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Fringe Star John Noble Shares Series Finale Secrets

5 years ago by Reg Seeton

John Noble plays Walter Bishop in the Fringe episode “The Boy Must Live” – Photo: FOX

Fringe actor John Noble shared his thoughts on the finale of the Fox series with only three episodes left until the show leaves the airwaves forever.

When Fringe returns to Fox on Friday, January 11 for the episode “The Boy Must Live,” fans will only need to wait a week before the two-hour series finale on January 18.

After five seasons playing the many sides of Walter Bishop, John Noble will soon say goodbye to Walter forever. For diehard fans, it’ll be a tough but fond farewell when they say goodbye to Walter next week.

So, with the series ticking down, how does John Noble feel Walter is handling the events of the final hours of Fringe?

[Heads up: If you don’t want an answer, turn back now or run the risk of being SPOILED.]

“We know that something radical has to happen in order to beat the Observers,” said John Noble on a conference call with reporters ahead of Friday’s episode. “I think by now we’ve built up to the fact that possibly Walter has to do something pretty outstanding to make this happen.”

In Friday’s episode of Fringe called “The Boy Must Live,” Walter enters the deprivation tank in an attempt to uncover a key piece of information about the mysterious figure, Donald. And with time running out, Peter, Olivia and Walter stop at nothing to save the universe from Observer rule.

“More importantly I think what you’ll find is the way his relationship with Peter plays out over the next two episodes is really quite remarkable. That’s something we had to do because we spent so much time. And I know the fans love the relationship between Peter and Walter so much. We certainly paid homage to that and brought it home, I believe, really strongly.”

Noble went on to tell reporters that he does have some beautiful moments in the final episodes with actress Jasika Nicole and Anna Torv.

As for how Fringe will deliver on what fans want in a satisfying conclusion, there doesn’t appear to be any loose ends.

“It’s good story-writing in the sense of this great big arc,” Noble continued, “and they’re going to pay it out. I’m not going to tell you what happens obviously but we do get the pay out.”

With so much secrecy surrounding the series finale of Fringe, fans have been left to speculate about the many possibilities of how things will end. As revealed in the latest preview for “The Boy Must Live,” one possibility is that time could be reset in an effort to defeat the Observers.

So, how did John Noble feel when he read the final script and how things really play out?

“We were all apprehensive about what would happen in the finale,” Noble added to reporters. “We didn’t know until really quite late in the piece how Joel [Wyman] would finish it off. I can honestly say it was everything that I hoped it could possibly be when I read it. I thought he had done a masterfully job in writing it, tied up our character lines, tied up the great story arcs. I couldn’t have mentioned a better job to be honest. So I was extremely elated when I read the final episodes.”

As for how John Noble and the cast of Fringe felt on the final day of shooting the series, there was a lot of laughter. Although we don’t know the order of the final sequences, Noble admitted that his final Fringe scene was filmed with actor Michael Cerveris.

“The last day on set was really quite fun,” Noble admitted on the call. “We were all kind of bouyed up and it was one of those nights that went on forever. We had a lot of fun. I can remember we all got a fit of the giggles.”

How do you want things to play out in the last episodes of Fringe?

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Reg Seeton

Reg Seeton created The Deadbolt in 2005 after working for the pioneering movie news website, Coming Attractions. Reg has over 15 years experience as a top online entertainment journalist and interviewer, has worked with several award winning actors, musicians and writers, and has managed entertainment networks in New York and Los Angeles. And he's done it all with one eye!