Fringe's fourth season has kicked into high gear, with next week's episode promising answers about one of the show's biggest enigmas: the Observers. "The End of All Things" promises to answer questions about these mysterious bald men that we've had since they first popped up four years ago in the episode "The Arrival." But while the Observers were the central mystery of Fringe introduced in that episode, there was another aspect of the series that's been largely forgotten since that episode: the beacons.
The strange, burrowing cylinders that led to our introduction to the survivors were never explained in that episode, and have only made one appearance since: the hallucinogenic musical episode "Brown Betty." We still don't know what was up with those strange hunks of iridium, so we decided to ask executive producer J.H. Wyman if we would learn more about the beacons as we learned more about the Observer.
"[The beacons] fascinate me, too," Wyman said, before cryptically hinting, "We have not seen the last of them, for sure."
Wyman has just finished work on the season's fifteenth episode, "A Short Story About Love," which he co-wrote and directed. "It's verrrry scary...and verrrry much about love," he shared about the episode, which will air on March 23 after a short hiatus.
The last episode before that hiatus is Friday's "The End of All Things," a major episode that will reportedly answer quite a few questions about the Observers. The episode will see Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) enter the mind of the Observer named September (Michael Cerveris) in order to learn how to rescue Olivia (Anna Torv), who was kidnapped at the end of last week's episode, "A Better Human Being." Will the answers about the beacons be found within September's shiny dome? We'll just have to wait to find out.
"The End of All Things" airs Friday, February 24 at 9/8c on FOX.