Though we’re still feeling a bit stung from John Noble‘s Emmy snub, seeing him at the “Fringe” panel at Comic-Con should help to ease the ache.
He’ll be joined by his co-stars Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, Jasika Nicole, Blair Brown, and Lance Reddick, along with executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman.
Can’t be here? No worries – we’ve got you covered with minute-by-minute updates from the ballroom!
3:30 p.m. – We’re sitting right in front of Josh Jackson’s stunning girlfriend Diane Kruger.
3:31 p.m. – Ken Tucker from Entertainment Weekly introduces the panel.
3:37 p.m. – “At this point we have two universes, so our major theme now is ‘the road not taken,'” Pinkner says about Season 2. Wyman says that there will be a theme of duality. “And sex,” Pinkner says, before standing up to go hover over Jackson and Torv.
3:38 p.m. – “Is Peter about to embark on the most exhilarating threesome he’s ever had?” Tucker asks. “Is there any such thing as an un-exhilarating threesome?” Jackson replies.
3:40 p.m. – “Our Olivia wants to be the best, but Alt-Olivia just wants to win,” Torv says of the differences between the two.
3:42 p.m. – Any time John Noble is mentioned, spoken to, etc, the crowd goes wild.
3:46 p.m. – “I have an enormous respect for this man. I believe that he’s a great patriot, and a great mind. In either universe, he’s a bit of a maverick, so I guess we’ll see just how that loyalty and relationship plays out as things go along with Olivia,” Reddick says of Broyles.
3:47 p.m. – “If Nina is about control in this world, she’s about lack of control, there,” Blair says.
3:48 p.m. – Tucker mentions Nina’s kiss with Broyles, and Blair says, “And our love child, Astrid!”
3:50 p.m. – Joshua Jackson just keeps stroking his face. We’re mesmerized. Just saying.
3:51 p.m. – “I’m not an expert on autism at all, but I have a very personal connection to it,” says Jasika. She also says that we’ll see where Astrid lives. “It’s tiny little things like that, that give you more insight into who she is. Now I know what color her walls are.”
3:54 p.m. – The episodes are not stand alones, not mythology, but “mythalones,” says Wyman. They’re trying to find a way for people to jump into the series at any point and still find it compelling.
3:55 p.m. – Regarding Leonard Nimoy’s retirement, “Leonard has now retired twice. He’s our Brett Favre,” says Pinkner. They talked him through his story and he said he’d come back for Season 2. “He was initially nervous that we just wanted him for promotional value, but we wanted to give him sort of a swan song role.” Should Nimoy come out of retirement, they will have more stories to tell.
3:58 p.m. – Is Josh jealous that he doesn’t get to play dual roles? “No, because it gives me the opportunity to be just an audience member from the other side. It allows me to step back and watch it through your guys’ eyes and just… judge it harshly. ‘You know what this is missing? Peter.'”
4:00 p.m. – Josh got a round of applause and then said, “Wow. That went pretty well.”
4:01 p.m. – “That needs to be a name in a comic book. That woman’s name is actually Jill Risk,” Jackson says about a fan who asked a question.
4:05 p.m. – “I love it, but it’s exhausting getting the wig on and off,” Torv says about playing a dual character.
4:07 p.m. – Joshua Jackson just made the sound of a bong. Magically.
4:08 p.m. – A fan just called John Noble “devastatingly handsome” and asked for a kiss. Josh Jackson threw a chocolate kiss at her.
4:09 p.m. – Every time a fan asks a question, the cast members ask a question back. Free t-shirts all around!
4:13 p.m. – A fan knew the exact ingredients for Walter’s marijuana plant. “You get a t-shirt!” said Pinkner. “And a five-to-fifteen year jail sentence!” Jackson added.
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