Fringe is about to get weirder. And probably, if that's possible, darker. After Etta's death in episode 4 of season 5, all of the characters started down a new path that will -- in a few short episodes -- lead to the Fringe series finale.
When visiting the set of Fringe (thanks to Warner Bros.), we had the chance to talk to Joshua Jackson about Peter's new, possibly self-destructive path. And, since they were filming episode 6 ("Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There") at the time, there were a few tidbits about the episode as well.
This episode, "Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There," takes place largely in an abandoned apartment building located in Worcester, Massachusetts. It's a special building. Not only has Walter hidden a key component of his Observer-defeating plan there, but he and September also created a "pocket universe" in the location to keep that component safe.
Joshua Jackson was, of course, extremely cagey when asked about what's coming in the episode. He did say that fans of the series would not be disappointed. "[Walter]'s hidden a key component that actually... I **think will probably be, for all the serious Fringe-heads, probably the coolest reveal of the episode, what it is that's in there," Jackson teased. "If you're geeked out on the mythology of the show, [it] is going to be one of those like, knock-your-socks-off moments."
How will Peter interact with this situation -- and with the other characters -- now that his grief for Etta and desire for revenge have pushed him to implant Observer technology into his own brain? Joshua Jackson conceded that this change is "not good" for Peter but that this is not yet the final destination for the character. Jackson even offered hope that Peter and Olivia might (maybe, possibly) make it through this trauma. "This is an established, married couple," Jackson insisted. "They've been together for years, you know, in the off-camera portion of our story." Even the loss (again) of Etta and Peter's rash decisions might not be enough to shake that.
As for Peter's relationship with Walter, father and son might actually find some common ground in the final episodes of Fringe season 5. After all, "Peter essentially committed the exact same sin his father did, which is totally understandable," Jackson said. "He just couldn't accept the idea that he wasn't going to be able to fix this."
But for Jackson, Peter's journey ultimately has to end in saving Walter. "I think the end of Peter's journey, for this story, is going to make sure that Walter's OK. I think that's really the end of Peter's story," Joshua Jackson explained. "Walter doesn't function if Peter's not there. He can't. He just can't go anymore without Peter, so the final accomplishment that Peter has to have is to make sure that this father, this Walter character, is whole."
How can Fringe possibly get to this point from where we are now? It sounds like events in "Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There" will point the way. "What is discovered in [this episode] is the laying-in of the end-game for **Fringe," Jackson teased.
So obviously we have to watch this one.
"Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There" airs on Friday, November 9 at 9pm on FOX.
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