Fringe Season Finale: William Bell is Back, But What's His Crazy Plan for Olivia?

The Fox drama ends the year with the crazy return of Leonard Nimoy, a shocking death and a life-changing announcement

By Christina Dowling May 12, 2012 2:53 AMTags
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One thing is clear in all universes: Fringe knows how to put on a good season finale. 

Last season wiped the slate clean of Peter, but this season finale killed a beloved character. What does this crazy killing mean for Fringe's fifth and final season? And who had a bombshell of an announcement in the season finale? Find out now:

MORE: Fringe's Leonard Nimoy Talks William Bell's "Bizarre" (Eeevil?) Transformation…and Whether He'll Be Back



Bell is Back: While watching this episode, we got to put our Irish Literature knowledge to good use. William Bell (Leonard Nimoy) is back and is one crazy Yeats-quoting scientist. He kidnaps Walter (John Noble) to lure Olivia (Anna Torv) and use her as a weapon to collapse both universes. Nice guy. But Walter plays the trump card and kills Olivia. 

Olivia Observations: Wait! What? Yep, Olivia dies. The Observer was right, in every version Olivia had to die. Fortunately she has so much fancy cortexiphan coursing though her veins that after a little impromptu surgery she's going to be OK. It was a little dicey there for a minute, though.  Another fun fact we learned: If Peter (Joshua Jackson) cries, we cry. 

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Peter, I'm Pregnant: After finding out that Olivia will be just fine, she drops a baby bombshell on Peter. Yay! And to think he just wanted them to move in together. We are actually screaming on the inside. We definitely have a goofy smile just like Peter's. Awwww.

Rewind Moment: How amazing was Rebecca Mader? Seriously badass alive. Plus, she was seriously creepy reanimated. We wish we could keep her. But maybe not while she does that insane eye-roll thing. 

Rewind Moment #2: When Walter slaps Peter. 

Who Are Coming?: When Walter is trying to relax after a busy day, another Observer comes to warn him that "they are coming." Um, that sounds very ominous and a perfect setup for the next season. Fringe's fifth and final season is poised to rock. With a Bishop-Dunham baby on the way, William Bell in the wind and Olivia still acting as an energy source, we can't wait to see what's in store for season five.


"There's nothing divine about it. I found you." —Walter

"I hate kids." —Jessica

"I think this is his arc." ­—Peter

"And I assume you can't...turn her off." —Broyles (Lance Reddick)

"Well, in that case, no thank you. I'm more peckish than thirsty." —Walter

"Something has changed, this time you are not alone." —Peter

"If you've lost your mind, now would be the time to tell me." —Olivia

"I don't suppose you are here for a sandwich." —Walter

How did you like the finale? Are you excited about Olivia's news? Think William Bell will be back? And who are these mysterious people who are coming? Sound off in the comments!

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