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by Emmett Furey, Staff Writer
Posted: March 11, 2007 — More From This Author

Editors Note: The following article contains spoilers.

Last night, CBR News attended the “Heroes” Screening and Q&A at the Museum of Television & Radio’s Paley Festival, and was privileged to see a clip from the upcoming episode “.07%.” Read on for our spoiler-filled recap.

In the most recent episode, the ubiquitous Linderman made his first appearance, and told Nathan Petrelli that the congressional candidate was destined to be commander in chief. In “.07%” Linderman continues his pitch.

In the scene, Linderman entertains Nahan in an art gallery which showcases his extensive art collection, paintings of the future all, by Isaac Mendez and people like him. Included among the paintings were those of the fictional Japanese warrior Takezo Kensei. “We all have our roles to play in the events to come,” Linderman says. “This isn’t just a collection of art. This is a road map. These artists envision a brighter future. Peace, prosperity.”

Nathan jabs his finger at a painting of the New York explosion and asks: “Is this your idea of a brighter future?”

“What if I was to tell you that it was?” Linderman replies.

Linderman goes on to explain that he, too, has powers, which came with an audible reaction from the audience. He’d become aware of them years earlier, and banded together with others like him “to make a difference to the world.” But some of his comrades in arms lost their way. “Greed set in, and we split apart. And all the good we’d done, well, it amounted to nothing,” Linderman says.

Then Linderman drops a bombshell, literally and figuratively: the explosion is to be the catalyst for a better future. When Nathan wonders out aloud about the cost in lives, Linderman counters, “There’s six and a half billion people on the planet, that’s less than .07%. Come on, that’s an acceptable loss by anyone’s count.”

“It is your destiny, Nathan, to be the leader who uses this event to rally a city, a nation, a world,” Linderman continues. And to drive the point home, Linderman unveils a prophetic painting of Nathan Petrelli in the Oval Office, seemingly painted by Isaac Mendez.

“If you know all this, you also know the exploding man is my brother Peter,” Nathan says.

“As I said, we all have our role to play. Peter’s curtain call will come the day after you’re elected.”

“.07%,” the first of the final five episode of “Heroes’” first year, is scheduled to air on April 23rd on NBC.

For a full report on the MT&R "Heroes" panel, read this article.

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