Fox’s embattled sci-fi police procedural Fringe is coming back for a fifth and final season—albeit a truncated run of 13 episodes. It also looks like a genre legend could be along for the ride, as Leonard Nimoy may reprise his role as William Bell in season five.
At the end of season 4 Bell sort of dissolved into another universe right before the eyes of Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Walter Bishop (John Noble). Nimoy told SciFiNow:
It was explained to me that we’re opening up a whole world, and William Bell is being recreated as something else… He’s in another universe and has taken on other characteristics. There were challenges in the character itself that were attractive to me. I could play aspects that I haven’t played in a long time, so it was very welcoming to me.
That sounds distinctly like there’s some unfinished business involving Bell, his plans to jumpstart a new universe, and Fringe Division. There certainly have been some drastic shifts to his part…
The William Bell character started as a very intelligent and rational character…I think he’s still very, very intelligent, but I’m not quite so sure that he’s rational anymore. I think you’ll see some behaviour in the finale that have taken him quite a distance from where he started.
There are clearly an ample number of storylines that could be explored, that I’m sure fans want to see explored. There is so much history between Walter, Bell, and Olivia (Anna Torv) that the series will feel incomplete if they can’t deal with at least some of that. It’s Fringe, so I don’t expect everything to be tied up into a nice, neat little bow. Still, some degree of closure would be welcome.
When asked point blank if he will return, Nimoy replied, “It will depend on what they have in mind for the character. There are a lot of issues that have to be dealt with, but we’ll be talking.”
That sounds like there is the definite possibility of Nimoy, and Bell’s return. I’d like to see the Star Trek vet come back, how about you?