Warning: The following story contains major spoilers from Fringe 5.04 “The Bullet That Saved The World”. Continue reading at your own discretion!
So, the bullet was bitten, and it was Etta Bishop who met her maker in last night’s Fringe. Georgina Haig spoke to the press about her character’s tragic demise and how it will shape the remainder of the final season.
On whether she knew before the season started filming that Etta was going to die:
Yeah, but only just, because when I first got told that I was in Season 5, I knew it was a bunch of episodes. I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen and I was kind of guessing, coming up with scenarios in my head and I finally spoke to Joel and yeah, he explained the trajectory and I was like, “Oh my God. It’s so much to put all those characters through,” and he told me the story and it’s a really brave decision by everyone and brave because now those characters have to deal with the loss of a child on top of saving the world and it’s just incredible that they put them through that, but yeah. I thought it was kind of beautifully done.
On whether Etta could possibly return in some form:
Oh, man, I know. I was having a great time in Vancouver, you know? I would stay! I had my last day and I was really upset, obviously … just like, “Oh God. That was final. I could learn to ski if I stayed!” Everyone’s like, “Oh, Georgina, it’s ‘Fringe,’ you never know what could happen.” They were so nonplussed. They’re just like, “Whatever, it’s Fringe.” Whereas I was like, “No. I’ve been obliterated into a million pieces. I haven’t just died, I was like self-combobulated or whatever it was. It’s done.” And then they’re like, “But it’s ‘Fringe.’” So who knows? I feel like these guys can get around any corner but I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going to happen.
On whether Etta reached a place of resolution with her mother:
I think it’s really sad because, of course, a million things weren’t resolved. They got to that point where it had moved from uncomfortable to slightly more comfortable in this dynamic of being reunited. But I think she could see the strain between her parents and there was still so much she couldn’t say and was still learning so much about herself. And her own world — her perspective of right and wrong [versus] Olivia’s. In episode two we explored that quite a lot. There was so much left unsaid. But in four, I think what is resolved is the love and strength between them. But if it was my choice I wouldn’t have died and played out the family drama. [Laughs] There was a lot to explore, but there’s [also] a lot for the writers to explore with me dying and the characters dealing with that. What happens next will, I’m sure, be very interesting — not that I have any idea what that is.
On her approach to playing that final scene in the warehouse:
It was so funny … It makes me upset even thinking about now. I was just thinking that someone loved me finally. I was just thinking there was all the fighting with Windmark and trying to get the gun and then all of a sudden I felt incredibly calm and relaxed and was just thinking about my parents and the thought that I was loved and in the end, that was all that mattered to her. So it was kind of like a peaceful moment just before … [Gets choked up.] It’s incredibly sad. I just miss everyone as well — I loved being there!
On how the season ends:
I know vague things but I’m always e-mailing John [Noble]. I’m like, “What’s happening? What are you doing?” And he’s like, “Oh, this happened,” and I’m like “Oh, awesome!” They keep us in dark, we’re just like the fans trying to grovel for any information we can get. Yeah. I kind of know the overall arc but a lot of the detail’s missing, so I’m sort of hanging out for the episodes as much as anyone else.
We at Seriable.com will today spot bullet necklaces in honor of Etta and her contributions to the cause.