The end is nigh. The fifth and final season of FOX's sci-fi favorite Fringe will premiere in just over a week, on Friday, September 28, at 9/8c. The series promises to go out with a bang, though a very different one than what we're used to: the series will flash forward to 2036, when our heroes are removed from amber and begin to fight against the totalitarian regime that the time-traveling future humans the Observers have established. It's going to be a very different year compared to previous seasons, and the newly released promotional poster definitely represents that.
Posters for previous seasons have been intricately edited photographs of our heroes, particularly clean images littered with tiny easter eggs. The newly released season 5 poster, though, forgoes any sense of that cleanliness (and even the show's own logo). Instead, our heroes are presented as graffiti on a dingy wall, staring out at the camera as Observers walk by on the street. Instead of the clean block letters of the show's logo, we're given flourishing, spray-painted letters, complete with the paint's overspray dripping down the walls.
It's a dirtier Fringe than we're used to, but really, that makes sense. While in the first four seasons of the show, the word 'Fringe' indicated an outside enemy (they were fighting 'fringe' science), here our heroes are the Fringe. They're the insurgents, the ones using the Fringe science as a weapon. It's an interesting turnaround, and the poster certainly and accurately reflects the change in dynamic.
Of course, the poster would be remiss if it didn't include the easter egg glyphs we've all come to know and love. Of course, they're not really hidden here: there's the butterfly in the top left corner, the leaf just to the left of the title's 'E,' the frog just above Walter (John Noble)'s head, the six-fingered hand right under Olivia (Anna Torv), and the apple just below and to the left of that. The only one I can't find is the smoky face, but I can't tell if it's not there or if I'm just missing it (let me know if you find it!). Those glowing yellow dots that have been a visual motif in the series are also present, though whether or not we'll ever figure out what the hell those are remains to be seen.
What do you think of the new season 5 poster? Is it too much of a departure from previous key art, or do you like the change?
Fringe season 5 will premiere on Friday, September 28 with the episode "Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11" at 9/8c on FOX. Will you be tuning in?