Originally Posted by igreg
Whether or not Sylar would survive the nuclear explosion had no imparct on saving the world.
"Saving the cheerleader" came from future Hiro. He had traced the key causal steps to whatever mess his post-apocalyptic future was. Stopping Sylar from receiving her power at that time was the first point he had to stop. That changed his future right then and that thread of time was over. Although the writers seemed to misunderstand their own trope and dragged it out until Nathan saved New York himself. Basically invalidating the "save the cheerleader" portion.
I think some people here think the world is now safe and we can all go home. Hardly makes for a season 2 or later, eh? At any rate, saving Claire then doesn't invalidate her power, it doesn't invalidate the future as Hiro knew it, and it doesn't invalidate Sylar's finally acquiring it in S3. (just invalidates all the rest of S1
As of now, after S3E2, nobody in the show knows the future at all, not even the guy from there. All old time threads have been snapped. Most likely....the world is in trouble in a new way.
And the show is in trouble too. At this rate, 100% of humanity will have some mutant power by the end of S4. Then what? Geez, get over the new powers already and have a plot about something. (this started back in the short S2 when they dumped Peter in Ireland and started showing new people for no apparent reason)
My suggestion: Sylar is smart enough, and powerful enough, to be a Kingpin type of top bad guy. No bodyguards necessary, punishment for minions' failures dealt by Sylar himself. They've spent enough time with him as a weapon, the watch repairman who learns just by looking at brains is a thinker. Big, deviant plans for taking over the world, possibly in politics (he can afford it, now) since that seems to be a favorite topic of the writers. That's what I'd like to see. He can take over a couple of the new (sorry, meant old) villians along the way.