Jasika Nicole says the Fringe camp is “pretty confident” over a potential 13-episode fifth season return. She also looks back on the challenge of “Making Angels” and discusses the “huge moment” coming up that could define the show’s future.
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Insider: This is your first time playing both versions in the same scene — did you get any tips from Anna Torv or John Noble, who’ve both done this before?
Jasika: Yes I did! And I didn’t even know I would need to prepare for it. We are reading the next script while still filming the previous episode, so beyond knowing your lines, it’s hard to prepare. But let me tell you, being on set with this enormous greenscreen wall and having to change back and forth between costumes over and over, is so overwhelming. There’s no way to full prepare for it until you’ve actually done it. Anna was so sweet – she should write a book about filming with your doppelgangers [laughs]. There’s all these tiny little things you would never think about.
Insider: I’m curious because this season has shifted many of the storylines and I feel like Olivia sort of took over for Astrid when it came to Walter. I know that was a relationship you cherished, so how did you feel about that choice?
Jasika: I’ll be honest with you, I thought, “Then what is Astrid doing on this show?” She’s a peripheral character, doesn’t have a lot to do with the storyline – she’s there more to show off the other characters. I think you learn a lot about Walter through Astrid. And I’m fine with all of that. So when they took that away, it was a personal struggle I had. Eventually, for my own sanity, the story I came up with is that because Walter and Olivia weren’t as interested in having a relationship with Peter, that Astrid would be the only person who made Peter feel like he was in a safe place. I don’t want to say that the writers don’t think about all the details, but they have so many characters to be in charge of – I only have one character to be in charge of, so if there’s something lacking, it’s huge to me. That’s another reason why this episode is so exciting to me.
Insider: Fans are obviously hoping the show gets a fifth season. Have you heard anything on set that we don’t know?
Jasika: We honestly still do not know – we feel pretty confident that we’ll be back but for a 13-episode fifth season. It’s a rumor that’s going around, so we all feel like it won’t be a full 22 but we’ll have time to wrap everything up and provide closure for fans.
Insider: You’re currently filming episode 17 — and I know that Jeff and Joel have repeatedly said that they have a finale plan in place that would take a certain number of episodes to complete. As far as you know, that plan hasn’t been initiated, right?
Jasika: There is a huge moment in episode 17 that could actually be the start of the end of the show. I don’t think it is though because the writers always do that. I have actually thought that every season finale worked as a series finale – it’s such a tease. I have no idea if this is the start of those episodes — although I don’t think they would tell me if it was anyway [laughs].
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