Full Disclosure: I gave up watching Heroes shortly after the Season 3 premiere. You can read those links to see why. It’s not pretty.

But even so, I admire those fans that have stuck around through the hard times. Fan dedication is something not to be trifled with or belittled. Unfortunately, Heroes creator Tim Kring doesn’t feel the same way.

From an IGN interview, Tim Kring says:

“[Serialized storytelling] is a very flawed way of telling stories on network television right now, because of the advent of the DVR and online streaming. The engine that drove [serialized TV] was you had to be in front of the TV [when it aired]. Now you can watch it when you want, where you want, how you want to watch it, and almost all of those ways are superior to watching it on air. So [watching it] on air is related to the saps and the dipsh*ts who can’t figure out how to watch it in a superior way.”

Wow. Just…wow. This is the thanks his fans get for sticking it out. Nice job, Kring.

The article continues:

Kring said no final ending for Heroes has been conceived, noting, “We didn’t have an island to get off of.” On top of that, Kring noted that “My original idea was more of an anthological vibe to it, where you regenerate the characters.”

Kring explained he had thought they could almost completely replace the characters each season, remarking, “I was primarily fascinated by the origin story. Once the original story is over, and the character has no more questions about what’s happening or existential drama, then the questions become just about plot, and then it becomes harder for me personally to connect to.”

However, Kring continued that, “The problem is you run into a whole series of issues, where show and business run into each other. The network falls in love with characters, the audience falls in love with characters, the press falls in love with characters. And it’s contractually hard to get people onboard for a brief period.” As a result, Kring said, “You find yourself writing for characters you thought would be gone.”

So, now what he’s saying is the show got away from him. Still don’t see how that’s the fans’ fault. If anything, he should retire himself from television and leave it to people who can handle the job and won’t belittle the fans that make it a hit. It’s not their fault he couldn’t keep the ball rolling.

I wonder how many fans will still stick around after this love bomb?

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