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'Fringe' Star John Noble Teases the Return of Peter & a (More) Sane Walter

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 14th 2011 11:00AM
John Noble, 'Fringe''Fringe' kills me. Just when I think I've got a handle on the show's mythology, timelines, overlapping universes and duplicate lives, they go and erase one of my favorite characters from existence.

All season -- and since last season's finale, really -- fans have been rallying to "Save Peter," wondering in not-so-subtle ways when the hell Joshua Jackson and his on-screen alter-ego Peter Bishop would return.

Well, this week's episode, 'Subject 9' (Fri., Oct. 14, 9PM ET on Fox), now has us asking a new question: Has Peter Bishop returned? The previews show Olivia struggling with some very strong energies that are specifically targeting her to send her a message. But what's the message, and who's it really from?

I caught up with star John Noble (whom I hadn't seen since his character Walter stripped down to his skivvies in a scene we took part in last season -- "and you never forgot it," he reminded me with a laugh) to find out when old Walter will return, which version of Walter he enjoys playing the most, and more.

Walter this season has been delightfully odd ... even more than usual.
He's un-recovered. He lived in isolation with his own thoughts and social phobias and strange little habits. But it's not gonna last very long.

Anna Torv - Olivia on 'Fringe'It's just been so amazing to see a completely different Walter. What's been your favorite version of Walter to play?
Goodness me, I've had so many versions of him to play. I think this is number eight! It's been fun ... the thing I've liked about this season is it's given me a chance to establish a relationship with Olivia, Anna Torv's character, which I hadn't really had the chance to before. We've had some beautiful scenes together. And, of course, some great stuff with Astrid ...

People were so worried that Josh Jackson's Peter would never be "saved." But now -- he's back!
Josh has not gone anywhere, he never did. What we've done is a story plot. We took one of our principle characters and now we brought him back in through a different door.

John Noble as Walter Bishop, 'Fringe'This ongoing power struggle between the two universes seems to be OK for now, but who's really in charge?
What Walternate has always said is, "The universe seeks balance," so they will have to find a balance. There's not going to be any one dictator or any one dominant universe -- they will have to find balance. Just like any relationship.

Would you say that's the tagline of this whole season?
It's the tagline of life, Maggie. [Laughs]

Do you ever try to figure out how they'll manage to end the show one day?
No, not really. We did those one-hour recaps of the first three seasons ... that was fun. When you look at it chronologically, I was quite amazed, like "oh my goodness," at all the things we've done. And some of the guest stars that I've forgotten we've had come through ... I loved watching that, and I loved narrating it.

You guys answer one thing -- or so we think -- and then you leave us asking five more.
[Laughs] That's also life!

Check out this sneak peek at 'Subject 9,' which has Walter explaining that
"the apparition may be out of phase with our reality." Hmmm ...

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He's my favorite actor on television right now, by far. He's so incredible at playing every version of Walter.

October 15 2011 at 12:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeremy Dunn

I can't wait! I love this show. It is my favorite show and now I've got others hooked on it!

October 14 2011 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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