FRINGE at Comic-Con 2012 Live-Blog
July 15, 2012 by Marisa Roffman
This is it, guys. The final FRINGE panel at Comic-Con is here — it’s okay to get a little emotional about that, right? — and I’ll be live-blogging all of the shenanigans starting at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET. So come back, refresh, and keep up with all the latest.
10:10 AM – The sizzle reel just ended and now it’s time for the panel!
10:11 AM – The Con officials didn’t want to let the fans raise their white tulips and they did it anyway. Go fans!
10:12 AM – Blair Brown isn’t here, so J.H. Wyman films a video of the fans saying “We miss you, Blair!”
10:13 AM – It’s official: “It’s going to pick up exactly where we left off in 4×19…the next day,” Wyman says of season 5.
10:15 AM – “I had two and a half versions of what we could do for the end and…then it became very clear,” Wyman says of the series’ ending. The cast does know where the show is going, and they’re happy about having that information.
10:16 AM – “Just as you guys want the show, we all want the show to end well…to give us the chance to give it our best,” Josh Jackson says.
10:18 AM – Fans can have the opportunity to have their name in an official FRINGE book about September’s observations of the people. (Additional nfo to come later.) Why they’re doing this for the fans: “This is the little show that could and I can’t believe we’re here,” Wyman says. “I appreciate it so much.”
10:19 AM – Jasika Nicole is talking about the Walter-Astrid relationship. She says she was trying convince herself it was OK if she got killed off, but, “I didn’t die! I made it to the fifth season!”
10:22 AM – Nicole shares that Lance Reddick tried to hide out in Comic-Con by wearing a BREAKING BAD hat and it so didn’t work out, but she was able to hide out.
10:23 AM – “I would like to aspire to the nobility that Peter has developed over the five years,” Josh Jackson says of what he has learned from Peter over the past five seasons.
10:24 AM – Fans misinterpret Anna Torv’s use of the word “come” and let’s just say there was way too much inappropriate laughter from both the fans and the panelists.
10:27 AM – “What we’ve learned is about the power of love,” John Noble says. “Though all of the science fiction and the hurdles we’ve had to go through, it’s the love.”
10:29 AM – “You can’t give anything away, turn off you mike,” Wyman jokes when asked about Peter and Olivia’s future. Jackson says: “I think these two will get the final chapter of their story.” Torv says: “I concur”
10:31 AM – Favorite scenes (that they aren’t in):
Nicole: When Walter is at the phonebooth and can’t remember Peter’s number and when Olivia realizes Fauxlivia had been doing her laundry. (And now Nicole and Torv are crying.)
Torv: “The respect and care and the love that was given…watching you do that was just so special,” she says of Jasika’s big episode last season.
Reddick: He’s now crying talking about the scenes where Astrid lovingly lied to alt-Astrid about her father being dead when he was really alive and cared about her in a way that the alt-dad couldn’t.
Noble: “I, too, am sensitive. I loved it when Peter chopped those guys fingers off,” Noble says after everyone cries.
Jackson: He points to Seth Gabel’s work as Lincoln and alt-Lincoln as his favorite stuff he wasn’t in.
10:40 AM – “Yay Fox!” Wyman says. “You really have to say thank you…the fact that they stuck with us…thanks to them and thanks to Warner Bros. and most of all, thanks to you.”
10:46 AM – We just saw another sizzle reel that summed up the series and praised the fans. So gorgeous. Now fan question time.
10:47 AM – The cast is talking about the advice they wished they had. Jackson jokes he should have gotten more sleep. Reddick says by episode 4 he wishes he knew to relax because on a network show, sometimes the words change.
10:51 AM – “I’m going to be really careful with what I say because I want you to have the experience,” Wyman says about whether Henry Ian Cusick will return. “Let’s see if he makes his way into the season.”
10:53 AM – “I think I would have enjoyed doing it at some point, but I enjoyed those days off,” Jackson says of not getting to play a double character.
10:54 AM – Will FRINGE continue on post-network airing? Nicole jokes, “It’d be called the adventures of Astrid” if she wrote a comic book. Noble says if the show continues the way it seems to be going, he wouldn’t rule out a movie. When Jackson brings up fanfic, Nicole says, “Anna and I have read some of that fanfic…you guys are scandalous.”
10:56 AM – Favorite Walterisms?
“I think I pissed myself” and “Astro” “Astrix,” etc. – Reddick
“Vagenda” – Jackson
She loves the Astrid names that don’t begin with “A” “Claire” – Nicole
10:59 AM – “I always wanted female Observers and the network said no,” Wyman joked. In all seriousness, he says there is a reason and it will become apparent this season.
11:00 AM – The cast is talking about which character they liked playing better. Reddick points to alt-Broyles, the “conflicted” season 3 version and then the season 4 version.
Torv says alt-Olivia because she was lighter, but Olivia was more satisfying.
“My body couldn’t take it anymore…but it really was hard to say goodbye to the alt-universe,” Nicole says. She points to alt-Lincoln as a sad goodbye.
And now we’re done, with the cast taking a final bow. Thanks for following along!