For the first time in what must surely be an age, Walter Bishop looked to faith to help facilitate the successful chariot of an exploration. If fringe science has a prophet, then it would surely be Walter. A man who literally speaks of the divinity of science, a man who has turned doubters and disbelievers (Olivia and Peter) into products of his work, examples of the possible.
It is not yet known how religious Walter was, but his reciting of Exodus from memory suggests that he was once a man of faith. What happened to alter Walter’s path is also unknown, but one senses that he still has appreciation for a higher power, even if he can’t quite conform to the idea. At the end of The Dreamscape he was seen tightly holding onto the Bible, with several pages bookmarked for future reference. It’s too early to know the ramifications of this, but it could be an indication that Walter will begin to question his religion of science by the end of this journey. Indeed, It will be interesting to see what, if any, statement on faith “Fringe” will offer by the time this is all over. If they do, It will also be interesting to see were the “heavenly, yet earthly” Observer fits into Walter’s view on science, faith and religion.
The various road maps in Walter’s religious background is one of the most intriguing aspects yet really to scratch the surface.