The Return of the Hand
Recently I had done an analysis of the Fringe season four teaser, “The Wait”. (You can find it here.) In this post I tried to do a thorough examination of the hidden clues and Easter eggs and attempted to divine what they all meant. One of the more salient images came from a hand pressed a reinforced glass window pictured below.
I imagined this hand belonging to Walter as the sleeve was white and probably belonged to his lab coat. I further theorized that Walter had become victim to his own experimentation into re-animation or perhaps into that of shape-shifting. I should now also include that the hand may belong to Walternate as well as he also wears a similar lab coat and is pursuing the same lines of investigation/experimentation.
The hand has made its return in the teaser for the next episode of Fringe entitled, “Enemy of My Enemy” as seen by the screen grab below.
What is also engaging about these two frames is that there seems to some gaseous vapor whirling about the room the hand seems to be trapped in. If we take a closer look at the teaser trailer we see a device that is emitting a white cloudy gas on some table top right next to some mysterious red filled vials. The gas device could be some sort of trap or destructive device or it still may be an experiment gone wrong.
Either way, “The Hand” makes an appearerance of a different sort earlier in this episode.
As red universe Olivia exits the Orpheum opera house with Lincoln Lee a theater poster is revealed in the background. It also displays a single hand, fingers splayed is similar fashion to the hands noted above. This could be our clue to the next episode and it may or may not have deeper meaning.
If we go back earlier in the season we see similar hand imagery when a panicked Walter revealed his bloodied palms and I started a discussion on Christian symbolism as this reminded me of Christian lore of the Stigmata. Make note of the lab coated hands above, and while not bloodied, they show the disfigurement of the Stigmata.
So what can we take from all of this? Is Walter or Walternate being punished for their excess as symbolized by the sign of the stigmata? Are they victims of a trap or their experimentation gone wrong? Has the “hand” of fate reached out to them and led them to a point of no return?
In any case, let me know what you think. Did I miss anything? What can you all add? Anything else to cull from the teaser included below? Is this the last we’ve seen of the hand of fate or just the beginning?