I love Fringe, I think it is one of the finest shows on TV, and the traumatic times I have had to go through over recent weeks not knowing if the show would be returning have been wearing me down. In fact, I am exhausted with the constant “will it or won’t it” be returning malarky, and I just wanted to know one way or the other. Many have been slating Season Four, but I have been loving every god damned second of it, and the thought that Fox might cancel the show was really, truly upsetting!
As the shows future was held in the balance, the makers prepared for the worst by filming two different endings for the Season Four finale which airs in the US on 11th May. The series would either wrap up (although loosely), or would lead into a fifth and final season. The good news, and I mean pretty freaking sweet, awesome, terrific, fantastic monumentally brilliant news, is that Fringe has been granted the chance to finish off as it intended, with a Fifth and final season, HUZZAH!!!!
Warner Brothers have agreed a deal with Fox to create a final season, for a reduced cost. There is a snag though, however it is minor, but the show will only run for 13 episodes. What this does mean, is that this will allow Fringe to have run for 100 episodes,the point where a show can get a syndication deal and this means more money for Warners. Whatever the reasons though, I am very happy.
While the show has apparently been losing viewers and ratings, loyal fans have been tuning in each and every week to see what comes next for Oliva, Peter and Walter, and with tensions running high and the Observers becoming more prominent, things are shaping up for an awesome Season Four finale, which will now thankfully lead us into the final season. This weeks episode of Fringe, which goes into the future and features a battle between the Fringe team and The Observers, is the key episode to what we can expect from Season Five. Joshua Jackson, who plays Peter Bishop, had this to say: “If you watch that, you’ll have an understanding of where they want to take the series,”
Fox President Kevin Reily said the following on the deal for a fifth season:
“Fringe is a remarkably creative series that has set the bar as one of television’s most imaginative dramas. Bringing it back for a final 13 allows us to provide the climactic conclusion that its passionate and loyal fans deserve. The amazing work the producers, writers and the incredibly talented cast and crew have delivered the last four seasons has literally been out of this world. Although the end is bittersweet, it’s going to be a very exciting final chapter”
Kind words indeed, and fully deserved. The finale of Fringe Season 4 will be a two part episode, the first of which will air on Sky 1 on Wednesday 9th May, and the final episode arrives a week later on Wednesday 16th May. Season Five is expected to kick off sometime in September this year! In preparation for this final season, a new promo trailer has just been unleashed, check it out below!
By Matt Wavish