Though a fifth and final season of Fox's Fringe was an unknown at the time, the producers decided to take the risk and introduce us to a wild, weird future ruled by the Observers late in season four. With a fifth year now a certainty, producer J.H. Wyman wants you to know: We will definitely be revisiting the bizzaro future of 2036 that we glimpsed in "Letters of Transit."
The very end of the season-four finale set up the confrontation with the future-dweller Observers, who apparently decide to just come back to our time and take over the world. In an interview with SFX, Wyman says the show will obviously tackle that storyline in season five—and we'll likely get to see how that future cliffhanger plays out.
"Yeah, I think it's safe to say you will [see that]. Part of our storytelling is about reveals and re-contextualizing what you think you know and what you've seen and putting it in a different mind frame for the viewer. It's good to say that future is important to our storytelling but it's not the be-all and end-all. The critical question is always why do we do flashbacks or flash-forwards and for us there is always a reason. Does 'Letters Of Transit' have further implications? It does. You need to understand what it is, or was, in order to fully grasp the thematic things we want to tell this year."
Oh, we can't wait. The Observers have been a force since early in the series' run, so it's neat to see those seeds come full circle for the final year.
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