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Fringe Exclusive: John Noble Shares a 'Wonderful' Reunion With Joshua Jackson

The very good news for Fringe viewers is that somewhere between Episodes 3 and 6 of the coming season, John Noble and Joshua Jackson will reunite on screen.

As soon as Peter “ceased to exist” at the close of the Fox drama’s Season 3 finale, Fringe fans fretted: Will the show be able to salvage the father-son dynamic between Walter and his boy? One small step toward that goal would be for Noble and Jackson to share scenes in Season 4, but when last we looked into that, Noble had two episodes under his belt while Jackson had yet to report to the set.

TVLine revisited the hot topic with Noble on Monday night at Fox’s annual Eco-Casino Party, asking if he has gotten to reunite on camera with his TV son yet. “That’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it?” he countered with a smile. He then answered, “Oh, yes, I have. And it’s been wonderful.”

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Of course, the $750,000 question then concerns how Peter rejoins the fold. Noble shared no details, but said that fans would be “probably surprised, but not unhappily” with how his and Jackson’s characters cross paths. Likening the narrative to the movie Sliding Doors, Noble suggested that the start of Season 4 will consider a reality in which all of the characters known to us never had their lives touched by Peter, yet nonetheless have the vaguest sense of his onetime presence.

“I don’t want to get all esoteric on you, but I do think we have longing and memories of lost things,” Noble offered, “and that’s what Peter is.”

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Without the Peter they knew in the mix, Noble says that Walter is still brilliant, annoying and helping to solve Fringe mysteries, yet “under constant threat of being sent back [to prison] unless he behaves himself — which he doesn’t.” Stand-offish Olivia (played by Anna Torv), meanwhile, never had the opportunity to warm up as a result of Peter’s presence. “She’s very lovely to me,” says Noble, “but very firm, too.”

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One last tease from Noble, as Fringe‘s premiere date — Friday, Sept. 23, at 9/8c — inches closer? “I always wondered what it was like being a rock n’ roller trashing a hotel room,” he shared with a wink. “Enough said.” (With reporting by Vlada Gelman)



Comments (45)

  • Someone please remind me how the series ended. Which Walter accused the other of killing his son?

    Oh, snap. See, the reason Peter vanished could have been because Walter NEVER went to Walternate’s reality to snatch him and, so, he died, while HIS Peter is still alive!

    See, if Walter saves his Peter he doesn’t have to go to the other reality if he doesn’t do that then Peternate dies.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – September 13, 2011 09:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • “Peter was saved from drowning in the lake ”

      Matt, Peternate WAS saved from drowning in the lake in the reality we saw play out on TV. Peter Prime died from an illness, remember?

      Comment by Michael Sacal – September 13, 2011 09:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • CLARIFICATION: Sorry for the confusion, everyone; the peril of editing a story at 10,000 feet. The sentence in question has been edited for clarity, with the changed section placed in bold. – Management

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – September 13, 2011 11:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Are you categorically denying that John Noble indicated that Peter was born and existed as a child rather than never being born at all??

        Or are you simply trying to put the cat back in the bag after mostly spilling a secret you were suppose to keep?

        Comment by Hemo_jr – September 14, 2011 06:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Peter (ours) died as a kid. Peternate (theirs) got snatched, and saved. Later, Peternate (now in our universe) was saved from drowning.

      So, NO Peters would be alive if Walter hadn’t gone for Peternate, since Walternate missed the correct “medicine” (which Walter saw thru the interdimensional window).

      Comment by Delirious – September 13, 2011 01:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • But if he had cured his son, then Peternate would have died. Maybe that’s what changed, he was able to cure his Peter and that is why Peternate vanished.

        Comment by Michael Sacal – September 13, 2011 01:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This doesn’t make any sense, though. Our world’s Peter died of an illness; he didn’t drown.

    Comment by Hana – September 13, 2011 09:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ok…I’m not understanding this sentence of your article. “Noble suggested that the start of Season 4 will consider a reality in which our universe’s Peter was saved from drowning in the lake all those years ago, thus setting on a different trajectory all those whose lives his alt-self would touch.”

    Do you mean a reality where Peter didn’t survive? Because he did in the reality from the past 3 seasons. Or do you mean that the Peter from our universe didn’t die as a child, almost drowned, and was saved? I’m not understanding what this means.

    Comment by Irishgirl – September 13, 2011 09:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, it would make more sense if Peter (the one from the red universe, the Peter played by Joshua Jackson) drowned after Walter took him from the other side. I am wondering if something got garbled in translation here.

      Comment by Hana – September 13, 2011 09:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • So Peternate would drown after Walter snatched him? Hmmm… could be, but then both Peters would be dead.

        Comment by Michael Sacal – September 13, 2011 09:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • The only way I can think of this statement making any sense at all, is if Walter took Original Peter over to the Other Side to be cured, or tried to, causing a rift, and he and Original Peter didn’t drown in the lake. And that alt-Peter (the Peter we know) died, winking him out of existence. But in that case, Original Peter must still be around. Maybe that’s who Josh is playing now?

          Or else the quote is all wrong.

          Comment by Hana – September 13, 2011 09:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Matt could have meant “wasn’t saved”.

            It depends on how Walter killed Walternate’ son. Did he kill him by snatching him and letting him drown, or did he kill him through inaction by not curing him because he didn’t have to?

            Comment by Michael Sacal – September 13, 2011 09:35 AM PDT  
          • Yeah, if it’s really supposed to be “Peter wasn’t saved from drowning” then it would make a lot of sense, but taken at face value, this is really a head-scratcher. (It would only make sense if Dead Peter hadn’t died and then somehow got out there with Walter on the ice.)

            Comment by Hana – September 13, 2011 09:39 AM PDT  
          • Given that it was an Observer who saved Peternate, in what way would what happened in the last episode of the previous season change that?

            Comment by Michael Sacal – September 13, 2011 09:43 AM PDT  
      • Erm. Both versions of Peter are played by Joshua Jackson!!!

        Comment by Bouncy Castle, London, UK – September 14, 2011 03:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This doesn’t make any sense. Blue Peter was never in danger of drowning, that was Red Peter and Walter. Is this a new retcon? If Blue Peter was saved and he’s alive now, as the article implies, why the need to have longing and memories of lost things? Nothing would be lost, because Walter would still have his real son.

    Comment by br – September 13, 2011 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It could be that Walter is longing for the alternate reality that we experienced for the past 3 years, for Red Peter as his son whom he loves.

      Still, I’d love to know whether that’s an accurate quote or not.

      Comment by Hana – September 13, 2011 09:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You said it much more bluntly than I was trying to make, thank you, haha.

        Comment by Sarah – September 13, 2011 09:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • But he never experienced it. The point of Peter disappearing is that nobody interacted with him. Ever. Why would he long for another son, when he already has a living one? Is he that greedy? Why would he take his son to a frozen lake? There must be something wrong with that quote, no matter how I look at it, I can’t make sense of it.

        Comment by br – September 13, 2011 10:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • the original peter never drowned, he died of illness so not why every keep going on about drowning

    Comment by james – September 13, 2011 09:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Apparently in THIS new Peter-timeline perhaps Walter DID go to save Peter in the altverse and in bringing him back September never finished saving him and he drowned. So I gather that he did exist but just died young in ice in Walter’s savior attempt this new timeline.

    Ok to me, this just means while we see the timeline where Peter doesn’t exist in S4 (what we’re all getting to understand is happening from spoilers, photos, etc), THEY in THAT new Peter-timeline are considering the possibility of a timeline wherein it differs from this one which the live. One in which Peter lives (like the one we’ve been watching all these years, Timeline Prime, if you will.)

    So we will soon come around to the timeline,perhaps the one we still know or one more similar to the one we know for now before we get back to the original one, however that is.

    Basically I’m assuming we will be seeing a lot of various timelines this season in the present and likely different pasts and futures until we get back to the one we have always known. The show is all about choices and what happens when we make each one, after all. And the right tweaks have to be made to revert or fold back into Timeline Prime.

    Comment by Sarah – September 13, 2011 09:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • “Apparently in THIS new Peter-timeline perhaps Walter DID go to save Peter in the altverse and in bringing him back September never finished saving him and he drowned.”

      But that’s not what the story above says. The story above says that “our Universe’s Peter” (Blue Peter, aka Dead Peter) “was saved” from drowning on the ice. That does not fit at all with the backstory we know, where Blue Peter died of an illness, and Red Peter almost drowned after falling with Walter through the ice. Blue Peter was never NEAR the ice on the lake.

      It doesn’t make sense, unless (a) it’s a misquote or John Noble misspoke or (b) things happened very differently in the past, perhaps a past where Blue Peter didn’t die of the illness or perhaps was cured, and somehow that resulted in Red Peter’s death.

      Not sure how I feel about that… if so, they’re presenting a wholly different version of the show’s central event. Should they really be screwing with that? If they are, there had better be a good payoff.

      Comment by Hana – September 13, 2011 10:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I think when they say “our universe’s Peter” they do mean the one we always knew…so technically he’s the red one but he’s always been seen as ours in the story.
        It may seem confusing but I’m sure they’ll handle it well in the writing. And it’ll be easier to see it play out on screen.

        Comment by Sarah – September 13, 2011 10:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • If they change the backstory that much, there is not enough payoff in the world. Which probably means they will.

        Comment by br – September 13, 2011 10:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It could be that whereas the first three seasons were about alternate worlds (space) this one will be about alternate timelines (time) fighting for survival.

      Comment by Michael Sacal – September 13, 2011 10:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Well, in a sense, the alt-worlds already ARE alternate timelines, since the differences between them result from different choices made.

        Comment by Hana – September 13, 2011 10:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I think they said that we would see more about the First Ones, so time may become more of an issue this season than travelling to other realities.

          Comment by Michael Sacal – September 13, 2011 10:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What, in the sentence, “He never existed,” allows Peter to even have been alive in order to have drowned/not drown the lake?

    Comment by Hemo_jr – September 13, 2011 10:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He never existed as an adult. That’s good enough for me.

      Comment by Hana – September 13, 2011 10:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Agreed.

        And if that is what happens…. I CALLED it! :-D

        Comment by OldDarth – September 13, 2011 11:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • FRINGE IS BACK IN 10 DAYS!! WOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Lizzie – September 13, 2011 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The one thing that stood out to me more than the Peter drowning was Noble’s comment about how Walter and Peter re-connect.

    I’ve been thinking about this since Lance Reddick made the comment that Peter would be back ‘talking crazy about how he had worked with Fringe team in another timeline’; I believe Peter will be reintroduced as a fellow patient of Walter’s. Think about it–if Peter came from the original timeline into this new one, he would remember, but because he didn’t exist in the current timeline, the Fringe team wouldn’t remember him and he would have to try and convince them. I think Peter as a crazy–much like Walter–would be a brilliant way to bring him back. In any event, we are merely 10 days away. I can’t wait!

    Just a thought . . .

    Comment by scully8 – September 13, 2011 10:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Noble suggested that the start of Season 4 will consider a reality in which our universe’s Peter was saved from drowning in the lake all those years ago, thus setting on a different trajectory all those whose lives his alt-self would touch.”

    Before we all explode trying to understand the answer to this $750,000 question, Matt, could you please check to see if there are typos or errors in the transcript of the interview as stated above? Because no matter how we parse it, this sentence doesn’t make sense and John Noble would know.

    Comment by Kay – September 13, 2011 10:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, I’d be interested in seeing the direct quote, not a paraphrase.

      Comment by Hana – September 13, 2011 10:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ha! I’m still confused. I’ll just wait until the 23rd.

    Comment by soco – September 13, 2011 12:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh my gosh, I can’t wait! This sounds like a really cool story, provided of course that Fringe goes back to its old dynamic once Peter returns. I wouldn’t want a whole season or even a season and a half about nobody remembering him. But there’s so many ways this could go, I’m just so excited! Fringe is amazing television!

    Comment by AngelMoonGirl – September 13, 2011 08:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I just feel the need to say that John Noble is truly one of the most brilliant actors I’ve seen on TV in quite some time. I can’t get over how fantastic he is.

    Comment by Megan – September 14, 2011 07:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Noble suggested that the start of Season 4 will consider a reality in which our universe’s Peter was saved from drowning in the lake all those years ago, thus setting on a different trajectory all those whose lives his alt-self would touch.”

    What if “alt-peter” and the peter that died in our universe as a child were actually switched between universes already, at an even younger age? Walternate keeps deep, dark secrets all the time; maybe this is one of them?

    Comment by Jdrummer – September 15, 2011 04:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Or it’s just that Noble is refering to “our universe’s Peter” as the one from the other side and “Alt-Peter” as the one original from our universe, just because it’s been that way since season 1.

      Comment by Jdrummer – September 15, 2011 04:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • But Olivia saw peter as a glimmer.that means he’s peternate.

    Comment by Gihan – September 15, 2011 06:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It is so gratifying to see so many FRINGE geeks out there! None of my friends get it.

    Comment by Steve L – September 15, 2011 07:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes Steve, there are many FRINGE fans out here. (You need to get your friends on board :P) Our whole family loves it. Now my daughter is off at college and trying to recruit her dorm friends. Love it! :)

      Comment by Shawn – September 15, 2011 09:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So Olivia obviously still knows Walter. I wonder if she’s more patient with him now. Usually, Peter was there to serve as a go between when Olivia got too frustrated with Walter. I also wonder if Walter still chose to have his brain cut out by Bell?

    Comment by tvnut014 – September 15, 2011 11:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m betting Peter turns into an Observer.

    For the record, if the Doomsday machine made Peternate never exist, there would currently still be no our-world Peter because he died of illness as a child. Peternate, as a kidnapped child, fell into an icy lake and was rescued by an Observer who in turn made Walter promise him a favor in return at an unspecified later date. I think the favor was to make a choice that would harm Peter as an adult.

    Comment by CB – September 16, 2011 12:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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