Welcome, Fringe Fandom, to the final recap of the season! We were treated to quite an awesome hour of television. One that the producers thought could have sufficed as a series finale if it had to be. Now having seen it, I can see what they mean. But, obviously, there were plenty of loose ends from episode 19 as well as a few tidbits in this one to have us salivating for the next step! But, they went all out in this one and it was AWESOME! I'm going to share a few links here that contain interviews with the producers on where things may be going. I may be referring to them in my commentary below. Basically, it sounds like they are very excited to bring us a 13 episode "no filler" season that brings great conclusion to their 5 year story. I figured as much, but it's great to hear it from them. Here are the links:
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Okay, homework done? The show definitely ended on a quieter, happier note this season than the last 3 (of course it didn't seem so at one point!). But, it is just the calm before the coming storm. We were treated to a preview of that storm in episode 19. And we'll speculate at the end on how we think season 5 will be laid out. But for now, we need to bring this season to a close! Let's do it! Oh right, and of course the episode earned a well deserved "WOW!!!"
"I will arise and go now, for always night and dayI hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,I hear it in the deep heart’s core."
As Walter eyes up a gun to do who knows what with. Peter and Olivia show up which inspires William to alter his plan a bit. He thought humans were a flawed creature and didn't plan on having any in his new world. He and Walter would be there but they would die off. But now, Peter and Olivia have persevered and they shall be Adam and Eve and repopulate the species. Oh boy. This version of Bell is psychotic! Bell says that shooting him will do no good as Olivia is the "REDEEMER". He said he would not be the first god to be martyred for creation (never heard it worded quite like that before).
And then, unpredictably, Walter says, "Forgive me" and shoots Olivia in the head killing her on the spot! The storm instantly vanishes. WHAAAT!?!?!?! Naturally, we're all wondering what the hell just happened. And we think surely they didn't kill her off for good. But, we also think back to episode 19 when Walter talked about what William Bell DID to her and then we have the briefest thought that this might be final. Peter's reaction to the whole mess was tragic. (Sidebar: how funny is it that Olivia has been shot in the head in 2 straight finales? And ironically, both times by a Walter! hmmm wait a sec - nope we'll save it for the next section)
Um, Olivia is dead! Peter is too upset to think rationally, but Walter asks when has death ever stopped him before from saving someone? They needed to act quickly. The cortexiphan in the brain has regeneration abilities so they just need to get the bullet out. Walter has to dig a hole on the other side of Olivia's head so that he can push the bullet out. When the bullet is removed we see that it is the very bullet that Henrietta wore around her neck in 2036. So, yet again we think maybe she didn't survive. (but she had to to give birth! Duh) But, as Peter keeps crying and making us think it's over, the wound heals up and Walter (crying) exclaims that it worked. And we all breathe a sigh of relief (For now).
Broyles has a meeting in Washington with a senator. The office appears to be the exact office that Senator Broyles worked in the season 3 FUTURE VISION. We are told that the ark has been cryogenically quarantined. The committee wants to recognize this secret Fringe division for all the work they have done to keep the world safe. We find out that Fringe division is being upgraded. Looks like the whole effort will be more public now as we have seen in several future visions. Phillip is promoted to General Broyles. Nice. This new Fringe division will have a fully funded science division and he offers Nina Sharp the job. (speaking of which, whatever happened to Meana? I know she was held captive over there, but we never find out what she was and where she was from!)
At the hospital, Astrid and Olivia are fully recovered. Walter speculates that Olivia's abilities will have subsided now due to the gunshot. Peter goes in to see Olivia having found the perfect home for them. He said that the observer was right. In every version of the future Olivia had to die, but he never wants to lose her again. Olivia hesitates for a long time (based on the interviews with producers there is a hint here for next season), but we know eventually what she is going to tell Peter. The doctor did give her other news. She's pregnant!! Peter is ecstatic as are Walter and Astrid who are by the door. And of course, everyone at home holds back the tears of joy!
Maybe if this was a series finale, the show would have ended right there, but I doubt it. The final scene has Walter whistling "rockabye baby" while making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. September showed up and says, "We have to warn the others. They are coming." Walter only responds with, "WHO?" Oh Walter, we the audience already know! Season 5 is officially set up!!
CRAZY CRAZY EPISODE FOLKS! Loved it! I know, I got into a lot more details above than I usually do. But, I wanted to save the next section for some quick hits and season 5 speculation. So let's get to it!
- On a less funny note, Walter taking control of the post Olivia death situation was insane. He slapped Peter and said this was no time for emotions. Peter said she's dead. "You know very well that hasn't always stopped me!"
- To September, "I guess you're not here for a sandwich?"
- The Lemon Jello comment was great too but those last 2 are both food related!
- Red licorice! Astrid brings them to Walter at the end of the episode. And he thanks her by her actual name. Awwww.
- Of course, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
- And, not exactly food but a nurse walked by with urine samples and Walter asked if it was Lemon Jello? (If it was Limoncello, it would have been hard to pass up!)
- In one of those interviews I posted, the question was brought up to the producers. Basically, since Olivia saw this in William Bell's mind, she conjured up the vision of what this man looks like and portrayed that vision to anyone who ran into him (i.e. Peter). The X on the nanite was a clue. Oh why bother trying to restate this. Here is the producer quote:
"Basically, when Walter was going through the Nanites. From that episode when she was in William's head, she said, 'I know that's the man who's going to kill me.' She had a feeling that when she was in William Bell's head, that there was a man and it manifested itself as a character in William Bell's head in the comic that they're experiencing and it had that emblem on it.
Then, ultimately, in this episode, you saw in the in the Nanites they had the emblem on it. When Walter recognized that that was William Bell's creation by that mark, because that was the mark that William used to mark things with. So really, in a sense, it was William Bell who killed Olivia. You could argue, saying when she came out of William Bell's head, she said, "That's the man who's going to kill me," it was actually William Bell."
- So, William Bell is the X-Man? Kinda. But how about the fact that we have seen Olivia die in 2 timelines now and she was shot in the head by Walter Bishop in both timelines? Sure, one of them was Walternate. But, what if that animated X-Man, was a young Walter Bishop? Probably over thinking this one, but it certainly is interesting. In any case, I think the whole Mr. X case is essentially closed.
- That being said, the producers did warn that this doesn't make Olivia entirely safe now. Of course, we know that she wasn't in that future vision, so there could be something else that William Bell will do to her besides use her as an electro-magnetic universe destroyer/creator!
- The producers are being very coy when answering questions. One of the interviews asked about how Olivia will deal with being pregnant and tackling Fringe cases. They really didn't want to answer it as they fear it would spoil things but they said it wouldn't be an issue. Here's my prediction. Season 4 ends on a fairly happy note. A bit disaster has been averted, Olivia and Peter are moving in together and she's pregnant. Fringe Division got upgraded. My guess is, when we rejoin our crew, Henrietta will already be born. We have 13 episodes folks, no time to watch the long pregnancy of Olivia Dunham! In fact, I have a feeling that time may move pretty aggressively to meet the needs of the story. The producers mentioned no filler episodes. That sounds like we are going hardcore mythology in season 5 and not many "Fringe Cases of the Week". Of course, we know usually their cases service the overall story. So there could be cases that just advance the plot. There's a chance that this OBSERVER warning to Walter (final scene of ep) is also happening 9 months or so later. The clue could be that Walter was whistling "Rockabye Baby". Sure, he could be just excited that Olivia is pregnant, but he could also be babysitting or who knows what? You know what? It could already be 2015 and the Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich is for Henrietta!
- My guess is that September's "They are coming" warning is when he will explain who the Observers are. Walter says in 2036 that September told him all about the future where they've exhausted all of the world's resources so they came back to reclaim the past as their own. Hmm, I wonder if William Bell is already aware of this future (based on the technology they had, he might be) and that's why he wanted to rid his new world of humans all together.
- The producers say that just as important as 2036 is to their story, everything that has happened in seasons 1-4 are important too. So, I still expect some closure with this whole rebooted timeline scenario. I love the fact that they're going to tie all this stuff together, at least that's the hope. But, as we've always said, this is one show where it seems a plausible reality that it could happen. And of course, this would make a re-watch of the show be pretty awesome. (and no, this is no slight against LOST. I still plan to re-watch it and enjoy the hell out of it in the process!)
- Will we ever see "OVER THERE" again? I sure hope so. The producers say anything is possible on Fringe, so we'll see! But it would seem that for a majority of the final episodes, we will be following our original cast to the conclusion. Maybe we'll get some cameos from Lincoln Lee, Fauxlivia, Charlie, Walternate and what not. But, we're closing up shop just as we started.
- William Bell - he certainly will factor in. And, I'm sure they worked out a deal to get Nimoy to reprise his role one more time (ensuring that he will have been in every season in one way, shape or form!). The dude just dematerialized. Where did he go? I still wonder if Bell had knowledge of the original timeline or not. I'm sure there will be answers. Did I mention that the producers said they plan to answer EVERY question? That's a pretty bold statement! Statements like that can retrospectively get people in trouble. So, why can't I help but believe them?