FRINGE: Who Will Bite The Bullet? [POLL]

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Note: The following contains spoilers for the October 26 episode of Fringe. Continue at your own discretion.

Fringe returns on Friday with “The Bullet That Saved The World“. The fourth episode of the final season, it’s been billed as a pivotal piece by Fox — and with a title like that I should think so too.

While the episode will shed further light on the significance of Etta’s bullet necklace (one that may or may not have spent some time lodged in her Mother’s head), it seems death is preparing to pull the trigger on a possibly beloved character, at least according to the following snippet from TV Line:

You can also count on a creepy callback to an episode from the middle of Season 1 and insight on a nifty skill that Future Broyles has acquired. Oh, and there’s a death.

With that said, and given the trajectory of the season thus far, who do you expect to bite the bullet? Get your vote on in our poll below then check back after the episode to mourn the passing of this character and see whether or not you were right:

Fringe Deathwatch: Who Will Bite The Bullet in 5.04?

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Catch “The Bullet That Saved The World” Friday, Oct. 26 at 9/8c on Fox.

 

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  1. roneo says

    I think Broyles has a lot of chances. I hope it’ll be an epic good bye, some quite his alternative in the old time-line.

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    • Rick Terry says

      95% sure… I’ve seen all the set photos from this soon to air episode, all the way until the now currently being filmed episode. And after 5-04 there is a noticeable lack of a certain person who if still alive should be seen with all the other characters. It is one of the four Bishop family members. I’ll leave it at that.

      If you want to know then search the internet for Fringe set photos to find out.

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      • says

        I know who you are talking about, but I don’t think that that person is dead. That person is somewhere alive, they wouln’t do that now, I’m sure.

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        • Rick Terry says

          I guess we’ll see come Friday night then won’t we. I’d be willing to bet it is exactly who this poll indicates. Plus it would bring a depth to the story more-so than Nina or Broyels dying would.

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          • JM says

            Rick there is also a lack of another certain person in set photos, unless im mistaken, and he is 2nd in the polls!

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            • Rick Terry says

              Yeah but he is credited all the way through the season on IMDB. Georgina’s credits runs out after 5-05. Like I said 95% sure. So for me there is a 5% chance it is Broyles. Not saying I can’t be wrong. Just saying I’m probably not wrong. ;P

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            • Rick Terry says

              Also all the set photos I’ve seen are the team in the field sans Etta. So logic dictates that we wouldn’t see closed door set photos of Broyles. I mean even when he was their boss he rarely went into the field with them, let alone as their possible enemy now, or as a mole for them in the 2036 Observer run Fringe Division.

              We’ll see Friday. I may eat my words yet, but I’m not gonna starve myself in anticipation of the meal.

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              • JM says

                I think it will most likely be Etta, but there is a case for Broyles also. If Etta does die, Wyman’s endgame must be a way to revive her in some way shape or form, in that case my theory would be that the fringe team find a way to stop the observer invasion before it happens, and the end scene of the series will be Peter, Olivia and Etta in the park in 2016 and nothing happens and they carry on being happy. I just dont think Wyman has the balls to actually kill her off forever.

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                • Rick Terry says

                  I think they might possibly have another last minute reset type scenario up their sleeves, but I have mixed feelings about it.

                  I have had this niggling idea trapped in my skull since the finale episode of season 3. I have on more than one occasion wondered if Peter actually did make it out of the BBM bridging the universes ceasing to exist etc…and that if everything that has played out since then has been real or just another possible scenario for him to choose against.

                  Season 4 was just so disjointed from the rest of the series, plus The how and why of the reset that was done is still very unclear in my opinion.

                  I think Peter still being trapped in the machine seeing a different scenario playing out would explain a lot in terms of the hows and whys of the recent season of the show. For instance: How and why Peter magically existed in this timeline wherein both versions of himself died as 8 year old kids? Who made the machine bridge the universes if Peter simply ceases to exist anymore to do it? How do you get yourself out of a hugely bad situation like an Observer takeover of the universe? But I digress, because I know that I’m probably totally wrong in this line of thinking.

                  The other part of me thinks; As bad as it would be to lose their daughter again and this time for good, that it still doesn’t necessarily have to mean they would have to reset it. I mean yeah it would totally suck, but Peter and Olivia are still very much young enough aside from their technical age in 2036 to produce yet another Bishop before all is said and done. Or not they could just live out their life knowing they did the best they could do with the shitstorm that was thrown at them. IDK

                  One thing I do know is that we will definitely find out soon enough sadly. I’m gonna miss Fringe so damn much. Keeps me guessing all the time.

                  Well it’s 4 in the morning and I am rambling so I think I need to turn in if I’m gonna be any good tomorrow. L8er

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                  • _lost_stef_ says

                    Rick Terry if u are right abt that being the character that dies…. my god…. i will die as well!!!! ;( im crying now

                    i cant handle any death but comon not that one

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  2. June08 says

    Ok, looking at the results, we all pretty much agree on who will bite the dust…

    Maybe we are wrong and the one we think will die will be teleported to another universe by some special ability???

    No, just kidding ;)

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  3. June08 says

    Ok guys, forget my previous post as reading a spoiler from TV guide; damn spoiler,I promised myself that I wouldn’t spoil the last season and guess what: I failed badly since day one…
    Anyway, this spoiler seems to indicate it is Broyles who will bite the dust :)
    Poor Broyles, one episode and bye bye?
    After getting rid of AltLincoln in a harsh way, will they do the same with Broyles?
    Hopefully not!

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      • June08 says

        No but it did say two big events, one good and one bad could be linked and as I think the first one concerns Broyles, so does the second one as well.
        But I could be wrong and my first idea is as good as this one as both characters didn’t appear on recent on set photos…

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        • Rick Terry says

          I personally think the first event is when Olivia and Etta discuss the bullet on her necklace. That would lead to the second event that is the death. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that Olivia is not gonna die in Friday’s episode. So that leave one other person…Etta.

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          • June08 says

            Ok Rick you convinced me on this one, well done ;)

            I must say I didn’t expect Etta to disappear so soon in the season :(

            Anyway, we’ll see on Friday if we were right!

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        • Rick Terry says

          Also Georgina Haig is not listed on the Fringe IMDB past episode 5-05 anymore. All other character and even some we’ve never heard about are though.

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          • mlj102 says

            Well, she is still listed in the press releases for 5.05 and 5.06 as a guest character. And while that could simply be intentionally providing false information so as not to give it away and spoil it, I do trust the official press releases more than I do IMDB or other sources with vague suggestions.

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        • Lincless says

          Broyles shoots Etta.
          Lance Reddick is a regular, it would be idiotic to kill him off now after one actual episode. Georgina Haig is a guest star and perhaps even as a newcomer too expensive :)

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          • Lincless says

            I wished it was Astrid, to be honest.
            All she ever did on Fringe was caring for Walter and protecting him. Now Walter doesn’t need her anymore in Season 5, so I would love to see her sacrifice herself a last time for Walter and die heroically.

            If her near death in the Season 4 finale weren’t as bad directed and edited as it was, I would have prefered to see her dying back then.

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  4. says

    The longshot pick could be Gene.
    Maybe the amber destabilizer used by Walter, in a hurry to retrieve the tapes, inadvertently deep-fried Gene.
    Astrid did say that heat damage could occur if they are not cautious and careful.

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    • Page 48 says

      What wine would go best with deep-fried Gene?

      I could live with Nina dying (see what I did there?), but I don’t think her death would have the desired impact. Broyles has already died one brutal yet heroic death. Sure, it was Broylenate, but still, I claim double jeopardy if Broyles gets it again.

      And, yet, Broyles seems like the obvious choice. In 2036, he’s gotta be in his early to mid 70’s anyway, so therefore easier to kill off than the younger, recently de-ambered members of Fringe Division. Not to mention that he’s a 2nd tier Fringie character, and therefore, cannon fodder for a Bad Robot finale sacrifice.

      I see Olivia and the Bishops as off limits. Etta should be nervous, as should Astrid, but how unpopular would that be?

      No matter how often I spin the bottle, it always points to Broyles….or someone else..

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  5. mlj102 says

    I really have a hard time imagining any of them dying at this point. I really don’t want any of them to die. Though I certainly will reserve judgment for the episode itself and how things happen, I think I will really have a hard time if any of the Bishop family members die at this point. Specifically Olivia, Peter, and Etta. I just think it has been such a short time to have them reunited as a family, and there is so much potential for what they can develop between those three, I’d hate to see it cut short.

    I know Etta is the most obvious potential target. She is still only a guest character, after all. And there has been plenty of ominous foreshadowing. But it would really be tragic for her to die right now. She is so invested in this cause, I really want to be able to see her triumph over the observer threat. I want to see her develop the relationship with her parents. I want to see what she is capable of. I want to learn more of her past. Plus, she is the current link between the team and the future world and how things function. And it would be terrible for her parents to have to go through that loss again – a very permanent loss this time – after just managing to find her again. They never really had an opportunity to get to know her or enjoy being a family again. In a lot of ways, Etta is the one holding the team together at the moment. I think it would be incredibly challenging for all of them if she were to die right now. There just seems to be so much more to do with her character. I would feel very disappointed if she died at this point in the season. Perhaps I’m in denial, but I refuse to believe it could be her until I see it. And hopefully I don’t.

    So if I rule her out, it comes down to the secondary characters for me: Astrid, Nina, and Broyles. Any of them are potential targets and it would be hard to say goodbye to any of them. Astrid has been more involved this season and she is more central to the team, which makes me think they likely wouldn’t go after her. Besides, she just barely got over being shot. I think they’ll leave her alone this time… It seems a shame to kill Nina or Broyles when they haven’t even been seen yet this season. Nina is a possible one… But I just don’t see it at this point. Between the two, I would say Broyles is a more likely candidate. He’s in a very dangerous position if he’s being watched over by Windmark, but still loyal to the team. He could easily be a casualty of war. He’s always been that sort of tragic character. He is loyal and fights for those he cares for. And it wouldn’t surprise me if he put his life on the line for the Fringe team and didn’t make it. I don’t want to see him die, but I would be even more upset if he betrayed the Fringe team at all, even if it was for the greater good and to appear to be loyal to Windmark in order to keep himself in a position where he can continue to help the team. He’s already had a similar storyline to that. No need to do it again. And there’s no way Broyles would really betray the team. So if it’s a question of betrayal or death, I would prefer the hero’s death.

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    • Rick Terry says

      For the reasons you express in your first paragraph, I would say Etta has to die. remember this is a TV show that deals in drama. Imagine the drama that will come from her death. imagine Peter going into berzerker mode. Imagine the potential for her death to make Olivia and Peter put aside their issues and come together again to comfort each other. The potential for drama is so much higher with Etta dying than any other character you mentioned.

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  6. El Marko says

    I seem to recall similar mutterings at the end of last season when people were wondering how the “in all possible futures Olivia must die” plot line would play out. In the end, cortexifan saved the day and allowed Olivia to recover from her fatal wound. As could only happen on Fringe, the showrunners got to have their cake and eat it too.

    In 419, it was implied that Etta has some special abilities, exhibited when Windmark is incapable of reading her (or reading her correctly). Furthermore, in the last scene of Season 4, Walter speculates that cortexifan abilities may resurface at some time in the future.

    So… perhaps Etta takes her own bullet and shows up again in the future, healed from whatever does her in…

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  7. T says

    I haven’t had the chance to re-watch S4 so I might be forgetting something…but why is September not mentioned as a possibility? As of right now we don’t know what happend to September, other than he was shot….right?

    It makes logical sense that Etta carries the bullet around because someone she was close to or who saved her life was shot by it. September was the one making sure Etta was born. He therefore had a vested interest in her life. He could have saved it at some point. The timeline is not an issue because he is an Observer.

    Unless someone can change my mind, my vote is for September.

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