Fox's Fringe may be gone, but it's certainly not forgotten. Fans are still debating that timey-wimey finale, and now star John Noble has opened up about what he thought that final episode really meant.
Noble gave an extensive interview to IGN about the series finale, and discussed some of his favorite moments and the larger themes surrounding the little series that could.
As for that finale? Noble says it was all about taking “responsibility” and finding redemption, especially for his character Walter Bishop:
“The take-away thematically is that we're responsible. We're responsible for our actions. The gratifying part for me, and I always felt it needed to be this way, was that Walter really needed to go through the journey and take responsibility for what he'd done, and by the ending of the show he basically did that. He was able to correct the imbalance he'd created by the action that he took. I think that was poetic and absolutely correct. So I was absolutely thrilled that the writers gave him that ending. He needed to pay the piper, as it were, for what he'd done. And it was also satisfying to think that the Peter and Olivia relationship, and their child, did survive to at least play out whatever happens in their lives.
Rather than having it thwarted as it was so often by external events. I think those were major themes that the audience wanted, and needed, emotionally, to play out. So I think it was a perfect ending and I thank God we got to do it, because that's rare. I was so grateful, and had such a sense of joy as we were shooting the finale thanking God that we got to finish this properly, and with great stuff and some great scenes. I didn't have any regrets at the end. I thought that's a good story, well told, and a five-year arc was paid off. So we can leave that now with a sense of completion.”
Considering all the self-sacrifice that came about during the show’s five-season run, Noble’s take on the finale makes a lot of sense. Plus, Walter was always the heart of the show, and it was nice to see him have a final shot at redemption to end it all.
What do you think? Did you like the finale?