How's that for a sensationalistic title? I'll go ahead and calm your fears: Fringe has not yet been cancelled, and there's still a significant chance that it will be renewed for a shortened fifth season. But that doesn't mean that the show isn't preparing for an end game of some sort.
Titles for the final stretch of episodes this season have been revealed, featuring some pretty thought-provoking stuff. Of course, Friday's episode is "Nothing As It Seems," an outing that hearkens back to the show's monster-themed episode of season one, "The Transformation."
The April 6 episode, 4.17, is titled "Everything in Its Right Place." The episode, which will center on agent Lincoln Lee (Seth Gabel) traveling over to the alternate universe, is named after the Radiohead song of the same name, from the 2000 album Kid A. If you haven't heard the song, you should give it a listen; there's definitely a Fringe-y vibe going on there.
"The Consultant" is 4.18, which sees "Walter [traveling] to the Alternate Universe to assist in the investigation of a Fringe event with ties to both worlds. Meanwhile, David Robert Jones reveals his next target."
And then there's the title of the highly secretive episode 4.19, which guest stars Henry Ian Cusick (LOST) and Georgina Haig as "agents" of some kind. The episode, like "Brown Betty" and "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide" before it, will be a mold-breaker that revamps the show entirely; "Brown Betty" was a musical episode, "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide" was about 70% animated. No one knows what the episode will be like, but we do know the title: "Letters of Transit."
And, as we get into the final stretch of episodes, we know that episode 4.20 will be titled "World Apart." Finally, the two-part season finale has a title as well: "End Game." That's a title that sounds both ominous for the characters and for the show itself, and only reinforces the fact that the producers have planned for this episode to work as a finale in the face of the show's possible cancellation. It's a scary thought, but nonetheless one that I'm excited to see. (It's also fun to note that there was an episode earlier this season called "The End of All Things.")
"Nothing As It Seems" airs Friday night at 9/8c on FOX.