To be renewed, or to not be renewed? That’s the question keeping Fringe fans up all night as they wait for the green-green-green-red light on Season 5. In the meantime, the cast have been teasing details of the upcoming episodes, the season finale’s secret weapon, and the potential Season 5 storyline that’s about to be introduced.
Here’s what the cast was able to reveal about what’s coming up in the finale and where the story could go in Season 5, assuming FOX and WBTV come up trumps:
Speaking at the Television: Out of the Box exhibit on Thursday, John Noble claimed that two endings have been shot for this year’s finale. Presumably, the ending that goes to air (assuming they don’t both air for plot reasons) will depend on whether or not the show is renewed for Season 5.
The mood over a fifth season is positive, but two endings give the show some wriggle-room to end the season/series in the best possible way, depending on the circumstances. If the show gets picked up for another chapter, the show can use the ending that leaves the story more open — and we’ll get to that in a moment.
According to TV Line, Noble also claimed many “big questions” will be answered in the May 11 finale, including the mid-season mystery over Olivia’s pending doom (and whether the enigmatic Man X factors into it).
As for David Robert Jones *swoon*, Noble confirms that the Special One plays “a very big part, but not as big as you think,” that’s because “there’s something bigger.”
Going back to the alternate endings, Joshua Jackson echoes the logic of wiggle-room, saying “the writers have given themselves a device by which we can tell a fifth season story without having to leave this season’s story open.”
While Lance Reddick declined to elaborate, he did concede that “the way [Season 4] ends could function as a series finale, but there’s one storyline left open that could end up as a cliffhanger for the beginning of the fifth season.. We’ll see what airs depending on what [Fox and WBTV] decide.”
As it stands, talk is of a shortened 13-episode season to wrap the series, but according to Jackson, fans will get wind of the potential fifth season storyline in advance of the finale, in the much-hyped April 20th episode, “Letters Of Transit“. Jackson said:
“The door to the fifth season is opened in Episode 19 . If you watch that, you’ll have an understanding of where they want to take the series.”
This will no doubt warm the hearts of serial fans who may have feared that this season’s traditionally ‘out-of-the-box’ 19th episode would do little service to the ongoing arc. The proof is always in the pudding, of course, but the aroma is at least more pleasant than it might have been.
Shifting back to matters DRJ, Jared Harris spoke to IGN recently in looking ahead to his character’s return in these final episodes of the season. Harris, a fan of the show, provides some insight into what it takes to play the tea-total villain:
It’s been fun. I’m a big fan of the show myself. It’s a great group of people. I liked the idea and I was really informed quite strongly from watching John Noble and what he was doing with Walter. Although you’re playing the same character from a different timeline, so you might be going backwards, they’re not the same, because they’ve been deprived of experiences that the other versions had. So they’ve been changed. And watching what he was doing, I understood that also had to be true for Jones. He’d been denied – well really, it was the lack of exposure to Olivia. And that changes something about him in that first season and that hasn’t happened to him in this one.
In these two video interviews with Give Me My Remote, Anna Torv and Seth Gabel discuss the recent episode, “Everything In Its Right Place,” and the potential hook-up between their characters:
In this video interview, Joshua Jackson talks about why Peter has accepted Walter has his Walter:
Fringe airs Fridays @9/8c on FOX
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