As Fringe Comes To An End, Aussie John Noble Reflects On His Role As Walter Bishop

Plenty of US shows have had Australian leads, but Fringe is one of the few that has two (and a third for the final season): Anna Torv playing Olivia Dunham and John Noble as the eccentric Walter Bishop. With the series' conclusion fast approaching, Noble took the opportunity to look back at five years of the show's sometimes hilarious, sometimes gruesome moments. Warning: Spoilers ahead if you're not up-to-date with the show.

In a conference call with press, Noble felt the script for the final show was "the best finale I've ever read, just in terms of being able to tie up the five years", according to an article on Blastr. Given how many loose ends were left dangling with the massive shift in time frames between the fourth and fifth seasons, we can only hope the writers have tied them up reasonably well. I mean, what happened to poor Lincoln Lee?

As for Walter himself, Noble's happy with where the character ended up by the final show. From Blastr:

"If you had asked me in season one where I thought Walter should finish up, it would've been exactly where he does. That's the remarkable thing. When I say I think it's a great finale, that's the reason why. I think it's the perfect out for Walter."

He also reveals that the original Walter, particularly the season one version, was his favourite to play:

"I've played a bunch of different versions of him. Gee, I don't know. I loved it when he was being random, which was probably the original version of him, more than anyone else. I loved doing Walter then and all of the different mental states that we've played during the time, but when he was being completely random and had very poor social skills. ... "Going backwards, the pure fun was the original Walter, who was just released from a mental institution and probably shouldn't have been. He was just fun, because he could basically say and do anything and get away with it. The most difficult Walter was the one that I had to play when there was no Peter in the world. That was really tricky."

Head over to Blastr for the rest of Noble's thoughts on the series, including some tidbits on scenes from the finale.


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    Leland Monroe.

    Gonna miss this show, but it did lose direction in the end, so I guess it had to stop somewhere.

      I dunno, I lost interest pretty soon after they focused only on the alternate universe. I liked it better in season 1 when they solved weird murders and what not.

      I actually found a renewed interest in the show in this final season. Season 4 left me very disinterested, and I had to force feed it to myself (OCD - can't let myself not finish something that I started).
      Season 5, I found, quite interesting. I can't wait til the finale now - just finished ep 11 then.

    Fringe is an incredible show, I've watched it from the very beginning but the unfortunate thing is that I've had to resort to watching it on DVD and online because I live in Australia and here the show has bounced around time slots and channels going from Channel 9 to GO! and it wasn't "fast-tracked" from the U.S. so to watch it on Australian TV, you'd be at least a whole Season behind.
    What is even sadder is that here we have an American Network Show, that has not one - but two Australian lead actors and still Fringe got no love from the Australian networks.
    Where's the love for home grown talent Australia? It really is a great shame that shallow shows like CSI or NCIS get fast-tracked and prime time slots on Australian Networks but an intelligent original TV Series like Fringe (which as mentioned above stars two amazing aussie actors: Anna Torv who starred in the Australian series McLeod's Daughters, Young Lions and The Secret Life of Us. And John Noble , who starred in a bunch of aussie shows most notably All Saints. He also played Denethor in two Lord of The Rings movies.) gets bumped around for 5 years and barely manages to hold a 11pm time slot on GO!
    Now that Fringe is finishing (the series finale airs on U.S. network FOX this Friday 18th of January) there's a few Aussie websites, this one included, mentioning the show and praising the aussie cast?
    It's a shame it's only 5 years too late. It's times like this that make me think that Australia is fast becoming as heartless as America.
    For all aussies who like a deep, intelligent, rich in character TV Series - check out Fringe. All 4 Seasons are available for purchase on DVD in most Australian stores (K-mart now has all Seasons on sale at $25 each). Fringe is one of those shows that dares to push every boundary and it explores the human condition in the most beautiful, deeply touching way. It's a life-changing experience!

    Great, now I have to find a new favourite show.

    I really enjoy the show, once it ends I've got a month wait for GOT, and continuum (not as good but a good show all the same), Grimm, and some others I can't remember right now.

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