Alright, tonight’s episode of Fringe was really unexpected. Promo for next week’s episode of Fringe:
The final episode of Fringe will be a 2 hour episode, airing on January 18, here is the press release from Fox:
THE FIFTH AND FINAL SEASON OF “FRINGE” CONCLUDES WITH A TWO-HOUR SERIES FINALE, INCLUDING THE 100TH EPISODE, FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, ON FOX
Climactic Nine-Episode Countdown Continues with an All-New Episode Tonight
As the Fringe team fights for humanity’s future in the fifth and final season, the imaginative journey toward the end of the acclaimed series will culminate in a climactic conclusion during the two-hour final-two-episodes event Friday, Jan. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. This milestone date will also celebrate the series’ 100th episode.
Series Co-Creator and Executive Producer J.J. Abrams reflected on the show’s run: “It has been an absolute honor to have been a part of the weird and wonderful world of FRINGE. I will always owe the cast and crew for pouring their hearts and souls into every dimension of this series. Creating the show with Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman was a joy, but watching it evolve over the years into such an imaginative, insane and heartbreaking ride is nothing less than a thrill. I am grateful to our blessed fans, and to Kevin Reilly and Peter Rice and everyone at the glorious Fox network for allowing FRINGE to reach its bittersweet conclusion.”
Executive producer and showrunner J. H. Wyman said, “Above all else, from the bottom of my heart, I would like to personally thank everyone involved with FRINGE. From the most amazing fans, to our incredible cast, writers and crew, and our wonderful partners at FOX and Warner Bros. – we would not be here without you. It simply cannot be overstated how grateful I am for the ongoing and unconditional support we have received over the past five seasons. It has been both mind-blowing and humbling. I’ve always been a fan of science fiction, and to be able to tell this story about a family – a family that, through everything, fought together for survival – has been a highlight of my career. As we approach the final chapter, I can hardly believe it, and I’m just truly thankful for this unparalleled experience.”
“FRINGE has truly imagined the impossibilities over its five seasons and will go down in the books as one of FOX’s most riveting and creatively brilliant series,” said Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “It has been a blast to work with J.J., Joel and their masterful creative teams, as well as with Anna, Josh and John and the rest of the most talented cast and crew in the business.”
Throughout FRINGE’s thrilling five seasons, the series has followed Special Agent OLIVIA DUNHAM (Anna Torv), enlisted institutionalized “fringe” scientist WALTER BISHOP (John Noble) and his globe-trotting, jack-of-all-trades son, PETER (Joshua Jackson) as the Fringe team explored mysterious occurrences linked between parallel universes, doppelgängers, Observers and unimaginable threats. The unlikely trio supervised by Special Agent PHILLIP BROYLES (Lance Reddick) and assisted by ASTRID FARNSWORTH (Jasika Nicole) – often led them to science and technological corporation Massive Dynamic, founded by WILLIAM BELL (guest star Leonard Nimoy), and its enigmatic chief executive, NINA SHARP (Blair Brown).
The fifth and final flash-forward season of FRINGE is set in 2036, when the “Observers” have become ruthless rulers of a dystopian society. As the battle for the world’s future continues to unfold, the Fringe team is in the midst of making its final stand to save humanity. In the aftermath of the devastating loss of Peter and Olivia’s daughter, ETTA (guest star Georgina Haig), the intensity escalates as the combat continues and Peter makes a pivotal and game-changing move in the all-new “An Origin Story” episode airing tonight (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, FRINGE is produced by Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Abrams, Bryan Burk and J.H. Wyman serve as executive producers, while Akiva Goldsman is a consulting producer. “Like” FRINGE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Fringe. Follow the series on Twitter @FRINGEonFOX and join the discussion at #fringe.
How Will the Fringe Team Deal with Etta’s Death?
In a cruel new world, it only seems fitting that Peter and Olivia would reunite with their daughter only to have her tragically taken away from them too soon.
On last Friday’s Fringe, the Observers mercilessly killed the youngest Bishop family member, sending out shock waves among the Fringe fandom. How could Etta (Georgina Haig), who we came to love during such a short period of time, be taken away so soon? This is just a taste of the danger Peter (Joshua Jackson), Olivia (Anna Torv), Walter (John Noble) and Astrid (Jasika Nicole) will continue to face in the Observer-occupied future.
“Etta’s death is horrendous because, particularly this family — Peter, Olivia, Walter and Astrid — have had so much loss,” Noble tells TVGuide.com. “The whole series is predicated on loss. The loss of Peter is what caused all this. To see them united as a family and getting back together, because Peter and Olivia had been alienated too, the death of their little girl, just when we’ve gotten to really love her, it’s tragic.”
The remaining Fringe team will be bonded through this tragedy because they’re all they have left against the Observers. “It adds a whole other layer of despair to this really dire situation that they’re in,” Nicole says, explaining that they’ve essentially lost their inside person who actually lived through the Observer occupation. “In a way she’s kind of like this bright light in this awful, desperate place that they find themselves in. The one thing that they had that was kind of keeping them afloat is not there anymore.”
For Olivia, it’s a chance to handle the loss of her daughter in a different way this time around. “The next episode for Olivia is where she makes a decision to mourn differently this time and to handle her grief differently, and to try and find a little bit more of a shared thing with Peter through it, instead of them separating like they did,” Torv says. “For Olivia, you see this moment of, ‘Oh sh–, if this has happened again, then I’m not going to make the same mistakes again.’ They pick themselves up as best they can.”
But based on the promo for this week’s episode, Peter is on a dangerous path for vengeance, which may cause a bit of a divide between him and Olivia. “They each have to cope with it in their own way,” Jackson says. “The choices that they each make, particularly the choices that Peter makes, are not very constructive. So it’s not necessarily that it’s driven a wedge between the two of them, but they’re not really available for each other in a way that they would hope to be dealing with a tragedy.”
Eventually, the loss and pain will be too much for someone on the team — though whether that’s actually Peter remains to be seen. “At some point in the future, it’s a breaking point for one of the characters,” Nicole says. “It’s just too hard for them accept that. Her death was something that needed to happen. They’ve gone through a lot of really difficult situations, but this is the one situation that they were completely unprepared for. It’s really hard to watch them struggle through the ensuing episodes.”
Jackson agrees that Etta’s death was a necessary evil in Fringe’s journey to the end. “If the idea that [executive producer J.H.] Wyman had for the show this year that it was a play in three acts, this finishes the first act of the play,” he says. “Obviously the death of their child and Walter’s grandchild changes everything, changes the stakes of everything and it changes the motivation for everything going forward for all of the characters. Each one of them, over the course of the five episodes that follow, are just dealing purely with the fallout of that in their various ways. Then, at the end of that second act, they shift paths again to get us into our homestretch.”
Another trailer for tomorrow’s episode:
Alright, tonight’s episode of Fringe has really broken my heart. I’m still not sure I believe what happened. Here are caps, enjoy!
The promo for next week’s episode is very spoilerish if you haven’t seen tonight’s episode yet. Be warned.
Pictures of Anna on the set of Fringe from October 22. Enjoy
Stills from tomorrow’s episode are up.