FRINGE’s John Noble: There Has to be a Resolution to Walter’s Actions

August 22, 2012 by  

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…

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FRINGE’s final season premieres September 28th at 9 PM on Fox.

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5 Responses to “FRINGE’s John Noble: There Has to be a Resolution to Walter’s Actions”

  1. Lou aka @OldDarth on August 22nd, 2012 1:42 pm

    Thanks Marissa. Great interview!

    One thing I hope the final season explores is a parallel closure to some degree for September as well. Walter may have directly been the cause of all the fallout in the series but September was the catalyst.

    September should have a moment of reckoning as well.

  2. Zepp on August 22nd, 2012 5:47 pm

    Very good interview with John Noble, really enjoyed, thanks Marisa. But I have the opposite view, that the charge to Walter, the phrase “big villain of the story” of Fringe. Walter, as we all know, was impelled by love for his dead son, who when faced with another Peter, in another universe, did everything to save him. The implications of these actions Walter, yes, that resulted in problems, what I would term effects arising Fringe. But I can not put the taint of villain, a man who takes initiatives in the name of love partenal, really can not.

    As for Etta also think she is a catalyst, but a catalyst for a possible continuation of the series Fringe, I think.

  3. Elliot on August 28th, 2012 7:47 pm

    What are we, “sinners in the hands of an angry God”, now? It seems Noble’s been angling for Walter to be killed off and die a glorious death for a while now, but I don’t see that as inevitable or even, frankly, good writing.

    It’s ludicrous too to have him constantly painted as a willing villain and Fauxlivia given madonna status by the writers, with Henry as her prize for stealing Olivia’s life and killing people in cold blood here.

    Far more interesting to me would be him getting his s*** together and living on his own.

  4. Scruffy on August 28th, 2012 8:44 pm

    I think it’s more good ole “Billy ” and Dynamics that need to pay…. Walter has tried to help ( and I adore Walter)…. but I never trusted Billy and that Dynamics witch….. she’s been hiding a lot from the start I just know it and she’s done some pretty crappy stuff to people including Olivia!

  5. braxton shaw on September 10th, 2012 8:53 pm

    I have a very bad feeling that they will go back in time and kill peter,and then none of the bad happens,and the show ends.It may even be peter who goes back and stops walter from saving the young version of himself.That would be a trip.

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