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Fringe's John Noble On Season 4's Big Mystery: 'Walter Without Peter Is a Very Sad Man'

Yes, Fringe‘s Walter — John Noble — knows as well as you do what an important role Joshua Jackson’s Peter plays, not only in his character’s life but in the context of the show. So when he visited the TVLine interview suite at Comic-Con, he was ready, willing and more than able to expound on the impact of last season’s game-changing finale.

What else did he have to say? Press play below to find out!

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Comments (58)

  • The interviews from Comic-Con are never ending. XD Not that I’m complaining!

    John Noble seems like such a nice man.

    Comment by Gen – July 29, 2011 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I just want to say that Fringe is one of the most amazing shows ever! Thank you Fox for another season! Most certainly fills the gap of “Lost” being wrapped up.
      E.

      Comment by Elizabeth Gyure – July 30, 2011 06:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Thank you TVLine for making this interview linked on YouTube -as a link only viewing, it can’t be found as a search FYI – as I can rarely access video from your site directly. Hopefully Idoloonies will do the same next year. Hear me Oh Slezak and make it so :)

      Comment by Kate – July 30, 2011 07:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think that Fringe is the best show in its genre since X-Files. It has great writing, fabulous actors and the “creepy mystique” that compels you to watch!! Congrats on three great seasons and looking forward to the next one!

      Comment by Lou – July 30, 2011 10:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I just realized something–if Peter Bishop never existed, how did Olivia manage to get Walter out of the institution? She needed Peter in order to get in, and she needed Peter in order to get Walter out. Without Peter, how could any of that have happened?

    Comment by Gabriel – July 29, 2011 09:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Maybe Walter was never in the institution? Without Peter dying maybe he never reached that point? I have no idea. I am just guessing.

      Comment by Mindy – July 29, 2011 10:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’m thinking either that or his wife never died and she became his guardian.

        Comment by Amy – July 29, 2011 03:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You, sir, are a genius. Yet another scenario I’d failed to think of…and that now will preoccupy me all day. Awesome. :)

      Comment by Elisabeth – July 29, 2011 10:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Peter disappearing from the world and everyones consciousness shouldn’t affect what the Fringe division is doing. You have some minor side effects (maybe Walter has a different son), but everything else remains intact.

        Comment by Adam Newland – July 29, 2011 11:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • heh, I thought of this as soon as the finale ended.

      But, I’ve still yet to know the answer. Can’t wait for the new season – few shows are so brazen as to change the entire show.

      Comment by Jacob – July 29, 2011 01:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And if he never existed, they wouldn’t be in that situation, would they? I mean, the whole reason the universe was tearing apart was because Walter breached to the other side to retrieve the other Peter. The season finale confused me because is technically doesn’t make any sense anymore :3

      Comment by Brandon – July 29, 2011 04:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • If he never existed then some other timeline would have happened, and that timeline may very well have ended up with them being in exactly situation we saw them in at the end of Season 3. It just got to that point in a way that didn’t involve Peter.

        Comment by Stupot815 – July 29, 2011 05:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Welcome to the world of sci-fi. Where the venue does not go by real world standards.

        Comment by ernie – July 29, 2011 05:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Actually there was another breach when Walter and Belly sent the car over to the other reality.

        Comment by Linda – July 29, 2011 08:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Peter who?

      Comment by Fringe fan – July 29, 2011 11:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If Peter did not exist, then there would would not have been a reason for Walter to cross over to the alternate Universe..so the destruction of either Universe would not have taken place…unless that was only Walter’s rationalization to cross over at that time. Without Peter maybe he or Walternet would have done it anyways. Fate.

      Comment by Gael – August 8, 2011 06:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love the relationship between Walter and Peter so I’m excited to see how Walter is without him.

    Comment by xav – July 29, 2011 09:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Walter and Peter have THE best bromance on TV and I won’t be satisfied until it is brought back. (In whatever form.) Get these two back together on my TV set NOW.

    Comment by Leilah – July 29, 2011 09:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree Leilah. Walter and Peter are the heart of the show for me. It was disappointing that we didn’t have more of their relationship in season 3. Sort of expected Walter to be like what John said he would be this season, without Peter. So, I hope they don’t leave it too long to bring Peter back.

    Comment by Jayne – July 29, 2011 10:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I have to agree the father/son relationship is the heart of the show. A little tinkering with it is okay, but I expect a return of that developing relationship soon!

      Comment by Debbie – July 30, 2011 10:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • For some reason after watching the Comic-con video.,I love the idea of Peter being an Observer, The only way he can be one if he doesn’t exist, and he lives outside of time, with them.

    Comment by bob – July 29, 2011 10:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh poor Walter!! I seriously can’t wait to see how this all plays out, I wouldn’t mind a couple of good flashback episodes either that show how Walter and company fared without Peter in their lives.

    Comment by Nico – July 29, 2011 10:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I adore this man!!! If you interviewed him weekly it would still not be enough.

    Comment by TQB – July 29, 2011 12:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Completely agree. Walter/Peter is the heart of the show, imo. I really think S3 lacked enough Walter/Peter for my taste, so I hope they bring back the Peter/Walter relationship as a focus in S4 once we see how they play out the Peter storyline…

    Comment by Seersha – July 29, 2011 12:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love John Noble. He’s the only one in the show, who is concerned about the lack of Josh and Peter. It seems it’s going to take a long time to have him back. Pity. That father/son relationship is the best thing on the show for me. I’m not looking forward to S4.

    Comment by br – July 29, 2011 01:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • “I’m not looking forward to Season 4″…which means you’re not much of a Fringe fan then!

      Comment by davey – July 29, 2011 01:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Okay? I don’t mind not being a complete slave to the show. I like some aspects of it, others not so much, so yes, I’m not a blind follower. Thanks for the compliment.

        Comment by br – July 29, 2011 02:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Shut up davey, if it was JOHN NOBLE whose screentime was cut in half, YOU WOULDN’T SAY THAT NOW WOULD YOU?

        Comment by 4512 – July 29, 2011 07:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t want to say I’m not looking forward to it, but… I’m not feeling any excitement about it. Last season at this time, I was so excited about the coming season because even though I didn’t know what would happen, I had a good idea of what things might be like. And the actors seemed excited too.

      This year, I’m just really confused, not very excited, and it seems to me the actors have no idea what’s going on either. I almost feel sorry for them because they have to constantly say “I don’t know, I don’t know” when asked about the new episodes.

      I don’t want Fringe to turn into some sort of dark, dreary exercise in “what if” – this whole thing doesn’t sound like very much fun. I’d like to be wrong, but I just don’t think I’m going to be able to get over Peter and Walter and Olivia not being together.

      Comment by sad fan – July 29, 2011 07:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love!!!! Es genial me encantan las actuaciones!!!!!

    Comment by Paty roldan – July 29, 2011 04:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If Peter never exsisted Walter never would have traveled to the alternate universe to get him. The feud between the 2 worlds wouldn’t have happened. Fauxlivia never would have peter’s child to start the machine. The machine would never be built and the room connecting the two worlds therefore could not be created. Perhaps the Peter Walter brought back with him all those years ago was not Peter at all. Both Peters from both worlds died. So we must ask who is Peter?

    Comment by Shan – July 29, 2011 04:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love John Noble. So eloquent and loving the show. Glad he got nominated finally for an Emmy.

    Comment by Terry – July 29, 2011 04:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It would takes countless hours to express how much I and my husband enjoy Fringe, we love the concept and we love all the you, the actors that bring the characters to life, we support this great show 100%.

    Comment by Margaret Velasquez – July 29, 2011 04:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Peter as an observer, how about Peter as a Sam Weiss character. One of the first people which supossedly we are the first people. No baby, no machine no conflict.. and if Walter never crossedinto the alternate to retrieve their Peter then the fracture never happened?

    Oh boy I do hate paradoxes.

    Comment by Patricia – July 29, 2011 04:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What a great accent! He looks much younger in his interview attire! Grandpa crush! I admit! Wasn’t expecting to go there when watching this interview! LOL. What a great show!

    Comment by J. Steward – July 29, 2011 05:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • *platonic grandpa crush!

    Comment by J. Steward – July 29, 2011 05:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • FRINGE is The most exciting, spellbinding yet romantic tv show EVER. Each character supports the other and while I agree that Peter plays a vital role, I think that Walter is the pivotal character on FRINGE. Do I want Peter to come back – of course. I am sure the FRINGE genius team has a surprise or 3 up their sleeves for this next season and I for one can’t wait!!!!!!

    Comment by Janie – July 29, 2011 05:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t wait to see what happens! This is so confusing right now lol.

    Comment by MonkeyRat – July 29, 2011 07:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fringe is an intelligent television must. I adore the twists and turns and the grappling with the paradox of time continuum. Great head spinner and everyones thread of conversation is a testimony to the show. I also agree that John Noble’s character is an essential ingredient to the show. I definitely can’t wait to see what the writers come up with for this season. Brilliance at the end of a writers pen hmmm

    Comment by Ariki – July 29, 2011 07:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I just wanna say this one thing. When peter went back into the machine in the future, he had to make a choice. He chose to combine the worlds in that one room. It wasnt like he just wished it and it happened. He wouldve had to go back farther or actually do something to make it happen. Everyone is concentrating on after the fact but if thats how it ended up at the end of season 3 well then peter would have to still be alive and set things in motion to get that end result. Not only that, but who knows how many times he went back and forth to get that end result he wanted. Just the littlest choice could have a big impact on what he wanted to do and we dont know how many times he tried to do it to get it right.

    Comment by David J – July 29, 2011 10:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well, I feel that the father/son relationship is not going to disappear at all, but to be seen under a new focus, and eventually that will let to aknowledge that our Peter, the one we know, is highly needed, and he will be recovered, him and his circumstances. I can’t wait for S4.

    Comment by roneo – July 30, 2011 12:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i like fringe alot. Just want to know when the new season start. Like peter in this world and walter, i feel sorry for the old man. You can really see how much he loves his son and wants to be his hero. Thank you for a great show so far. Didnt miss one episode. This story do have love and nail bitting action. Thankx again.

    Comment by martin – July 30, 2011 12:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The ending makes no sense to me what could Peter have done to make him not exist?? He only joined the two universes at one point? This would not affect the past? And it’s a paradox too if Peter never existed then the machine would not have been used hence Peter would not have joined the rooms and not been forgotten

    Comment by John – July 30, 2011 12:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If Peter never existed, then who is the father of the baby in Faux-Olivia? Or, did it vanish as well?

    Comment by TV – July 30, 2011 03:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • that was not informative at all

    Comment by billy – July 30, 2011 04:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You know, I appreciate that the writers want to twist the show around and do different things with it… but couldn’t they have found a way to do that without removing one of their stars from the equation? I don’t have a real good feeling about this. But, I think the showrunners unfortunately believe they’re never going to get decent ratings, so maybe they feel free to run the show into the ground now.

    I hope Joshua Jackson finds projects where his talents are appreciated. Him having less screen time last season was something that fans of the show tolerated, but for him to be completely gone is something else entirely. I fear the showrunners have made a miscalculation here.

    Comment by Donna – July 30, 2011 04:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ohhh shut up!!!!! The writers are smart they know what they are doing and Joshua will be back, what part of that don’t you morons get?

      Comment by Solomae – July 30, 2011 10:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • No, you shut up, what if it was JOHN NOBLE OR ANNA TORV whose screentime was literally cut in half? HUH! HUH!

        Comment by PhantasyStar12 – August 1, 2011 12:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m from Walter’s generation and I love the Fringe series. I enjoy all the chactactors, especially When Walter comes up with his solutions. Now that both sides are facing one another and our worlds are falling apart, now brings many possibilities for exciting episodes. Let’s not forget the other Olivia who is a mother now and Peter is a father.

    Comment by Bill – July 30, 2011 05:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There is no baby Henry, Fauxlivia is probably with Frank still Who knows? I’m so excited for season 4 can’t wait.

      Comment by Solomae – July 30, 2011 10:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Crazy accent! Love hearing these guys speaking without their american voices.

    Comment by Fudgefase – July 30, 2011 05:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Am so annoyed TV3 axed the show after season1 that i had to buy the dvd boxset and looking at trailers on fb page

    Comment by patrick – July 30, 2011 10:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No Peter. I think it’s a huge mistake. Why remove such an important character in the show. It’s like since Peter never existed. This show didint exist bc Walter never did anything to alter the universes so really it’s like nothing ever happened. This makes no sence

    Comment by Jon – July 30, 2011 11:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I odn’t think half of you guys know what on earth you’re talking about – Peter osn’t gone for good!!! Joshua Jackson’s contrcat has been renuewed!! And teh wrteres of this show are so great, they always tie up the loose ends eventually and everything always makes sense in the end! I loved Lost and Alias and they were both shows that often left you scratching your head and wondering wtf was going on at some point or other, but it was alsys explained in some way or another.

    PETER – OR AT LEAST JOSHUA – WILL BE BACK PEOPLE – IT’S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD!!! And if you’re all really fans as you proclaim to be TRUST that the writers knew what they were doing with the ending – they don’t call them cliffhangers for nothing!!!!!!!

    Comment by Katy – July 30, 2011 12:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • PS Just read this back this morning and seen all the typos – sorry, you wouldn’t think I was a trained typist lol. That’s what I get for having a few drinks before bed! lol (I’m in UK so It was actually 9.30 pm when I posted!)

    Comment by Katy – July 31, 2011 01:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love two things about this interview so much: a) John Noble’s real Aussie accent – South Australia, represent! and b) Seeing how much he is actually a fan of the show, not just its star.

    Comment by Suse – July 31, 2011 03:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The show is the best since Star trek.love Walter (John) and the rest of cast.Can,t wait for season 4.was worry that would’nt come back.Thanks Fox and Jj Abram great job

    Comment by rosa – July 31, 2011 06:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • sam weiss is peter and fauxlivia’s kid a la doctor who….

    Comment by acerteng – August 4, 2011 05:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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