FRINGE: Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman Talk ‘And Those We’ve Left Behind’ and What’s to Come
November 15, 2011 by Marisa Roffman
Can we blame the delay of this post on Peter’s return impacting the space-time continuum? (Okay, that was a terrible joke. I apologize for that, too.)
It may be a little bit delayed (darn you dead laptop!), but I do have a few burning FRINGE questions answered for you guys, courtesy of executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman…
Peter very clearly wants to go home. Does he think there’s a location, whether it’s third universe or another existence, where he can go back to? Or is he going to be actively going to try and right the wrongs in this timeline so things can get back on track?
Jeff Pinkner: No, he believes very actively there is a timeline, a — universe is sort of an appropriate and sort of not appropriate as a word — but he believes that there is a timeline, a place that he has left where everybody remembers him. In effect, he’s in Oz trying to get back to Kansas.
As we learned in “And Those We’ve Left Behind,” Peter wasn’t aware he was “haunting” Walter and Olivia before he popped back into existence. Is it possible he appeared to other people or caused other reactions we’re not aware of?
JP: Well, certainly in episode 6, there’s an implication and a fear that because of the way he’s returned to a world that was supposed to have developed without him, he’s causing more external consequences. And that storyline will play out.
But it’s not like he appeared to anyone else — like, say, Walternate — who may be wondering who this mysterious man is?
JP: No, the answer is no. Certainly the implication is he was reaching out in some sort of metaphysical way to the people that he cared about the most — Walter and Olivia.
Speaking of that Olivia relationship, she now knows a piece of the equation — that Peter cared about a version of her — but she doesn’t the full extent of their relationship. Is that going to be something she finds out soon?
JP: Certainly for Peter, the question of how much he reveals emotionally about his connection with these characters and the consequences of them learning it, yes, absolutely, that’s where the story is headed.
Good to know. Does that mean there is any hope for Peter and Olivia in the near future?
J.H. Wyman: We’ve said before, a great love story has many turns in the road. A love story that’s worth watching has a lot of obstacles and half the fun is watching people overcome obstacles — at least in our opinion of what makes a really good and satisfying love story. I think that everybody understands that Peter and Olivia are kind of destined, fated.
Fair enough. Looking forward, Fox vaguely teased in this week’s episode that “Olivia suffers from migraines.” Is she starting to remember things that have been repressed from the other timeline?
JP: Uh, that would be an incorrect assumption. It’s hopefully more interesting than that. Not that that’s not interesting, but it’s hopefully — no, the answer is no, that’s not what’s happening.
Since you guys are super smart, I’m going to need your best guesses for Olivia’s migraines. My only crazy, far-out theory? Something related to William Bell. I know the EPs said he was dead, but…
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