FRINGE Exclusive: J.H. Wyman on the ‘Brave New World, Part 1′ Twist
May 4, 2012 by Marisa Roffman
[Spoiler Alert: If you haven't seen tonight's episode of FRINGE, please stop reading and go watch it. Trust me. You won't want to read this post until after you've viewed "Brave New World, Part 1" because it will spoil a very important aspect of the hour.]
While there have been hints for weeks that William Bell might not be dead in this timeline — and viewers got a glimpse of him stuck in amber in the 2036 episode, “Letters of Transit” — we hadn’t seen him alive and in the flesh.
Well, that is, until tonight.
“We are beyond thrilled that Leonard Nimoy (William Bell) came back to join us once again on FRINGE,” executive producer J.H. Wyman said in an exclusive statement. “He is an icon and we are so fortunate that he agreed to examine his character further. His inimitable performance as William Bell is a fan favorite and a hallmark of our show. It took every restraint to keep this incredible secret.”
Of course, the presence of Bell hadn’t been ignored since Nimoy last graced our screens in the season 2 finale — not only did Bell inhabit Olivia’s body in season 3, but viewers also heard him voice the animated Bell when Peter and Walter went into Olivia’s mind in last season’s “Lysergic Acid Diethylamide.”
Personally? I’m giddy to see what kind of mischief Bell will be up to this time around. Now would be as good a time as any for Walter to face his demons, right? And I’m so glad that Nimoy bent his retirement rule since Wyman and his fellow executive producer Jeff Pinkner specifically pointed to his taking it easy as why they didn’t explore the Bell character more.
So…were you surprised? (Or did the darn credits ruin it?)
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