that suddenly divides our Heroes, puts them on opposing sides and take them on an amazing path of self-discovery.
The first chapter of “Volume 3: Villains” kicks off moments after shots rang out, as the shocking identity of Nathan’s (Adrian Pasdar) assassin and the reasons why the Texas press conference had to be cut short are revealed -- immediately throwing Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) and Matt (Greg Grunberg) into unexpected, uncharted territory. With his powers partially restored, Sylar (Zachary Quinto) decides a visit to Claire (Hayden Panettiere) could give him a boost. Meanwhile, in Tokyo, Hiro (Masi Oka) and Ando (James Kyson Lee) are charged with safeguarding a family secret that could split the planet apart, and discover that the path to a grim future starts with shady speedster, Daphne (guest star Brea Grant). In New York City, thanks to Maya (Dania Ramirez), Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) makes a startling breakthrough that could change the world -- or just destroy his. And who is Tracy Strauss? Ali Larter, Cristine Rose and Jack Coleman star. Noah Gray-Cabey, Ashley Crow, Randall Bentley, Jimmy Jean-Louis, George Takei, Malcolm McDowell, Carlon Jeffery, Jamie Hector, Bruce Boxleitner, Francis Capra and Blake Shields guest star.
In the shocking second chapter of “Volume 3: Villains,” Angela (Cristine Rose) confronts her much-changed son, Peter (Milo Ventimiglia), as the bursts of violence around them only hint to the catastrophes to come. First, Sylar (Zachary Quinto) declares war on the Company by attacking their main facility, and finds even more than he bargained for on Level 5. During a devastating battle with Elle (guest star Kristen Bell), a dozen savage criminals -- all with terrible abilities -- escape. Meanwhile, Claire (Hayden Panettiere) discovers something new and unexpected about her abilities. Determined to reclaim his family’s terrible secret, Hiro (Masi Oka) and Ando (James Kyson Lee) track Daphne (guest star Brea Grant) to Paris. After a fateful night, Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) is thrilled to find his research, his life and his relationship with Maya (Dania Ramirez) evolving in leaps and bounds. Stuck in unfamiliar territory, Matt (Greg Grunberg) finds a guide (guest star Ntare Mwine) to help him. Ali Larter, Adrian Pasdar and Jack Coleman star. Ashley Crow, Jessalyn Gilsig, Malcolm McDowell, Stephen Tobolowsky, Bruce Boxleitner, Francis Capra, Blake Shields, William Katt, Ken Lally, David H. Lawrence XVII, Andre Royo and Kiko Ellsworth guest star.
When four ruthless, powerful Villains - "Knox" (guest star Jaime Hector), Flint (guest star Blake Shields), The German (guest star Ken Lally) and Jesse (guest star Francis Capra) - burst into a bank and begin brutalizing hostages, Angela (Christine Rose) sends H.R.G. (Jack Coleman) and his shocking, newly empowered partner in after them. Determined to derail a cataclysmic future, Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) must first find what he lost along the way. Meanwhile, Hiro (Masi Oka) and Ando (James Kyson Lee) track Daphne (guest star Brea Grant) and part of "the formula" to Germany, but run afoul of The Haitian (guest star Jimmy Jean-Louis). Horrified by her ability, Tracy Strauss (Ali Larter) leaves Washington, D.C. to search for answers about Niki. A distraught Claire (Hayden Panettiere) asks Meredith (guest star Jessalyn Gilsig) to teach her how to fight. As his romance with Maya (Dania Ramirez) intensifies, Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) finds himself unprepared when his experiment yields some unexpected results.
Mohinder continues to deteriorate; he fears what he may become. When screaming draws him to his wife-beating neighbor's door, Mohinder's uncontrollable aggression causes him to beat the guy up.
Unable to sleep, Nathan leaves Tracy in bed, only to run into Linderman. Nathan wants answers: how did Linderman know Tracy was about to take a header into the Potomac? Linderman claims that God resides within, along with the answers which will come. Tracy startles Nathan - who's he talking to? Nathan claims he was just clearing his head.
At the Angry Skunk Bar, Knox demands that Hiro kill Ando as proof of his intentions. Hiro stops time and teleports to a magic shop, where he grabs a trick sword and a packet of fake blood. Then he teleports back to the bar two hours earlier to warn Ando that he will fake stab him later. Ando needs to trust Hiro, and pretend that he's dead.
In Africa, Ando tries to convince Hiro to go back in time to learn how to defeat the villains, but he adamantly refuses, claiming it will only make things worse. Usutu warns that time is running out; will Hiro choose his own path, or will it choose him?
Hiro eats a disgusting hallucinatory paste prepared by Usutu. His purpose? A spirit walk through the past to discover the history of today's villains. Hiro travels back in time 18 months to New York City, where Arthur and Angela Petrelli's 41st wedding anniversary party is underway.
Aware that Hiro has been dreaming about him, Arthur begins wiping his memory. Arthur gets distracted by Usutu's painting of the end of the world, giving Ando the opportunity to tackle Hiro and urge him to teleport them out of there. Ando tries to blink Hiro's eyes for him, but all Hiro can think about is waffles. As Arthur looms, Hiro manages to teleport away in the nick of time...
Eyes white, Arthur draws several images, but is most taken with a picture of H.R.G. holding a bloody Claire. Arthur proceeds to a storage room where Elle is training Sylar in the art of his new ability. Arthur tasks Sylar with retrieving Claire, and Elle insists on coming along to help. Meanwhile, Angela gets her own plan underway. Claire wants to fight, but Angela insists she's going underground with H.R.G.
Sandra brings Claire to the hospital. Claire's whole system is infected, and either she's never been sick in her life, or Sandra's lying about what happened. Meanwhile, Sylar and Elle make love. Sylar realizes that being free of both powers and parents offers a chance to reinvent himself, when suddenly H.R.G. opens fire on the couple. Elle is shot in the thigh as Sylar drags her out of the house, leaving a trail of blood behind.
Hiro teleports with Claire to Manhattan, 16 years ago. They hide, watching Kaito hand over baby Claire to a reluctant H.R.G. Claire peppers Hiro with questions, but since he still has the brain of his ten-year-old self, his English is very limited. When Hiro hears his mother Ishi's voice, he can't wait to see her. Not knowing what else to do, Claire runs after him.
Peter and Hiro rush to destroy the formula, while Sylar forces Claire to choose between saving her father or Angela.
After the battle between Pinehearst and Primatech, Pete, Claire, Matt, and Daphne try to live normal lives, while a powerless Hiro tries to teach Ando how to use his new special ability and become a superhero. However, Claire discovers Nathan's plan to track down those with abilities.
Thirty-five hours after the cargo plane crashes, Nathan calls someone to explain what happened. Some of the prisoners escaped... Hiro runs for his life, falling off a short cliff where Mohinder and Matt are hiding from swarms of heavily armed agents. Hiro admits that he no longer has his powers; what's a hero to do? Mohinder thinks they should keep moving. Matt's eyes turn white and he runs off, so Hiro and Mohinder follow.
Sandra is happy that her family is finally together under one roof for breakfast, but the mood is tense. Claire glares at H.R.G. as Sandra and Lyle ask about his new job, which they hope will keep him home more. Claire receives a text from Rebel: a local target named Alex is in danger. Will Claire warn him? Claire texts no, then leaves the table in disgust as her father lies to Sandra about their so-called father-daughter Ivy League college tour. Maybe community college is a better fit for now...
Mohinder doesn't like Matt's plan to drug H.R.G. and plow through his memories, but Matt insists there's no other way to get the information they need. After dragging H.R.G. out of the bar, the guys bring him back to a motel room, tape him to a chair, and administer painkillers. Matt is instantly able to access woozy H.R.G.'s memories, which play in black and white.
Claire brings a sandwich to Alex, who's still hiding in her bedroom. Claire has stolen Sandra's grocery money to buy Alex a ticket to Albuquerque, where he can start a new life. Alex is skeptical; Claire's not Harriet Tubman, and the government is probably watching right now. When Sandra knocks on the door looking for her missing grocery money, it doesn't take long for her to discover Alex in the closet.
Claire is disgusted to behold Doyle in her kitchen. Sandra points out that agents are parked outside, but Doyle knows that Rebel sent them on a wild goose chase. He's already figured out that Claire has a free pass -- how can she turn her back on her own kind? Doyle pinches Claire and Sandra's mouths closed so he can explain what it's like to be on the run. Teary-eyed, Doyle releases the women and heads for the door. He's not going to force them to help -- that's not who he is anymore.
At home, Danko is in the bathroom shaving when an alarm goes off. Someone has opened the front door. Wiping the shaving cream off his face, Danko grabs a pistol to investigate, only to find Doyle strung up in his living room, in an approximation of his puppet theater. A red bow bears an anonymous tag reading "my gift to you." Although Doyle surely looks dead, he inhales noisily on his journey back to consciousness.
As agents ransack her bedroom, Claire is safe in Nathan's arms, on her way to Patzcuaro, Mexico, where they hole up in a one-star motel.
At Building 26's temporary morgue, a suspicious H.R.G. unzips a body bag to check out what Danko insists is Sylar's naked corpse.
Angela uncovers the dark secrets of her past, while Mohinder learns of his father's involvement in a forgotten government operation.
Forty-eight hours prior to Nathan's live press conference, Agent Taub wakes up in his Washington, D.C. apartment. Taub looks in the mirror and morphs back into Sylar, pulling a bloody tooth out of his mouth.
Nathan tries to prevent Sylar from meeting the President. Sylar has his own agenda regarding his partner. Hiro finds there are consequences that come with the return of his powers.