It’s the news Fringies in all timelines have been hoping for: Fringe has been renewed for a fifth season.
Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman broke the news on Twitter a few minutes ago, confirming:
OFFICIALLY PICKED UP FOR 13 EPISODES! Our team thanks FOX/WB and our INCREDIBLE fans for their support. JHW/JP/AG
He also posted a link to this ready-made Season 5 teaser which removes any doubt that the upcoming fifth season is set to be the sci-fi serial’s final season:
“Today is the day for which we were created..” — Peter Bishop
Fringe fans will no doubt rejoice that the show will get to continue for another (albeit ) shortened season, especially with the relative ‘uncertainty’ surrounding the conclusion to the current fourth season in which two endings have been filmed in preparation for renewal or cancellation.
On the other hand, many will see it as bittersweet, with the end to a compelling journey now fixed on the horizon, while others will be disappointed at the show not receiving a full 22-episode pickup (which was always unlikely).
However, perhaps the best aspect of this news is that Fringe will get to end (pretty much) on its own terms. For a serial so often under fire from the ratings dragon, that’s no mean feat. In addition to the remaining episodes of this season, the show now has 13 episodes to make every one of those episodes count to producing a satisfying and authentic conclusion to the story.
As for the direction of Season 5, last week’s future-fighting installment “Letters Of Transit” offers some indication, while the resolution (or what have you) of the arc of Jones *swoon* will make things all the more clear in the next few episodes.
More on the Fringe Season 5 renewal — and the fate of Alcatraz, I’m sure — coming in the days and weeks ahead.
Source: JWFringe | HT Nick