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The Day We Died
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Season: 3 Episode: 22
Air Date: 06 May 2011
Written by: Jeff Pinkner (story & teleplay)
Joel Wyman (story & teleplay)
Akiva Goldsman (story)
Directed by: Joe Chappelle
Starring: Main Characters
Guest Cast: Emily Meade as Ella Dunham
Brad Dourif as Moreau
Michael Cerveris as The Observer
Eugene Lipinski as December
Ryan McDonald as Brandon Fayette

Lisa Sanson as EMT #1
Gwenda Lorenzetti as ER Doctor
Shannon Powell as Nurse #1
Lea Kovach as Nurse #2
Mark Wynn as Oscar
John Paul McGlynn as Assassin
Damon Winters as Guard #1
Jesse Scarf as Agent #1
Jackie Blackmore as Agent #2
Jeremy Guibaut as ND Agent
Kevin James as Tactical Officer

Next: Neither Here Nor There
Previously: The Last Sam Weiss
Transcript  —  Additional Images
Introduction

The Day We Died is the twenty-second, and final, episode of the third season of FRINGE. It first aired on May 6, 2011. After only a minute in the ancient device, Peter gains a week long view of this universe in 2026 with intimate knowledge of the fate of the alternate universe. He temporarily returns to the present... and learns his ultimate mission - he has to save both universes.

Synopsis

Prologue
  May 20th, 2026 - Tuesday. Following his injuries (The Last Sam Weiss) near One World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, Peter Bishop is wheeled through the halls of the Fringe Medical complex on a gurney en route to the emergency room for treatment of the shrapnel wound he has in his torso. The medical staff works fast to stop the extensive bleeding while Astrid Farnsworth tags along to help to orient Peter as he comes out of shock. Hours later, newly promoted Fringe Agent Ella Dunham smooth talks her way into a status report on Peter's condition at the reception desk. Ella is so new, she doesn't even have a badge yet, but the temporary barcode in her wrist is enough to warrant an update on Peter - he has been in recovery for an hour and should be out soon. Olivia Dunham joins Ella and gets the latest news. Ella flusters a bit when she calls her new boss 'Aunt Liv', then recalls what she remembers about the attack... she was in her vehicle, then the next thing she remembers is that she was on the ground and vortex shrapnel was everywhere. Olivia confirms what Ella suspected... that the End-of-Days outfit, and their leader Moreau, is behind the bombing.

  Peter and Astrid leave the recovery area and join Olivia and Ella in reception. Still a little tender, Peter insists he is like new, ready to get back out there and
Advocate Of The Apocalypse
after Moreau -- and that the doctors say he is fine. Astrid quickly dispels that falsehood... the doctors say Peter needs to stay off of his feet for a few days. Olivia doesn't want him pushing himself just yet. Peter doesn't see the need to slow down, he has state-of-the-art science on his side. With a pat on the cheek, Peter assures his wife that he feels fine. Ella quickly remembers a question she had about something Peter said after the bomb attack - what was it that he meant about the machine being from the past? That doesn't register with Peter, who no doubt had his bell rung by the bomb blast... even though what he made Olivia for Sunday breakfast is fresh in his mind. The foursome turns and look at the television monitor across from the reception desk. Last night's chaos following the bomb attack is making the news. Olivia fills in the details - a Stage Three tear at the site requires an Amber Protocol response. The image of the terrorist claiming responsibilty for the Fringe event appears on the newscast.
  In the Orpheum Theater in Brooklyn, evil is afoot and wanted criminal Moreau, and two of his accomplices, enter the empty foyer of the large theater while an operatic performance is underway. The interior doors are closed to latecomers. Moreau puts
Preparing For The Attack
the briefcase down that he carried in with him and moves to the door to listen to the enthralling music. Oscar removes one of the explosive devices from inside the briefcase and prepares to deploy it. A tuxedoed gentleman walks through the area after both devices have been activated and placed on the ground. After he nearly walks over one of them, he turns and sees the last criminal just as he is shot twice in the chest with a silenced pistol. The trio hurries from the theater and one of the devices destroys the main interior walls of the building - and the patrons behind them.

ACT I

  The team hurries from the medical center to the badly damaged theater in Brooklyn in their official vehicles and stop at the edge of the destruction zone. On foot, they approach the still smoldering entrance as first responders work
Theater Attack
to
Failed Electrilight Device
clear the way and locate survivors. Inside, they find their way with flashlights and locate Astrid. Ella gets nauseous as the upper torso of a victim is carried out on a stretcher. Astrid receives an email from the firm that handles security for the theater. The thinking is that the terrorists gained access from a fire door on the side of the building. They somehow disabled the alarm. Astrid leads them to a device found in the rubble - probably a failed Electrilight bomb. Peter picks-up the bomb with his pen and examines it. He concurs with Astrid's assessment - now they finally get to study one of the devices that Moreau has been using in his terror campaign.

  At Fringe Headquarters in Boston, Peter and Astrid sit at a workstation and begin to examine the Electrilight device. Astrid recalls a favorite sermon of her father's - The End of Days - the irony strikes her that Moreau and his group are trying to expedite the demise of the world, while her father would likely be willing to facilitate the end of Moreau's days. She leaves to research a stack of reports from eyewitnesses as Olivia joins Peter to check on his progress with the device. Peter isn't having any luck. According to all of the readings, the device should never have worked at all. The only one who might be able to figure out how the bomb functions is Walter. Olivia wonders if she has the clout to get access to Walter.

  Peter leaves the office and heads to a high security prison. Inside he is escorted to a secure conversation area, then sits behind a glass panel and waits while the convict he needs to talk to is summoned. Walter walks through the barred gate on the other side of the barrier. He is barely recognizable in his orange jumpsuit, long hair, bushy beard and shackles.

ACT II

  Walter settles in for a chat with his boy, putting his hand on the glass for Peter to touch. Things must be bad in the world if they are letting Peter in for a visit. Peter confirms that yes - things are bad. Walter wants verification on the rumor mill. Is the sun burning out? No, but the rumor about massive Kappa radiation is true. The Central Park wormhole took months to Amber over, and the Kappa radiation indicates that it is a wormhole back in time to the late Paleozoic era and carbon levels consistent with two hundred and fifty million years earlier. Walter, at least as a younger man, would have fancied that - early dinosaurs! Peter cuts to the chase... he needs help with the light bomb that the terrorist group is using at trans-dimensional soft spots to rip holes in the fabric of the universe... to accelerate the End Of Days. Walter looks at the device through the glass barrier and is interested, but he can't help from prison: he would need specialized
London Gets Flushed
instruments. Walter also knows that a hated criminal, such as himself, will not be granted a temporary reprieve under any circumstance.

  In the United States Capitol, Peter sits in a plush office waiting for his appointment and watches a live news report with aerial coverage of the Thames River. A large vortex has opened less than a hundred meters from the Tower Bridge and river water is cascading into the vortex on all sides. Peter is joined by his old friend, Senator Phillip Broyles, and the two quickly get to the reason why Peter travelled to Washington, D.C. for a face-to-face meeting. Broyles is already well-briefed on the terrorist threat, but learns from Peter about the device that was recovered in the opera house. Peter shows Broyles the device and explains that the Science Division hasn't had any luck cracking the technology it uses... he needs Walter out on furlough... hopefully his inputs may help prevent future attacks. Broyles won't hear of it - Peter can consult with Walter at the prison - but that's it. Peter pushes Broyles button with a jab about re-election concerns and his association with furloughing the hated Doctor Bishop. Broyles flares at the suggestion... he knows the score - the entire globe is disintegrating and all that they can do is run around and react with simple countermeasures. And Walter was responsible. The anger the world directs at Walter is justified. Everyone has lost someone they love because of him. That doesn't change the fact that Peter needs Walter released - casualties will only climb if they can't decipher the technology behind the Electrilight bombings.

  In the basement of the Kresge Building, Peter returns with
Walter's Prison Furlough - In Chains
his shackled father and an armed escort to the laboratory that had been Walter's home-away-from-home for more than four decades. They power-up the overhead lighting and find that only basic furniture and office equipment have been left behind. Peter tells Walter that all of his scientific equipment was held in storage as evidence, but that Olivia is working on getting it released and delivered soon. Bringing Astrid back to work in the lab isn't part of the deal though - they need her in the field now that she is a full-up Fringe Agent. Walter wants to look around his old office while they wait for his equipment. Later, as the equipment arrives, Walter, free of his shackles, takes his old swivel chair for a spin. He really missed swiveling while he was imprisoned. Peter retrieves Walter from his old desk with the announcement that he has a visitor. Walter enters the main lab amid the influx of equipment movers and finds Olivia waiting for him. Delighted at her presence, Walter runs to her and gives a big 'pick-up hug', and a spin. He hasn't seen her since before she and Peter were married - congratulations! Walter always did want a daughter. Olivia is almost as happy to see Walter as he is to see her. Whoa! One of the equipment movers knocks a large cardboard box marked fragile off of a nearby table, sending it towards the floor. As quickly as Walter can start to chastise the man for his fumblery, Olivia focuses on the 'accident-in-progress' and catches the large box with her telekinetic power, then gently lowers the box to safety. Walter is impressed - he had not heard that she had learned to control her ability during his stint in jail.
  In a foggy, forested park,
Clandestine Planning
Moreau meets afterdark with the man that is calling the shots in the Electrilight terror bombing campaign. Moreau wants to know what the next target on the list is... the new bomb he has, as ordered, has twice the yield of the one they used at the Brooklyn theater the night before. The man-in-charge tells him the new target is the ambered wormhole in Central Park. A fitting selection, since a wormhole was what destroyed his world -- Secretary Bishop is set on revenge -- it won't be long until this universe suffers the same destructive fate that his did.

ACT III

  Walter sits in his newly reconstituted lab trying to figure out the technology behind the Electrilight device that the Fringe investigators recovered at the opera house. Peter returns to the lab, greets Walter's armed security detail, and joins Walter at his workstation with a bag of incentive - some fresh licorice. Walter has been running, and will continue to run, diagnostics on the canister that was recovered... but this End-of-Days group is not really interferring with the inevitable - destiny was set once the
Motivating Walter... Contraband Or Conjugal Visit?
two of them triggered the Wave Sink Device all those years ago. Walter reflects on how he didn't see it until too late... that both of the universes were inextricably linked - without one, the other one simply could not exist -- the fate of this universe was sealed when the other universe collapsed. Peter digs deep for some personal strength and reminds Walter - they don't know that for sure. Peter sets off across the lab on an errand and Walter recalls him with a big question. Have you seen Secretary Bishop? -- Peter has not seen his birth-father and answers honestly - no. In fact, no one has seen Walter Bishop from the alternate universe... he has become quite the recluse since he was trapped here during his mission to save his world, and ironically was trapped here when it was destroyed. Good times. And what's worse is that Secretary Bishop had the unique disadvantage of having the same face as the most reviled man in this universe - Doctor Walter Bishop. Walter reflects on Peter's effort during the trial that ultimately locked Walter up. Walter wants to thank Peter for his testimony, but Peter won't have it -- he knows what he did. Peter was the one that got into the machine... not Walter. Peter activated the machine... not Walter. But Peter wasn't judged like Walter. In the eyes of the jurists, Peter acted to defend the universe: while Walter's meddling was what put both universes in to peril. Still, Walter is thankful for the effort Peter made. Peter soothes the emotional moment - it doesn't matter who was at fault... Walter is still his dad.
  At their home, Olivia and Peter settle in for a nice meal together. Olivia pours
Procreation Pressure From The Neighbor Kid
some wine and fawns over the insanely good aroma from the meal that Peter has prepared. Olivia slows things down and checks on Peter's bearings -- how is he doing, what with Walter out-and-about? Agent Bishop assures his spouse that he is fine... the elegant meal before her should be proof of that. The conversation turns to a childs' drawing attached to the refrigerator. In the drawing, a young red-headed child stands between the two of them, holding Peter's hand, as the trio stands beneath a blue-red-orange rainbow. Young entrepreneur Amanda, from across the street, drew the image for them - she intends to be their babysitter once they have a child. Peter extends one viable scenario - he intends to get right to work on the task. Olivia considers the offer, but they both return to the real issue - do they want to bring a child into the world when the end of the world seems imminent and likely. Always the optimist, Peter floats the idea that things can get better too - let's have a kid or two, or three. A little tribe of Bishops.

  Curled-up in bed the next morning, Peter and Olivia are stirred awake by a phone call. Walter has been busy in his lab and is excited with his discovery - he has to share it. The Electrilight canister Peter recovered has residual traces of the radioactive isotope Strontium-90. That means that the terrorists are splitting atoms as a means to create their explosions, and Strontium-90 is going to leave a unique signature. Like breadcrumbs, they can now track back along the path that the Strontium-90 leaves and locate the source, and creators, of the bombs. Science Division will need to study recent radiation tracking data to look for spikes consistent with Strontium-90.

  Later, Olivia leads Peter and a team of investigators into a forested area that appears to have been temporarily camped in. It doesn't look like any sophisticated bomb-making took
Bait To The Ambush
place there, maybe some creative cooking, but still, the Science Division tracking system says the area has the same radioactive signature that registered on the canister. The duo splits-up and sets off on separate tasks. Peter is handed a small key case by one of the forensic technicians combing the campsite. Peter studies the small case and thinks he might know why it was left in plain sight on a nearby rock. Olivia returns and, instead of sharing the new find with his wife, Peter pockets the key case and says nothing. Olivia has been on the phone... maybe Walter was incorrect about the radioactive signature? Peter is looking for a reason to leave the scene and finds it - he will go to Science Division to see if something went wrong with the radiation detection sensors. Peter hops in his vehicle to leave and checks the key case to see if what he thought was inside is really there. It is - a large, heavy-duty key, designed for the front door of a rural cabin.

  In Central Park, Moreau enters the restricted Amber zone with an accomplice and prepares to deploy two more Electrilight devices.

ACT IV

  In the Situation Room at Fringe Division, Astrid returns to her desk only to find it covered with debris from a meal that someone ate there. She is definitely not feeling the love or respect of her co-workers. A nearby agent shares a potential explanation - she is too nice. A deployment warning order sounds on the loudspeaker: Sector Eight in Central Park has been breached.

  In his lab, Walter updates Olivia and Ella on his analysis of the Electrilight technology. The technology is ten to fifteen years ahead of current capabilities, and he has no idea where the component parts may have been manufactured. Walter fancies the technology as something he might have invented, perhaps with an application in the mining industry. Olivia takes a call from the office and learns of the security breach at the ambered wormhole in Central Park. Olivia and Ella leave quickly... Moreau was spotted in the park.
Family Reunion At Cabin In Upstate New York

  At Reiden Lake, Peter walks onto the front porch of the old Bishop family cabin and looks around warily. He answers his phone when it rings, but the individual that called him isn't there... the signal is too weak. He puts the phone away and removes the key that lured him there from its' container. Peter enters the house after unlocking the door, draws his pistol and cautiously searches the house. In the large sunroom at the back of the house, Peter finds Secretary Bishop sitting in a lounge chair - obviously awaiting the arrival of his son. Peter sits opposite his father and places his pistol on the table beside him. Secretary Bishop didn't call Peter first because he wanted to see him in person. He left the key to the cabin for Peter to find because he wanted a proper reunion - something they both deserve. Peter is impatient and wants to know what Secretary Bishop is really up to - why Moreau? Why the Electrilght bombings? Why? Bishop shares his ultimate mission with his son: since Peter managed to destroy his own universe, and because of the nightmare he unleashed on billions... the incredible loss he caused... Secretary Bishop now is bent on completely destroying this universe as payback.

  Olivia and Ella arrive in Central Park as Fringe personnel prepare to deploy. They hop out of the car to check
Start Of The Wormhole Rupture
on the progress of the containment effort and Ella reports that Peter is still not picking-up his phone calls. A tactical agent finds Olivia and reports that a bus was spotted near the breach point in the perimeter. Olivia gives the command to deploy all tactical teams into the restricted area -- a large burst of blinding light envelops Olivia and all those near her. After the light and confusion recede, Olivia wakes up from the place where she fell. She is surrounded by unconscious tactical personnel laying on the ground. She stands-up and turns to see that an Electrilght device has generated a cloudy, colorful drifting vortex in the Ambered restricted area.
  Back in the cabin at Reiden Lake, Peter and his father continue their confrontational meeting about the fate of the two universes. Peter wants his father to know how sorry he is for the suffring that he caused and for destroying his people -- his world. If he could reverse the choice that he made when he got into the Wave Sinke Device... he would. But he can't. Peter takes out his hand cuffs and tells his father that he has to be taken into custody. Peter doesn't want to use the cuffs on is father if he doesn't have to. Secretary Bishop grows angry with his son a reveals what is really going on. This whole meeting was to teach Peter a lesson about loss... starting by killing someone that Peter loves. Secretary Bishop might not be able to resist killing Peter if he were, in fact, sitting across the room from Peter at the Reiden Lake cabin - but he is not. Peter lunges across the room at his father and swings his hand through the head of the holographic projection he has been talking to for the past ten minutes. Fooled by the entire encounter, Peter grabs his pistol and handcuffs from the side table and sprints from the cabin.
Secretary Bishop: The Ambush & Assassination Of Olivia Dunham

← From his secure van in Central Park, Secretary Bishop turns off the holographic camera that has been sending his visual image and verbal communications to the projection device in Peter's cabin a few hundred miles to the North. Bishop grabs his coat and exits his little studio - intent on keeping his promise to Peter... to kill someone he loves. The Fringe response force has recovered from the blast that initiated the vortex in the Amber quarantine area and are preparing to fall back to a safer position. Olivia walks quickly back to her vehicle and is on the radio coordinating the tactical effort - she wants everyone to relocate to Sector Three. She gets to the car, opens the passenger door and retrieves what she was looking for. Olivia closes the car door, turns to walk back the way she came and finds Secretary Bishop standing fifteen feet away with a silenced-pistol leveled at her head. Before she can say one word, the vengeful Bishop fires a single bullet into Olivia Dunham's forehead... she collapses next to her vehicle - dead.

ACT V

  On a remote beach, mourners of the late Olivia Dunham have gathered for an evening ceremony to honor her life. Lit torches surround
Dunham Sent To The Afterlife
the gathering while Peter eulogizes his late wife - who was everything to him. Important officials have joined the rememberance as Peter tells them about the woman they have lost. Ella and Astrid sit near one another, visibly shaken by the grief they share. Nina Sharp sits alone and, uncharacteristically, can't hide the emotional drain she feels. Broyles, less stoic than normal, sits and studies Peter's words. Walter, who is wearing his protective body armor and was allowed to attend with his security detail, seems more upset than anyone at the loss of his daughter-in-law, and friend, Olivia Dunham. After Peter finishes speaking, the Honor Guard removes the flag from Olivia's coffin, folds and secures it, then presents it to Ella for safekeeping. The mourners gather at water's edge and watch as Peter takes a torch and lights the wooden raft and pyre carrying Olivia's coffin. Attendants set the raft adrift on the large body of water as those on shore watch in quiet reflection as their friend and colleague drifts away to investigate her ultimate Fringe case.   Ella escorts Walter on the drive home through central Manhattan after the funeral. Their driver stops in the crowded traffic and Walter becomes concerned that there may be some sort of protest up-ahead. Ella says the delay is because of the effort underway to seal-up the wormhole in Central Park. Walter interrupts her when he realizes something important. He heeds to get to has lab - now. Please.
The Family That Will Never Be

← Back in his home, Peter sits and thinks about his life. Still in his funeral clothes, he finishes the stiff drink he had poured for himself, wants another drink, then walks to the refrigerator to retrieve a fresh bottle. After grabbing a new bottle from inside, he closes the door and finds himself face-to-face with the childs' drawing attached to the outside of the refrigerator. He touches the crayoned face of Olivia, studies it and lets his emotions take him to a deeply sad place.

  In his lab, Walter has just about completed the diagnostic testing that came to his mind when he and Ella were
The Proof Is In The Kappa Radiation
stuck in traffic. Ella waits nearby and she and Walter share some somber small talk. She doesn't remember calling him Uncle Walter when she was young, but she does remember the cow that he kept in the lab. Ella doesn't remember much from her early years... before things got so bad in this universe. Walter is sorry for that. If he could, he would go back in time and change it, making different choices, although happy-endings do not appear to be much of an option anymore. Walter's diagnostic finishes its' run and Walter scans the results. The data stream analysis of the wormhole has offered a potential solution. Walter takes about three seconds to see that the Carbon Dating has been confirmed - That's It! - that's the answer.
  At his home, Peter stands and looks at the bright morning sunlight coming through his once happy home. Still in his suit and tie from the funeral, he turns and walks to answer the door and greet the eager bell-ringer on the other side. Walter is there with his security detail and a stack of
Olivia Is Alive In The Past & The Back-Up If Peter Fails
documents. Walter needs to talk... he believes he made an error when Peter entered the Wave Sink Device back in 2011. Once settled inside, Walter explains his hypothesis. Peter never should have tried to destroy the other universe while trying to save this one. Peter should have tried to save both universes while he was in the device. Walter is almost certain they can do things over again, and for the better. All Peter needs to do is make a different choice when the times comes. Peter is skeptical, and the plan certainly can't bring Olivia back. Walter is little more optimistic. In prison, the whole time he sat there, he could not figure out where the Wave Sink Device and all of the buried components they uncovered came from - with their origins millions of years in the deep past. Then it struck Walter - they aren't from the past. They are from right now. They sent the components from this era back in time through the wormhole in Central Park. The argument doesn't hold water with Peter. His thinking is that if they never send the components back in time... then they will never discover the components - which means they will never destroy the other universe. Walter corrects Peter's line of reasoning. The components to the device have already been sent back in time, therefore it has to be done again, there is no choice but to do it again. It is part of the paradox of the situation - you can't change what has already happened. But the next time around, when Peter gets in the machine to activate it, that is when he can make a different choice and divert off the path of the current timeline... choose to save both universes. Walter is upbeat - they cheat the rules of time and fix everything in the process. Peter is concerned more about the potential repercussions of cheating time. Walter is less concerned - things can't get much worse than they are now. Peter wants to know what he needs to do. ---

--- Peter's consciousness rushes back to 2011. He opens his eyes and he is still locked in the powered-up Wave Sink Device on Liberty Island, in the heart of New York Harbor. Olivia and Walter grow concerned when Peter's heart accelerates wildly. Broyles points out that Peter has been in the device for a minute already: how much longer are they going to keep Peter in it? Walter doesn't know what to do. Peter has biologically interfaced with the machine, and removing him may harm him.

ACT VI

In the Liberty Island laboratory in the alternate
Trans-Dimensional Bridge - You Are The Weakest Link (Goodbye)
universe, Secretary Bishop grows alarmed when the control position in his ancient device becomes active and starts to fill with a concentrated energy cloud. Brandon Fayette doesn't know what is happening with the device. It only became active about sixty seconds earlier and the diagnostic readings are already inexplicably high. The sensor map indicates that the inter-dimensional soft spots in the region are not sealing-up as planned, they are getting bigger. Secretary Bishop orders that Bolivia Dunham be brought from her holding cell to the lab. Once she has been retrieved, Bolivia says she doesn't understand what is being asked of her when Secretary Bishop suggests that she can control the device and turn it off. Bishop is certain she can - it is her image in the ancient drawings - she must have some connection to the device. They turn to look at the energy field forming in the center of the device... it is starting to take the shape of a tall male. Bolivia takes the opportunity to critique her captor's failed plan - Secretary Bishop has been outsmarted - after turning his machine on, they loaded Peter into the other machine to defend themselves and destroy this universe.

Back in the lab in this universe, the research team is frantic to release Peter from the device. Olivia rushes up to the access ladder to help just as the device powers down. Peter lowers his head, relaxes and seems none the worse for wear. Both are elated to see one another... Peter more so, because Olivia is alive again. Still in his hand and foot restraints, Peter focuses as the device starts to power-up. Olivia wants to know if he is doing that. Suddenly, on
Team Walternate Pulled Across The Bridge To Common Ground
the unoccupied half of the large makeshift laboratory, a large surge of power and light deposits a half dozen scientists, a dozen tables and assorted support equipment. Secretary Bishop, Bolivia Dunham and Brandon Fayette are all among the science team from the alternate universe that now appear to be standing in the Liberty Island facility in this universe. Everyone takes a few seconds to study one another with silent concern. Olivia turns back to Peter and the restraining grips holding Peter release him. Both Walter's make a beeline toward each other. Bolivia eyeballs Olivia. Peter grins at his discovery and joins his dad and his father who are preparing to face-off in the middle of the lab. Peter is confident he now understands what it is the machine does, what it is capable of and where it came from. Walter confirms Peter's claim - The First People? Yes, but the First People are us... certainly Walter, and probably Astrid and Ella as well. Peter takes the time to address both of the elder Bishop men with equal respect. He has seen Doomsday, and it is worse than anything imaginable. A war between universes can not be won. If one side dies, both sides die. To settle the conflict, Peter has torn a hole in each universe that leads only to the room they are now standing in - a bridge where both sides can work to fix -- Peter vanishes into thin air just a few feet away from the two men who are behind the physical collapse of two universes. Without any notice or mention of what just happened, both Bishops turn to begin the conversation they have both wanted for decades. Secretary Bishop chastises Walter for shattering his universe and the genocidal amount of death he is responsible for. Walter defends the accident that caused all this, but what Secretary Bishop is doing is deliberate! Olivia takes the high ground - maybe it's time to start fixing what is broken.

  Outside of the laboratory on Liberty Island in this universe, almost a dozen Observers have gathered on the grounds after dark and study the monument. December senses what has happened inside and detects the thoughts of those that were there when Peter vanished... they do not remember Peter. It seems The Observer was correct. How could Peter be remembered if he never existed? Peter served his purpose.

Quotes

"Our destiny was set the day we triggered the machine. I didn't understand until it was too late that our... two worlds were inextricably linked. Without one, the other simply cannot exist. When their world was destroyed, that was the day we sealed our fate. For all intents and purposes... that was the day we died." - Walter (to Peter, reflecting on the consequences that carried them through to 2026)

"The entire globe is disintegrating. We're running around putting on band-aids, and every day more people are lost because of it, and Walter was responsible. I know him. And I know his intentions weren't this. But there's not a single person out there who hasn't lost someone they love because of him. You can't begrudge the anger they feel towards him." - Senator Broyles (to Peter, reluctant to allow him to utilize his imprisoned father - the most reviled man on the planet in 2026)

Trivia

General
  • The Observer stands with his colleagues on the grounds of Liberty Island in this universe after Secretary Bishop, Bolivia Dunham and Brandon Fayette crossover from the alternate universe.
  • Opening Splash. The opening title sequence used a new, gray background with a refreshed list of Fringe sciences.

Previously

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    The ID number on the squad car (The Last Sam Weiss) foreshadows Peter's experiences in the year 2026

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  • Did Peter's future consciousness momentarily return to his "old" body?
    • If so, was this when he was badly injured and saying things about the machine and being from the past?
    • If not, was the current-Peter momentarily inhabiting his "future" body and sharing his knowledge about the machine?
2011
  • Did Peter vanish from all timelines?
    • If not, was he simply erased from the current timeline?
    • If not, did he return to the 2026 timeframe?
    • If not, did he travel to a separate future timeline?
    • If not, did he travel to a past timeline?
  • Was "the purpose" Peter served to bring both universes to a common ground so they could begin repairing the damages each were suffering?
    • If not, what was "the purpose" discussed by the Observers, that Peter served before he "never existed"?
  • What does December mean by "not remembering" Peter?
    • Does this refer to all of Peter's history, or only after his last interaction with Walter?
  • Does the manuscript indicate that both Olivia and Bolivia can turn off the machine?
    • If so, does it mean that Olivia's ability to switch off the machine was not due to Cortexiphan? (The Last Sam Weiss)
2026
  • Was the 'softspot' in the Orpheum Theater due to the two crossover events in 2010? (Over There, Part 1)/(Over There, Part 2)
  • Is the End-of-Days group affiliated with, or have their roots in, the ZFT group.
  • What mechanism allowed Peter's conscience to return to the present day after he and Walter discussed 'making a different choice'?
    • What is "the choice" that Walter refers to?
  • If the destruction of the other universe was due to Peter entering the machine, is their fate not already sealed, since Peter has already entered the machine?
    • Does Walter suggest travelling even further back in time to prevent Peter entering the machine?
  • Olivia controlled her telekinetic powers... why did she not force the gun, or the bullet, away from her head as she was being shot?
  • Is the partial facial paralysis on the right side of Walter's face the result of a stroke?
The Interim Period
  • What was "lost" in Detroit?
  • What happened to Broyles' right eye?
  • How long did Walter own/run Massive Dynamic?
  • What was the great loss that Ella endured?
  • Why is Ella's last name Dunham, and not her father's?
    • Did Olivia adopt Ella as a child - following Ella's great loss?

Episodes

Season 5 : Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11In AbsentiaThe RecordistThe Bullet That Saved The WorldAn Origin StoryThrough The Looking Glass And What Walter Found ThereFive-Twenty-TenThe Human KindBlack BlotterAnomaly XB-6783746The Boy Must LiveLibertyAn Enemy Of FateSeason 4 : Neither Here Nor ThereOne Night In OctoberAlone In The WorldSubject 9NovationAnd Those We've Left BehindWallflowerBack To Where You've Never BeenEnemy Of My EnemyForced PerspectiveMaking AngelsWelcome To WestfieldA Better Human BeingThe End Of All ThingsA Short Story About LoveNothing As It SeemsEverything In Its Right PlaceThe ConsultantLetters Of TransitWorlds ApartBrave New World, Part 1Brave New World, Part 2Season 3 : OliviaThe BoxThe PlateauDo Shapeshifters Dream Of Electric Sheep?Amber 314226955 kHzThe AbductedEntradaMarionetteThe FireflyReciprocityConcentrate And Ask AgainImmortality6BSubject 13OsStowawayBloodlineLysergic Acid Diethylamide6:02 AM ESTThe Last Sam WeissThe Day We DiedSeason 2 : A New Day In The Old TownNight Of Desirable ObjectsFractureMomentum DeferredDream LogicEarthlingOf Human ActionAugustSnakeheadGrey MattersUnearthedJohari WindowWhat Lies BelowThe Bishop RevivalJacksonvillePeterOlivia. In The Lab. With The Revolver.White TulipThe Man From The Other SideBrown BettyNorthwest PassageOver There, Part 1Over There, Part 2Season 1 : PilotThe Same Old StoryThe Ghost NetworkThe ArrivalPower HungryThe CureIn Which We Meet Mr. JonesThe EquationThe DreamscapeSafeBoundThe No-BrainerThe TransformationAbilityInner ChildUnleashedBad DreamsMidnightThe Road Not TakenThere's More Than One Of Everything

Transcripts

Season 5 : Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11In AbsentiaThe RecordistThe Bullet That Saved The WorldAn Origin StoryThrough The Looking Glass And What Walter Found ThereFive-Twenty-TenThe Human KindBlack BlotterAnomaly XB-6783746The Boy Must LiveLibertyAn Enemy Of FateSeason 4 : Neither Here Nor ThereOne Night In OctoberAlone In The WorldSubject 9NovationAnd Those We've Left BehindWallflowerBack To Where You've Never BeenEnemy Of My EnemyForced PerspectiveMaking AngelsWelcome To WestfieldA Better Human BeingThe End Of All ThingsA Short Story About LoveNothing As It SeemsEverything In Its Right PlaceThe ConsultantLetters Of TransitWorlds ApartBrave New World, Part 1Brave New World, Part 2Season 3 : OliviaThe BoxThe PlateauDo Shapeshifters Dream Of Electric Sheep?Amber 314226955 kHzThe AbductedEntradaMarionetteThe FireflyReciprocityConcentrate And Ask AgainImmortality6BSubject 13OsStowawayBloodlineLysergic Acid Diethylamide6:02 AM ESTThe Last Sam WeissThe Day We DiedSeason 2 : A New Day In The Old TownNight Of Desirable ObjectsFractureMomentum DeferredDream LogicEarthlingOf Human ActionAugustSnakeheadGrey MattersUnearthedJohari WindowWhat Lies BelowThe Bishop RevivalJacksonvillePeterOlivia. In The Lab. With The Revolver.White TulipThe Man From The Other SideBrown BettyNorthwest PassageOver There, Part 1Over There, Part 2Season 1 : PilotThe Same Old StoryThe Ghost NetworkThe ArrivalPower HungryThe CureIn Which We Meet Mr. JonesThe EquationThe DreamscapeSafeBoundThe No-BrainerThe TransformationAbilityInner ChildUnleashedBad DreamsMidnightThe Road Not TakenThere's More Than One Of Everything