We’ve seen the evidence – the origins of Peter’s kidnapping, the motivation that propelled Walter into taking nearly-Peter from his Other World to raise him as his own. We’ve witnessed the heartache, Olivia’s involvement and Peter’s continued semi-aware ignorance. Even God has weighed in!
So as we head closer to the moment of truth – some 30 plus hours of Fringe in the making, there is one question that seems to matter more than any other right now – Should Peter forgive Walter?
I must confess – a few episodes ago I could barely stand the sight of Walter. Grandpa hat or no Grandpa hat, he came across as a deceitful, self-serving, child-smuggling, snivelling sneak – dragging Olivia into his lie and keeping her there against her better judgement.
But “White Tulip”, even more than “Peter“, represented a turning point for me. Maybe it was because, for the first time, Walter actually acted as though he had done something incredibly wrong – avoiding contact with his doting son instead of carrying on as if he was the best father ever. Or perhaps it was seeing Walter write that same letter over and over and over again that made me wish for his torment to finally end. More likely, it was the idea that if ‘God’ could forgive Walter, perhaps, maybe, possibly I can too – after all, he hasn’t betrayed “me”. (well, aside from the cracks in the universe and those clinical trials..).
I still have my doubts over Walter – burning the letter before God came knocking didn’t go unnoticed, but what’s done is done, and I feel it’s time to deal with the consequences. I suspect over the next few episodes Peter will have much soul searching to do. I hope he finds it close to home.
What do you think – should Peter forgive Walter for kidnapping and lying to him? Feel free to vote using the poll and we’ll see what Peter decides when the Fringe hits the fans.