FRINGE: Anna Torv, Josh Jackson and J.H. Wyman Tease the Peter-Olivia Reunion in 2036
July 23, 2012 by Marisa Roffman
We know a few things about the upcoming fifth season of FRINGE: we know it takes place in 2036, we know that Peter has now been reunited with Etta, Walter, and Astrid, we know William Bell is still stuck in that amber…but we don’t know where the heck Olivia is and when she’ll be reuniting with her family.
The good news? After the FRINGE Television Critics Association panel for the sci-fi show’s final season, Anna Torv (Olivia) told reporters where Olivia is will be resolved in the first few episodes. And while she’s shared her thoughts on what she’d like the reunion between Olivia and her daughter to be like, she was a bit more vague about what she’d like to see for the reunion between her character and Peter.
“I don’t know what that’s going to be like because we don’t know what happened yet [to land them in amber],” Torv said. When I asked her what she’d hope to see, she laughed and said she didn’t want to answer because knowing things about what’s to come would mean she’d need to lie. (We appreciate not being lied to.)
Executive producer J.H. Wyman was equally coy when talking about the duo getting reunited in the future.
“It’s a good one,” he laughed when I questioned him. “I believe in the Peter relationship with Olivia and I want to make sure it was worthy to all the people invested in that relationship.”
When I pointed out they had a lot to live up to after the reunion in “A Short Story About Love,” he was willing to concede things are going to be a little different this time around.
“It’s actually more of a fractured fairytale than romantic, but in a cool way,” Wyman teased. “I just wanted to make sure people were like, ‘Oh, wow.’ And I think we’re there. What’s really kind of key is what happens after they get out of the amber. And the questions people should be asking, is that from the time Etta disappeared, from the time they went in the amber, what happened? How did they get amber? What happened in the scene? William Bell? How did this happen…there’s a large story there.”
For Josh Jackson (Peter), he was also interested in where the characters would go once they’re reunited.
“We’re past the will they or won’t they part of their relationship now, and so I think the first episode informs quite a bit of how they got into [the situation they were] in 4×19,” Jackson told reporters. “And once we put to bed the Romeo and Juliet [aspect of their tale], I think there’s something equally as interesting about a mother and a father in this dystopian future trying to learn how to be parents — with an adult child, but learning how to be parents — while being lovers, while Peter being a son, I think it’s some interesting stuff for them that doesn’t have to be based on star-crossed romance.”
What are you hoping to see when Peter and Olivia reunite in FRINGE season 5?
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