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.