‘Fringe’ Season 5 Premiere Details Revealed; Jeff Pinkner Leaving Series

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Production is set to soon begin on Fringe season 5, but today we have a double-edged sword of news: details of the highly-anticipated premiere have been revealed, but longtime executive producer Jeff Pinkner has announced his departure from the series.

Originally reported by TV Guide, Pinkner has decided to leave Fringe during its final season in order to develop other projects. While not much else is known about his departure, sources are saying that Pinker left the series on good terms.

As one of the series original executive producers, Jeff Pinkner has served as the one of the driving forces behind television’s fan-favorite series. Co-showrunning the series with J.H. Wyman, who joined in season 2, Pinker’s exit will now make J.H. Wyman the series’ sole showrunner.

You can read J.J. Abrams’ statement on Pinkner’s departue below:

For four years, J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner have worked tirelessly as a team to keep all the worlds in order on Fringe. We’re thankful for the invaluable contributions Jeff has made to the show and of course wish him well and look forward to working together in the future. J.H. Wyman’s importance to Fringe cannot be overstated, however, and I’m thrilled that he will continue as showrunner for the concluding chapters of our story. We can’t wait for our fans to see what we have in store for them in the wild conclusion of Fringe.

Though Pinker will surely be missed during Fringe’s day-to-day production, it’s extremely likely that he has been involved in helping to shape the series’ final 13 episodes and season story-arcs. Having worked on the series from the start, there’s no doubt that the Fringe ending is something that has been discussed many times over the years.

After the final season was announced, it was just a matter of making those many long discussions a reality. And on Friday, September 28, that reality will be revealed in the Fringe season 5 premiere – but that doesn’t mean some of it can’t be revealed now.

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Making good on a promise he made to fans, J.H. Wyman tweeted a photo (see below) of the season premiere script, revealing its title: “Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11.” Though perhaps one of the best names ever for an episode of a television series, the title provides little clue as to what fans can expect to see. Fortunately, series star John Noble, while speaking with TV Line, gave up a few more details: MILD SPOILERS TO FOLLOW!

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Once again jumping into the future, the Fringe season 5 premiere will bet set in the year 2036, where many members of the team have been sealed in amber for 20 years. Not to skip over the events that happened during that time, we will find out about the team’s past (before the amber) through references and found footage.

Hinting at how the past can help the team in the future, here’s what John Noble had to say:

Walter, Olivia, Astrid and Peter are insurgents, so we know all the dirty tricks that have been played against us. We’ll be learning from the past.

Confirming that Olivia will be present in the future, Noble expects to see “a wonderful reunion of mother and daughter.”

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Additionally, Noble revealed his expectations for Fringe’s final season:

Walter is the man who started this, so there has to be resolution. There has to be redemption.

We also have to see the final maturing of the relationship between Peter and Olivia, because it has been so difficult for them and we want them so much to be with each other.

I would love to see the Peter/Walter relationship come back to where it was.

While many fans were surprised about the abrupt future-driven episode last season, it’s fair to say that the previous time-jump didn’t get a chance to completely develop itself. Providing more of an intriguing footnote than a progression of story, it’ll be interesting to see the future played out, now that the full team will be represented. With only 13 episodes left of the “little series that could,” the show’s jump to the future should provide them with the perfect platform to take pieces from the past and future and build a satisfying conclusion to the tale called Fringe.

You can check out J.H. Wyman’s script cover for the Fringe season 5 premiere below:

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Fringe season 5 premieres Friday, September 28 @9pm on Fox

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Source: TV Guide, TV Line,  Twitter

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  1. OK, has someone invented a time machine yet? so I can get the new episodes of Fringe NOW!! …. No ? Well hell i guess I’ll have to wait like the rest of you!

  2. I am still happy/angry because of the 13 episode fifth season. Happy because it gets to end on its own terms, angry because it’s too soon for such a thought provoking scifi show to end.

    Sorry to here Mr. Pinkner is leaving, but understandable.

  3. Pinkner leaving will be budget reasons, as more writers are moving to Revolution of jj Abrams.
    Wyman is now doing most of the writing and is already halfway season 5, last year they only started to write around this time.

    For me Pinkner has made the bad decision to never write the backstory of olivia Dunham, after 4 seasons we never had a scene of Olivia aout her mother, father (name?) and abuse.

    Reading John Noble I just wonder how much more redemption and being forgiven he wants for Walter.
    Noble never wanted to do anything with the abuse of Olivia storyline, not very popular, so we got the constant poor, selfpity or funny Walter.

    How is it possible that Fringe has never done anything with science using and abusing children for their own ego?

    I hated 419 and the setting in 2036, I disliked Etta, and I very much doubt that Anna Torv is looking forward to a scene playing the mother of an actress who is 25 years old, and who has replaced Anna.
    Hypocritical slick PR from Noble.

    So we start in 2036, it will be all about Walter again, and Walter and Peter and the triangle Wyman talked about will be Walter, Peter and Etta.

    What a way to end the series, sidelining Anna Torv, by far the best actor on Fringe.

    Season 5 should have been entirely in 2015 and 2016, concentrating on the main characters, no new ones, only on the enemy front.
    Finally doing something with Olivias backstory.

    If I wanted to give season 5 a chance, not anymore.

    • They clearly didn’t think the abuse storyline was worth showing, which honestly i’m pleased with, they weren’t exactly going to reinvent the wheel with a story line like that. Also as far as they starting in 2036, they said the premiere will be 2036, not that the entire season will be in that setting, and with a sci fi show like this where time jumps are as normal as sliced bread, why not want to see what your characters end up 20+ years later? Did you ever watch Six feet under? That finale is considered one of, if not the best tv series finale, and they flash forward to everyone’s demise, showing the entirety of the characters you’ve invested so much time in, Do not understand your frustration what so ever.

    • If you’re not willing to stick with the show for its final season through this change you aren’t a real fan of show.
      The whole season doesn’t take place in 2036 and they’ll probably show flashbacks to the purge in 2015. They only have 13 episodes to fit what could have been 3 or 4 seasons.
      Etta isn’t going to replace Olivia it’s clearly stated that Olivia is coming back.
      There are plenty of shows/movies that deal with physical abuse and if the writers didn’t want to explore that 100% they shouldn’t have to. They know what they are doing and it is their show.
      They’ve given plenty of information on the abuse Olivia faced. Just because there isn’t an entire episode dedicated to spoon feeding the entire abuse storyline doesn’t mean they haven’t used it as a plot device. We see in the season 3 falshback the importance of the abuse.

  4. September 28th! Marked on my calendar!!! :D

  5. Fringe be good

  6. That show is better then X-Files !

  7. This is a show witch has endless possibilities. The direction it’s taken is a good one, but am disappointed it’s ending so suddenly. I am however very great full it can finish on it’s own timeline but would have loved at least a 24 episode length season. There is so much other crap on TV it’s sad to see one of the greats get the shove!

    LOVE A GOOD SCI-FI…

  8. Great.
    Looking forward to Sept enormously.

    Walter Bishop, interesting & one of the funniest characters on TV by a mile.

  9. It’s better than Heroes and that is a mean feat,,,,,,well done – sad that it is the final series….but glad they are looking at ending rather than dragging out and it getting silly and confusing like Lost did.

  10. PLease…. Relese soon… Dying to see the last season.. Olivia, peter, walter & Curly hair – Adrin, I dont want u to leave.. plz increase the series.. go on…

  11. In my opinion, it was the OBSERVER’S fault for Walter to go to the parallel universe the save Peter.

    Had Walternate not gotten distracted by September. Alter-Peter wpuld have lived and Walter would have no reason really to steal Alter- Peter.

    Then again… you never know.

    I loved how true Fringe fans get treated to things we notice in the season to be revealed in the finale or something. Reminds me of how Russell t Davies did Doctor Who.. everything you notice finally all makes sense.

    Etta and the bullet necklace… bullet from where Walter shot Oliva.

    One thing I want to know is if the former timeline will get restored…so does that mean Alternate Timeline remains in Prime Universe for the rest of the show…

  12. Will they be showing the run-up to the Season 4 finale end August through the 9/28 Season 5 premiere?

  13. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks re-watching Fringe from the start – result: CAN’T FLIPPING WAIT!
    I’m hoping they don’t spend the entire series (season) in the future as I really wanted to see the growth of the relationship(s) between Peter, Olivia and (baby) Etta…[unlike in Ghost Whisperer where in their final series they flashed forward and I felt like I was really missing out.]
    Nevertheless I know series 5 is going to be amazing. Can’t believe this is the end…

  14. I love Fringe. It took the place of X-files for me 15 years later, but with a cooler smarter theme. I fell in love with the show from day one. There are so many possibilities for these beloved. characters. I ‘m sad to know that this is the final season, but very Glad that the show will end on its own terms. I’m not a fan of the future epsiodes, but if it answer some fundamental questions I’m cool wit it.
    As far as Olivia’s pass, that’s just something some fans got caught up on for there personal hopes or views for some answers they want. I’m more interested in Peter and Walter, because in my opinion they are the entire reason there is even a Fringe Division.B
    But to each its own.
    I think as Fringe fan we like the idea that any thing can happen and when it doesn’t go the way we think is should we get alittle upset, but true fans don’t stop watching or give up. We just wait until the week to be surpised.
    Anyway love u Fringe and I can’t wait til sep 28 @ 9…bitter sweet end…..here’s idea can the Scify network pick it up

  15. Setting one episode in the future is one thing. But the entire season? I don’t like this. It’s basically a different show in the same franchise. (Think Enterprise.) I’ll watch to see how it turns out, but I’m definitely not as enthusiastic about it.

    When I saw the 2009 Star Trek movie, I suspected the alternate timeline was basically a crutch used by the Abrams/Orci/Kurtzman crew to avoid having to deal with continuity. When they did it again on Fringe after Season 3, I was sure of it. This sure doesn’t help to change my mind. Writing takes work — this is just lazy.