There are about to be some serious Fringe SPOILERS in just a moment, so if you’re averse to that sort of thing you probably want to stop reading now.
Fox’s embattled sci-fi police procedural Fringe won’t return to TV screens for its 13 episode final season until late in 2012, but that’s not going to stop anyone from talking about it. Exec Joel Wyman let loose a few tidbits about the upcoming fifth season and what the plot may look like.
We already know that Lincoln Lee (Seth Gabel) is unlikely to return to the show, being trapped, bridgeless, in the other world with Faux-livia and all. But it does appear that we will go back to the future, back to the year 2036, like in the episode “Letters of Transit” from season four.
“The critical question is always why do we do flashbacks or flash-forwards and for us there is always a reason,” Wyman says. “Does ‘Letters Of Transit’ have further implications? It does. You need to understand what it is, or was, in order to fully grasp the thematic things we want to tell this year.”
Wyman goes on to state that it is “safe to say” the show will flash forward again, though he cautions, “It’s good to say that future is important to our storytelling but it’s not the be-all and end-all.”
I enjoyed “Letters of Transit,” and there is some definite unfinished business in the future, so I’m glad they’re going back there. Here is my only worry. In a truncated season they don’t have as much time and space to play with story wise, and while I like the idea of returning to 2036, I’m concerned that other threads and elements might get the short end of the stick. This is Fringe we’re talking about, so I know they’re not going to wrap everything up in a tidy little bow, but I don’t want the characters and stories that I’ve grown to love to get the shaft for a new adventure this late in the game. Then again, maybe I’m just being paranoid.