The Final Season of Fringe

For the stars and makers of Fringe, the fifth and final season gives them the opportunity to go out with a bang

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Joshua Jackson says he’s excited for the final season to play out

The fifth and final season of Fringe will be a love letter to the fans

Given the anemic ratings, it was touch and go whether Fringe would make it back, but the show’s small-but-rabid fan base was overjoyed when Fox announced the show would return for a 13-episode swansong season.

As a result, Fringe will receive the all-too-rare opportunity to go out on its own terms, something that is not lost on star Joshua Jackson. 

“It’s not bittersweet for me, to tell you the God’s honest truth, because all shows end,” Jackson said during an appearance at the summer TV Critics Association press tour. “I’m really looking forward to the process of putting this to bed knowing that it’s going to be the end so we can actually enjoy that ride off into the sunset . . . and really make it the kick-ass finale that we’ve always said we wanted for the show.” 

How Will Fringe End?

Fans already know that last season’s 19th episode was designed as the template for this season, which will find Peter Bishop (Jackson), FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) and eccentric scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble) in the year 2036, after having been encased in amber for decades and released by a young woman named Etta (Georgina Haig) — who turned out to be the now-grown daughter that Peter and Olivia hadn’t even had yet.

Together, they’ll have to alter the future and prevent the Observers, who conquer Earth in 2015 and ultimately destroy the planet’s environment by 2069, from making the planet uninhabitable. 

During the TCA session, Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman discussed the pressure of writing 13 episodes that “are going to encapsulate everything that everybody wants to see . . . how am I going to make [viewers] feel that four years of their life was invested wisely? I could only go back to what I, personally as a viewer and being a huge fan of television, would want. And that is so every single person that I’ve invested for four years, I want to see them get what they deserve to get. Some things may be unexpected. Some things may be expected, but I want them to feel like what they’ve got has been earned, and I don’t want unanswered questions that make me confused. I want to be able to feel like there’s a sense of closure.”

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