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The third season of Heroes began airing Monday, September 22, 2008, beginning with Volume Three: Villains and concluding with Volume Four: Fugitives, ending on April 27, 2009. Volume Three begins with the assassination attempt on Nathan, and the consequences it has in the future. In addition, several villains escape from the confines of Level 5, and the Company attempts to recapture them. Volume Four starts with Nathan telling the President about the existence of evolved humans and the hunt for said humans ensues.
Volume Three: Villains
The third volume of Heroes, entitled Villains, aired for thirteen episodes.
| Chapter One — The Second Coming|
Original Air Date: 22 September 2008
The man who shot Nathan is revealed. Nathan is visited in the hospital by a familiar face. Hiro receives a message from his father and meets a "speedster". Claire is visited by Sylar. Matt is sent against his will to a distant location. Mohinder learns something amazing because of Maya. Hiro sees his death by an unlikely person.
| Chapter Two — The Butterfly Effect|
Original Air Date: 22 September 2008
After Sylar murders Bob, Noah and many prisoners of Level 5 escape thanks to Elle. Tracy's power is revealed. Angela takes control of the Company. Mohinder experiences the side effects of his new found abilities. Meredith returns to protect Claire.
| Chapter Three — One of Us, One of Them|
Original Air Date: 29 September 2008
Angela sends Noah and his new partner, Sylar, to stop a bank heist led by Knox. Tracy tries to find answers about Niki, which leads her to Micah. Hiro loses the second half of an important formula to Daphne. Claire asks Meredith to teach her how to fight.
| Chapter Four — I Am Become Death|
Original Air Date: 6 October 2008
Tracy learns the secrets of her past, and her connection to Niki. Peter travels to the future, where he gains a dangerous new ability. Matt has visions of this same future, seeing a woman that he will one day have a child with. Hiro and Ando, looking for answers, free Adam Monroe from his grave.
| Chapter Five — Angels and Monsters|
Original Air Date: 13 October 2008
Nathan learns a secret from his past, that ties him even closer to Tracy. Hiro tries to befriend Daphne. Arthur Petrelli is revealed, and he works to recruit people to his cause using Maury Parkman's ability. Claire hunts after a villain herself, only to find how ruthless her father can be on his missions.
| Chapter Six — Dying of the Light|
Original Air Date: 20 October 2008
Arthur Petrelli reveals his ability. Matt tries to forge a relationship with Daphne as she works to recruit for the Pinehearst Company. Hiro and Ando search for Usutu. Claire and Sandra try to save Meredith from the clutches of Eric Doyle.
| Chapter Seven — Eris Quod Sum|
Original Air Date: 27 October 2008
Peter Petrelli attempts to escape the Pinehearst Company. Matt saves Daphne, as she works to recruit him for the Pinehearst Company. Hiro and Ando begin a spirit journey with Usutu. Claire and Elle travel to the Pinehearst Company for help. Mohinder works to perfect the Company's formula.
| Chapter Eight — Villains|
Original Air Date: 10 November 2008
Hiro has a vision of the past, showing how villains Arthur, Sylar, and Flint became the way they are. Thompson captures Meredith, forcing her to become an agent for the Company. Angela Petrelli learns the truth of Arthur and Linderman's schemes. Noah and Elle track Sylar, and help shape his transformation into a monster.
| Chapter Nine — It's Coming|
Original Air Date: 17 November 2008
Ando tries to help Hiro regain his memories after they are wiped by Arthur. Nathan and Tracy confront Arthur. Knox and Flint chase after Peter and Claire, hoping to forcefully recruit Claire to the Pinehearst Company. Sylar reunites with Elle and learns an amazing truth about his abilities. Matt and Daphne try to awaken Angela from her coma.
| Chapter Ten — The Eclipse, Part 1|
Original Air Date: 23 November 2008
Arthur braces himself for something he cannot control. Peter and Nathan go after the Haitian. Sylar and Elle are sent to retrieve the catalyst. An eclipse has an unwelcome effect. Hiro and Ando continue their quest to repair Hiro's memories. Matt learns something about Daphne.
| Chapter Eleven — The Eclipse, Part 2|
Original Air Date: 1 December 2008
The eclipse ends. Noah plays a game of cat and mouse with Sylar and Elle. Hiro doesn't want to grow up. Mohinder rebels against Arthur. Peter and Nathan help the Haitian face Baron Samedi. Matt helps Daphne reconcile with her father.
| Chapter Twelve — Our Father|
Original Air Date: 8 December 2008
In 1991, Claire and Hiro witness Kaito Nakamura, giving baby Claire to Noah, finding out the origins about the catalyst. Nathan takes command of Pinehearst's operations, with Tracy helping him. Sylar pays a visit to a living lie detector to find truth about his parentage. Peter and The Haitian go to Pinehearst to confront his father. Matt, Daphne and Ando seek Isaac's last issue of 9th Wonders.
| Chapter Thirteen — Dual|
Original Air Date: 15 December 2008
After the death of their father, Nathan and Peter have a confrontation over the formula. Matt, Daphne and Ando try to save Hiro by giving Ando an ability. Sylar, wanting information about his parentage, takes Angela, Claire, Noah and Meredith hostage at Primatech, and Mohinder finally rids himself of his afflictions.
- Jack Coleman as Noah Bennet, a man temporarily working for The Company to recapture escapees.
- Greg Grunberg as Matt Parkman, a detective who finds himself in Africa with a man that knows about his future.
- Ali Larter as Tracy Strauss, a politician who manifests her ability and accidentally kills a man.
- James Kyson Lee as Ando Masahashi, the sidekick of his best friend, Hiro.
- Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura, the chairman of Yamagato Industries who is following the elusive Daphne Millbrook.
- Hayden Panettiere as Claire Bennet, an indestructible cheerleader desperate to help her father.
- Adrian Pasdar as Nathan Petrelli, a politician who, after a near death experience, thinks he is doing God's work.
- Zachary Quinto as Sylar, a murderer trying to rehabilitate and become "good".
- Sendhil Ramamurthy as Mohinder Suresh, a geneticist who manifests a strange ability.
- Dania Ramirez as Maya Herrera, a woman desperate to get rid of her ability.
- Cristine Rose as Angela Petrelli, the chairwoman of The Company.
- Milo Ventimiglia as Peter Petrelli, a man who finds himself interacting with his future self.
Volume Four: Fugitives
The fourth volume of Heroes, titled Fugitives, starts with episode fourteen and span over the last twelve episodes of Season Three.
| Chapter One — A Clear and Present Danger|
Original Air Date: 2 February 2009
After the destruction of Primatech and Pinehearst, the Heroes attempt to lead normal lives until Nathan initiates his plan to round up all people with abilities. Meanwhile, Sylar begins the search for his real parents.
| Chapter Two — Trust and Blood|
Original Air Date: 9 February 2009
A series of unexpected events makes the evolved human fugitives on the run from Nathan and the Hunter. Elsewhere, Sylar encounters an outcast with an ability of his own and information on the whereabouts of Sylar's father. Tracy is recaptured as she and Peter come up with a plan.
| Chapter Three — Building 26|
Original Air Date: 16 February 2009
Nathan begins to worry about his plans being exposed when Homeland Security investigates him. The Heroes receive help from a mysterious ally known only as "Rebel." Sylar goes on a road trip to find his father with assistance from Luke, unaware of their pursuit by the Hunter's men.
| Chapter Four — Cold Wars|
Original Air Date: 23 February 2009
Peter, Mohinder, and Matt capture Noah and telepathically interrogate him. It's revealed how Nathan recruited Noah into the government operation. Noah and Danko come to an arrangement on working together.
| Chapter Five — Exposed|
Original Air Date: 2 March 2009
Acting on a tip from "Rebel", Peter and Matt race to Building 26 to rescue Daphne and discover evidence that could expose the plan to capture those with abilities. Claire receives help from an unlikely source in smuggling Alex out of the city. Meanwhile, Sylar uncovers memories of his father that lead to the truth about his mother.
| Chapter Six — Shades of Gray|
Original Air Date: 9 March 2009
Sylar finally meets his long-lost father, but the reunion is not what he expected. Claire must decide whether or not to help Eric Doyle. The Hunter attempts to learn the secrets of the Petrelli family hoping to take control of Nathan's operation.
| Chapter Seven — Cold Snap|
Original Air Date: 23 March 2009
The identity of "Rebel" is revealed with chilling consequences for Tracy. Angela turns to an old friend for help. Hiro and Ando continue their mission to protect the newest hero.
| Chapter Eight — Into Asylum|
Original Air Date: 30 March 2009
Danko, now head of the government operation, teams up with an unlikely ally. Claire and Nathan hide in Mexico. Angela and Peter take refuge in a church, and attempt to mend their relationship.
| Chapter Nine — Turn and Face the Strange|
Original Air Date: 13 April 2009
Someone close to Danko is put in the line of fire. Hiro and Ando have a special delivery for Matt. Angela unearths the demons of her past.
| Chapter Ten — 1961|
Original Air Date: 6 April 2009
As Nathan, Claire, Peter and H.R.G. help Angela uncover her past, she reveals the dark secrets that have haunted her for years. Meanwhile, Mohinder learns of his father’s involvement in a long forgotten government operation.
| Chapter Eleven — I Am Sylar|
Original Air Date: 20 April 2009
Sylar starts to have an identity crisis while Hiro and Ando tries to take down Building 26. Matt and Matt, Jr. reunite with Janice and faced with the threat of Danko's agents, Rebel gets help from an unlikely ally.
| Chapter Twelve — An Invisible Thread|
Original Air Date: 27 April 2009
Nathan tries to protect the President from Sylar, who has plans for Danko. Hiro learns of repercussions in regaining his abilities. Matt is faced with going to extraordinary lengths to protect his family.
- Jack Coleman as Noah Bennet, a man, involved in a secret government operation.
- Greg Grunberg as Matt Parkman, a detective, who tries to live normal life, together with his girlfriend.
- Ali Larter as Tracy Strauss, a politician, who tries to get back to normal.
- James Kyson Lee as Ando Masahashi, Hiro's friend, trying to understand his ability.
- Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura, the chairman of Yamagato Industries, who struggles with the loss of his ability.
- Hayden Panettiere as Claire Bennet, an indestructible cheerleader, who discovers a secret government project.
- Adrian Pasdar as Nathan Petrelli, a flying politician, who turns against his own kind.
- Zachary Quinto as Sylar, a serial killer looking for his father.
- Sendhil Ramamurthy as Mohinder Suresh, a geneticist, who goes back to drive taxi in New York.
- Cristine Rose as Angela Petrelli, a mother, living without the The Company.
- Milo Ventimiglia as Peter Petrelli, a paramedic, trying to get back into his normal life, and to forgive his brother.
- Season Three is the first season to be broken up into multiple volumes. The original plan for Season Two was to have it broken into three volumes, but that plan was changed due to the writers strike of 2007. However, Season One, Season Two, and Season Three featured the opening scene of the next volume.
- Volume Four, Fugitives, along with Volume Two, Generations are the only two volumes that have no episodes within their respective volumes sharing the same title as their volumes.
- Volume Four is the only volume with no "dark future" that the characters try to prevent.
- Heroes: Season Three was released on DVD and Blu-Ray on September 1, 2009.
|See Also: Webisodes • Heroes Evolutions • Graphic Novels|