Fringe‘s final Comic-Con panel gave the Firefly anniversary cryfest a run for its money on Sunday afternoon. When not getting emotional, the cast and executive producer Joel Wyman shared some glimpses at Season 5’s future (including the confirmation of a big time jump). Read on for highlights from the discussion.
SEASON 5 SNEAK PEEK | A trailer approved for “all members of the resistance” (watch it below) showcased some new footage – even though the series hasn’t officially started production yet. (How? The cast took time out to film some scenes for the reel, including touching moments between Peter and Olivia.) “[Etta]’s everything I ever hoped she’d become,” said Olivia, to which Peter replied, “Just like her mother,” before deciding to fight back against the Observers by creating some of their own fringe events. Meanwhile, Walter declares, “I know how to rid our world of the Observers!” and “We need Belly!” Added Wyman, “That video was our sales tool to get us a Season 5.”
FUTURE SHOCK | The new season is “going to pick up exactly where we left off in [Episode] 419, the next day” in the year 2036, confirmed Wyman. As for those nasty, invading Observers, Josh Jackson warns they’re “much, much worse” than we think.
THE FINISH LINE | How long has Wyman known how the show will end? “I had ideas since Season 1, but those changed” as new people came in with new ideas, he replied. But about two-and-a-half months ago, the final vision “became very clear.” As for whether there’s more to come after the series finale in some other form, “Anything is possible,” replied John Noble. “I would think a film is very possible down the track.”
TOGETHER FOREVER | Will Olivia and Peter get their happy ending? “I think that these two will get the final chapter of their story,” is all Jackson would say.
SEE YOU IN ANOTHER LIFE, BROTHA? | Wyman was tight-lipped about the possible return of Henry Ian Cusack’s future resistance fighter, who in “Letters of Transit” wound up ambered. “Henry was an outstanding performer last season,” he said. “Let’s see if he makes his way into the show this season.”
TEARS FOR YEARS | Asked to share their favorite scenes, Anna Torv and Lance Reddick choked up and started crying while discussing Astrid’s memorable episode. Jasika Nicole returned the favor, bringing Torv to tears as she raved about the scene in which Olivia pulls clothes out of dryer after she realizes Bolivia had taken over her life. Meanwhile, Jackson gave Seth Gabel props for his different portrayals of Lincoln Lee.
OBSERVETTES? | When asked if we’ll ever see any female Observers, Wyman shared this tantalizing tease: “The answer to your question will become apparent this year. There’s a reason, and you’ll find out the reason.”
FEDORA THE EXPLORER | A book detailing September the Observer’s experiences is coming to stores near you, and you can be a part of it. There will be a contest that will allow a few lucky fans have their names inserted into the page-turner as “persons of interest.”
Fringe kicks off its final season on Sept. 28 at 9/8c on Fox.Follow @VladaGelman