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Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Blog | 10 comments

Has Bell been lying to Nina and if so, why?

Has Bell been lying to Nina and if so, why?

Hey Fringies!

I’ve thinking since Bell’s return was hinted at, why does Nina appear to not know? Is she lying, or has Bell been running his operation in secret without involving Nina?

Bell returns, doesn't tell Nina?

Everything in the show points to Nina not being aware that Bell is alive. She claims to have seen his dead body. My theory there is that it was the body of the alt Bell who we have always been told died in a car crash. Makes sense that in this timeline Blue Bell could have used the misfortune of Red Bell to his advantage that way.

In the Beyond the Fringe comics #5A and #6A, Ghost Writer Part 1 and 2, some time in the past Nina’s robotic arm (a previous model) started writing clues and leading her to a secret chamber. Once in the chamber there’s those immortal words *along the lines of* “If you’re listening to this, I’m dead…” and presents her with her new (the current model, as far as I could see) arm.

It’s been clear throughout the TV show and comics of Fringe that Bell and Nina were close, and that Nina could be a very useful ally for Bell if she was onboard with his idea. So why not trust her?

Let me know what you think…

10 Comments

  1. Love is Blindness.
    I assume without knowing the truth is that in this season 4 , Nina loves Bell very much , but Bell is now the archvillian behind all of DRJ’s moves.
    Now before Peter disappeared, Bell seemed like a good guy, sacrificing himself to get our team back.
    Nina probably has seen a lot of proof that Bell is evil in this timeline, but she loves him and love is blindness.

    • It was a different Bell that sacrificed himself though. Perhaps something about Peter’s removal changed him, perhaps he was always this way?

      So you think Nina knew he was alive? And chose to ignore it? I’m not sure what I think about that one.

  2. Maybe Bell knows that deep down, Nina is a good person and will turn him in. And she seems to have a thing for Walter (their past does seem rather complicated) so maybe he knows she will run to Walter and blab the whole story the first chance she gets wind that Bell is up to no good. So he doesn’t bring her into the loop. Nina did seem to really care and worry that Walter would destroy the universes when he went to retrieve Peter in ’85, she even sacrificed her arm to try and stop him. So why wouldn’t Bell just string her along and keep her on his side until he’s through with her?

    Or maybe Bell was a scorned lover and this is all just revenge for Nina truly loving Walter more than him. Hmmm, now that sounds like Fringe.

    • We never really got anything about that Nina-Broyles moment that happened did we? Obviously Broyles came a lot later than Bell in Nina’s love timeline so it’s not part of your scorned lover theory, just occurred to me though…

  3. How’s this, Nina learns the nature of Bell’s betrayal, she acts with disastrous results and we learn why she is in a wheelchair in 2036.

    • Why is Bell still with the team in the amber in 2036? That’s what bugs me.

      Totally plausible that Nina’s wheelchair-bound state was caused by something Bell-related. It’s obviously something significant, they wouldn’t put her in a wheelchair for no reason!

  4. I think he lied to her because he knew that she would be close to the Bishops and Olivia and couldn’t risk being compromised. I think that Bell and Nina were close and their early relationship was legitimate, but later in life he was forced to lie to his closest companion to further his agenda. Also, he may not have been sure what kind of abilities Olivia would gain later in life and if she were to gain some kind of Scan ability like The Observers had, she would be able to discover the truth from Nina.

    • So you think Nina knows something she’s not telling us? About Bell specifically?

      They’ve been hinting at it for a while I suppose! Always so mysterious haha

  5. I think he lied to her because he knew that she would be close to the Bishops and Olivia and couldn’t risk being compromised. I think that Bell and Nina were close and their early relationship was legitimate, but later in life he was forced to lie to his closest companion to further his agenda. Also, he may not have been sure what kind of abilities Olivia would gain later in life and if she were to gain some kind of Scan ability like The Observers had, she would be able to discover the truth from Nina.

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