Another question is of course Michael’s relationship with September, and to that, I have no clue. Could Michael be September? Could he be September’s clone? And, again, what part is he going to play in Walter’s plan?
Fringe fans might have the experience of losing beloved characters (Charlie Francis, Alter-Broyles, Alter-Lee and Etta), but Nina’s death is much more jarring. Granted, the first two deaths were from a previous timelines, and the fourth we only knew for a short while, but each of them mark the increasing distance between how the show began, i.e. an investigation into fringe events, and what it looks like today, i.e a war.
This also marks yet another resemblance between Fringe and The X-Files. As all X-Philes know, the latter concluded after a bevy of central characters were killed off, leaving its main two protagonists alone to fight against an upcoming alien invasion. Is this how Fringe will end, with Peter, Olivia, Walter and Astrid left all alone to fight the Observers in a series of movies? There are only three episodes left before we figure that out, and the momentum was built in this episode, which did not do as much for the overall plot as the previous ones, helps increase my anticipation and look forward to the next episode with more gusto than throughout most of the last couple of months. I’m glad I hung in for the ride.