Fringe's John Noble clears up all that talk about a 'new pilot'

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Dec 14, 2012

Remember how the creators of Fringe were saying that the start of season four would be like a "new pilot" for the show? Well, star John Noble has a few words to say about that.

Following the startling events at the end of season three, producers Jeff Pinkner and Joel H. Wyman said that the new season would give viewers who had never seen the show a chance to climb on board without having to make time to watch 65 previous episodes.

But Noble, who plays Dr. Walter Bishop, thinks that talk of a "new pilot" is a bit over the top. We caught up with him at a launch event in Los Angeles for the extended edition Blu-ray box set of The Lord of the Rings, where he told us (possible spoilers ahead):

"I don't know why they're saying that. We have a mythology now that needs to be unraveled a little bit for new viewers. I defy people to come in at the end of season three and understand—they might find it really interesting, but to understand it might be hard. So we need to unravel some of that mythology a bit, and I think that might be what they mean—give it a restart, from the same place, but for example without Peter or that intangible Peter [who seemingly ceased to exist at the end of the season finale], and we have to retell some of the story."

Noble added:

"They're really clever guys, and they're aware of that problem, so if that's what they said, I'm sure that they mean retelling the story again, but from a slightly different angle. I'll wait and see when I get the first script."

You and us both, pal.

What do you think is going to happen? Should the producers work things out so that new viewers can play catch-up? Or do you think if people aren't watching Fringe by now, it's just too bad for them?

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