FRINGE Bosses: No Alt-Ending Filmed, Lincoln Lee’s Fate, William Bell Returning?


The Fringe executive producers revealed some teasing nuggets for this season’s 2-part finale, including setting the record straight about the two endings that have apparently been filmed.

Here’s what Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman had to say during a conference call on Wednesday:

On the alternate endings that were apparently filmed, in case the show was picked up or axed:

Wyman: “No, we did not shoot an alternate ending. We thought about it, but we did not.”

On whether William Bell really is set to return to the fold following the reveal that he’s still alive:

Pinkner: “We basically erected a sign outside of Leonard’s house that says, ‘Please come back to Fringe,’ and we are hoping that by Season 5 he says yes.”

On whether the show will revisit the the totalitarian Observer state of 2036, as witnessed in “Letters of Transit”:

Pinkner: “That future is important to our storytelling, but it’s the not the be all and end all.”

And here’s a big one — with just 15 episodes remaining (at time of writing), do they know how the story will ultimately end:

Wyman: “We definitely know where the series is going to end and how it’s going to end and what we’re saying with the final season.”

With the inter-dimensional Bridge closed, Pinkner was non-committal about the alt-universe’s future in the story, but did note that it “is closed because of the problems that David Robert Jones is causing, so if our team can somehow dispense with Jones, there is absolutely a possibility of that door being open again.”

As for Lincoln Lee, currently living in Altlivia’s pea coat on the other side, Pinkner noted: “Seth is spectacular and awesome…but as for his standing going forward, to say anything about that would be also to reveal things that are coming ahead.”

It was also revealed that there are “no plans right now” to bring back Kevin Corrigan’s Sam Weiss. Which is sad, in a way, because his character didn’t have the most satisfying of exits, though it’s difficult to see where he’d fit in at this point.

The mixed messages over the alternate endings is a bit of a strange one, I can only assume John Noble was not set to feature in the (possible) alt-ending, or it was only going to be filmed if the show was canceled.

Source: THR | TV Line

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  1. Charlie says

    Since most of us were probably going to ask for that alternate ending, to deny there is one, I believe, was the best thing to do by them. Now we can all have a good night of sleep without asking ourselves what would this alternate ending look like.

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  2. M says

    I think they got Nimoy for the finale and they’re trying to keep it a surprise. They’re very strongly hinting that Bell is alive and it would be a huge letdown not to see him again after all that. I don’t think it’s going to be another soul magnet thing because we saw Bell’s actual body in the amber.

    F*cking Soul Magnets, how do they work!?

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    • says

      Maybe it’s a “brown Betty” type of deal where he turns up via some type of inter-dimensional, or electronic (non-soul magnet) device. Though real live Leonard Nimoy would be fantastic!


      Hey Wyman,
      Will you be bringing back Charlie Francis for Season 5?(!!!)
      (Feel free to throw your spoiled lettuce and tomatoes at me. I’ve been on this kick all season, and I will be there all next season. Cheers!)

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  3. Underseer says

    If Sam Weiss does not return to Fringe, then he was a maguffin as I suspected. Maguffins can be a really dishonest means of storytelling, often leading the audience into blind alleys that have no point or relevance to the story arc, an annoying sleight of hand, and as such can create a sense of betrayal and copping out.

    I have to say that for me, the omission of the Sam Weiss character is one part of what has made season 4 a letdown in some ways. The build up of his mystique, only to squander it, was a profound misstep. His mysterious “I’m older than I look and taller than I appear” comment now joins the large array of pointlessly dangling loose ends that will almost certainly never be resolved now.

    It’s pretty telling that Josh Jackson brought him back in a fairly significant way in his Beyond the Fringe comics. Clearly I’m not the only one who thinks the intriguing mythology of Weiss character was badly bungled in the season 3 finale.

    As huge a fan as I am of Fringe, I still have to admit that its impending exit is at least partially self inflicted for these reasons amongst others.

    But I guess we either have to accept the flaws or stop watching, and I’m certainly not going to do that. For all its flaws, it’s still a show that, as I’ve said before here, has always tried to aspire to new heights of sci-fi tv. I could only ever remember it fondly for that.

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    • matt says

      I agree that there are a few sloppy moments in fringe history which probably didnt help it along. woulda ben better if it was more focused, no meandering and if those few things werent left dangling, BUT it’s not over yet! they have a habit of pleasantly surprising (knock on wood).

      please bring back sam and charlie (and sept and bell and maybe john scott if theres time/room)! please!

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