I love that in the end, this season ended up being all about hope. The fact that Fringe isn't a fluffy sparkly show makes this even better. It doesn't pull any punches. It doesn't try to justify the characters' actions just because we like them. It shows us very real consequences with a huge, huge scope. It forces the characters to make decisions where there isn't a "right" answer.
And yet the solution is to fix both worlds.
I love this show. And yes, it does help that "both worlds need to exist" reminded me of The Neverending Story so much. =P
There's a lot to say about this season and I'm sure I'll forget about a lot of it, but one thing that really struck me in the finale was how well everything was planned. Not just that, actually - the way it was set up was excellent. I mean, true, I have an advantage here because I've been watching all the episodes pretty close to each other. But even so, I had no idea of how they'd fix things... and the final reveal was of the "OF COURSE IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW" kind, not a "wait what" thing. Even the time-travel element was already present.
Longest machiavellic scheme ever, by the way. And so complex that even Walter himself didn't know it was his own idea. I LOVED IT. SURPRIIIIISE. The best part, however, is that it actually makes everyone involved less ~Chosen One~ or omniscient. It's more of a self-fulfilling prophecy, in fact. And it makes much more sense than "Sam Weiss knew everything since the beginning but didn't tell people because the plot says so".
... I'm glad he didn't turn out to have bad intentions, heh. I like the guy.
I like everyone, actually. I know I say this every time but it's still true. And even the characters we're supposed to find creepy, like Walternate and Bell, are written in a believable way and it makes sense why they act the way they do.
(Also, how awesome was Bellivia? HOW DID SHE MANAGE TO SPEAK LIKE THAT.)
Anyway... lots of rethorical questions for next season! If Peter never existed in the new timeline, how does everyone else think they got to that point, now that they don't remember him? Did Fauxlivia's baby disappear too? So many things to find out *_*
ETA: Ah, and something else I remembered I wanted to say: future!Walter actually was in jail for what he did! I'd say it's rare to see that, but... actually it's the only example I can think of, period. And this is what I mean by Fringe not pulling any punches. We know Walter didn't mean to break the universe. But he did. Good job, show.