So: we're fifteen years in the future -- the future of Earth-1, as Earth-2 was destroyed by successful (?) deployment of our doomsday machine. Fringe is a major department, because our universe has been disintegrating ever since the destruction of the other universe, which was intrinsically linked with ours, a scenario that Nina Sharp's admittedly rudimentary snowglobe demonstration failed to anticipate. Part of the problem is that there's a terrorist organization wreaking havoc, and they're called End of Days possibly because they're big Schwarzenegger fans. Astrid's a full-on Fringe agent (and does not show any evidence of decay herself over fifteen years, she looks great) as is formerly little Ella, Olivia's niece. Walter's back in jail, looking like the Most Interesting Man in the World who lost his razor, because he's blamed for the horrors of what's going on. Peter's married to Olivia, who wields her telekinesis as effortlessly as instinct.
And who's backing End of Days? A white-haired Walternate, who vowed to destroy Earth-1 when his entreaties for mercy for his universe during a visit to our universe were ignored. Peter confronts him, pleads with him, is ignored by him, and Walternate shoots Olivia in the forehead.
Amidst all this, Peter has enlisted the help of his hated (not by Peter) father. Due to some time-travelling paradoxical mumbo-jumbo, Walter says he can't undo what he did (including sending the pieces of the doomsday machine back in time in the first place) but Peter can go fix things, which is why Walter managed to pull Peter's 2011 consciousness into Peter's 2026 body. When Peter's consciousness returns to 2011, he uses the machine to create a bridge between two universes, bringing Earth-2's Fringey folks face to face with the gang over here. But as he's explaining what he's done, Peter disappears and, inexplicably, no one notices.
The explanation comes from the Observers, a group of whom have gathered on Liberty Island to stand around looking creepy together. We learn that Peter served his purpose -- to fix things -- and now he is gone as if he never existed.
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Peter -- that would be the 47-year-old Peter Bishop, not the 32-year-old Peter Bishop last seen strapping himself into a doomsday machine in 2011 -- is being wheeled down a hospital hallway while the controlled chaos of a hospital emergency room attends to the shrapnel wound in his abdomen.
Groggily, he asks where he is, and hey! It's Astrid! She hasn't aged in the past fifteen years, but has apparently spent all that time flattening her hair to within an inch of its life. She looks great, though. She tells Peter that he was in a Fringe event, but he's in good hands, and then someone uses a "UV cauterizer" on the bloody gash in his torso, which, judging from his yelling, is about as painful as it sounds. I'm going to assume it's not a real thing. It sounds like something Jeremy Irons might have come up with in Dead Ringers.
We're at Fringe Medical, May 20, 2026. My god, that's so far in the future that the Beastie Boys will have released two more albums by then! (Yes, that's also a Futurama reference). Anyway, a very young agent in a Fringe uniform (Fringe appears to be just as big a division in the future here as it was in the present over there) goes up to the reception desk and says she wants to find out how Peter Bishop is doing. She sheepishly says she doesn't have the required badge because she was just promoted last week, but she has a temporary barcode. It's on her wrist, so the woman at reception scans it. Plus, it gets her two for one tequila sunrises at Jungle Jim's on Thursdays! Satisfied, the woman at the reception desk tells this... Agent Dunham! that Peter has been in recovery for an hour now, and will be out soon.
Turns out this is little Ella, all grown up, with a nice job casting someone who could plausibly be a grownup version of the sweet little moppet we all know and love. We know it's Ella because that's how she's addressed by Olivia, now striding up the hallway, and Ella has inexplicably gone from calling her "Ahnt Liv" to "Ant Liv" and then she awkwardly tries on "Agent Dunham" but Olivia says Ella can call her "boss" like everyone else. Olivia looks exactly the same, but with her hair swept back and worn down, and she's now dressed more like a university communications director than an ass-kicking federal agent.
But Olivia also wants to know how Ella's doing, and Ella says she remembers being in her SUV and the next thing she knew she was on the ground and there was vortex shrapnel everywhere. "People are saying that it's the End of Dayers," she says, and Olivia agrees with that, adding that they think it's "Moreau."