Even though he’s retired from the entertainment biz, that doesn’t mean that Leonard Nimoy has cut acting out altogether. His unexpected and fabulous appearance in the season 4 two-part finale as William Bell had fans jumping up and down as his devious plans began to come together. But what about next season? Have we seen the last of Bell? Producers Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman have always said that they would love to see Nimoy reprise his role as Bell in the final season but realize it is up to the iconic actor as to whether or not he will return.
Finally, some had the common sense to ask Nimoy out right. In an interview with SciFi Now, Nimoy actually hinted that he may return to the role that ‘Fringe’ fans love to hate. One very good reason that has him contemplating on coming back is the way Bell’s story has evolved:
“It was explained to me that we’re opening up a whole world, and William Bell is being recreated as something else. He’s in another universe and has taken on other characteristics. There were challenges in the character itself that were attractive to me. I could play aspects that I haven’t played in a long time, so it was very welcoming to me…The William Bell character started as a very intelligent and rational character. I think he’s still very, very intelligent, but I’m not quite so sure that he’s rational anymore. I think you’ll see some behavior in the finale that has taken him quite a distance from where he started.”
The one factor that will determine if Nimoy will come back to the small screen is how the writers will portray Bell in this final season. As Nimoy explains, “It will depend on what they have in mind for the character. There are a lot of issues that have to be dealt with, but we’ll be talking.”
That’s good news for ‘Fringe’ fans as Nimoy has made that character his own and talking is a starting point. Here’s hoping that we haven’t seen the last of Bell!