I've been wracking my brain of late trying to find significance to the events in this season of Fringe. Sometimes there seems like nothing much has happened and yet so much has gone on. A case in point was the thoughts that went through my mind after the episode, "The Bullet That Saved The World". I remember lying in bed the next morning and thinking, "Well, we didn't learn much from that episode. None of the clues came together as to how the Observers were going to be defeated." Disappointing.
Oh, wait, Etta Died.
That's literally what went through my head the very next morning and it pretty much characterizes how this season has progressed. Bits of information teased out here and there punctuated by stunning events. Take what happened in the last episode "5-20-10" we're no closer to solving the end game but Peter is switching to full on Observer!
I began to mentally backtrack through the episodes and thought of another stunning event and that was Peter inserting the Observer tech into the base of his brain stem during "An Origin Story". As these events spun through my head I began to think, "what would happen if you took the tech back out, would Peter return to normal?"
Then it hit me. The variable. Peter realized in this past episode that he hadn't accounted for the variable and his original plan to blow up the Observer lieutenants and that is why it failed. His precognition was faulty because something had changed that led to the unpredictable. This could explain why the shipments from the future got through despite Walters plan to create a black hole in "An Origin Story". Either the Observers changed the variables to ensure their success or Walter just didn't account for the variable.
So what other major variable may have happened that could change the face of the future?
How about the aforementioned removal of the Observer tech. Does this explain what happened to September? Is this what Walter was referring to when he said September's fate was unexpected?
Does this explain who Donald is???
We may now know why we never get to see Donald's face. Because revealing that Michael Cerveris as the actor would certainly spoil a major plot point!
Well, It's my theory anyway. It's a major curve ball and sure would be fun. What do you all think? Is this the variable that the Observers never considered and could change the face of the future?
Is Donald really September minus the Observer tech?
(Note to Peter, lose the tech and keep the hair. Look what it did for September.)