A visit to the Fringe set in Vancouver sees Jasika Nicole dish on Peter’s “really difficult” transition, and the upcoming story arc that carries “crazy” consequences for our heroes. [UPDATED] Lance Reddick also weighs in.
Major spoiler alert..
On Astrid’s reaction to Peter’s return:
The writers did not write any– they didn’t write any scenes where you could see Astrid trying to take in any information when Peter does come back, so I don’t really know how she feels about it. I know how Walter and Olivia and Lincoln and Broyles, I know how they feel, but I’m not sure how Astrid feels, and I’m not sure if that’s intentional. I’m not sure if that’s going to play into the story at some point in the future, which would be really cool. But so far I do know that she’s always trying to convince Walter that Walternate is not evil– that his world is just as important as ours and that he’s doing everything he can to save it and that he’s not the enemy. She’s constantly trying to explain that to Walter. So if I had to guess I’d say she’s open to whatever’s happening, and she tries to see the best in people.
On Peter’s reintegration:
Peter’s reintegration into this world…the transition is really difficult. So there’s not an immediate, like, ‘Okay, we’re back to where we were before. And I don’t even know if it will get back…So far it’s just a battle…It’s not like a welcome home. And it might even be the opposite of a welcome home. Might.
On the upcoming story arc that has connections to the ‘past':
All I can say really is that there is something from the past– past, past past, and you have to think we’re in a different reality now and what universe are we in, so something in the past has come back, and you know, it has kind of been established that our universes don’t trust each other and they think the other one is guilty or whatever but what is essentially happening that there is a possibility that there is an outside force that has nothing to do with these universes but is affecting these universes. And you discover what it is and it’s going to be that these universes, as difficult as it’s been to kind of get on the same page, they’re going to really have to for serious, for serious join forces or otherwise everything is just going to go crazy—which we’ve established before…But really, if you don’t get together, things are going to go crazy now!
Lance Reddick also dishes on the upcoming story arc, adding:
“It’s going to start getting more intense, but actually we’re going to start working together more, too”
He also says that things are going to get interesting for “Broyles, but definitely for Broylnate,” with the chances of seeing the two Fringe Div. leaders interacting being “pretty good.”
As for who’s driving this outside agency? Reddick suggests that a “great character from seasons ago” will be on the returneroo to Fringeville.
As we’ve speculated before it surely has to be either Molebaby or the one and only David Robert Jones. Outside bets would include Newton or Rogue (AKA John of Mosley), though he’s not so much a great character as a great concept.
Sounds interesting, but I have to wonder whether all of that needed to be spilled from a story point of view? This ‘outside agency’ scenario has been suspected before, but to have it confirmed through interviews is a bit like shooting yourself in the foot, only less bloody and painful.
And I say that with my “mystery box” cap firmly on. But like I said, sounds like interesting moves are afoot. We’ll see where the story takes us.
If you missed it earlier, you can watch a new John Noble interview here.