Prior to the season 2 finale of Fringe, executive producer J.H. Wyman hinted that there would be a season 3-hinting clue that would require all of our Jedi powers to unearth. I may have made up the Jedi part, but here’s the quote:
“In the season finale, there is one hidden thing in there that I and Jeff will both be really impressed if anybody picks up. So, there you go. There’s one to look for in the season finale that’s very telling about next season but also very hard to find.”
Now that we’ve had a week or so to decompress from crossing over to the Other Side, I’m wondering..did we find it, or is the truth still out there desperately waving for attention?
To be honest, I haven’t rewatched the finale since my initial watch (call it a Jedi recharging period), so maybe I’ll need to go back through it before I make any definite conclusions. That being said, I do wonder if perhaps this hidden clue wasn’t as super hidden as we thought (HOPED) it would be? Of course there are many different type of clues literally built into the construct of the show, including – thematic, verbal and the classical visual clues (and many more types in-between). From Wyman’s description, I inferred that this clue would be more of the classical visual easteregg variety – one that serves as a pointer towards a season 3 story arc. Here are some candidates:
1) “A DEMON’S TWIST RUSTS” - on the blackboard at Walternate’s Lab re-scrambles to read “DON’T TRUST SAM WEISS“. Mash this together with the glyphs spelling “Weiss” and it seems to be the most logi-COOL clue that Wyman was alluding to. Hardly well hidden, but in fairness to Wyman it was something that had to be found.
2) Another possibility is First People replacing Parallel Universes in the opening titles of both parts of the finale. (I’ve already written a bunch of speculation here). But again, while this visual pointer may give us insight into next season, it wasn’t exactly super difficult to find.
3) As a real outside bet, it did cross my mind whether Altivia’s Multi-dimensional 3 toned hair coloring could be a pointer that we’re going to explore a THIRD universe next season. I know, it’s crazy, but allow me to explore the possibility. Exploration over. It’s crazy, it’s less of an easteregg and more like a legitimate box of hair dye..
Of course, the ‘hidden thing’ could be any number of clues that we’ve already discovered, but I do have to wonder whether we’re more observant than the clue-planters think, or perhaps they’re sneakier than we give them credit for..
Feel free to let us know what you think – do we need take another dose of Cortexi-juice to find this clue, or have we already found it?