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.

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  1. paul says:

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

  2. Dessy says:

    I knew about this already, but it’s always good to see a Fringe headline

  3. Leah says:

    Ummm this isn’t news but thanks anyways….

  4. Michael Sacal says:

    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.

  5. Sourabh says:

    I was about to post how I thought this was not a surprise, but everyone beat me to it.

  6. Angie says:

    Knew about this long ago.

  7. LMMM says:

    FYI – NBC is going to have to move Grimm to another day. I refuse to give up Supernatural & Fringe for Grimm on Friday.

  8. Mack says:

    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

    • Bob says:

      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…”

  9. danyelle says:

    I love Jared Harris and am stoked to hear about this. Especially since during a recent PC change I lost my bookmark for

  10. Temp says:

    Now, now, let’s not bite the hand that feeds us. Thanks for any Fringe article and keep them coming, please!!!

  11. mmartian says:

    I dont know but since the 2 universes merged there are 2 of everyone
    maybe its possible this is his counter part?

    • Mike says:

      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.

  12. Rex says:

    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!

  13. Torchwood68 says:

    Well I didn’t know, so thanks!

  14. Hemo_jr says:

    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.

  15. TeenFringe says:

    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 :(

  16. Matt P says:

    I had also not heard this news, interesting to hear and be fun to see him back on.

  17. This was on Spoiler TV last week. Yawn.

  18. RKron says:

    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.

    • LC says:

      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?”

      • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

        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?

  19. Alexandra says:

    (orgasmic) YES… YES…..YES!!!!!! I love Jared Harris SO MUCH. YES!!!!! Pant, pant… Whew… (rubbing sweat from brow)

  20. Anthony gulla says:

    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…

  21. Paul Penna says:

    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?

  22. Lisa says:

    NBC is going to have to move Grimm to another day. I refuse to give up Supernatural or Fringe for Grimm on Friday.