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All the Details Surrounding Fringe’s Final and Most Out There Season

By on June 20, 2012
Themes from Fringe's final season? Image © Fox Broadcasting Company.

Themes from Fringe's final season? Image © Fox Broadcasting Company.

If you’re a Fringe fan you know to expect the strange. Alternate dimensions, time travel, grotesque bodies, nightmarish creatures and, of course, Walter, are all part of what makes this unapologetic slice of scifi so darned good. With a season five premiere date set by FOX (Friday September 28) this week, details are starting to emerge on the show’s final run of 13 episodes, and all we can think is that this season is going to be the strangest yet.

Take the title of the first episode for example. Showrunner Joel Wyman treated fans to an image of the front cover of the script for episode one yesterday. The title reads “Transilence Thought Unifier Model-11.”

Trans silence? Thought unifiers? We’re thinking this episode has evil Observers written all over it.

Transilence Thought Unifier Model-11


Wyman tweeted the image yesterday, along with the simple message “Here’s what I promised.”

In a surprising development, co-showrunner Jeff Pinkner has made the decision to step down from Fringe duties this season, leaving Wyman to guide the show to the series finale.  Executive Producer and Show creator JJ Abrams released the following statement on Pinkner’s exit yesterday:

[quote]”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.”[/quote]

Executive reshuffles aside, perhaps the strangest aspect of the new season will be its setting. Fans of the show are familiar with the concept of a unique, stand-alone episode which occurs once each season around the nineteenth episode mark. Often featuring new characters, alternate timelines and otherwise unfamiliar settings, these one-off episodes set the tone for the following season. This year, Fringe delivered ‘Letters of Transit’ a futuristic and dystopian world in which the Observers are no longer benign watchers, but corrupt overseers. The episode, set in the year 2036, also featured Peter and Olivia’s daughter Etta (Georgina Haig, pictured below) who works to free the team from their Amber slumber in order to help end the Observers’ cruel tyranny.

Georgina Haig as Etta and John Noble as Walter. Image © FOX

Speaking to TV Line reporters at the Critic’s Choice Awards this week, John Noble confirmed that the upcoming final season would, true to form, kick off in the year 2036, with the themes outlined in the ‘Letters of Transit’ episode.

As far as I know, we’re just jumping ahead [to 2036]” Noble told TV Line, noting that “there will be references” to the team’s pre-amber days, including the use of “found footage” with which to share key moments with the audience.

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

Although Olivia (Anna Torv) was notably absent from the ‘Letters of Transit’ episode, she is set to feature in the final season. “She’ll be back,” Noble confirmed.

Fringe returns with “Transilence Thought Unifier Model-11.” on Friday September 28 on FOX. Get ready for weird.