Fringe Scoop: Beloved Character Will [Spoiler]!

That noise you hear is the sound of me frantically updating TVLine’s May Sweeps Scorecard with this breaking development: A Fringe character is headed to the alternate universe known as heaven in the May 6 finale.

“Somebody who we all love deeply will die,” revealed executive producer Jeff Pinkner in a conference call to reporters on Thursday. Added fellow EP J.H. Wyman:Fringe always does things the way you don’t expect, so it’s going to be effective, and it will be self-explanatory. Thats sort of all we can say without spoiling anything.”

Elaborating on next month’s climax, Pinkner said, “Hopefully it will be wholly unexpected and it will recontextualize the story of Season 3 in a really cool way, and be fun and entertaining and mind-blowing.”

One thing the season-ender will not feature is the introduction of a long-rumored third universe. “We are not introducing a third world,” Pinkner maintained. “We still have plenty of story to tell just in those two worlds. Maybe at some pont in the future there will be a third world, but not yet.”

The just-renewed drama returns Friday with the first of four consecutive all-new episodes. Previews for the eppy strongly hint at a reappearance by Leonard Nimoy’s William Bell… at least in some form. “William is present,” Pinkner confirms, “and in a way that gives new meaning to ‘alternate reality.’ But its very much Leonard Nimoy.”