FRINGE: J.H. Wyman Answers a Couple ‘The Boy Must Live’ Burning Questions. Plus, John Noble on Walter’s Destiny

January 12, 2013 by  

[This post contains spoilers for the FRINGE episode "The Boy Must Live." Please don't read this until you've viewed the episode, or important aspects of the hour will be ruined for you.]

With only two hours left of FRINGE, Friday’s antepenultimate episode, “The Boy Must Live,” set up a few important things: Walter’s original timeline memories are back, he’s going to have to sacrifice himself to make this plan work, and if the plan works, the Observers should never exist.

But I’ve never done well with (even temporarily) unresolved questions.

I spoke with FRINGE showrunner J.H. Wyman earlier this week at Paley Center — where his show was honored with a panel and art exhibit — and he was game to talk about why it was important for Walter to get his memories back…and why this timeline reboot might not be as simple as we all think…

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And FRINGE star John Noble (Walter) participated in a conference call earlier this week, and I asked him how Walter would be handling the threat to his life — and what that death might do to Peter — and he had a very interesting tease…

“We know that something radical has to happen in order to beat the Observers.  I think by now we’ve built up to the fact that possibly maybe Walter has to do something pretty outstanding to make this happen.

“More importantly, I think, what you’ll find is the way that his relationship with Peter plays out over the next two episodes, and in particular, the finale is really quite remarkable.  That’s something we had to do because we spent so much time and I know that the fans love the relationship between Peter and Walter so much and we certainly paid homage to that and brought it home, I believe, really strongly.

“I would love to have had an episode with each of the characters.  I do have some beautiful moments with Jasika [Nicole (Astrid)] and Anna [Torv (Olivia)] as well.  It’s good story writing in the sense that they’ve built this great big arch and they’re going to pan out.  I’m not going to tell you exactly what happens, obviously, but we do get the payout.  And it’s also wonderful to have Mike Cerveris (September) back into the equation again.  He’s also been — aside from the fact that he’s an amazing actor and a friend of mine — he really does add another element to our storytelling.”

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FRINGE’s final two episodes air Friday, January 18th starting at 8 PM on Fox.

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10 Responses to “FRINGE: J.H. Wyman Answers a Couple ‘The Boy Must Live’ Burning Questions. Plus, John Noble on Walter’s Destiny”

  1. JaniceLG on January 13th, 2013 3:09 am

    Marisa, I’m just seeing this. I kid you not, before Paley I was thinking, if I had one question that I need answered it’s what you asked (basically). If September did not interupt Walternate and Peter was cure by his biological father, how would Peter ever gotten to the Blueverse? In particular to Blue Olivia, but also Walter. Wyman has answered this before at CC, etc. and he uses words like fate and destiny (he interchanges these to waaaay too often as I’m a stickly for their meaning and they mean the opposite of each other).

    To me if this doesn’t get answered, I won’t know what to think about show. EASILY the most debated/theorized question on forums, etc. Many think that because Bell/Walter were dappling in the alternative universe before Peter was born that they would have crossed over so Olivia would have eventually made her way there. But I don’t buy that.

    Let’s see.

  2. Jeremy on January 13th, 2013 2:25 pm

    I loved The Boy Must Live and I can’t wait to see how the last couple hours of Fringe unfold. It’s sad to think the show is nearly over, but this season has been the best of the series. My coworker at DISH and I were touched watching Walter remember who he was, and that he is Peter’s father. I’ve got The Boy Must Live, and the rest of the season, recorded to my DISH Hopper. It has PrimeTime Anytime, which will automatically record the four major networks, and allow me to record two more channels, during primetime. I can watch Fringe on my schedule, and I don’t have to think about recording conflicts.

  3. Donna on January 14th, 2013 12:12 pm

    “Many think that because Bell/Walter were dappling in the alternative universe before Peter was born that they would have crossed over so Olivia would have eventually made her way there.”

    There isn’t any reason to believe that might not have happened, though. The Observers had nothing to do with the existence of an alt-U, and nothing to do with the cortexiphan trials, and Walter and William were certainly doing all manner of experiments together before Peter and Olivia were born.

    In fact, you bringing this up, sort of solves the problem of how Olivia and Peter might end up together in the Redverse. Olivia might have inadvertently crossed over to escape her evil stepfather, might have been raised by Meana (who would not be so mean), and might have met and fallen in love with Peter, the Secretary’s son. Except they both have these strange memories of a “past life” and adventures together, and of a mysterious alternate Walter Bishop (who knows, maybe those strange memories are what brought them together).

    Ideally, in the meantime the bridge between ‘verses might be peacefully open by some means, so we can have a window on the lives of Blue Lincoln and Astrid, too. As for Blue Walter, sadly he perished in a lab fire many years ago, saving the life of his assistant, Carla. His body was never found…

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