“Fringe” fans are used to seeing the dynamic between our favorite characters shift suddenly and dramatically — and while it’s always fun to explore new versions of old friends, we’ve found ourselves missing that old banter between Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Walter (John Noble) this season.
“We had to fight to get the old dynamic back,” Noble told Zap2it when we caught up with him at the opening of Warner Bros’ Television Out Of The Box exhibit at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills. “As characters, and as people, because Josh and I love playing it.”
Now that Peter knows he’s been home this entire time and that Walter and Olivia are his Walter and Olivia, Jackson tells us that Peter will continue to grow more comfortable with his father. “So far as Peter’s concerned, these are all his people now. All of the barriers between Peter and Walter should then be removed,” Jackson says. “Even though Walter has to come out of his shell, still, a little bit, there’s no reason for that father-son love to not be there. It’s not the central portion of our story toward the end of the season,
but he and I love doing it, and it’s a good portion of the story.”
“The payoff is really there at the end of the season,” Noble says, promising a more familiar relationship between father and son. “You do see that again.”
Speaking of fathers and sons — Jackson promises that fans are about to see the fall-out from the revelation that Peter had a son. “You’re about to find out,” he teases, with a very sly look on his face. (Seriously, just watch the video below.) You won’t want to miss tonight’s new episode at 9 p.m. EST on FOX.
Fans are anxiously awaiting news as to whether “Fringe” will be returning after this year for Season 5. “There are a lot of warm and fuzzy feelings out there, between us and FOX,” Noble says. “I know that the FOX executives love the show. It’s just a matter of business, and it’s very close, because we’re an expensive show.”
The “Fringe” team will meet with FOX execs in the first week of May to pitch their plans for Season 5 — and to figure out whether it’s in FOX’s best interest, financially, to renew the series. They’ve already made it clear that the network has lost money airing “Fringe,” but there are still hopes that they can turn that minus into a plus.
In the meantime, producers kept a potential cancellation in mind when they planned the end of Season 4. “They wrote what I think is a pretty clever excuse for a fifth season, which will be in Episode 19. I don’t want to spoil what that will be because I think it should be pretty fun for people to watch,” Jackson says, teasing that after watching episode 19, fans will have a good idea of the direction Season 5 will take.
“If the show does get canceled,” he says, “I hope that [the finale] will be a satisfactory conclusion to the story. The thing that we would all be upset by would be is if we got to the end and the people who had been so passionate and dedicated and watched the show, felt cheated out of a proper ending.”
Noble adds, “We’ve answered a lot of questions that the fans wanted answered. The critical questions, the relationships between Peter, Olivia, and Walter, the facing off of the great evils, all the strings and the order of the universe have been dealt with really clearly. We’ve just crushed everything together and tried to answer all the questions.”
Even with the questions answered, though, Noble doesn’t think fans will be able to let the show go quietly. “Our fans are so ardent, they won’t be satisfied if we go off the air. They’ll always have more questions. They’re extraordinary, our fans. I think that they’ll want more.”