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Now knowing what the future holds, Hiro and Ando's knowledge and dedication are put to the test. Committed to winning the election as per his discussion with Lindermann, Nathan uses a surprising hero to guarantee a win. Meanwhile, after taking another life, Sylar visits his mother.
Though his character is deceased, Santiago Cabrera (Isaac Mendez) remains credited an is still in the opening credits. However, this is the last episode in which he appears and is credited.
Writers Aron Coleite and Joe Pokaski stated that the inspiration for Angela's speech came from the film, The Manchurian Candidate.
Ratings: 10.40 million viewers
Sylar: I understood it before, the killing. I had a reason—to take what others didn't deserve. It was natural selection.
Hiro: Don’t worry, New York! We will save you!
Sylar: It’s just ... maybe I don’t have to be special. That it’s okay just to be a normal watchmaker. Can’t you just tell me that’s enough?
Virginia Gray: Why would I tell you that when I know you could be so much more?
Sylar: Mom you're not even listening to me!
Virginia Gray: I am listening.
Sylar: No, you're making a tuna sandwich.
Hiro: Future Hiro killed so much, he forgot it should be hard.
Hiro: I can't kill a man who is asking for forgiveness. It's not the Bushido code. Everyone deserves a second chance.
Claire: (to Peter) My destiny is not to shoot you. The universe can not be that lame.
Peter: Look, I found you in Odessa, we saved each other, you end up being my niece. This isn’t just random, okay? This is destiny.
Claire: My father sacrificed himself so I could have a life, not a destiny. You can’t save me, Peter, not this time.
Peter: And Nathan can?
Claire: Nathan can keep me safe.
Peter: Safe? You can’t get hurt! You’re here to save the world.
Peter: I’m terrified. I have to find a nuclear man and I don’t know if I can contain all that power.
Claire: Then run the other way!
Peter: I can’t.
Claire: Why not?
Peter: Because if we save ourselves, who’s gonna save everyone else?
Sylar: You were right, Mom, I am meant to be special just like you wanted. I can be anything; I can even be President.
In this episode it's stated that Mohinder is only months older than his sister. However, in "Seven Minutes to Midnight
", it's stated that they are two years apart.
As Claire and Peter discuss Peter blowing up, Peter moves the door so it is only slightly open. However, in the next shot, the door is open more than it was previously.
When Peter is sketching, the pencil he's holding changes from a colored pencil to a normal lead pencil.
Mohinder: As far as I can tell, you're all a bunch of untrustworthy goondas.
"Goonda" is Hindu for thug or troublemaker.
Molly's tracking ability is similar to that of Cerebro in the X-Men series of comic books and films.
The Hard Part
The episode title comes from a line spoken by Hiro in "Five Years Gone
" after he returns from the future:
Now for the hard part.
You were right, Mom, I am meant to be special just like you wanted. I can be anything, I can even be President.
Sylar is referencing the events of "Five Years Gone
" where it is revealed that Sylar will pose as Nathan to become President of the United States.
Peter Petrelli: Peter gains Ted's ability to emit radiation and EMPs.
Candice Wilmer: In addition to being able to project an illusion that she has transformed, Candice displays the ability to alter the surroundings with her illusions.
Molly Walker: Molly can pinpoint any person's location by thinking of them.