Seth Gabel will not return as a regular cast member in the fifth and final season of Fringe.
Sources confirmed to TV Line that Gabel, who portrays agent Lincoln Lee in the sci-fi serial, will not be back as a series regular.
This was always on the cards the moment the Bridge ‘linking’ the two universes was closed towards the end of the fourth season, with the bespeckled agent deciding to remain ‘over there’ to seek out new mysteries untold.
Gabel’s agent Lee was very much a divisive character, with many fans seeing him as an unnecessary and annoying distraction from the main characters, while his romantic entanglement with Olivia certainly didn’t help endear him to some.
Seemingly, the idea behind the Lincoln-focus was to help new (and perhaps veteran) viewers experience the new timeline through his burgeoning eyes — a move that perhaps wasn’t as successful as it might have been. It’s probably no coincidence that the character was left in the alt-universe.
According to the source, Gabel may return for an episode or two in the final 13-episode season — but for the most part, it’s Agent Lee, out.
Source: TV LIne