FRINGE: J.H. Wyman Answers a Couple ‘The Boy Must Live’ Burning Questions. Plus, John Noble on Walter’s Destiny
January 12, 2013 by Marisa Roffman
[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…
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.”
FRINGE’s final two episodes air Friday, January 18th starting at 8 PM on Fox.