Fringe Showrunner Talks Final Season and Spills Series Finale Details

J.H. Wyman has a lot on his plate. The 45-year-old screenwriter found himself as the sole showrunner for the upcoming fifth and final season of FOX's Fringe after his former co-showrunner, Jeff Pinkner, announced his departure earlier this summer. Wyman, who has written plenty of episodes of the series and even directed season 4's "A Short Story About Love," recently spoke to Collider about his work on the fifth season, revealing some pretty neat details about the beloved sci-fi show's endgame.

The fifth season is more than halfway written (he's working on the eighth script), Wyman noted, hinting that there were some "great guest stars that may be coming back" (Henry Ian Cusick, please!) in the final run of episodes. He confirmed that the final season was a "saga. . . one big continuance" that will carry throughout all thirteen episodes, largely abandoning the mythalone formula of previous seasons that had been imposed by the network. But don't worry -- Wyman made sure that "the last season could only be possible because of the four seasons before it." Despite being a bit of a "reset," season five is part of the same story.

Wyman also confirmed that he would be writing and directing the final hour of the series -- and he knows the series finale "word for word" already. He also confirmed that, in the form of previous season finales, the final three episodes would form an arc: "It's basically a three-hour finale, but they're not on the same night."

"A lot of the story wraps up in three episodes at the end," he shared.

I'm pretty sure I trust Wyman to give us a satisfying ending to Fringe -- he hasn't disappointed me yet. Check out the full video interview over at Collider.

Fringe's fifth and final season is slated to premiere Friday, September 28 on FOX.

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Written by: mcpherson
Jul 29th, 2012, 11:28 am


Message Posted On Jul 30th, 2012, 8:23 am
they should keep it going because it is a great syfy show :-)

Message Posted On Jul 29th, 2012, 7:19 pm
If you read up on SGU you will discover that the show had been filmed when word came down of the cancellation. But before it was shown the end was changed. One cannot fault the writers when a network pulls the plug after filming. I agree the ending to Eureka was genius. But I would have preferred one more season or maybe even 2. Syfy has gone to the dogs with all their cancelling and showing more reality stuff. Its simply awe full. Terra Nova was cancelled as well when everyone thought it would remain for season 2. There was no time to edit the last episode before it aired. Blame those 2 on the networks that got the hatchet out.

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Message Posted On Jul 29th, 2012, 12:08 pm

The final episode of Fringe has a great deal to live up too.

Eureka's final episode was one of the best I have seen in a long time.

Unlike shows like SGU and sadly Chuck the final episode must do something special.  There are others that were horrible, some were not given a chance to end their way, for example Doll House and Tera Nova.

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