FRINGE Final Season: Anna Torv – ‘There Will Definitely Be Tears At The End’

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Anna Torv talks about the final season of Fringe and saying goodbye to the Dunhamnator.

FUTURE SHOCKS
Looking to Fringe‘s final, 13-episode season, Torv confirms that Season 4′s Episode 19 – in which she did not appear (thus affording her a chance to hang with her visiting mum in Vancouver) – will inform what’s to come. Though she has not yet been made privy to how much of a time jump will occur between seasons, she’s confident that, save for maybe flashbacks, we won’t see Olivia pregnant. But other than that, “I’m not sure where Olivia is,” given her eventual and rather conspicuous MIA status in the year 2036.

“I don’t know if they’ll go for it,” she starts with a chuckle, “but I would love for her to have not been put in amber [like her team mates], but for her to have been hanging around…. sitting on the sidelines and teaching [daughter] Etta the ropes, sort of pulling the strings from behind, where the Observers can’t get her.”

Such a scenario presents, however, an “age”-old problem. And Torv knows it, yet has a fix for it. “People are like, ‘But what about you aging?’ And I’m like, ‘She’s been on cortexiphan!’ Then I would be able to work with Georgina [Haig, Etta]” – if the other Australian actress comes back.

Then again, it very well may be Olivia’s destiny to die a hero’s death. “I’d be happy with that, too,” Torv allows. “Yeah. I would be happy with that.”

WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DUNHAM….
What doesn’t make Torv happy, of course, is the prospect of ultimately bidding Fringe and her castmates farewell, once these next 13 episodes are in the can. ”I don’t think anybody’s really thinking about that” – yet – “but there will definitely be tears at the end, because it’s a huge chunk of my life – and a massively important one, too.”

And though her Fringe run got off to a rocky start, Torv says she would “absolutely” be game to follow it up with another TV turn.

“It’s interesting because after the first season, which was really rough — you don’t know what to expect, and I felt like a deer in the headlights – I was like, ‘I’ll never do TV again. I just couldn’t.’ But after the second year you start to see all of the good stuff. And then after the third season you’re like, ‘Absolutely.’ And now? Absolutely.”

Article at TV Line

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  1. SissySiri says

    *Then again, it very well may be Olivia’s destiny to die a hero’s death. “I’d be happy with that, too,” Torv allows. “Yeah. I would be happy with that.”*

    Yeah, well we wouldn’t – please no, that would destroy the whole 5 seasons for me anyway. Oh boy, here we go . . .worry, worry, worry.

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    • Sajib says

      For the characters sake, I think it would be extremely cruel if Olivia died in the end. That women has suffered enough throughout the whole series:

      - The death of John
      - The stress associated with her job on a daily basis and then being dragged into the world of Fringe when she was initially reluctant further compounded that
      - Having to deal with the death of her mother from an early age as well as an abusive stepfather. She basically has no family other than Rachel and Ella
      - Death of one of her best friends Charlie, who was always there to provide a shoulder to lean.
      - Being apart of the Cortexiphan trials
      - Travelling to the alternate universe at the end of S1 and then nearly dying from that experience.
      - Finding out that the man whom she was starting to develop feelings for was from the alternate universe.
      - Coming back for Peter only to be trapped on the AU and endure torture for months and lose her sense of who she was and where she belonged.
      - Learning upon her return of how Peter became intimate with Alt-Olivia without knowledge that he was being duped.
      - The future is always bleak for her, whether it results in her death or disappearance
      - Having no recollection of the love of her life because he never existed.

      So as you can see, her traumatic experiences are never-ending and I’m sure I’ve missed out on a few others. So don’t you think the woman deserves the chance to finally unbutton her coat and relax?

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      • says

        I think you see death in a traditional way. Fringe being the show that it is, we’ve seen Peter escape from nothingness right back into existence.
        We’ve seen the dead being reanimated several times.
        Now, what if -for argument sake- all universes would collapse thanks to the work of Bell, and everyone dies….
        Then it would be possible for Olivia’s remains (which contain cortexiphan) to regenerate an entire new universe.

        She would literally be in everything and everywhere, thus being alive. Look at it like this: a person dies and gets burried. The remains are ‘consumed’ by creatures living in the ground like insects, worms, bacteria, and so on. In a way, that dead body gives life to a whole new generation of creatures living in the ground.

        Scale it up to the Fringe universe and Olivia’s possible death can be the cause for a whole new universe to come into life. Will it be sad? Yes. Will it be beautiful? Yes again.

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      • Cortexiphan Kid says

        I know, right!
        Olivia Dunham is one of the TV characters with the saddest history, so I realy hope they will give her a better future.

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  2. Maris says

    Come to a end is always sad, of course it’s gonna have tears …
    I probably gonna be drowning in my … ;_________;

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  3. OtherBen says

    If Torv is in another show after this… I’ll be happy for her. I’ll almost certainly give it a chance, because she’s proven herself a tremendous actress. Still, Fringe is a touch act to follow, y’know?

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  4. David says

    I think Josh Jackson’s character (Peter) summed up all the feelings of the Cast and fans when fringe finally ends with his sentence to olive ” Well this time you won’t be alone”, So Anna your tears will be our tears.
    How can there not be, we (cast, crew, fans) have invested a lot of time over the last 5 years in getting to know these characters, laughing with them, crying with them, we have gone through a lot together, and what a journey it has proven to been, loved every minute of it, wouldn’t have changed it for the world.
    A talented cast, imaginative storylines, ambitious undertakings all add up to me at least to be one of the most wonderful series I have watched period!
    So Anna when you finally finish filming the last episode, rest assured that through the veil of your tears you will see us the fans crying as well.

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      • Ben says

        David, you’ve absolutely summed it up. I’ve never felt as attached to a show as I have to Fringe, and I very much doubt I’ll make it to the end of the final season without any tears being shed.

        As you say, it has been a fantastic journey, and one that I’ll never forget!

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  5. says

    Luckily, for us Fringies, it’s different.
    While the cast and crew say farewell to the Fringeverse, we fans sure won’t!
    Fringedom is very unique and when all is said and done, the show gets to rerun in syndication. We have the dvd’s to rewatch over and over, the comics that are still out there, conventions, fansites, blogs and our own fanstories to put up.

    Fringe will most certainly nót be over in our book; it will continue to develop and grow and as a Fringie i will put my own stories related to Fringe out on the web for every one to read and enjoy.

    Star Trek had/has a massive and loyal fanbase. I am a Trekker myself. But what i’ve seen with Fringedom/Fringe fans, supersees everything. Never, ever, éver, have i seen fans come together for a tv-series like Fringe with such a solid conviction and will to fight for the show to continue. Fringedom is amazing.
    Let’s keep it that way, forever. Even when Fringe is long gone from tv.

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    • MrBreezy4Sheezy says

      Fringe has been a huge part of my life for the past 4 years. It’s not going away that easy. I’m so thankful for cast and crew for all their hard work. Maybe one day I’ll be able to meet them, shake their hand, and tell them how much I appreciate what they’ve done.

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  6. Mike says

    Anna is flawless, gorgeous, amazingly talented, she seems so nice and cute in interviews. :) And i’m sure i will be crying too.

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  7. Michelle says

    I don’t think Olivia will die in the end. Fringe writers are not those kind of writers. Olivia has been a victim in all this. I think Olivia and Peter will get to live their happy future and I think it will be Walter who sacrafices himself. He has been the cause of everything anyway.

    I love Anna’s idea that has Olivia helping Etta in the future. I’m fascinated with how the writers are going to resolve this. Are Peter and Olivia really going to miss most of their daughters childhood. That is so heartbreaking. Or will the TL be changed and things will go back.

    I will miss Fringe like no other show I have lost. I will miss the entire cast BUT I will miss Olivia and Anna the most.
    Hoping she lands more substantial roles after Agent Dunham.

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    • says

      I agree, I think Walter is going to be the one to die which makes sense. However if it is Olivia, it will be very hard for me to revisit this series again. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the writers will be gentle with us. I hope the writers don’t mean going out with a bang means Olivia has to die.

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  8. dALTnielle says

    This post has so many beautiful comments. Fringies are the best, so involved and such affection for our show and our characters, it really warms my heart.

    Fringe is a part of my life, a very big one, and there will be so many tears, I’m sure of it. I’ll never get over it and I’ll always remember these beautiful years!
    Olivia Dunham is my favorite character of all times, she’s just won me over with everything that she’s gone through and how she’s fought back and recollected herself and started anew. Such strength and bamfness but still so much sensitivity and empathy and vulnerability that she just blows my mind and melts my heart at the same time.
    I really don’y think that the writers are going to kill her in the end. The show is about these three people, Olivia Peter and Walter, who love each other very much and who have to go through and experience all these sci fi weird fringy stuff. But they always end up together, they always find each other, no matter what, beyond death, disappearance, universes and timelines. Killing any of them would be cruel and in contrast with everything we’ve seen these past years. I’ve trusted the writers so far and they’ve always delivered, no reason not to trust them now.

    Roco, I really have to say this, I really really love how you call Olivia “The Dunhamnator” :D Each time I read your articles and see the word I can’t help but have a stupid grin on my face :D

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  9. sajib says

    For me, The Dunhamnator embodies the essence of a true warrior through this phrase:

    “A soldier, protector, guardian”

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    • Cortexiphan Kid says

      Olivia is no longer a recruit, neither she is a soldier – she is a general!

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  10. Cortexiphan Kid says

    We, Fringies, are a very special type of people. A bit nuts and crazy, but also very loyal.

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  11. Cortexiphan Kid says

    The fact, that we won’t have to watch a pregnant Olivia in the final season is a big relief for me. Because let’s face it – Letters Of Transit and Bloodline are a bad combination.

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    • Chris says

      Well said, pregnancy plot lines and birth scenes are just terrible on tv or in the movies. They always seem to be overplayed/overacted and I almost always end up feeling embarrassed for the actress.

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      • Cortexiphan Kid says

        I know, right!

        BTW, from that scene in BNW2 it seems that in every single movie or a TV series episode there is a pregnant woman! It’s quite terrible.

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  12. SissySiri says

    Since the whole theme of these posts are on the sad side I hate to add to it, but it can’t be helped. As I was reading them these thoughts came to mind.

    It is going to be so sad after the 13 not to be discussing Fringe episodes and posting theories on the blog as to what may happen in the future. I have been reading for quite some time before finally taking the plunge to join in and I find most everyone has been so thoughtful, funny, and informed. Conversations have gone from one end of the spectrum to another, which I find so interesting to see how other people perceive the same show that we all watched. It opens a person’s mind to other ways of looking at something. So I guess what I am trying to say is there is more fallout with the end of Fringe than just no more new episodes to discuss, no more cast members to be focused on, no more reading what the rest of you think . . . unless Fringedom does continue like some are saying, time will tell . . . .*sigh*

    P.S. On a happier note, I hope all of you that think Olivia will not die at the end of the series are correct. If enough of us wish it, it may come true and/or the writers will see what we are saying. . . :-)

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    • Surun Tunne says

      I am sure they will not kill olivia.
      as others have pointed out, she had to go through so much in the past so it’s only logical that she gets a happy end.

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      • Cortexiphan Kid says

        I’m sure they won’t kill Olivia, because they already killed her in The Day We Died and Brave New World, Part 2. And killing the same person in three season finales is, well …
        Unoriginal.

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    • Cortexiphan Kid says

      I hope, that our comunity lives after Fringe is gone. And like you, SissySiri, I was reading this blog long before I decided to join it.

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      • MISSNETT says

        It took me a long time to join in also. But I’m so glad I did! I feel like you are all friends even though we haven’t met in person. I will miss Fringe so much!! My son keeps asking me what I will do after the show ends. I can’t even imagine what it will be like to not be able to anticipate a new episode and then read and discuss it after. I will truly miss this!! I know I will cry at the end. I just hope the cast and crew really know how much they are appreciated and loved. Let’s make Fringe live on!!

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        • Cortexiphan Kid says

          Maybe we can pretend, tham we haven’t seen all of the episodes yet, and then start comenting on all episodes from the Pilot to the final episodes again.

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          • Surun Tunne says

            I just hope Roco keeps this site going a long time after the finale…
            we could all discuss our favourite episodes, favourite scenes, make polls, doing rewatches together and so on.

            I read on this site for almost a year until I decided to join and I am so happy I did because now I really feel like a part of fringedom!

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  13. Tash says

    this sound kinda mean but i hope there isn’t a happy ending to the show, i think ending with rainbows and butterflies would be kinda conventional and boring :)

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    • mlj102 says

      I get what you’re saying, and I agree that the walking off into the sunset type of endings can come across forced, cheesy, and a bit contrived. However, I think that an inherent part of an ending – at least a satisfying ending – is that it has to have some sort of happiness to it. Otherwise, it feels incomplete and unfinished. When something ends in a way that is anything but happy, it feels like you’re still in the middle of the story, like the conflict is unresolved, and you want to know what happens.

      I think for Fringe to end in a satisfying way, it has to be a happy ending. Of course, there are different levels of happy endings. There’s your fairytale happy ending, but then there’s also happy endings despite setbacks, then there are happy endings that can barely be classified as happy. If they did it right, they could theoretically create a happy ending even if, for example, Olivia died (though I think that particular combination would be incredibly difficult to pull off considering how central Olivia is to the story – it’s hard to have a happy ending when the hero of your show dies – and how devastated Peter was by her “death” in Brave New World, and how invested fans are in her as a character).

      What I’m trying to say is it can be a happy ending even if not everything is tied up in a perfect little bow. But it has to be a happy ending to feel complete. At it’s heart, Fringe is a show about hope, so to have anything but a happy ending, anything other than our heroes coming out victorious, would feel like a slap in the face. It would be disappointing and incredibly frustrating to the fans who have invested so much in the show.

      As Ella taught Walter, “Don’t you know? All good stories start with once upon a time, and they end with happily ever after.” And we all know Fringe is a good story. :)

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  14. Red Balloon says

    I don’t even want to think how much I’m gonna miss Olivia Dunham, Fauxlivia and all of her dreams, states of mind, dialogues, swag, hair!!!, face!!!, tank!!!, introduction “Olivia Dunham, FBI”, etc, etc, etc, endless list of satisfaction all over my sad normal self, haha. She’s the best part of Fringe for me, always has been, even if I love all of Fringe’s surroundings, the Dunhamnator will always be A Symphony on her own. I’m so proud of Anna Torv’s beautiful being, gives so much sweetness and respect for everyone and for her job. I’m sure Olivia Dunham won’t be the last we’ll see of her career, she’s so much to give, and she works her ass off!!!, really!. The best lady in town for me. (my lazyness…copy from Seriable)

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  15. Cortexiphan Kid says

    Hey guys, I just realised, that my life revolves around a TV series. How pathetic is that, right?

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    • Cortexiphan Kid says

      No, realy. My best friend tells me, that I have no life around three times a day. Not surprising, giving that Fringe is one of only five things I’m interested in.

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    • SissySiri says

      Cortexiphan Kid – Not pathetic at all. It think it is fantastic that so many of us can discuss the show that we love, nothing wrong with that. We all saw those fantastic #5 Fringe videos where people all over the world submitted their photos. Too bad our politicians were not on a Fringe type blog maybe the world would be a friendlier place.

      This is what I do after turning on the computer each morning before leaving for work: Check to see no one has stolen money out of my bank account, check SpaceWeather, Local weather, Breaking News headlines, this Blog! I don’t feel pathetic. :-)

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  16. NICK says

    Anna is so pretty and awesome as a person she deserves everything good in his career.

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    • says

      mrflamethunder, give the writer’s the benefit of the doubt. Not gonna happen … unless Olivia goes down in flames. Lol!

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      • Cortexiphan Kid says

        … and even if she burns in flames, she will then rise and rebearth, like a phoenix!

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        • Cortexiphan Kid says

          *rebirth
          English was never my strongest subject (I’m more of a math and biology person lol).

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          • SissySiri says

            No need to apologize for your English, you do a fantastic job! Being bilingual or however many languages you speak and/or write is to be admired. Bel lavoro. *jeezz I hope I did not swear!* :-)

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              • Tash says

                cool,I’d love to be able to speak another language properly but all our school cares about is getting us through exams instead of actually teaching us anything useful:)
                you said you were from slovenia (hope i spelled that right) didnt you??
                because i was wondering the other day- in foreign countries,since the main language isn’t english ,do you listen to the same music (with english lyrics) as us (eg. do you listen to/have you heard of: Coldplay, rihanna, ed sheeran, arctic monkeys etc) or do you have your own complety different music???:)
                Just wonderin :)

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                • Surun Tunne says

                  if I’m allowed to join this conversation^^:

                  I am from Austria and we all listen to the same music as you americans, of course I know all the artists you mentioned…I learned english in school but I also learned a lot through music and tv-shows!

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                  • Tash says

                    Ahh okay cool:) its just i was listening to radio the other day and i was thinking how you almost never hear songs in different languages and i thought that was a bit weird since most of the world doesnt speak english so you’d expect it to be all different languages so then i thought – welll does each country stick to its own music then? Cos it would really annoy me if i was listening to a song and i didnt know what it was saying:)
                    sorry this is a bit off topic but it just reemerged in my head earlier when cortexiphankid said bout speaking lots of languages:)
                    Back to fringe, i just realised it has been on for like 5 years!!!! Thats a loooong time:)
                    (again sorry for this kinda rambly post but its half one in the morning and i have literally nothing better to do:)

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                    • SissySiri says

                      Tash – I agree with what you said about the music, however English is taught just about everywhere. A relative of mine travels to China on business where they speak English as well. He is learning the Chinese language now, not sure which dialectic/linguistic version, it is a very difficult language to learn. I think for quite some time English is becoming the world’s common language.

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                • Cortexiphan Kid says

                  Tash
                  To answer your question, yes I am from Slovenia, and in my country most people listens to foreign music, mostly because our music kind of sucks. But of course, there are a few exeptions, like Dan Ljubezni (The Day Of Love), which is the most known Slovenian song of all times, and it represented Yugoslavia in the Evrovision contest. Or the Laibach, to Americans probably best known for creating a movie soundtrack for the movie Iron Skies.
                  If you like music as much as Fringe, you maybe heared of Siddharta (MTV Europe chose it for something), or Slavko Avsenik.
                  Well, giving that Slovenia has 2 million people, that is not that bad, I suppose.
                  I personaly never listen to slovenian music, and I think most people doesn’t exept the older generations. And on the radio, they mostly play famous hits from foreign countries.

                  And btw, Slovenia is small, and a lot of slovenians can be realy dumb (especialy our politicians lol) and intolerant and selfish and … (here I could talk for a long time ;)) but it’s not in the other universe or something, so of course we’ve heared of Coldplay, Rihanna, Linkin Park etc. ;)

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                • Cortexiphan Kid says

                  And in Slovenia all of the more edjucated people speak at least 4 languages; slovenian, english, german or french and croatian. This is probably because no one speaks slovenian (you have no idea how impresed we are if a foreigner says a word or two in slovenian, because most people just don’t care :( ).
                  I speak slovenian (of course!), english (as you can see!), some japanese (I can count to 20 and say a few words lol), some german (very badly), croatian, and I’m planing to study french next year and maybe italian. Russian would be interesting too.

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                  • Tash says

                    alright sounds cool:)
                    where i am from pretty much everyone- is english, speaks english, watches english tv (fringe is american but still speak english) etc. etc. etc.
                    Its pretty boring:)
                    But nice to know that the cheesy awfullness that is justin bieber, one direction etc. can torture ears all around the world:)

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                    • Cortexiphan Kid says

                      Justin Bieber and One Direction? Please, don’t even get me started, they are SO owful. They make slovenian music sound like Violet Sedan Chair.

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      • mrflamethunder says

        I still think it’s possible. But only at the series finale.
        You know, Olivia’s saving the world.
        I’m gonna be very very heartbroken, but if the story needs it to be, then I’ll just have to trust the writers.

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        • SissySiri says

          Anyone remember how the last Matrix movie ended? IMO, horrible and stupid. Why do they do that?

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  17. JM says

    Got to say having read the bit about her feelings toward the scene where she is controlling Peter, that I never really thought about how she as an actress must have felt having been given that material, it must be quite horrible, its not like she can say no, and it was the same situation as “bellivia”, I find my respect for her increasing. Props Ms. Torv for trying Props (even though it didn’t come out well either time) :)

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    • says

      The nuances in the voice, and facial expressions, especially the raised eyebrow. Anna was fantastic.
      Even Leonard Nimoy was blown away by the way she handled the job. He was quoted as saying, ” I can now quit acting now, she’ll take over all my jobs.”

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        • JM says

          No matter how good a job she did, even if it was a perfect performance shes still a 30 odd woman playing an 80 odd man, whatever happens that is never gonna come out good and thats what i was trying to say

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  18. SissySiri says

    I guess I am not up to speed on all the acronyms AYWITP, and IHTFOWYAWA, so anyway, TIOKIWL. Thank you.

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    • Cortexiphan Kid says

      I know only about TGFL (Turn Gay For Lincoln) and my IDWTIA (I Dont Want To Insult Anyone).

      P. S. Maybe AYWITP means All You Wanted In The first Place, but I don’t know, so that’s just my guessing

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      • SissySiri says

        Wow, thanks for that translation of TGFL (funny) and IDWTIA (courteous). Someone should write an acronym pamphlet and title it: Fringe Blog Decoder

        My post was sort of a joke because I really can’t figure out a lot of the acronyms people put into their posts. I thought I would make up some of my own. I’ll give translations but I was typing on the run, so now re-looking at them, other than the last one, they are kind of bad. :-):
        AYWITP (all you write in these posts)
        IHTFOWYAWA (I have trouble figuring out what you are writing about)
        TIOKIWL (that is OK I will live)

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        • Tash says

          yeah can i but in and say i hate acronyms (Spelt that right on first try yay!!!!) as well :)
          lol and fish i can deal with but anything else is just annoying:)

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