We haven’t forgotten that there’s no new Fringe tonight. Neither have Olivia and Peter. Or have they?
Executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman have offered a few spoilery thoughts on why Olivia and Peter don’t remember meeting each other as children.
On why Olivia and Peter don’t remember meeting each other as kids?
Wyman: “I think that one of the things that we have been keeping in mind, and the viewer should keep in mind: both Joel and I – and I’m sure you’re the same way — had really close friends when we were 8 that we can hardly picture in our mind right now. And this was just a chance meeting. Olivia [also] didn’t remember meeting Walter, who played a much more significant role in her life. She didn’t remember meeting him throughout the first whole season until she was reminded.”
“There’s also something to be said that when traumatic experiences, you know, you could bury that stuff. So you bury some of the good stuff along with the bad stuff because some of those good things are triggers for the bad things.”
Pinkner suggests that earlier in the series people didn’t really notice that after years of being his test subject, Olivia should have remembered Walter:
“And yet, because the Peter and Oliva moment was so romantic and so full of hope, you remember, “Oh, why doesn’t she remember that one?” Which says something lovely about us all as people; we want to remember the good things and leave the bad things.”