We already knew that the future-under-the-rule-of-the-Observers fourth season episode of Fringe – “Letters Of Transit” – was going to have a major impact on the fifth and final season of the show, but we didn’t realise quite how major.
If John Noble (Walter) is to be believed, most of the next season will be set in that future.
Speaking to TVLine at the Critics’ Choice Awards (where he was nominated for Supporting Actor in a Drama), he said, “As far as I know, we’re just jumping ahead [to 2036].”
Noble continues that “there will be references” to the team’s pre-amber days, even using “found footage” to share monumental moments with viewers.
“Walter, Olivia, Astrid and Peter are insurgents, so we know all the dirty tricks that have been played against us. We’ll be learning from the past,” he reveals
Interesting that he mentions Olivia, as she was absent from “Letters Of Transit”. However, we did get to meet Olivia and Peter’s daughter, Etta, and we’ll be seeing more of her. Noble predicts, “a wonderful reunion of mother and daughter”, a scene, he says, Anna Torv (Olivia) is “really excited” to play.
He also promises resolution to the show’s ongoing complexity of plots: “Walter is the man who started this, so there has to be resolution. There has to be redemption. We also have to see the final maturing of the relationship between Peter and Olivia, because it has been so difficult for them and we want them so much to be with each other.”