The bad news: The end is near for Fringe.
The good news: The cast will mark its final season with a ginormous Hall H celebration at Comic-Con on Sunday.
And the best news: The series will end on its own terms, which John Noble suspects is due to the adventures of Captain Mal Reynolds.
“It’s courtesy of Firefly, really,” the actor suggests, referencing the short-lived Fox sci-fier. “They said, ‘You’re not going to do that again,’ so they got to write a final chapter. I’m grateful for Fox taking that on.”
But speaking more directly to the topic at hand — Season 5 — during their stop at TVLine’s interview suite, Noble, Anna Torv, Jasika Nicole and Lance Reddick gave best they could a look into the literal future, as Fringe‘s final run is set in 2036, just as last season’s Episode 19 was.
Nicole, for one, explains the premiere title – “Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11″ – and how it relates to one character still being missing in action in 2036, while Reddick semi-laments how he’ll be among the few having to deal with “old age” make-up for these final 13 episodes.
Also fun: An extended riff in which Nicole and Torv hash out an “awesome” twist that was not meant to be.