Fringe, S4 Ep3 – Alone in the World

Fungus-infested morgue
Let go, Aaron

Seriously, even crazy people like Walter are much, much better friends than a giant fungus.

Back at the lab, Walter happens to be telling Astrid why this might be: since the link is emotional, it’s not just that Gus has a hold on Aaron, but Aaron also has a hold on it. Walter wakes Aaron and tells him he needs to let go of the organism. Aaron doesn’t want to, because it’s his friend and he’ll be alone. Walter says he understands that Aaron believes it’s his friend, but it’s not real — it has invaded his mind and it’s hurting him. And if you’re starting to see some parallels to Walter’s POV of what he’s been going through, just wait. Aaron says no one else cares about him, and Walter insists that he cares. He says he doesn’t want to lose him — not again. (Astrid notices this as she’s anxiously monitoring Aaron’s still-falling vital signs.) Starting to tear up, Walter says he knows what it’s like to be lonely, and that it takes courage to take the step to trust someone else, that they won’t leave you — but he, Walter, will not leave Aaron. “And I’m begging you not to leave me. Please. Let it go, son,” he says.

Aaron is crying, but Astrid gently speaks up to tell Walter, tears of her own on her face, that she thinks it’s working. Aaron is stabilizing. The music is triumphant. The two brainwaves separate — Gus is gone.

In the almost complete blackness of the tunnel, we here cracking noises as the fungus begins to recede. “It’s working,” Olivia notes. She’s able to free Lincoln from the dying fungus, and he wakes up and gasps and chokes as she cradles him and tells him he’ll be all right. He looks up at her and says, “Hey. You look a little freaked out — wanna talk about it?” Olivia rolls her eyes, but she’s obviously relieved. And they’re cute, but I will NOT ship them. Nope. Especially not after what happens at the very end of the episode — but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Peter on the fire extinguisherA still rather pale and weak Aaron is wheeled out of Walter’s room in a wheelchair. Walter offers him the GI Joe toy, and Aaron tries to refuse. Walter counters that toys should be played with — he’s seen that movie with the talking toys, after all, though he found it disturbing. Hee! Aaron takes the toy, and Astrid says they need to go to the hospital (for a check-up, I guess). Aaron wants Walter to come. Instead of saying that he doesn’t leave the lab, Walter says he wishes he could, but he has something he needs to do. That last part he says after seeing a reflection of Peter in the glass cover of the fire extinguisher, as the music swells ominously. He does promise that he’ll see Aaron again soon, though.

Once alone, Walter takes out a very old textbook (we’re talking classic) and gets out a metal hammer and a spike, and right about now the audience should be getting a very bad feeling about this. The textbook is opened to the bookmarked (!) page showing spikes being driven into the space behind the eye. Gah!

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