As the series finale of Fox’s Fringe draws closer, you can’t help but think death may be on the horizon. Especially considering how season four ended, with one character dying and returning. (Don’t want to spoil anything for those of you who haven’t seen it yet.) One crucial character in the cast wonders if he will make through the truncated thirteen-episode season alive.
Talking with TV Guide, John Noble, who plays Dr. Walter Bishop on Fringe, discusses the potential for his character to meet his end.
I think they’ve got to find a way to do it… I think they’re going to find a way to disappear him…The storytelling mode, does it work to kill off a hero? I’m not sure that it does sometimes. You can see a person go through an enormous journey, but somewhere at the end of that journey, there’s a change — whatever the change is. It’s [usually] a change for the better, even though it may mean that person is not there.
This begs the question, does Walter have to die to atone for all of his sins? Between playing god, experimenting on children, and ripping holes in multiple universes, among other things, he’s got a lot to answer for.
Much of the final season will take place in the year 2036, like the season four episode “Letters of Transit,” and there are any number of things that could happen to Walter in that dystopian future. Sill, Noble doesn’t think the writers will kill him off just to kill him off, that they won’t do the deed unless it serves a greater narrative purpose.
I think that would be horrible. I think the fans would storm the citadel… But I think it would also be really honorable and dignified if they find some way for Walter to willingly end this nonsense. But I don’t actually know how they’ll do that yet. But I believe they have to.
You can imagine Walter taking to road of noble self-sacrifice if the situation demands. At the end of last season he showed he can make a hard choice when necessary, but does that include throwing himself in front of the metaphorical bus?
What do you think? Does Walter have to die?