FRINGE’s John Noble: There Has to be a Resolution to Walter’s Actions
August 22, 2012 by Marisa Roffman
As much as many FRINGE fans adore Walter Bishop, the harsh reality is that his actions (in both timelines) laid the groundwork for much of the chaos and mass destruction we’ve seen play out over the past four seasons of the series.
“When we finally saw what Walter did 28 years ago, obviously borne out of love for his son, he as much as admitted he was willing to play God — risk what he understood to be potentially damaging two universes to save this boy,” former FRINGE showrunner Jeff Pinkner said last year. “We can all understand his choice. We would all make the same choice, we don’t have to support it and we’ve been witnessing…the consequences. Had we played that [“Peter”] episode first, Walter’s the big villain [of the show]. But because we know him and we love him and we see the consequences, we understand why he did it, suddenly it becomes an understandable act. And we’re telling a show about science — science is not good or bad. It’s the application of it that is good or bad and our storytelling is the same.”
And as we head into the final season of the Fox series, it would almost be fitting for that to come full-circle.
While sitting down with reporters at Comic-Con, FRINGE star John Noble (Walter) talked about what he wants from this final season for Walter and the payoff that needs to happen on this “fantastic journey,” his last Con experience for the Fox series (“I kind of wanted to go down and hug everybody [in the audience]”), Etta being a catalyst, and more…