I guess we knew this was coming, what with Peter being written out of existence on Fringe, but it’s still a little upsetting to me. It has been confirmed that we will be seeing a lot less of Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop on the show with this upcoming season.
Jackson told IGN: “Our show is not a star-driven show, it’s a character-driven show,” confirming that he would be in fewer episodes this year.
He continued, “I mean, I’m assuming since they want me here, I’m going to be a part of Fringe. In fact, I know they want me to be a part of Fringe, but I know they also want to tell the story in the best possible way to tell the story. That’s why I think it’s ballsy, precisely because it’s so unusual to take one of the three leads in your show and to break them out of the show. And then show what it’s like when he’s not there.”
The disappearance left viewers wondering what fate had in store for the character after last season’s finale. I’m still trying to figure out, personally, what it all means.
Jackson said, “That cliffhanger was so big that if they half-assed it in the beginning of Season 4, I think our audience, who has been so good with that, would kind of smell the suck on that. They’d be kind of disappointed that we gave them this big thing, and then we didn’t actually go after it. And we went after it. I think that’s super cool.”
He certainly doesn’t sound like an actor who has been canned, so I’m taking that as a good sign that in some form or fashion, Peter will be returning. But if they had pulled that with Walter, I would have quit watching the show!
Fringe returns for its fourth season on Fox on September 23. I can’t wait.