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.
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!
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.”
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:
Fringe season 5 premieres Friday, September 28 @9pm on Fox
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