‘Fringe’ Season 5 Details Revealed

Published 3 years ago by

Fringe 4 Finale Trailer TV Fringe Season 5 Details Revealed


The battle will soon be upon us in Fringe season 5. As the Observers make their way into our world, will the Fringe team be able to prevent the events depicted in 2036 from occurring?

Speaking with TV Guide and TV Line, Fringe executive producers J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner reveal what’s in store for season 5, how the impending battle will seamlessly fit into the series’ overall storyline, the huge payoff that’s waiting for fans at the end of the series, and much more.

While there’s no talk about the potential return of William Bell in season 5, one should never discount Fringe‘s ability to surprise its audience. Things are dependent on Leonard Nimoy’s decision to return, and it is not currently known whether or not he will reprise his character once again. Though, after his tremendous performance in the Fringe season 4 finale, hopes are high that he will.

Heading in to its final season, the focus is now on the Observers and what eventually occurs in 2036. Despite the season 4 finale having some fans worrying that the impending Observer battle will set aside many the series’ original storylines, the producers promise that Fringe’s fifth and final season will be a “huge payoff” for its loyal fans:

Wyman: Well, let’s say that basically 2036 is extremely important to Season 5. It’s crucial, but having said that, everything that you have seen in Fringe from Season 1 all the way to 4 is really, really, really, really important to what’s going on in Season 5, and 2036 is part of that.

Season 5 is designed to be very important, a huge payoff for loyal fans. They will feel like, “Because I invested in every single episode, and I have so many questions, I want these questions answered. And I want everything to be made sense of, but taken on a journey that just can’t be stopped. I want it to end in a place where I feel like everybody kind of belongs where they are and got what they’ve earned.” There will be a sense of satisfaction for those long-term viewers that go, “Wow, I really feel good. I feel OK about what has transpired, what I have watched. But I also can imagine life after that for our main characters.”

Given the limited amount of episodes, fans shouldn’t worry about unnecessary episodic stories. Fringe has an end date, and it’s now a direct line to the finish:

It’s a 13-episode sprint; there’s no filler episodes. It answers some very bold questions. It culminates with a very satisfying type of crescendo that really is so important for the fans, that’s the biggest thing. That’s the only thing that’s really important is to make sure that they feel absolutely satiated.

Thanks to Walter, Olivia fulfilled her death prophecy – and thanks to the Cortexiphan, she was able to eventually heal herself. Though still having the abilities to do so, don’t expect to see Olivia walking around season 5 constantly regenerating herself:

Olivia healed because of all the Cortexiphan. At the end of Season 4, as Walter said on the screen, because of the wildly activated Cortexiphan in her body, this experiment to heal her brain tissue would work.  Because that’s not constantly the case, because that’s just a fleeting condition, absolutely, she could be killed.

In the finale, Olivia revealed to Peter that she is pregnant. Accompanying the announcement, many fans noticed that Olivia slightly paused before telling Peter the news. The pause was not without meaning, and we’ll soon find out why:

Wyman: Let’s just say you will understand the hesitation.

With only 13 episodes in Fringe’s final season, typical television storylines (i.e. pregnancy) will need to modified in order to maintain the core characters, while also progressing the overall story. That being said, fans of the series shouldn’t worry about Olivia’s pregnancy preventing her from being in the field, or that Peter is going to become overprotective of Baby Bishop.

You’ll probably understand that a lot more when you see Season 5, without spoiling stuff. That’s not something that’s going to be examined in the way you just laid it out. But keep in mind that in Fringe, when we say, “There’s going to be a love triangle,” it’s a weird show, so you can have a love triangle with two people, like two Olivias in the love triangle. So we can do some pretty freaky things, but it’s not going to be a big issue.

Though the Observers are coming, don’t expect to see this battle make its way into the alternate world. For all intents and purposes, the chapter on those characters has been closed indefinitely:

Pinker: We had a conversation with Fox earlier in the season while we were closing the door, one of our Fox executive partners said, “I was so sad.  I had tears in my eyes when we closed the door, and we said, “Yeah, these were characters that you never wanted us to introduce in the first place because you were afraid that nobody would care about them.”  She said, “I was so wrong.”

Now, with a significantly enhanced budget, the Fringe Division will be expanding – though we’ll have to wait to see how, excactly:

Pinker: You will see changes, but you will see things that are familiar, as well.  I know that’s a terrible answer, but the truth is, I just can’t say in specificity what exactly is going to happen.

Of course, if it were not for the series’ boisterous fans, Fringe would not have made it this far. Something that the producers are absolutely aware of, and are completely thankful for:

Wyman: We’re so thankful. Four years of everybody working incredibly hard, people have put their heart and soul in this show, and by some amazing miracle, we get a chance to get more canvas to paint on, and it’s like the biggest thrill and honor, and we’re just going into it knowing that we’re very fortunate.

Though some fans were appropriately concerned with the abrupt direction that Fringe took with its one-off 2036 episode, it’s hard not to be intrigued about what’s to come. While the Fringe season 4 finale concluded many of the series’ storyline, there’s no doubt that viewers will be pleasantly surprised with what occurs in Fringe season 5 – especially with the “huge payoff” promise.

Fringe season 5 will premiere September 2012 on Fox

Follow Anthony on Twitter @anthonyocasio

Source: TV Guide; TV Line

TAGS: Fringe
Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:


Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.

If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it. Keep in mind that we do not allow external links in the comments.

  1. So according to the alternate universes theory there should be an infinite amount of universes. If that’s true probability states that in one of the realities there will be a universe where only a one or few changes occurred in comparison to the “original”. And others which are completely different and would have no significance in the story line.
    Olivia had to say she was pregnant in order for the 2036 episode to make sense since peter met his daughter Edda?
    So the last episode bothered me….. How is it that because Olivia has less cortexiphan in her system that the worlds no longer merge?
    She is still Olivia and alive. When they brought her back the seams between worlds should have returned.
    I think that The early observers have a different attitude because they are scientist in comparison to the new ones that take over who are more like citizens or criminals in their future world.
    I personally doubt that the measly mass of 2 earths would be enough to create singularity….

  2. uh…. i want to say something……

    all of this is came from the dream of young olivia… lol..

  3. I have to agree that others that the first two seasons excelled in originality and performance, and season four floundered to keep pace. In fact, season 4 finale seemed like an attempt to paint some kind of ending in case the show wasn’t renewed. And the observer episode just derailed an already crippled story line. It would be a great exit to see some deep Fringe events; and to see Walter grapple with something he completely doesn’t understand. Regardless,I hpe Anna Torv and John Noble get recast in some compelling new shows that demonstrate their talent. And I think sufficient groundwork exists for a successful movie franchise.

  4. I love Fringe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am a complete addict! I really do hope something awesome happens and we will get a Season 5-20!!!!!!

    I mean is there really life after Fringe??? hahahahaha

    • Well unfortunately it’s cancelled and this is the last season. :(

  5. WOW, that’s alot to think about -all these way too little hints! I wanna know right now, damnit. What is the meaning of the hesiitaion, before olivia tells him she’s pregnant??? I’m so curious, it’s so unfair. why can’t it start right know – i miss this series wayy too much. sad to know that it’s ending. at least i hope to see the actors soon in other projects!

    • Olivia was hesitant because Peter is not the father. May be Lincoln Lee, who moved to alternate universe, is the father.

  6. Fringe needs to end now racist show

    • Kay, you need to end now. you’re being racist.

    • kay… you stop.

  7. Olivia’s hesitation was her almost telling Peter that she isn’t the same Olivia – again! Now that her massive energy expenditure used up all the cortexiphan, as explained by Walter, she no longer has her ‘newly’gained memories of the original Olivia. She’s back to her real self, the one raised by Nina Sharp.

    I’m guessing the love triangle mentioned by the creators is something to do with her not loving Peter because she barely knows him, but stays with him because he’s the father, and somebody else. Who knows, maybe another Olivia and Peter lol.

  8. I love Fringe!! I can’t live without it! how can they end it at season 5? and with only few episodes? Why do they have to end it? Please please change your minds!

  9. i think Bell is inside Olivia’s body… When she was shot from Walter, bell ringed a bell, in previous season he could transfer his soul…

  10. well god create man and women and saved in thair mind (hard disk) information and if thay try thay can do any thing thats why i like fringe
    this may be happan in feuture i am sure

  11. I think 13 episodes for Season 5 is insufficient. Fox should make it to 22 episodes as Final Season because many of us had followed the series from Season 1 and with Olivia being pregnant and all, 13 episodes are not going to cover it. Let’s make it into the Last Hurrah for FRINGE. Think about all the fans and without fans, how can FRINGE last for 5 Seasons. Think about it please…. Thank you.

  12. Don’t end it this program has another 5 yrs easy if no one gets a big head (take) the money they offer and keep it going thanks have fun! Ralph

  13. I can only see That once again, the opposite of the producteurs do what they say. How many times Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman They said no, Would never be Peter Observer year? I do not Have Enough fingers to count. Even if it makes me fear to year end LOST (and yes, I’m still stuck on it)

  14. I think the writers missed a bigger ending when Walter took the little boys had and took him into the future they the writers should of had his cute lady assistant then run up an take Walters hand and say my love lets all go together and the three go as the new future family…
    gives a chance for a great spin off

  15. Can somebody please let me know when the 5th and final season of Fringe is going to start?

    • It has come and gone. The DVDs and BluRays of the series are now available online and in stores. Watch it commercial free!