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FRINGE: ‘The Boy Must Live’ You Ask, I Answer

December 28, 2012 by  

The end is very near, FRINGE fans: when the series returns in 2013, there will only be three episodes left — the three-part series finale.

I had the chance to screen the January 11th episode, “The Boy Must Live,” and in order to not spend my time counting down until the two-hour series finale, I took some of your questions from Twitter about the antepenultimate installment of the show. I’m going to do my best to answer them here, but the intention is not to ruin your enjoyment of the hour (especially since there are only three episodes left of the entire series). So if you asked something super spoilery or specific, it may not get answered. But hopefully you’ll still enjoy these teases…

Are we going to know something more about what’s behind the words: “The boy is important. He has to live”? – @IaiaLovesParis via Twitter

Since the episode is called “The Boy Must Live,” it’s very safe to say those words — and the meaning behind them — will be explored more thoroughly. (Much more thoroughly than “Five-Twenty-Ten.”)

Qa: will Nina’s sacrifice be mentioned? Qb: does Broyles find out in this episode? – @selectricsheep via Twitter

A) There’s a lot to cover in the hour, so they can’t really dwell on what’s been lost. But the sacrifices that have been made this season for the plan are certainly addressed.

B) What Broyles knows and doesn’t know about Nina’s death isn’t covered in “The Boy Must Live.”

Was it a strong ep? – @MichLeeW via Twitter

Yes! Absolutely. It’s no secret the show has been paced a bit differently this season, but the momentum from “Anomaly XB-6783746” has not been lost. This episode has answers, emotional moments (lots of them), and it feels like it’s clearly setting them on the path for the final two hours of the series — what they need to do and what it might mean for the characters. It’s one of my favorite episodes of the season and it’s going to be a torturous wait to see how it concludes.

(P.S. – I still don’t like Windmark.)

A bonus tease? Something I didn’t think stood a chance of being addressed/happening (I thought it was so unlikely I didn’t even include it in my list of things I wanted to see before the show ends) is brought back into play in “The Boy Must Live”…and I just cannot wait to talk with you about it on January 11th.

FRINGE returns for the final three episodes on January 11th at 9 PM on Fox.


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10 Responses to “FRINGE: ‘The Boy Must Live’ You Ask, I Answer”

  1. mol on December 28th, 2012 1:32 pm

    Marisa, Any POlivia? It’s been a polivia drought this season :'(

  2. saren on December 28th, 2012 2:21 pm

    Your bonus tease is going to have me racking my brain until Jan 11th. What could it possibly be?

  3. Sandy on December 28th, 2012 3:56 pm

    Please tell me Olivia has more to do in this ep! Plus more Polivia!

    Can’t wait to find out what that unexpected answer is

  4. Ray Roberson on December 28th, 2012 7:52 pm


    I apparently did not get this into the comments to episode 510.

    In terms of an anomaly, can you resolve this?

    In the promo to 510, we hear Widmark say, “Behind every conspiracy is a traitor.”

    In 510, Widmark states in Nina’s office, “Behind every conspiracy is a network.”

    Plain and clear, this is an anomaly. Could the promo have revealed too much about what is to come in the last three episodes?

    Happy New Year, all.

  5. Sandy on December 28th, 2012 10:21 pm

    Is that unexpected thing regarding The Dove?

  6. Scully8 on December 29th, 2012 9:07 am

    Do we visit the altUniverse? I mean if the boy must live refers to Peter then a visit would make sense. Thanks for the tease, although it makes the wait even harder.

  7. DeepRunner on December 29th, 2012 10:07 am

    I am thinking the thing that is unexpected is some mention of getting the RedVerse back/help from Over There. Although having the original Fringe logo back would be really cool. (Maybe that will happen in the final hour.)

  8. Marisa Roffman on December 29th, 2012 11:47 am

    @Ray: Sometimes they make promos out of unfinished cuts, etc., so it’s possible they just chose to go a different way with that scene and swapped out takes. Sometimes promos feature lines never used/scenes never shown, so it’s possible it was just a matter of that.

  9. JaniceLG on December 29th, 2012 8:32 pm

    Thanks for answering the questions Marisa.

    My #1 question that I would love answered is the Why & How behind Red Peter and Blue Olivia being together (in all differet scenarios). If September did not interrupt Walternate, how was Red Peter and Blue Olivia supposed to meet. Pinkner/Wyman have been asked about this and most often their answers have something to do with Fate or Destiny. To me those are completely two polar opposite things (Fate = no choice; Destiny = choice). I’ve read forums/blogs that state, “Oh, she would have crossed over at some point or another” or “Walter would have crossed for another reason creating the same problem.” Honestly, I don’t think we’ll get our answer (that makes any logic sense) to this, but a girl can hope.

    My other wish would be to know that, in fact, both Peter and Olivia are special and yes, in fact, so was/is Etta (and any other child they might have). For Peter, it might be his connection to the machine and all it does (time travel, time reset) and for Olivia, that she is special because her abilities are inherent in her without the Cortexiphan (I think we’ll see those abilities w/o Cortexiphan before it’s over; and she will embrace & harness them like in 2026). I would love confirmation they are indeed special and the two of them produce something special.

    We’ll see. I hope some of the big things (even if not my Q’s) get answered.

  10. Joey on December 30th, 2012 11:56 am

    I have really enjoyed Fringe this season; I wish this weren’t the last season. I wonder if the writing and storylines would have been this compelling if this weren’t the last season. My coworker at DISH and I were shocked to see Nina commit suicide, and we’re excited to see what happens in “The Boy Must Live”. I’ve been catching the season on my DISH Hopper, thanks to PrimeTime Anytime. It can record up to six channels at once, including automatically recording the four major networks, during primetime. I catch every episode to watch on my schedule, and my family can record their favorite shows, and we don’t have to deal with DVR conflicts.