After years of fans continuously championing its renewal, the Fringe series finale will air next week, bringing an end to the tale of Walter, Peter and Olivia. But will the finale provide a satisfying conclusion? According to J.J. Abrams and John Noble, the answer is a very confident “Yes.”
Abrams and Noble both praised the final episode of Fringe, referring to the series finale as “unbelievable” and “perfect,” respectively. After many cases, alternate worlds and a trip to the future, will Fringe be able to once again beat the odds and deliver a perfect finale to its fans?
Here’s what Noble had to say about the finale to TV Line:
I can honestly say that it was everything I had hoped it could possibly be. It tied up our character lines, it tied up the great story arc…. I was extremely elated.
I hope history will judge it as one of the great finales of all time. I really believe they will.
But after jumping into the future to battle the Observers, essentially sidestepping many of the previous seasons, will the finale provide only a conclusion to current tale of Earth’s invaders and ignore everything that happened previously? Surprisingly, Noble has an answer for that:
If you had asked me in Season 1 where I thought Walter should finish up, it would have been exactly where he does. That’s the remarkable thing — it’s the perfect arc for Walter.
Although Noble’s statement doesn’t reveal much about the finale, the fact that the arc Walter is on remains from season 1 means that the Observers invading Earth, no matter how threatening, still tie in to Walter’s original storyline. And whatever that storyline may be, Noble’s excitement about the finale should relieve fans of the series who have been with the show from the beginning and have been concerned about what could happen in the end.
If, by chance, you need more to convince you about the quality of the Fringe series finale, check out what co-creator J.J. Abrams has to say to Entertainment Weekly,:
I mean, the script is unbelievable. I think it will be incredibly emotional.
If it’s not satisfying, I don’t know what satisfying is.
Of course, since Abrams and Noble are both invested in the series, it’s not surprising that they’re praising the final episode of the show. Still, if either weren’t truly excited about it, they would likely give a more canned response about being “excited” and “grateful for the fans.”
With the penultimate episode of Fringe airing this week, the storylines should begin to wrap themselves up and a potential conclusion should start to take shape. Now that the identity of Donald has been revealed, it’s going to be a nonstop dash to defeat the Observers. So fans of Fringe should strap in, because these two episodes are going to be a doozy. They sure need to be, in order for Abrams and Noble’s statements to be true…
Fringe airs Fridays @9pm on Fox