To celebrate it’s final season, Comic-Con gave Fringe a treat and put it’s farewell panel in the massive 6,000 plus seat Hall H. On hand to discuss the highly anticipated fifth and final season were stars Anna Torv, Josh Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown and Jasika Nicole in addition to executive producer J.H. Wyman.
Appreciation. “This is the little show that could and I can’t believe we’re here. We appreciate it so much.” said Wyman. Not only did we see a new trailer containing footage specially shot for the upcoming season (Filming doesn’t actually begin until this week.), but we also saw an exclusive video presentation made just for the fans to show thanks. Upon the presentation of white tulips by the crowd at the start of the panel, the cast appeared honored and amazed ust as they were when the show got picked up for it’s swan song. “Generally everybody was happily surprised,” said Jackson.
The end. This season, which was confirmed to be set in the future, is “going to pick up exactly where we left off in 4.19” said Wyman. As for if he knew how it would end in the beginning, he remarked ‘Well I had ideas since season 1 but those changed to be honest because you get, people bring things to the pie that you don’t expect.’He goes on to say that “I had two and a half versions of what we should do for the end” and that it became clear to him a couple months ago. Different than other seasons of the show, the cast is aware of how it’s all going to end.
Bring on the tears. Much of the cast was emotional throughout the panel but the waterworks started when they were discussing favorite scenes that other cast members were in. Reddick was particularly upset speaking of the scene where Astrid talks with her alt-self about her father.
Lessons Learned.When asked what he’s learned from playing his character, Noble said it’s the power of love. “The thing that holds Fringe together is the power of love. The wonderful bonds […].” Whether it be between Peter and Walter, Olivia and Peter or any of the other characters, their relationships make the show. Noble speaks of the cast, ‘You know they are like a family. I get sort of cross when anything happens to any of them.’Jackson says he “would like to aspire to the nobility that Peter has developed over the course of these 5 years.’
Olivia and Peter. All that could be said from Jackson regarding the relationship between Peter and Olivia was that “I think that these two will get the final chapter of their story.”
Guest Stars. “Let’s see if he makes his way into the season,” was the response when asked whether or not Henry Ian Cusick would be back for this final season.
Walterisms. “Vagenda” and “Strawberry flavored death” are just among two of the many favorite walterisms spewed by the cast.
Observers. “There much, much worse” than we think says Jackson. We’ll also find out why there has yet to be any female observers.
The fifth and final season of Fringe returns on September 28th at 9pm.