Scoop: Fringe Baddie Returns? [SPOILER ALERT]

Coming up on Fringe: A blast from the past! Or so it would seem…

A photo taken on the show’s Vancouver-based set appears to show Jared Harris reprising his role as nefarious criminal David Robert Jones. (A Fox rep declined to comment.)

Hot Video: Fringe‘s Peter Freaks Walter Out!

Last we saw Jones in Season 1′s “There’s More Than One of Everything,” he was getting split in half — literally — by the closing portal. One part of his body fell to the ground, while the other went…somewhere. Could he have found a way to regenerate his missing half?

When TVLine visited the show’s set earlier this month, Lance Reddick teased that a “great character from seasons ago” will return. Co-star Jasika Nicole also confirmed that “something in the past has come back,” creating a third force that will threaten both universes.

Sounds like the shifty Jones to us!

After his stint on Fringe ended, Harris joined AMC’s Mad Men as Lane Pryce, who went on to become a partner in the founding of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.

Fringe returns with a brand new episode this Friday at 9/8c.



Comments (30)

  • how is this “scoop”. This has been posted on dozens of other sites/forums last week.

    Comment by paul – October 24, 2011 03:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay
    I knew about this already, but it’s always good to see a Fringe headline

    Comment by Dessy – October 24, 2011 03:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ummm this isn’t news but thanks anyways….

    Comment by Leah – October 24, 2011 03:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • According to Fringewiki,

    “The portal was successfully opened, and Jones continued to walk toward the portal, even though he was shot several times by Olivia (the teleportation experience gave him a slight degree of invulnerability). However, as soon as he entered the portal, it was shut by Peter Bishop, bisecting Jones”

    So there’s your answer. Since Peter wasn’t there to shut the portal down, Jones must have survived and made it to Over There.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – October 24, 2011 03:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Olivia wasn’t there either. In 4.04, when she’s on the phone to Broyles, she asks where Reiden Lake is.

      Comment by Claire – October 24, 2011 04:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was about to post how I thought this was not a surprise, but everyone beat me to it.

    Comment by Sourabh – October 24, 2011 03:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Knew about this long ago.

    Comment by Angie – October 24, 2011 03:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • FYI – NBC is going to have to move Grimm to another day. I refuse to give up Supernatural & Fringe for Grimm on Friday.

    Comment by LMMM – October 24, 2011 03:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Probably because tvline sees itself as a big main stream site and wouldn’t consider other sites reporting of this news as valid until Tv line themselves posted it. Zzzzzz

    Comment by Mack – October 24, 2011 03:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Now, now Mackie. You’re here reading it and commenting on it, so there must be something you like about TV|Line to keep coming back. I’m guessing you’re a glass-is-half-empty type.

      “Always look on the bright side of life…”

      Comment by Bob – October 25, 2011 11:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Jared Harris and am stoked to hear about this. Especially since during a recent PC change I lost my bookmark for FringeFansInMomsBasement.com.

    Comment by danyelle – October 24, 2011 04:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Now, now, let’s not bite the hand that feeds us. Thanks for any Fringe article and keep them coming, please!!!

    Comment by Temp – October 24, 2011 04:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I dont know but since the 2 universes merged there are 2 of everyone
    maybe its possible this is his counter part?

    Comment by mmartian – October 24, 2011 04:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s possible, but considering the timeline is slightly altered, there is a chance that his blue-verse persona may have survived. And based on how he died, it’s very likely he did.

      Comment by Mike – October 25, 2011 06:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Based on how he originally died, it’s likely he is NOW alive…I mean. lol

        Comment by Mike – October 25, 2011 06:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well, I guess I’m the only person alive who didn’t already hear about this, but I don’t care. Better late than never. Woo Hoo! This is great news. He is a great character. LONG LIVE FRINGE!

    Comment by Rex – October 24, 2011 04:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That makes two of us.

      Comment by JJ – October 24, 2011 09:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well I didn’t know, so thanks!

    Comment by Torchwood68 – October 24, 2011 05:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The big question is if he will be the head of the ZFT or not. Without Peter being alive to inspire Walter’s paranoia about losing him back to the other universe, Walter may not have written the ZFT manifesto (Zerstörung durch Fortschritte der Technologie). And without that, Jones may have taken s slightly different path to megalomania.

    Anyway, he is probably behind the new shapeshifters this season.

    Comment by Hemo_jr – October 24, 2011 05:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hmm, I thought Bell wrote the ZFT manifesto?

      Comment by Z – October 25, 2011 02:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OMFG I didn’t know!! That’s the best new since the renewal. I wish more Fringe fans with a nielsen box would watch live instead of DVR’ing the show to death. Battle of the genres begins soon ugh why won’t they watch live? I love this show so freaking much :(

    Comment by TeenFringe – October 24, 2011 05:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I had also not heard this news, interesting to hear and be fun to see him back on.

    Comment by Matt P – October 24, 2011 06:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This was on Spoiler TV last week. Yawn.

    Comment by Robert Ariadne – October 24, 2011 07:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If you have a Nielsen Box, PLEASE watch live. Fringe fans worldwide beg of you.

    If you DVR the show, PLEASE watch the recording before 3am Saturday without skipping the commercials (this is the only way for your view to get into the Live+SD ratings, because Live+7Days doesn’t really help the show much). Heck, you can even just leave the TV on without watching it and then replay it a second time so you can skip all those commercial breaks.

    Comment by RKron – October 24, 2011 07:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Seriously, it doesn’t count if you watch it on your DVR but then fast forward through the commercials?? How do you know this? And what business is it of theirs whether I fast forward through the commercials. GRRRRR. They make it so complicated when all I want to do is watch the show and make sure that it gets the ratings it deserves BUT I never knew that it wouldn’t count w/o commercials. How are we supposed to get the show good ratings if we don’t know the “rules?”

      Comment by LC – October 25, 2011 01:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • DVR viewership — especially anything played back later than the 3rd day after broadcast — is not valued by advertisers because of the very fact that people FF the commercials. Why would an advertiser place any value on someone not being exposed to their ads? Sure, that person is “viewing” the show, but are they viewing the commercials?

        Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – October 25, 2011 02:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • (orgasmic) YES… YES…..YES!!!!!! I love Jared Harris SO MUCH. YES!!!!! Pant, pant… Whew… (rubbing sweat from brow)

    Comment by Alexandra – October 24, 2011 08:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Huge hint was dropped last ep when olive says where is Raiden lake to broyles. In finale of season one olive was there when drj was attempting to cross over, so implying she doest know where it is was a hint to me David robert jones is around and could return, otherwise why say it. Also Peter closed the portal, and since he wasn’t around, he was never killed…

    Comment by Anthony gulla – October 24, 2011 08:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Since Olivia and the gang never travelled over there to save Peter, it also means that William Bell must’ve died in another way.

    Jones was travelling to the other side to track Bell down, maybe in this new timeline he is responsible for killing Bell?

    Comment by Paul Penna – October 25, 2011 09:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NBC is going to have to move Grimm to another day. I refuse to give up Supernatural or Fringe for Grimm on Friday.

    Comment by Lisa – October 25, 2011 11:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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