There's just one short season of Fringe left, and it sounds like this show is going to hit the ground running. In a new interview at the Critics' Choice Awards, Walter Bishop actor John Noble said some stuff about season five that made it sound like a highly promising return to form.
The biggest reason for excitement about Fringe season five is last season's "Letters of Transit," where we visited the dystopian future of 2036, a world ruled by evil and surprisingly lustful Observers. We sort of knew that season five was going to be visiting that future again, but we weren't sure if it would just be for an episode or two, here and there.
But John Noble told reporters that the final season will pretty much all take place in 2036 — with the occasional flashback or bit of "found footage" to fill in the tragic events of the present day. That doesn't mean Anna Torv is gone from the show — even though there were hints in "Letters of Transit" that a terrible fate had befallen her, she'll still make it to 2036 somehow, so there can be a "mother and daughter" reunion with the grown-up Etta (Georgina Haig).
As for Walter himself, Noble said he's not done paying for his hubris in breaking the multiverse back in 1985: "Walter is the man who started this, so there has to be resolution. There has to be redemption. We also have to see the final maturing of the relationship between Peter and Olivia." [Buddy TV]