The Day We Died

Season 3, Episode 22
Aired: May 6th, 2011
Written By: Akiva Goldsman, J. H. Wyman, Jeff Pinkner
Directed By: Joe Chappelle

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The Day We Died

The Glyphs

This episode's glyphs spell: N-O-M-O-R-E

Peter disappeared from existence after bridging both universes.

Glyph symbol NGlyph symbol OGlyph symbol MGlyph symbol OGlyph symbol RGlyph symbol E
Glyph symbol N
Glyph symbol O
Glyph symbol M
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The Observer

Ten Observers can be seen on Liberty Island after Peter is erased.


Timestamp: 43:12

Episode Clues

Previous Episode Clue

The ID number "2026" on the squad car in 'The Last Sam Weiss' foreshadows Peter's experiences in the year 2026 in 'The Day We Died'.

Previous episode clue

Timestamp: 15:59

Next Episode Clue

Painted text in a parking space in 'The Day We Died' says "ONLY SEPT". In 'Neither Here Nor There' Peter's fate is once again in September's hands as he's the only Observer who has any desire to prevent Peter from being fully erased.

Next episode clue

Timestamp: 27:33

Items of Interest

  • Walter said the weapon technology is 10-15 years ahead of its time because it actually comes from Walternate/Redverse.
  • Walternate met Peter at their old lakehouse at Reiden Lake.
  • The Fringe team is the First People. Walter sent the parts of the machine back through time via the wormhole in Central Park. That's why the First People had such a knowledge of Peter and Olivia.
  • Peter experienced the entire vision in 60 seconds.

JJ Abrams Easter Eggs

  • The destroyed Orpheum Theater has an ad for a show called Rocket Poppeteers. Rocket Poppeteers was also a fictional popsicle brand used as part of the marketing for Super 8. (Image 1)
Item of interest: Rocket Poppeteers
Image 1: Rocket Poppeteers
Timestamp: 05:07

The Potential Future

  • The year is 2026.
  • There is a Fringe Division.
  • Ella is a Fringe Division agent.
  • They have suborbital tours.
  • The wormhole in Central Park led to the late Paleozoic era (roughly 250 million years ago).
  • Walter had a stroke that affected the right side of his body.
  • They have kappa radiation.
  • Walter is in jail for his crimes.
  • There's a vortex on the River Thames.
  • Broyles is a senator.
  • Olivia and Peter are married.
  • Olivia can control her telekinetic abilities.
  • The Redverse was destroyed by a wormhole, presumably created by The Machine.
  • Walternate is behind the attacks.
  • Walternate came to the Blueverse on a mercy mission to try to save his world and got stuck here when the Redverse was destroyed.
  • Walternate killed Olivia.
  • Steak comes in cans.
  • The former Federal Building in Boston is now Fringe HQ.
Potential Future: The year 2026
The year 2026
Timestamp: 01:26
Potential Future: Fringe Division
Fringe Division
Timestamp: 01:32
Potential Future: Agent Ella Dunham
Agent Ella Dunham
Timestamp: 01:52
Potential Future: Suborbital tours
Suborbital tours
Timestamp: 04:52
Potential Future: Wormhole
Timestamp: 35:37
Potential Future: Walter suffered a stroke
Walter suffered a stroke
Timestamp: 07:02
Potential Future: Walter in jail
Walter in jail
Timestamp: 07:18
Potential Future: Vortex on the Thames
Vortex on the Thames
Timestamp: 09:42
Potential Future: Senator Philip Broyles
Senator Philip Broyles
Timestamp: 10:02
Potential Future: Olivia's abilities
Olivia's abilities
Timestamp: 14:00
Potential Future: Walternate
Timestamp: 14:56
Potential Future: Walternate killed Olivia
Walternate killed Olivia
Timestamp: 29:38
Potential Future: Canned steak
Canned steak
Timestamp: 33:27
Potential Future: Fringe HQ
Fringe HQ
Timestamp: 05:49

Walter's Food

Walter ate a Red Vine.
Connection: Red Vine
Red Vine
Timestamp: 17:49

Notable Quotes

WALTER: "It's a paradox. I can't change what happens because it's already happened, but, you can make a different choice within what happened. I simply need to find a way to bring your consciousness forward to now so that you can witness what will happen if you make the same choice. Peter, for all I know it could be happening already. Don't you see? We can fix everything! We can cheat the rules of time!"

PETER: "I understand now. I understand what the machine does. I know what it's capable of and I know where it came from."
WALTER: "The First People."
PETER: "Yes, the First People, Walter, but the First People are us. You, most specifically. And maybe Ella and Astrid, I don't know. I don't know who it was that took the machine back through time. But I know something else. I've seen doomsday and it is worse than anything you could possibly imagine. This isn't a war that can be won. Our two worlds are inextricable. If one side dies, we all die. So I've torn holes in both the universes and they lead here, to this room. A bridge so that we can begin to work together to fix-"

DECEMBER: "You were right. They don't remember Peter."
SEPTEMBER: "How could they? He never existed. He served his purpose."

Connection Chart

A visualization of all the ways this episode connects to other episodes. Scroll down to see the actual connections.

Episode Connections

S1E04 - The Arrival

  • Ten Observers are present on Liberty island in 'The Day We Died' from an assumed total of 12. One of the missing two Observers might be John Mosley, a potential former Observer, who was killed in 'The Arrival'.
Connection: Ten Observers
Ten Observers
S3E22 - The Day We Died
Timestamp: 43:12

S2E08 - August

  • Ten Observers are present on Liberty island in 'The Day We Died' from an assumed total of 12, given their names. One of the missing two is August, who was killed in 'August'.
Connection: Ten Observers
Ten Observers
S3E22 - The Day We Died
Timestamp: 43:12

S2E19 - Brown Betty

  • ELLA in 'Brown Betty': "We played games kind of badly. Then Uncle Walter told me a story."

    WALTER in 'The Day We Died' (roughly 15 years later): "You used to call me 'Uncle Walter', remember?"
    ELLA: "I don't remember much from before it got bad."


S2E21 - Over There (Part 1)

  • The End-of-Dayers targeted the Orpheum Theater in 'The Day We Died', a soft spot from when Olivia and the other Cortexiphan subjects crossed over to get Peter in 'Over There (Part 1)'.
Connection: Orpheum Theater attack
Orpheum Theater attack
S3E22 - The Day We Died
Timestamp: 04:49

S3E01 - Olivia

  • Peter offered to "save" Senator Van Horn's pen with a special trick when it was just about out of ink in 'Olivia'. Van Horn laughed at him for caring to save a pen and then Van Horn just let it die. This foreshadowed Peter's attitude toward the Redverse in 'The Day We Died' where he found a way to save the alternate universe and fix its problems rather than let it continue to decay and ultimately die.

S3E06 - 6955 kHz

  • The number station broadcasts already existed when the radio was invented.
    MARKHAM about the radio transmissions in '6955 kHz': "First of all, they're as old as dirt. They say when Marconi invented the radio, the first thing he heard was the numbers, like they were floating around in space just waiting for someone to listen."
    PETER: "So you're trying to tell me that Marconi picked up a transmission before humans invented the technology to send one?"
    MARKHAM: "Creepy, right?"

      In 'The Day We Died' Peter explained that the Fringe team from 2026 sent the pieces of The Machine to the past, explaining how there could be technology broadcasting radio signals before the radio was invented.

S3E21 - The Last Sam Weiss

  • WALTER in 'The Last Sam Weiss': "I have known you for a long time, Olivia, and I believe that the drawing was no accident. Whoever did it knew the same as I do: that you don't fail."
      In 'The Day We Died' Peter revealed that the person responsible for the drawings and The Machine was Walter himself.

Spoilers for future episodes below!

S4E22 - Brave New World (Part 2)

  • Walter shot Olivia in the head in 'Brave new World (Part 2)' like Walternate did in the possible future in 'The Day We Died'.
Connection: Olivia shot
Olivia shot
S3E22 - The Day We Died
Timestamp: 29:38
Connection: Olivia shot
Olivia shot
S4E22 - Brave New World (Part 2)
Timestamp: 32:33

S5E04 - The Bullet that Saved the World

  • The End-of-Dayers used light bombs called Electrilights in 'The Day We Died.' Loyalists threw a light bomb at Peter in the sewer tunnels in 'The Bullet that Saved the World'.
Connection: Electrilight
S3E22 - The Day We Died
Timestamp: 04:16
Connection: Light bomb
Light bomb
S5E04 - The Bullet That Saved the World
Timestamp: 03:57