Annoyed with Fringe's new timeline? Producers promise big payoff

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Dec 16, 2012

"We want our old team back!" That's what most Fringe fans have been crying all season. Our favorite characters are in a new timeline, have different personalities and no connection to Peter. So why are we stuck with knockoffs instead of the originals? It's all part of a plan.

Almost half the season has passed, and we've seen a world in which Nina raised Olivia, Walter's a hermit, Agent Lee is a dork and Peter doesn't (technically) exist. These alternate characters (and storylines) have left some fans feeling betrayed by the writers.

In a recent interview with TV Line, Fringe's executive producer J.H. Wyman promised that there's a method to the madness. They're not taking viewers on a pointless ride.

"Jeff [Pinkner, co-producer] and I are huge fans of television," he said. "And the biggest thing that stuns us is that our fans are actually thinking that we would pull the old 'Nothing you knew is true!' We would never do that. There is a very specific reason why we're doing this story right now, and why we took this turn that we did.

"Traditionally, what goes on with our show is that fans may have an opinion about something, like, 'Oh, why did you do that?!'—but then they realize, 'Oh yeah, OK, I get it.' Hopefully they'll feel the same way now, now that things are starting to come to fruition and things are starting to happen a bit more."

One of the best things about Fringe is its unpredictable nature. If they're spending this much time on newbies, they must be part of a greater plan. Right? RIGHT?!

What are your theories?

(via TV Line)