Fox’s sci-fi police procedural Fringe always draws a crowd at San Diego Comic Con. This year they seem to anticipate more of the same and have the panel scheduled in the convention’s largest room, the infamous Hall H. As we all know, this will be the fifth and last season of Fringe, which casts a pall over the proceedings. Comic Con attendees can walk away with new teaser poster for the truncated final season.
The image drops major clues about the direction of the final thirteen-episode arc. We’ve heard that much of the season will take place in the dystopian future first glimpsed in the episode “Letters of Transit” last season. The Observers, you know, those pasty hairless guys who look like Powder and talk in riddles, have invaded and taken over the world. This poster is an ominous look at things to come in the Fringe universe, and confirms what we’ve already heard.
The other big change to Fringe this season is that J.H. Wyman will be running the show on his own after co-showrunner Jeff Pinker’s departure. Don’t expect Wyman to give anything away, however. He says, “If I give you any spoilers, it will just force me to go back in time and prevent myself from answering this question. So if you wouldn’t mind, I should probably save us all the trouble and the potential paradoxes.” Time travel is not to be taken lightly.
Season five of Fringe kicks off on September 28th, back in its usual Friday time slot. The first episode is called “Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11.” Fringe has always been good about defying expectations, and while you wouldn’t want to say that title five times fast, we can all get excited to see where the show takes us as we wrap up our journey.