The fifth and final season of Fox’s sci-fi police procedural Fringe is well under way at this point. Never content to rest on their laurels, the folks over at Fringe decided to shake things up for their last hurrah. They moved things well into the future, where the Observers have taken over and established a totalitarian dictatorship that intentionally pumps massive levels of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Given this sense of daring and adventure, here are a couple little tidbits about this Friday’s episode, “The Bullet That Saved the World.” While not super spoilery—in fact the info is quite vague and will lead to much speculation on my part—if you are trying to avoid knowing anything about the ep, it’s probably best to sit this one out.
TV Guide dished that this week’s ep will bring fans “a sweet reunion that will warm your heart,” but also warned that “there’s an emotional death.”
And here is where the wild speculation begins:
This isn’t much to go on, but the possibilities loom large. Let’s start with the reunion. One obvious option is that William Bell (Leonard Nimoy) could pop up again, sans the hand that was cut off. While this is probably doesn’t fall into the “heart warming” category, it could happen. Perhaps Olivia (Anna Torv) might encounter Broyles (Lance Reddick). Again, not what you might infer from the description, but he’s always had a soft spot and a fondness for his favorite agent, so this wouldn’t be too huge a surprise.
If I had to place money on it, I might go with a Walter (John Noble)/Nina Sharp (Blair Brown) reunion. The two have a past, and there’s a little something going on there that Fringe hints at from time to time. Throw Liv into that mix, and we might have a full-blown hug-fest on our hands.
The “emotional death” is a bit more enigmatic. We are talking about Fringe here, and considering that, nothing is outside the realm of possibility. However, this early in the season, even the last one, it feels too early for them to knock off one of the holy triumvirate of Walter, Olivia, or Peter (Joshua Jackson). There’s too much ground to cover with Henrietta (Georgina Haig), so that doesn’t seem a likely choice.
We already mentioned Broyles and Nina, and it’s possible one of them could go (we’ve already saw one version of Broyles bite the dust last season). Either one of those would carry a certain amount of emotional weight.
But here’s the thing. After watching “The Bullet That Saved the World,” Natalie Abrams, who wrote the TV Guide article, tweeted this: “I refuse to accept this week’s episode of #Fringe. Not gonna do it.” That is one hell of a reaction.
Outside of the death of one of the three primary players, who could cause such a ruckus? My theory at the moment is that we’re going to lose series stalwart Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole). How crushing a blow would that be to the team, especially Walter? That might send him off the deep end once and for all. She may not always be directly involved it their adventures, but she’s always there, helping to ground things, and connecting to Walter like no one else can.
Again, this is all complete conjecture on my part. We’ll have to wait until Friday to find out for real, but this does give us a lot to chew on.
And just for kicks, here’s a tense new clip from the episode to get you pumped.