The final season of Fox’s sci-fi police procedural, Fringe, has been a continual escalation of tension. Pressure has built up week after week, and you just know that they have something big up their sleeves for the grand finale. Showrunner J.H. Wyman confirmed that fans should definitely expect some big-time fireworks for the conclusion of Fringe.
Talking to TV Line, he had this to say:
It’s definitely the biggest season finale we’ve ever had…It’s the most expensive…. It’s massive, really big. I wanted to go out like, ‘Wow, how did they do that?’
I wanted to make sure I handled [the action element] and the emotions with equal import.
This equilibrium between action, character, and feeling is a trademark of Fringe, and is one of the things that has set it apart from other shows over the years. Anything less would feel like a failure, or at least like the show was straying from its roots and what makes it successful.
The 100th, and final, episode of Fringe will be titled “Enemy of Fate.” Considering how large a role the idea of predestination and destiny play in the series, that is a fitting moniker.
“Enemy of Fate” could mean any number of things. It could reference Olivia (Anna Torv), Peter (Joshua Jackson), and Walter’s (John Noble) battle against the incursion of those pasty, fedora-wearing bastards, the Observers. Perhaps it is more personal interpretation of fate, and will involve Peter and Olivia. As a couple they certainly seem to have a shared destiny. Hell, one of them has returned from the dead, while the other managed to come back from being completely blinked out of existence. Then again, it’s probably a combination of those two ideas, and more.
“Enemy of Fate” is the second of two episodes that will air on January 18, 2013, and which will comprise the finale of the fan-favorite. Sure, it’ll be a sad day, the day we lose Fringe, but we still have new episodes in store, and so far season five has been pretty damn great.