We’re all trudging through the pain of the loss with them, but the one glimmer of hope is that this time Peter and Olivia share the grief and go through it together rather than having it fracture them even further. And as heartbreaking as it is, this was something I’ve wanted. For them to go through things in tandem, side by side, like they’ve always done. Obviously I want Etta back and I think the end result of whatever the big plan is will culminate in that but until then, they need each other to move on and keep living and fighting in this world or the depths of the rocky waters they find themselves in will ultimately drown them. They’re each other’s life raft. Together, they can save the world and in turn, it will save them.
by Fringe on THE FIFTH AND FINAL SEASON OF “FRINGE”
CONCLUDES WITH A TWO-HOUR SERIES FINALE, INCLUDING THE 100TH EPISODE, FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, ON FOX
Climactic Nine-Episode Countdown Continues with an All-New Episode Tonight
As the Fringe team fights for humanity’s future in the fifth and final season, the imaginative journey toward the end of the acclaimed series will culminate in a climactic conclusion during the two-hour final-two-episodes event Friday, Jan. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. This milestone date will also celebrate the series’ 100th episode.
Series Co-Creator and Executive Producer J.J. Abrams reflected on the show’s run: “It has been an absolute honor to have been a part of the weird and wonderful world of FRINGE. I will always owe the cast and crew for pouring their hearts and souls into every dimension of this series. Creating the show with Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman was a joy, but watching it evolve over the years into such an imaginative, insane and heartbreaking ride is nothing less than a thrill. I am grateful to our blessed fans, and to Kevin Reilly and Peter Rice and everyone at the glorious Fox network for allowing FRINGE to reach its bittersweet conclusion.”
Executive producer and showrunner J. H. Wyman said, “Above all else, from the bottom of my heart, I would like to personally thank everyone involved with FRINGE. From the most amazing fans, to our incredible cast, writers and crew, and our wonderful partners at FOX and Warner Bros. – we would not be here without you. It simply cannot be overstated how grateful I am for the ongoing and unconditional support we have received over the past five seasons. It has been both mind-blowing and humbling. I’ve always been a fan of science fiction, and to be able to tell this story about a family – a family that, through everything, fought together for survival – has been a highlight of my career. As we approach the final chapter, I can hardly believe it, and I’m just truly thankful for this unparalleled experience.”
“FRINGE has truly imagined the impossibilities over its five seasons and will go down in the books as one of FOX’s most riveting and creatively brilliant series,” said Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “It has been a blast to work with J.J., Joel and their masterful creative teams, as well as with Anna, Josh and John and the rest of the most talented cast and crew in the business.”
Throughout FRINGE’s thrilling five seasons, the series has followed Special Agent OLIVIA DUNHAM (Anna Torv), enlisted institutionalized “fringe” scientist WALTER BISHOP (John Noble) and his globe-trotting, jack-of-all-trades son, PETER (Joshua Jackson) as the Fringe team explored mysterious occurrences linked between parallel universes, doppelgängers, Observers and unimaginable threats. The unlikely trio supervised by Special Agent PHILLIP BROYLES (Lance Reddick) and assisted by ASTRID FARNSWORTH (Jasika Nicole) – often led them to science and technological corporation Massive Dynamic, founded by WILLIAM BELL (guest star Leonard Nimoy), and its enigmatic chief executive, NINA SHARP (Blair Brown).
The fifth and final flash-forward season of FRINGE is set in 2036, when the “Observers” have become ruthless rulers of a dystopian society. As the battle for the world’s future continues to unfold, the Fringe team is in the midst of making its final stand to save humanity. In the aftermath of the devastating loss of Peter and Olivia’s daughter, ETTA (guest star Georgina Haig), the intensity escalates as the combat continues and Peter makes a pivotal and game-changing move in the all-new “An Origin Story” episode airing tonight (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, FRINGE is produced by Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Abrams, Bryan Burk and J.H. Wyman serve as executive producers, while Akiva Goldsman is a consulting producer. “Like” FRINGE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Fringe. Follow the series on Twitter @FRINGEonFOX and join the discussion at #fringe.Friday, November 2, 2012 at 12:13pm
Oct 27, 2012 01:01 AM ET by Damian Holbrook
We’d say “Spoiler alert,” but between the Twitter reactions from both coasts and the pre-episode rumors, you probably have a good idea who we’re mourning following Friday’s Fringe. Yep, in a final-moments shootout with The Observers, Pete and Liv’s kid Etta took one for the team. And while we’re shocked that they went and wiped out the newest member of the Bishop family, portrayer Georgina Haig sees this tragic turn of events as a part of the wild world that is Fox’s Fringe.
TV Guide Magazine: They killed you!
Georgina Haig: Those bastards! [Laughs]
TV Guide Magazine: How did you find out that Etta was going to die?
Haig: It’s so funny, everyone asks me that. Like, ‘Oh yeah, [executive producer] Joel Wyman took me out for lunch and it was over a glass of red wine’ or something like that. No, I knew I was coming back for a bunch of episodes, but I didn’t know what was going to happen. Then Joel called me and told me the trajectory and what was going to happen. I was kind of blown away.
TV Guide Magazine: Literally. Like Peter and Olivia haven’t been through enough!
Haig: Yeah, exactly. At that point, I had watched all of the seasons and knew what was going on…and I’d also gotten an idea of how the fans would kind of feel about something like this. I really felt the weight of their decision. This had to be a massive decision for the writers to come to.
TV Guide Magazine: I was starting to fear that Etta was actually a mole.
Haig: She is kind of enigmatic. And they set up some interesting moral dilemmas between her and mom. Etta’s sense of right and wrong is clearly different from the others, so you might have loved her because she’s a Bishop, but you might not trust her as much as you would Olivia.
TV Guide Magazine: We were just earning that trust with her. And then, you know, she’s Walter’s granddaughter.
Haig: He’s like the best grandfather ever! [Laughs] I think if I hadn’t died, we would have totally hung out. I had some really nice moments with John Noble and I think Etta just loved Walter so much.
TV Guide Magazine: Was there an instant connection with John and Anna Torv, being fellow Aussies?
Haig: Oh yeah. As soon as I got in to Vancouver for filming, John emailed me, ‘Hello darling, I’ll pick you up and we’ll go have lunch.’ And I was like, thank god! He said that I would have a million questions, that [shooting] goes really fast, and that my first instinct was probably the right one. It was awesome…he said I could ask him anything, and that is so nice to have someone say that to you. Especially when it’s someone like him. He is unbelievably generous, as an actor and as a human.
TV Guide Magazine: And Anna?
Haig: Anna was lovely. She invited me to a Stitch & Bitch, which is where people knit and chat. She thought it would be good for me to meet the crew and stuff before I started. It was so nice of her to go out of her way like that for me. And Josh Jackson was the same. We got on straight away and we’re really good friends. He’s really lovely and easy to be around. I was just trying really hard not to go, ‘Pacey! You taught me how to feel!’
TV Guide Magazine: What?!
Haig: Ok, so I was 15 when Dawson’s Creek was at its peak. I was a vulnerable person! [Laughs]
TV Guide Magazine: So, I need to bring this up: Some fans read a certain chemistry between Etta and Peter.
Haig: Oh my god! That’s just because Josh Jackson is my dad, like hello?! That’s crazy. There were moments on set, off camera, where folks would be making jokes about daddy…but that’s because [TV and film] crews are dirty and wrong. [Laughs]
TV Guide Magazine: Is this the last we’ll see of Etta?
Haig: You never know, this is Fringe. When I found out, I was like, ‘Aww man, I’m dying.’ Then people were like, ‘But it’s Fringe! You can be back!’ But in some way, that’s got to be the challenge for the producers…how do you carry the weight of someone dying if everyone thinks they can come back? Maybe that’s why they obliterated me into a million pieces. I mean, I didn’t just get shot. I was blown up.
How do you feel about Fringe’s fatal twist? Do you think we might see Etta again?
Posted: 10/26/2012 10:00 pm EDT Updated: 10/26/2012 10:00 pm EDT
Your eyes didn’t deceive you, “Fringe” fans — Etta Bishop (Georgina Haig), long-lost daughter of Peter and Olivia, just died at the hands of the evil Captain Windmark, obliterating a building in the process.
We don’t know about you guys, but we definitely didn’t see that coming. For Peter and Olivia to lose their child only four episodes after finding her again seems particularly cruel, even by “Fringe” standards, and it’s truly impossible to guess where our emotionally battered team might go from here. Revenge is obviously at the top of the agenda, but will it be enough to lessen the pain of such a loss?
To try and make some sense of what we just saw, HuffPost TV caught up with Georgina Haig to learn more about Etta’s death and what it might mean for the team, and we’re not exaggerating when we say that there were some tears shed on both sides of this interview.
Well, I did not see that twist coming…
Oh god … I know, it’s a sad one, isn’t it?
How did [executive producer] Joel Wyman explain it to you — were you warned before you even started shooting the season?
Yeah, but only just, because when I first got told that I was in Season 5, I knew it was a bunch of episodes. I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen and I was kind of guessing, coming up with scenarios in my head and I finally spoke to Joel and yeah, he explained the trajectory and I was like, “Oh my God. It’s so much to put all those characters through,” and he told me the story and it’s a really brave decision by everyone and brave because now those characters have to deal with the loss of a child on top of saving the world and it’s just incredible that they put them through that, but yeah. I thought it was kind of beautifully done.
Like you said, it’s a huge catalyst to propel the story forward and give everything even higher stakes, but it is pretty bleak. Do you worry that the fans are just going to want to kill themselves after this episode?
[Laughs.] Yeah, I don’t know. The thing is, the fans I think have become really invested in my character quite quickly. It’s really because I was part of the family straightaway; I think you just have to kind of whisper the name “Bishop” and then everyone’s like, “Yep, right. She’s a Bishop. We’re on board with her.” It was lovely for me, and it meant they could really invest everyone in my character quite quickly because the family dynamic and everything is so strong, so yeah. I think that gave them license in a way to feel confident enough in everyone being invested enough to feel the impact … It sounds horrible that they’re just playing with people’s emotions! [Laughs.] We’re bastards, I hate to say it.
Is Etta really, truly dead, though — no time travel, no sneaky switcheroos?
Oh, man, I know. I was having a great time in Vancouver, you know? I would stay! I had my last day and I was really upset, obviously … just like, “Oh God. That was final. I could learn to ski if I stayed!” Everyone’s like, “Oh, Georgina, it’s ‘Fringe,’ you never know what could happen.” They were so nonplussed. They’re just like, “Whatever, it’s Fringe.” Whereas I was like, “No. I’ve been obliterated into a million pieces. I haven’t just died, I was like self-combobulated or whatever it was. It’s done.” And then they’re like, “But it’s ‘Fringe.’” So who knows? I feel like these guys can get around any corner but I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going to happen.
This is a fairly method question, but what was going through Etta’s mind in those final moments? Can you talk about how you approached the scene?
Yeah. It was so funny … It makes me upset even thinking about now. I was just thinking that someone loved me finally. I was just thinking there was all the fighting with Windmark and trying to get the gun and then all of a sudden I felt incredibly calm and relaxed and was just thinking about my parents and the thought that I was loved and in the end, that was all that mattered to her. So it was kind of like a peaceful moment just before … [Gets choked up.] It’s incredibly sad. I just miss everyone as well — I loved being there!
Did you get to have any discussions with Anna [Torv] or Josh [Jackson] about how this affects their characters from this point on? Were you commiserating with each other?
Not really, no. Everyone has their own private processes I think and we didn’t really talk about that. We just talked about how it was sad, really. It’d be like, “Oh, baby, you’re dying next week,” and then, “Oh, you’re dying tomorrow,” and I’m like, “I know. I don’t want to go,” and they’re like, “We don’t want you to go either,” and it was kind of like that. It wasn’t profound or anything. It was kind of like, arm around your shoulder, “Let’s go do this,” kind of thing. It was just sad.
Do you know how the series ends, did Joel clue you in to the whole story?
I know vague things but I’m always e-mailing John [Noble]. I’m like, “What’s happening? What are you doing?” And he’s like, “Oh, this happened,” and I’m like “Oh, awesome!” They keep us in dark, we’re just like the fans trying to grovel for any information we can get. Yeah. I kind of know the overall arc but a lot of the detail’s missing, so I’m sort of hanging out for the episodes as much as anyone else.
You did such a great job of really capturing Anna’s mannerisms and making Etta similar to Olivia, what was your preparation process like?
It’s so funny. It wasn’t really a conscious decision because I kind of approached it like, “Well, she’s her mother’s daughter but she hasn’t spent time around her.” But having said that, I have an uncle who had a son who he didn’t meet for 20 years and finally they were reunited and I was shocked at how similar they were. Mannerisms and quirks that were impossible to have been there from observation, like they were there from birth and it’s just fascinating. I watched Anna before I even auditioned for Etta. I just watched “Fringe” and I watched her and maybe subconsciously there are certain things that came through and then being around her and dealing with similar information and the way she dealt with information, I’m sure it kind of started to influence how I was talking a bit and all that. But I didn’t really set out to consciously mimic or anything like that. I tried to keep it more subtle I suppose. I definitely wasn’t trying to mimic Joshua Jackson. [Laughs.] I wish I could’ve, but I don’t know if Dad came through! It would have been fun to make her a little bit more cheeky, just make her a bit more like Peter. I think if she hadn’t have died she would have maybe got into the happy-go-lucky a little bit more.
What were your favorite scenes to shoot and what do you wish you could’ve done more of?
I loved doing the final stuff in that huge warehouse. Because the focus that you need and then being in that space and doing all that stuff is just really intense but really fascinating to do. I loved doing that little scene with John in the market, just one of those small scenes of the episode but it’s really sweet and I don’t know why I just thought of that, but… I guess because there was so much action and so much anger and confusion. Just having that little moment of sweetness was really nice. The action stuff was really fun and that’s kind of new to me. And the other guys are sort of old hand at it. It was like, “Am I holding the gun right?” and Anna’s like, “Yeah. Yeah.” And I was like, “Thanks, mom!” and she was all “That’s good, honey.” It was a perfect example of that mother-daughter bond. [Laughs.]
(Source: The Huffington Post)
October 26, 2012 by Marisa Roffman
[Warning: This post contains spoilers for the FRINGE episode, “The Bullet That Saved the World.” If you haven’t seen it yet, go watch it now and then come back to see what Georgina Haig (Etta) had to say about the hour.]
Extra warning here — please turn back if you haven’t watched FRINGE yet. You won’t want what happened ruined.
FRINGE suffered arguably one of the biggest causalities of the series thus far in “The Bullet That Saved the World,” as Peter and Olivia’s daughter, Etta, was gunned down by Windmark. (That poor family cannot catch a break.)
In light of her character’s death, I spoke with FRINGE’s Georgina Haig (Etta) about her time on the show, when she found out about Etta’s death, what kind of reaction she’s anticipating and more…
When did you learn this was going to be Etta’s fate?
Georgina Haig: I didn’t know until quite close to filming. All I knew at first was she was back for a bunch of episodes, and I didn’t know what that meant exactly, but I was sort of trying to guess. And then I spoke with [FRINGE showrunner] Joel [Wyman] and he explained to me the story arc of those four [season 5] episodes, and I just thought, “Oh.”
It’s almost like a little mini-film in a way. It happens so fast: they’re reunited and they’re bridging all these gaps and a whole new gap is created. It’s terribly sad, but a brave move in terms of storytelling.
What kind of reaction are you expecting from viewers when they see her death?
GH: I thought it was going to air last week, so I was Googling “Etta death.” [Laughs] But because of baseball, it got pushed back. I’m really curious to see what people think. I think the main thing is people aren’t expecting it.
I think it’s going to be a real shock, because they’ve really set it up, like FULL HOUSE, it’s all happening. The Olsen twins are back with the family. It’s really set up that this is the team to stop the Observers and instead, they create this whole new emotional situation for the parents and Walter. I think they knew people wouldn’t expect it and that’s part of the reason they said no, we’re going to do this. I don’t know what people are going to think! Hopefully they’ll be a little bit sad! Hopefully they’re not too angry.
Etta also got really sweet moments with both of her parents in “The Bullet That Saved the World” before she died. Do you think she died at peace?
GH: Yeah, and that wasn’t something I discovered, really, until we were filming it. It’s not completely clear in the way it was written exactly what she’s feeling when she dies. But amongst all the violence and blocking it out in rehearsal, it became clear to me that she’s at peace in that moment. She’s not fighting anymore. She’s thinking about the fact that she’s finally been loved. She’s at peace because she’s been loved and she’s thinking about her parents and she’s not fighting with Windmark anymore and she’s not blocking her thoughts. She just lets him feel that. And then she goes, in peace.
And she takes out a lot of Observers in the process, too.
GH: [Laughs] Yeah. That bit isn’t so peaceful. That bit is kick-ass.
I mean, there could be an argument made that she was one of the toughest characters FRINGE has had — in many ways, she was ruthless. What kind of challenges did that bring for you as an actress?
GH: In a way, that stuff is taken care of because it’s written she shoots someone or she tortures someone. It’s there, versus having to play the vulnerability amongst the toughness, to kind of frame the dynamics of it. To make it believable this person could be on the one hand, ruthless, and on the other hand, fragile and able to open herself up to embrace new love and stuff like that…it was more about being able to find the contrast in that.
Speaking of playing Etta, I know you spoke with Fox about watching some of their YouTube recaps of the show before you auditioned. Was there anything in particular you were trying to draw from your on-screen parents? You were remarkably convincing as the child of Peter and Olivia.
GH: [Laughs] Everyone keeps saying that! It’s sort of not something I thought of consciously, which sounds weird. I guess auditioning for it, I watched stuff on YouTube; I didn’t actually watch tapes of the episodes because I didn’t have that much time to prepare. So I just watched the recaps on YouTube and clips of them, and went, “Okay, they’re my parents, this is the world.” And approached it from there.
And then before [season 5], I watched all of it. [Laughs] Like, hundred of episodes of FRINGE to recap and be in that world and be around them. And I wanted it to be subtle. Subtle but there, I suppose, because she hadn’t grown up with them. But I think mannerisms and quirks, you’re born with them. Born with similarities to your parents, you don’t learn them. Yeah, I guess it was more subconscious. [Laughs] It’s not like I studied Anna, but I guess I subconsciously did because I watched her so much!
Do you have a favorite Etta moment that you’ve filmed so far?
GH: I’m not sure, really. I really liked the scene with [on-screen dad] Josh [Jackson (Peter)] and I in the lab…there was so much there: dealing with the loss of a parent figure until she met her parents and then she found her parents again. And then having to suppress the feeling and then go and torture someone [in “In Absentia”] — it was an interesting conflict to deal with and I just like working with Josh on that scene and how we worked out how to do it.
I like doing the action stuff. [On-screen mom] Anna [Torv (Olivia)] helped me out, because I’m like, “Am I holding the gun right, Mom?” [Laughs] She’s like, “All good.” I loved doing the tender moments against the craziness. Moments with [on-screen grandfather] John [Noble (Walter)]. And the scene with Anna and we’re talking about the moral dilemma of torturing people, that was really interesting to do: trying to tell Mom what my world is now and trying to get her to understand. That was challenging, that scene, but really interesting to do.
Do you have a lot of unresolved questions about Etta?
GH: I guess I created her history in my head. Whether or not that’s the right history, Joel could turn around and say, “Actually, this is what happened to her.” As an actor, you get told a certain amount of information and you have to create the rest.
I guess my question would be if something happened in the future, where would they take the relationship from here? If she hadn’t had died, what would the dynamic have been between them all. And I can’t really say much, because I don’t want to give away the rest of the season. [Laughs]
Right. I assume you can’t say anything about whether you’re returning…
GH: Right, I mean, it’s FRINGE. Anything can happen. That’s what everyone keeps saying. But they always keep the actors in the dark, too. I keep emailing John [to ask], “What are you doing?!” [Laughs]
Okay, who needs a virtual hug?
FRINGE airs Fridays at 9 PM on Fox.