The season finale of “Fringe” is really a “dramatic, epic trilogy,” series star John Noble says. And it all began at 6:02 a.m.
“That’s the time that something happens which is very critical,” Noble told reporters recently. “And that time frame plays through the (last) three episodes. That time frame is very important to remember as we get to the finale.”
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So what can we look forward to?
“All year we have been heading toward that there seems to be an inevitable conflict between the two universes,” Noble says. “And we’ve got to know the people on both sides now. So we now bring it to a conclusion.
“There has been stuff happening here which indicates that our world is deteriorating. And this problem is not going to go away. The episode ’6:02 a.m.’ was basically the first part of the trilogy leading up to the use of the machines.”
Of course we know true “Fringe” fans can get enough scoop on the hit sci-fi series. So we popped a few more questions…
What does it feel like to know you have another season to look forward to?
Noble: I was thinking about that this morning. I thought about how odd it would be NOT to have another season. Because we really just finished season 3, which was just a whirlwind. I can hardly remember the last three or four weeks it was so busy. But I was thinking “Imagine if there was no more.” Because we had so many stories to tell that it would be a strange empty feeling. I went to Paris over the weekend to talk to some fans and the feeling across the world is much the same. There is a great feeling of jubilation.
What sort of tools does “Walternate” have at his disposal to make anything happen over in the other universe?
Noble: You could make an assumption, based on what has happened so far with both of these men gathering pieces of the machine, that they have the same tool. What happened in fact – which will be no surprise to anyone – is that he found a way to activate his machine. As a result, our world starts to seriously break down, as we have witnessed in the alternate universe. Which then prompts panic on our side: What do we do? We have to find a solution. Walter has to come to his very best. He has to get his best faculties back together again and do exactly what Bill told him he could do and that is resolve these problems. He has to allow Peter the freedom to be a hero instead of being a protective parent. It is very dramatic. We finish [the trilogy] these three in a very dramatic place as we activate our machine.
At what point did you find out this was the season finale, not the series finale? Didn’t you still have several episodes to go when you got word of the pickup?
Noble: We did. In the world of television, a good writer will prepare a series and a season finale. We were given good reason to believe that we would be going on. We were given very good reason to keep optimistic, but we certainly knew that we were writing a season finale for the last few episodes. And indeed the writers have come up with a blockbuster.
What kind of a journey has Walter been on and what kind of a journey has Walternate been on?
Noble: The writers said to me at the beginning of the year that Walter’s journey is a journey toward redemption. And I kind of understood that. In fact, I had thought from the beginning of Season 1 that that was sort of a great arc. Walter had a really tough season in that most of the season he was alienated from his beloved son. And he found that very difficult because he had become very attached to Peter. Obviously Astrid stepped in and helped him out a lot. But he had to battle a lot of it out himself. So that was a tough 40 days in the desert for Walter and toward the end of it, you will see that there will be some resolution for Peter and Walter. A much more grown up relationship. So it has been a huge arc for Walter.
As an actor, what kind of journey have you been on this season?
Noble: When I am shooting 22 episodes, my life really revolves around the 14 or 18 hours a day I do on set. And so apart from maintaining good health, which I do … I do a lot of that. Any time I get, I make sure I am doing a yoga class or something. Because, really, we have found that we have to remain very fit. So a lot of it is staying focus on the task at hand. I do find time to play music and do some painting.
“Fringe” airs Fridays at 9 p.m./EST on Fox.