Walter Bishop and the Last Crusade?
“Only the penitent man shall pass, the penitent man, the penitent man.” If this quote sounds familiar to you, it’s because it’s from the movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. In the movie, the penitent man humbles himself and kneels before God. I often think of this quote when Bishop privately beseeches God for forgiveness.
In the episode “White Tulip” Walter looks to God for a sign that he has been forgiven. Walter eventually receives that sign in the form of sketched White Tulip and he interprets it as the sign he has been looking for. Unbeknownst to him, this tulip comes from the hand of a man. Specifically Alistair Peck. In the episode, “6:02 A.M. EST” Walter, nearing his emotional nadir, begs God to save his world as he longer cares about what God plans for him. The irony of which is the very solution to saving the world is being formulated by Walter himself in the future.
So the question is, does the hand of God play a role in the destiny of Walter and or Man? Or does the gift of “free will” empower men like Walter to chart their own fate through choice? What do you think of these themes overall?
Fate or free will, a prevalent theme of Fringe. Either our heroes devise a plan of their own to save themselves from an apocalyptic end or hope for divine intervention. In the end, both may mark the last crusade of Walter Bishop.