Outbreak future

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Outbreak future
New York is deserted.

First mentioned: The Line
Date of event: March 20, 2007 (viral outbreak),
June 14, 2008 (evacuation of New York)
Location: New York, NY

In a possible future timeline, the city of New York is deserted as a result of an outbreak of the Shanti virus.


The Line

Peter and Caitlin appear in an empty Times Square. The streets are covered in litter and Peter notices an evacuation notice on the ground that is dated June 14, 2008. In the background, billboards of St. Joan are visible.

Out of Time

Peter and Caitlin walk through empty streets, as Peter shouts for someone. A truck pulls up, and a CDC hazmat crew climbs out, apprehending the two. Peter calls for Caitlin as they are taken away forcefully.

After being showered and forcefully split, a Homeland Security agent, Howard Lemay, tells Peter that Caitlin will be deported back to Ireland, and hands Peter his death certificate. Peter asks what is happening, and Howard shows him around the CDC building. He says that the Shanti virus wiped out 93% of the world's population, and then shows him a room filled with body bags.

Howard takes Peter to see Angela, where they embrace. Peter asks who she is, and she tells Peter that she is there to help him remember who he is. She explains that he knows about his power, and says that his brother died in the first outbreak. Angela requests for him to return back into the past and change the future. Peter delves into his mother's memory, and remembers who she is. They hug again.

As Angela leads Peter to their home, Caitlin calls for Peter in a deportation line. They try to grab ahold of each other, but Caitlin is dragged away before Peter can get to her. Suddenly, he disappears from the future.

Graphic Novel:Quarantine

Howard Lemay takes his wife and son to Youngstown in order to escape the Shanti virus which has all but deserted New York City. On the way, the Lemays pick up Dylan, who is paranoid and frightened of dying. The four head to a Youngstown high school. As Howard radios Atlanta for help, his family is locked in the high school and accidentally infected with the virus; Howard is forced to abandon his condemned family.

Truth & Consequences

Peter travels to the future and sees himself and Caitlin being taken away, as he had experienced before. He grabs an evacuation notice before returning to the present.

Deleted Scenes

In the original ending of Powerless, Adam succeeds in dropping the vial and releasing the virus. However, the Writer's Strike resulted in this and many other scenes being deleted. They are featured on the season two DVD.

Alternate Ending

The virus escapes through the vents of Primatech infecting a nightshift worker, a forklift operator, and other Primatech employees and the surrounding citizens. Peter, Nathan and Matt rush down to the ground floor towards a way out when they see that the workers have fallen unconscious due to the infecting virus. Peter, Nathan, and Matt then agree that they must quarantine the whole town so they go to the police. Officer White will not listen to them and so they take matters into their own hands. Matt uses his powers to get everyone in the police station to listen to Nathan. Nathan instructs them that they must set up this blockade around the town. A conceptual storyboard scene is then shown where Peter telekinetically causes a landslide to block the only bridge in or out of town. After the scene when Sylar escapes from Mohinder's loft that is used in the actual episode Powerless, reporter Bruce Evans wants Nathan (the leader of this operation) to go public with this news to let everyone know what is happening. When reporting on front of an audience, Nathan faints. The virus has affected him.

Untold Stories

In a Season Two DVD commentary, it is explained that originally, Odessa, TX was quarantined. Eventually, it would be learned that Howard Lemay was an agent of the Company, who used his position at the CDC to quarantine Odessa to ensure that the Company's existence was kept secret. He was intended to be the main villain of the originally planned Volume 3, Exodus.

Memorable Quotes

"Peter, how did we--"

"I don't know. We're in New York."

"Where is everyone?... It's an evacuation order."

"June 14, 2008. This is next year."

- Caitlin, Peter (The Line)

"On March 20th, 2007, the first case was reported. After that, the Shanti virus spread across the globe. Pandemic. It's killed 93% of the world's population to date."

- Howard Lemay to Peter (Out of Time)

See Also


Events edit
Accidents and Disasters

Blizzard of 1978Bradford City stadium fireBrody's accidentThe explosionFire (1992)Flight 195 crashHurricane KatrinaLas Vegas house fireMutationNathan and Heidi's accidentOdessa Unity SummitTrain wreck

Future Events

"Explosion future" • "Exposed future" • H.E.L.E. • "Outbreak future"

Military Events

Afghanistan WarAmerican Revolutionary WarBattle of Twelve SwordsIraq WarVietnam WarWorld War II

Personal Events

Alejandro's weddingArthur's funeralCharlie's birthday partyD.L.'s funeralNathan's funeralNiki's funeralIshi's funeralKaito's funeralMicah's birthday partyJoseph's funeralSylar's baptismSylar's funeral

Recurring Events

Angela's dreamsEclipseGamblingInstant messagingNosebleedPeter's dreamsSpirit walkTed's escapes

Other Events

HomecomingKensei and the DragonLinderman ActLinderman's prosecutionNathan's campaignNathan's press conferenceNovember 8thRevelation of evolved humans

See Also: Sylar's CrimesTimeline