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Episode:I Am Become Death

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I Am Become Death
Season: Three
Episode number: 304
First aired: October 6, 2008
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Written by: Aron Eli Coleite
Directed by: David Von Ancken
Previous episode: One of Us, One of Them
Next episode: Angels and Monsters
Heroes Interactive transcript


Story Development

Exposed future · Genetic modification formula · Future Haitian · Future Daphne · Future Knox · Future Mohinder · Noah Gray · Future Gabriel · Future Matt · Daniella Parkman · Future Molly · Future Nathan · Future Tracy · Mohinder's neighbor · Mohinder's neighbor's wife · Barbara



Mohinder works in his lab and notes that the formula has created an unusual rash, but is interrupted when he hears his neighbors arguing. When he goes to check on the situation, he finds the neighbor's wife to be in tears and with bruises. The neighbor tries to slam the door on Mohinder, but he stops the door, then smashes his neighbor's head into a wall. The wife cries and asks Mohinder to leave.

Dr. Zimmerman explains to Tracy that she is one of three triplets: Tracy, Niki and Barbara. When their parents died, the three were separated. Tracy asks what he did to her, and he explains that there was a formula that manipulated their DNA to give them incredible abilities. Tracy asks who did this to her, but he tells her that a company hired him, but he can't remember. Tracy grabs him and in anger, begins to freeze his arms. She calms down, and the freezing subsides.

In Africa, Matt looks at a painting by Usutu and asks him how he can stop the future from happening. Usutu takes Matt into his hut and gives him food. After letting him use his headphones, Matt's eyes glaze over, where he sees the future.

Peter and Future Peter travel four years into the future to witness how the world has changed. Peter comments that it doesn't look different, until many people begin to fly around them. Future Peter tells Peter that the world is going to be destroyed because of all the abilities, and that Peter has to stop it. When Peter asks why his future self can't do it, Future Peter tells him that he's stepped on too many butterflies. Future Peter tells Peter that he needs to go to Sylar for help, but before he can say another word he's shot by Claire. Claire takes aim at Peter, but Peter runs, knocking out the Haitian, and escapes.

In the future, Claire stands over Future Peter's dead body when Daphne and Knox come in. Daphne marvels that Claire finally killed Peter, but Claire explains that there's a Peter from the past that is still around, and that they have to kill him too. Claire tells Daphne they need Molly, because she can find him anywhere in the world. Daphne tries to explain that it's not that easy, but Knox tells her he'll go ask her himself. Claire explains that they need to find him, because Peter will never stop.

In the present, Hiro and Ando are kept in a Level 2 holding cell. Hiro tries to escape using the vent, but Ando refuses to help. Ando is angry that Hiro said he didn't need him, and that he's risked his life to help Hiro because they are friends and partners. When Ando wonders if it's because in the future, he killed Hiro, and Hiro tells Ando that everytime he sees Ando, he thinks about the future. Ando tells him that he would never hurt Hiro, but he's starting to see why his future self did.

In his office, Nathan is asked to pick a desk for his office. When Nathan inquires about Tracy, his aide tells him that Tracy isn't answering her cell phone. Linderman appears and tells Nathan to pick a desk, but Nathan goes against his advise and chooses another one. Linderman asks Nathan why he isn't trusting him, and Nathan yells that he's the only one who can see him. Nathan asks if Linderman is a telepath, but Linderman laughs and says it's not that obvious. Nathan decides that his visions of Linderman must be the result of brain damage after the shooting. Linderman tells Nathan that healing and flying are the work of angels, and Nathan scoffs at the idea of Linderman being an angel. Linderman tells Nathan that he's here to help Nathan to eventually be President, but Nathan tells him it's not his path if Linderman is leading the way.

Maya comes to Mohinder's lab and finds garbage everywhere. She cleans up and tries to cheer up Mohinder, but he resists. She notices that he doesn't look well and that they should go out somewhere, but Mohinder yells at her that he's been working all hours trying to find a cure for her. She tells him that she's there because she cares about him, but she'll leave since that's what he wants. Mohinder tries to apologize, but she leaves instead. Mohinder notes in his recorder that the ability has caused a spreading rash, and that it is heightening his aggression. He sets the recorder down, and time progresses over years to reveal his lab is covered in dust as a cockroach crawls across the lab. Four years in the future, Peter tries to find Mohinder, and is startled when he sneaks up on him. Peter asks for Mohinder's help, and wants to know about Sylar. He notices that Mohinder doesn't look okay, and when he tries to approach Mohinder, Mohinder scampers away with speed. Mohinder appears from behind Peter and grabs his shoulder, exposing a scaled hand. Peter asks what happened to him, and Mohinder tells him that he wanted abilities, but he got the formula wrong. Peter tells Mohinder he can help if he tells him about Sylar's ability, but Mohinder tells him Sylar's ability is dangerous. He asks where Sylar is, and reads his mind to find the location. Mohinder pleads that he doesn't go, but Peter teleports away. In Costa Verde, Peter approaches the old Bennet house, creating a blue flame on his hands in case of a conflict. He sees a child come and stops the fire on his hands. The child greets him as "Uncle Peter" and tells him that his dad is making waffles. As Peter follows the child, he sees Sylar feeding Mr. Muggles. Sylar approaches Peter and hugs him, telling him that he hasn't seen Peter in so long, and that he could have made extra for him.

As Sylar gives his son syrup, Noah wonders where Peter's scar is. When Sylar notices this as well, he tells his son that the grownups need to go in the other room, and Peter follows Sylar into a room filled with children's toys. Sylar figures that Peter's not from around here, and figures that Peter must be from the past, which makes him the "boogeyman". He finds it funny that Peter has come all this way to find out that the two of them are brothers, and Peter is shocked. Sylar explains to Peter that he's sorry he came all the way, but he cannot and will not help him. Sylar tells him that he won't give it to him, then Peter tells him that he'll take it, and attempts to read his mind, but it doesn't work. Peter tells him that the future Peter is dead, and they are coming after him. Peter calls him Sylar, and he seems hurt by the name, and asks Peter to call him "Gabriel". He tells him that there's a hunger that comes with the ability to know more and to have more. He tells Peter it made him a killer. He explains the constant battle with the hunger, but that he does it for his son, and he won't allow Peter to have it too. Peter explains that with Sylar's ability he can figure out how to fix the future, and Gabriel finishes his sentence about saving the world. Gabriel notes that the world always needs saving, but Peter explains that the world is going to end, and that Gabriel can paint it if he doesn't believe Peter. Gabriel asks Peter to make sure Noah doesn't see him use his ability, then his eyes glaze over.

Still in the future, Matt argues with Daphne while holding a baby. He tells Daphne that she can't ask Molly to find Peter because he's a murderer and a terrorist. Daphne pleads that if Molly helps, then it'll all end, but Matt expresses that they're trying to raise Molly to be a normal little girl, and that she shouldn't risk her life when they have a baby for her to come home to. Matt tells her that when he was a cop, he had a spouse who worried if he would come home alive, and that she needs to slow down. Daphne continually urges to use Molly, and tells him that once they have Peter, she'll be settled. Matt calls Molly in, and tells her that her mother needs to speak with her. Daphne later exits the apartment, and tells Claire that Peter is in Costa Verde. Claire immediately knows that he's with Sylar, and Knox feels her fear and wonders what she's afraid since Claire isn't scared of anything. Claire tells him that she just killed her uncle, and has to do it again, so he should give her a break. Knox grabs her when she walks away, and explains that she can't get hurt, but he and Daphne can, so she needs to get her act straight.

Back in Costa Verde, Gabriel finishes painting the world being destroyed, and removes his watch. Peter sees the "Sylar" name, and Gabriel notes that it's a scar, and he wants Peter to fix it. Peter tells Gabriel that he doesn't know a thing about watches, but Gabriel tells him that if Peter wants to learn how to access his ability, he needs to fix the watch. He tells Peter to listen to it, and hear how all the pieces come together. As Peter fixes gears with telekinesis, Gabriel tells him to see the cause and effect of the gears, that he can figure out how to fix the future and save the world. Peter turns and shows Gabriel the watch is working, and Gabriel apologizes for Peter accessing his ability. He notes that Peter has it now, then Noah yells from the other room. When he tells him "not now", Knox tells him "yes, now". Peter and Gabriel rush into the other room to find Knox holding Noah with Daphne watching them. Claire walks from the other side and aims a gun at Peter. She tells him the boy will be fine if Peter goes with them. Gabriel asks Peter to teleport back in time, but Peter tells him that he brought this into his house. Claire exclaims that it was her house, but Gabriel took it from her, just like everything else. Gabriel tries to apologize, but she aims the gun at Noah. Peter begins to approach her to diffuse the situation, but Claire continually tells Peter that he has to die. Peter asks what happened to her, and Claire explains that she learned how to take care of herself. She aims the gun at Gabriel, but Peter rushes to knock her out. Daphne speeds to fight Peter, and the two crash into a door. Knox lets go of Noah, and he rushes towards his father. Gabriel tells him to hide, and squares off against Knox. Knox breathes in and begins to punch Gabriel as Daphne hits Peter with fast punches. Gabriel tells Knox that he understands that his power requires fear, and that he's not afraid. Knox tells him that Noah is afraid, and smashes him to the ground, them kicks him and a table towards Noah. Gabriel finds Noah dead, and the conflict stops as they all look in horror. Gabriel's hands begin to glow and he begins to punch Knox, who cannot defend himself. Peter throws Daphne backwards, knocking her out. Gabriel begins to glow profusely and Peter runs to him. Claire recovers and takes aim, but a huge explosion occurs, destroying the Bennet house and all of Costa Verde.

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Memorable Quotes

"If you told me you were coming... I would have made extra!"

- Future Sylar to Peter.

"I killed my uncle once and now I have to kill him again, so let me be a human being for just one second."

- Future Claire to Future Daphne and Future Knox.

"I don't know a thing about watches!"

"If you wanna learn how to access my ability - FIX... the watch. Listen to it. Like a symphony, every piece has its part, all coming together in perfect harmony. If you can understand the complexities of a watch, you can understand anything - everything. Cause, effect... action, reaction... how to change the future."

- Future Sylar to Peter

"Trying to teleport? Not with my friend here."

- Future Claire to Peter.

"Stop. I'd like a moment with my brother alone."

"Is this the President speaking, or my father?"


- Future Claire to Future Nathan

"Hiro, you son of a bi-"

- Adam Monroe to Hiro.

Character Appearances


  • The title I Am Become Death is a reference made to J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, following the the first test in New Mexico. Oppenheimer said: "If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one. Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." The key line itself is borrowed from the Hindu text, Bhagavad Gita.
  • There are references to Volume One in this episode:
    • Gabriel explodes and destroys all of Costa Verde just like Peter was going to blow up New York.
    • Claire says to Peter, "Trying to teleport? Not with my friend here!" just as her adopted father, Noah, said to Matt in Collision.
    • Footage used from Peter's dream in Genesis.
  • Future Peter says that he's "stepped on too many butterflies", which is a callback to a conversation the character had with Angela Petrelli in the second episode of Volume 3. This conversation, and the title of that episode, was a reference to A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury.
  • The title of this episode was originally The Year of Our Lord.

See Also

previous: One of Us, One of Them I Am Become Death
Season Three
Volume Three: Villains

The Second ComingThe Butterfly EffectOne of Us, One of ThemI Am Become DeathAngels and MonstersDying of the LightEris Quod SumVillainsIt's ComingThe Eclipse, Part 1The Eclipse, Part 2Our FatherDual

Volume Four: Fugitives

A Clear and Present DangerTrust and BloodBuilding 26Cold WarsExposedShades of GrayCold SnapInto AsylumTurn and Face the Strange1961I Am SylarAn Invisible Thread

See Also: Volume One EpisodesVolume Two EpisodesVolume Three EpisodesVolume Four EpisodesVolume Five EpisodesHeroes Reborn EpisodesAll Episodes