May 12th, 2012
12:08 PM ET
The entire season of "Fringe" has been leading up to the two universes collapsing, and that's certainly what we got in Friday night's season finale.
The entire thing, as we discovered last week, was masterminded by William Bell, who in this new timeline is up to no good.
"Bellie" wanted to create a brand new world with his genetically engineered creatures, and planned to use Olivia to bring about the collapse (as we saw last week when she saved Peter using her mind, her powers were activated by William).
Thankfully, Astrid survived being shot in the past week's episode, and Fringe Division soon discovered that Walter was missing. "Bellie" had taken him onto his version of Noah's Ark, a boat with all of his creatures, soon to float to the point where the universes collapse.
Olivia and Peter – meeting the Observer September – encountered Jessica ("Lost's" Rebecca Mader), who wasn't as innocent as she seemed last week, and was working for William. She had a gun created by William, with a bullet fast enough that it couldn't be stopped by the Observers. She shot September, but the second time she tried, Olivia deflected the bullet, killing Jessica.
This being "Fringe," that didn't stop them from interrogating her. Huge kudos to Mader for pulling off this insanely creepy scene, where her dead body was brought back to life, babbling nonsense before finally giving up William's location.
As the universes started to collide, Nina, Peter and Olivia made the risky decision to fly out there by helicopter. William's ship was unreachable on the "other side," but Nina encouraged Olivia to use her powers. Peter and Olivia jumped out of the helicopter and landed on the other side, on board the ship.
When the pair confronted William, it soon became clear that Olivia was the reason all of this was happening, and - as September said - she ended up dead no matter what.
Walter made the fateful decision to shoot Olivia between the eyes, and both universes were safe. William rang his bell, and disappeared.
Once again, this being "Fringe," death doesn't mean the end, and Walter removed the bullet, saving Olivia.
So what about that world of 2036? Broyles was given even more funding and its own science division, to be headed up by Nina, possibly the first steps towards what we saw in the future.
More importantly, though, Olivia discovered that she was pregnant, and we know that she and Peter will have a daughter, Etta, as we saw in the future.
But that's not all. Walter is once again visited by September, who warns that "They're coming." Walter asks, "Who?" We'll find out in the final season, I suspect.
Not knowing whether they would return, this could have more or less served as a series finale (minus that final scene with Walter and September).
However, there is definitely more story here - to resolve the events of 2036, at the very least, and perhaps a final reckoning with William Bell. It was definitely one of the most exciting "Fringe" finales.
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