The question on everyone’s mind post-”Brave New World” is an obvious one: “Will Heroes be renewed for a fifth season?” That’s a question on a lot of people’s minds, including The Hollywood Reporter, who spoke to industry insiders and came up with a 60% chance that the show will be renewed for another season. But according to THR, if the show does end up being renewed, it could very well be for a limited number of episodes to close out the show for good.

The expensive NBC series has always performed well overseas, but the network needs “Heroes” to pull decent numbers in its own backyard too. This season, “Heroes” continued its decline and is now at a level — around a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating — that would warrant cancellation under most circumstances. The deciding factor here is NBC’s internal balance sheet for the production. Don’t be surprised if NBC announces a 12-hour “final chapter” for next fall.

Given the show’s plummeting ratings, including a lacklustre showing for the Season 4 finale “Brave New World”, I’ll take a 60% chance of renewal any day.

Heroes is a serial saga about people all over the world discovering that they have superpowers and trying to deal with how this change affects their lives.  Tim Kring and the creators of the series refer to these fictional elements as part of the mythology of the series. Kring confirmed that although the show does have a unique mythology, he does not want to sink too deeply into it. Rather, Kring has used volumes to wrap up ongoing plot lines, rather than carrying storylines over long periods of time, as in Lost.  As far as the overall mythology of the series, Kring said, «we have talked about where the show goes up to five seasons.» As far as the show’s ending date, Kring has commented that, «This show doesn’t posit an ending…» The show does not have a designated ending point and is «open-ended.

Some of the superheroes  introduced to the viewing audience include Peter Petrelli, an almost 30-something male nurse who suspects he might be able to fly, Isaac Mendez, a 28-year-old junkie who has the ability to paint images of the future when he is high, Niki Sanders, a 33-year-old Las Vegas showgirl who begins seeing strange things in mirrors, Hiro Nakamura, a 24-year-old Japanese comic-book geek who literally makes time stand still, D.L. Hawkins, a 31-year-old inmate who can walk through walls, Matt Parkman, a beat cop who can hear other people’s thoughts, and Claire Bennet, a 17-year-old cheerleader who defies death at every turn.

As the viewing audience is discovering the nature of each hero’s powers, the heroes themselves are discovering what having superpowers means to them as well as the larger picture of where their superpowers come from.  Their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world!

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