Olivia Dunham knows loneliness better than most. The “Fringe” hero has spent much of the sci-fi series’ four seasons emotionally closed off from her colleagues, only truly opening up in her hard-earned romantic relationship with Peter Bishop, played by Joshua Jackson. Even then, the one glimpse we’ve had at the year 2036 — the dystopian future where “Fringe” will spend its fifth and final 13-episode season — did not include Agent Dunahm, leaving fans to wonder whether or not a happy ending is in the cards for the show’s beloved heroine.
It’s a difficult question for loyal viewers, perhaps, but less difficult for Anna Torv, who stars as Olivia. For her, she’s prepared to embrace whatever future is coming Olivia’s way, be it a happy or a sad one.
“She’s either going to [get] the sad or the [hopeful ending],” she told MTV News at Comic-Con. “This is the season where we’ll kind of work it out. Is she sad? Or is she hopeful? I’m just starting to think about all of that stuff.”
Torv, who begins filming on the final “Fringe” season this week, reasoned that some people — like Olivia, perhaps — aren’t meant to be with the ones they love.
“A year ago I had a conversation about that,” she said. “Some people are just meant to be alone. Some people just are supposed to be on their own. That’s just the way it is, and you can’t change them. They are who they are. And perhaps Olivia’s journey is supposed to be a solo one. Whether or not that happens this season, and whether or not she comes back from that, I don’t know. But I have no aversion to that.”
Tell that to the fans who are passionate about seeing a happy resolution to Olivia and Peter’s love story. Torv said she’s a fan of that sunnier outcome, too.
“I’ve always been an advocate for that,” she said. “Right from the very start, Peter and Olivia were set up to be these star-crossed lovers who can’t quite ever get it together. I’m a romantic at heart, too, and of course you want to see them have their happily ever after, whatever that might be for them.”
Which ending do you hope to see for Olivia, “Fringe” fans — the happy or the sad one? Let us know in the comments section below or hit me up on Twitter @roundhoward!