Universes collide on 'Fringe'
May 12th, 2012
12:08 PM ET

Universes collide on 'Fringe'

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.

What did you think of the episode? What do you think will happen next season? Share your thoughts on video or comment below.

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  1. kjfuller7

    I was completely creeped out by the GOOGLY EYES! omg it was GREAT! and I loved how Nina is just nonchalantly conversing with Olivia while shooting nails into Jessica's head! what a great show! K!

    May 14, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wonderabout

    I always hate the end of a season – Fringe is by far a "thinking-persons" show..... hope the new season doesn't disappoint like say like Lost was to many of us!

    May 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tim Fotinos

    This is a series thats actually got characters and plot. And no zombies, vampires, or teen angst. The final season will be fun, If we get lucky, sometime in the next 10 years something decent in the sci fi genre will replace it. Maybe.

    May 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Walter's Lab Partner

    Wish the show were being renewed for a full fifth season. It seems like everywhere I turn these days, someone NEW is watching it for the first time.

    It's a great story with incredible actors and production values. It's like a mini-movie every week.

    May 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JJ

    Fringe will never be an X-Files. Bring back the X-Files.

    May 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boo

      The X-Files was on too many seasons...it lost it's edge and became stupid. Even if you didn't like the end of the series LOST at least it was not on the air too long.

      May 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Billy Bob

    One good thing about Fringe is that you never know where the plot is going. When you think that there is no place left, they take you off in another direction. We really love "September"! What a cool dude! If a person didn't begin watching this program at the very first show, they would never have a clue what any of this means! Star Trek has Trekkies, we have Fringees.

    May 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. epiphanyq

    Would someone please give Anna Torv an Emmy already??!!! What does she have to do? This cast is outstanding and Torv, Nobel, and Jasika Nicole are long past due the recognition they deserve.

    & Thanks to all who have made Fringe a great ride for those of us who enjoy an actual plot – with a talented cast to pull off wild scripts and a wonderful love story.

    May 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • m.t. quinn

      AMEN ! AMEN !! AMEN !!! Top Kudos to the entire cast are LONG overdue !!!

      May 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. alcourts


    May 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dave

    How did they get Jessica's eyes to do that?

    May 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Scott

    Um... shouldn't this whole article have a **SPOILER** tag on it? I hope all those people with the season finale sitting on their DVR's unwatched don't read this... Fringe is a great show and it's great that they'll get a full season to wrap up all the plot lines.

    May 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NickL

    Fringe was renewed for a 5th and final season! SO we will find out about 2036 and have an epic conclusion no less.

    May 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • metoo

      fantastic show...finally sci fic worth thinking about.....cant wait to for the next and hopefully not last season

      May 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ThisSerious

    I love this show!!! The rise of reality TV has meant the decline of plot TV. I'm talking about great shows like "V","The Event", "24", "Terminator- Sarah Conner Chronicles", "Smallville" which are all gone, with no vital replacements. Fringe deserves 8 seasons otherwise I will have no reason to keep my TV but to watch Blue-rays and play PS3.

    May 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. nelson

    Like the show, very creative. Sorry to see it end.

    May 14, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. laura

    i LOVE Fringe. i both watch and tivo it so i can rewatch it to be sure i get all the points. it is clearly the best written show on tv. lots of great storylines. keeps you guessing. i can't wait for next season and i hope they don't end it anytime soon.

    May 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scott

    Been watching Fringe from Day 1. Not a sci-fi lover, but this show is pretty awesome. Great acting, especially Walter (Pacey has surprised me, as well). AUtistic Astro is kind of a stretch, but all in all really glad it's on for another season. I never miss an episode and am always wondering if each week will be the last since it doesnt seem to get much love. Good to see that there are some people out there who know good TV when they see it!

    May 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  16. marioharvey

    this show is still on the air?

    May 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  17. flashtrum

    Since the writer wasn't clear – they did in fact shoot a series finale but once renewed that episode was canned. Maybe it will be an extra in a DVD release. The best show on TV, period. Yes you have to open your mind a bit and accept some of the crazy places that this show takes the viewer, but it is WELL worth it. I feel sorry for you if you haven't been on this ride for the past 4 seasons (you can always catch up on DVD which is what I did last fall!!!)

    May 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Cage

      No, actually this episode was the series finale, but they added in the extra few secodns at the end where September tells walter that "they are coming" to make it a season finale instead of the series finale.

      May 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anneal

      Not true. What we saw was the only final episode filmed. If the show wasn't renewed and it was to be the series finale they would have just deleted that last 15 seconds where September told Walter they are coming.

      May 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  18. willy

    @ Jennifer Hill, email your local police department.

    May 14, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Slides2000

    Awesome show. Can't believe they have handled the complexity of multiple universes so well.

    May 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • docame

      What's to handle? None of us humans have a clue what mu's look like so they are free to make it all up and we believe...schmucks that we are.

      May 14, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  20. will

    I normally only watch three shows on television, Bones, House and Fringe. They aren't reality shows which I do not like for the likelihood that they are scripted anyway either by writers or the participants on those reality shows. Bones solves a "who done it and how", House solves a "what is wrong with this patient" but fringe mixes mystery, drama and science fiction. Over time you learn to care about the characters. Like a good book, I will hate to see the last chapter that must come. Eventually, fringe will run out of material but for now I like the ride.

    May 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Michael mario Calaizzo

    this is some peoples Fantasy.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  22. JohnnyKay

    Fringe took someone else to the edge?

    This poorly acted, vanilla saccharinity from Canada would drive anyone over the edge.

    No thanks.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Profmox

      This is not a Canadian series. It's an American series that is being shot in Canada. And it's a great show!

      May 14, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • andros


      May 14, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Burt

      Poorly acted? Anna Torv should be a shoo-in for an Emmy!

      May 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boo

      You must be confused. 'Fringe" is an American series. It was produced by J.J. Abrams, the brilliant co-creator of LOST.

      May 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Fringesux

    Fringe took viewers to the edge...all two of them.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  24. nate

    fringe fringe fringe fringe fringe fringe fringe

    i love it and no one understands me

    except you beautiful freaks

    May 14, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  25. Chuck

    I don't care how it turns out. All I now is I never miss the program and am glad Fringe is coming back for at least one more season. Would love to see a spin off of Fringe. Love the action between the to universes. What is fun about si-fi is that you can do anything you want and who's to say it's wrong. Got to give credit to Fox on this one. Chuck

    May 14, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  26. Robyn K

    I thought it was good with the exception of the scene where Nina encourages Olivia. It sounded like something out of Wizard of Oz (the Dorthy and the Good Witch). "You had it in you all along", refering to her ability to travel to the other universe.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      I thought the same thing!

      May 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JM

      You nailed it!! Me and my wife both rolled our eyes and thought it was corny. Everything else was great as usual, but that little exchange of dialog was painful!

      May 14, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • kjfuller7

      I assume you mean the scene in the helicopter? I'm with you totally... it was so un-Nina-ish... and so was the giddy schoolgirl Nina who just got offered the job in the new science division...

      May 14, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Eric the Midget

    I...........hope...........I.............get another..............role..............on............the show. Then Howard............can kiss.............my............crippled.............ass.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Frado

      Eric, don't post here, save it for when we call in to the show. We'll promote your appearance at the Viper Room and the Bunny Ranch. Gotta go, need to take an Ambien.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • flashtrum


      May 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Loren

    While Jenifer's post is a bit odd, there is a Belding Road in Rockford, MI and 616 is the right area code. Are we sure that that the message isn't from a parallel universe?

    On to Fringe, I will watch next year and let it unfold. I don't need to analyze the events of this year or what happened in the season finale, only reveling in the weird and creepy (how many can make their eyes go in the total opposite direction?). Looking forward to more creepy and weird.

    May 14, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  29. Johnny Cage

    I actually felt that this was their weakest season finale of the series, but they would have wrapped up a bunch of story arcs if this were the series finale. Next season should wrap everything up nicely since they can write it to actually BE the series finale instead of an ambiguous episode. The scene where the dead body is talking was well done! For a creepy scene, it was pulled off very well.

    May 14, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  30. Only

    A loser would post same comment twice.

    May 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  31. ^^

    Only a certain set of losers on here would waste their time to google something like this.

    May 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  32. ^^

    Only a ceratin set of losers on here would waste their time to google something like this.

    May 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  33. HG

    I read that post yesterday. I googled the address. When you clicked on the house, the address was 7062. The house almost looked abandoned. You are right Dandylion, there is no Grand Rapids State police. The post was a little alarming, though. Now, to Fringe. Another great episode. I'm looking forward to the next season. I will be very sorry to see this show go. Best show on tv! Happy Mother's Day!

    May 13, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  34. Daren

    Thats not even their number...that belongs to some dude that works for a boat and marine supply website according to google.

    May 12, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • DandyLion

      Yeah, ya know what else is funny? There's no such thing as the Grand Rapids State Police. That would be the Michigan State Police. Wouldn't it have been faster to dial 911 for help vs blogging for help? Lol, I wonder what the story behind this is? (Poor dude)

      May 13, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  35. Jennifer Hill

    I'm being held hostage in the attic at my house at 7064 Belding Rd Rockford, MI 49341. Please call 1-616-874-3177 and the Grand Rapids State Police. HELP ME!!!

    May 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |

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