Last edited by kanitab; 10-15-2009 at 09:30 PM.
Yes, it makes sense.. the 'soft spot' where Jones tried to cross into the other world was at Reiden Lake, and Walter just happens to have a house there.
Makes sense that maybe Walter drove thru the soft spot in a car, and unexpectedly crashed in the water when he got back to this universe.
But remember, also, that Olivia found Reiden Lake by tracking 'pattern events' -- she saw the sites as pins on a map & noticed they all seemed to radiate outward from Reiden Lake, as if that was 'hub' of whatever is causing the pattern.
Which COULD mean Walter is the one who first punched the 'hole' into the other world, there at Reiden Lake... which COULD mean the only reason all of this is happening-- the Pattern, the coming war, ZFT rising up to try & prepare for the war, Olivia being treated with cortexiphan-- is all Walter's fault for going there & taking Peter in the first place.
As soon as Peter said he'd had nightmares from age 8 to 19, I knew it was about the kidnapping - and probably his childhood with Alter-Walter as well. Peter would have been 7 - if not a bit older - when Walter stole him, since Original Peter *died* when he was 7.
I've suspected for some time exactly what you are proposing, Harvey.
Specifically: Peter died of his illness in this universe. Walter, mad in his grief, punched a hole in reality to steal alter-Peter and bring him here. And of course, this would drive the alter-Walter mad in turn.
And the reason so many of the pattern events tie back to Walter's old research? Simple: alter-Walter would have been doing parallel research on the other side, and may have pursued some of that research with greater drive as part of his effort to reach into our reality and steal alter-Peter back. Alter-Walter is probably the true moving force behind our shapeshifters, and who knows what percentage of the pattern events.
Follow-up: I also like the theory that the accident in the lake where they were rescued by the Observer took place when Walter was bringing alter-Peter into this universe. It fits nicely in terms of timeline, and also would neatly explain the presence of the Observer - he would have been there to observe such a key incident in the chain of events.
Last edited by jane_doe; 10-16-2009 at 01:41 AM.