Do we already know how Fringe ends?
Last night's episode of Fringe gave us a huge dose of mythology and cosmology, as we finally got some answers to the major questions the show's been teasing us with for years. This episode worked as a twisty thriller and as a heart-breaking piece of drama, plus it managed to bring up some fascinating issues about identity and selfhood.
But most of all... do we know how Fringe is going to end?
So it's almost hard to remember at this point how unlikely a Peter/Olivia romance once seemed. For the first couple years of Fringe, Peter actor Joshua Jackson in particular was very vocal about saying that he didn't want to see the two characters become romantically involved. (Sample quote, from a Sept. 2009 interview: "I don't think they're going to go in that direction. I see Peter and Olivia as more brother and sister rather than lovers on this show."
And now, it's become clear that the Peter/Olivia romance isn't just a thing — it's the center of the show, the thing everything revolves around. This has been clear at least since the Peter/Olivia/Olivia triangle, and the producers floated the idea that whichever version of Olivia Peter chose, her universe alone would survive. (This idea was floated via Sam Weiss, who at the time seemed to be the Voice of Truth on the show.) In any case, now we know — the Peter/Olivia romance really is the show's axis.
At least, that's what I got from the telepathic PowerPoint presentation that Peter gets treated to in "The End of All Things." We got a lot of context for stuff we already knew about Peter and the Observers. In 1985, when Walternate was on the verge of finding a miracle cure for Peter's illness, September distracted him at the wrong moment, so he missed out on the cure. And Peter was so important to the future, that September decided to step in and save Peter from drowning after Walter brought him back to our universe. September's interference inadvertently led to the devastating war between universes — but apparently, none of that was a major deviation from the timeline that leads to the best futures. What was a major deviation? Peter making a baby with the wrong Olivia.
Let's pause and process that for a moment — apparently, the Observers (or at least September) always wanted Peter and "our" Olivia to get together. And it's strongly hinted that the romance between Peter and Olivia is important — way more important than any of the fallout from all that universe-on-universe violence. Important enough that Henry, Peter's son with the other Olivia, was a major problem. Henry had to be erased from the universe, even at the cost of erasing Peter himself.
That, in turn, means that even if September hadn't disturbed Walternate in his lab — and Walter hadn't had any reason to cross over and kidnap Peter — Peter still would have needed to cross over at some point and meet "our" Olivia, for the Observers' desired future to come to pass.
So after the offending baby Henry was erased, and Peter along with him, there was a difference of opinion between September and August. August wanted Peter to stay erased, but September disobeyed his orders and failed to hold a magnet to the last traces of Peter-memory in the universe. Because, I guess, September still believes Peter can fulfill his original destiny — the destiny that made it worthwhile to pull him out of a lake in the first place.
So how does Fringe end? My bet is, with Olivia giving birth to Peter's baby. Or at least, being pregnant. It's pretty obvious, at this point, that Peter and Olivia have a child who's important to the future — some kind of historic figure. Basically, their child is John Connor. At least, that's the most likely scenario, given what we've just been told about baby Henry being the "wrong" baby, and the Peter/Olivia romance being vital to the future. I feel like the show is telegraphing a baby-related ending pretty hard, at this point.
Read the entire io9.com article here.