J.H. Wyman Talks the Final Season of FRINGE; Reveals Three Part Series Finale

     July 28, 2012


I love Fringe.  If you haven’t been watching, you’re missing out on a great sci-fi series that’s definitely worth your time.  And unlike The X-Files, which didn’t know how to end a storyline, every season of Fringe has focused on new ideas and mysteries.  It’s been a great ride that ends with a final 13-episode season this fall.

Shortly after winning Best Network Television Series at the Saturn Awards the other night, I landed an extended video interview with executive producer, writer, director and showrunner J.H. Wyman.  We talked about what fans can look forward to on the final season, where he is in the writing process, will the show answer all the mysteries, Comic-Con, and a lot more.  In addition, Wyman revealed that he’s writing and directing the last episode of the series and the last three episodes are all a continuation of each other, basically giving the series a three-hour finale.  Hit the jump to watch.

J.H. Wyman Time Index:

  • Comments on winning the Saturn Award for Best Series for Fringe.
  • 0:25 – Talks about finishing up the final season of Fringe, where he is at in the process and how hard it is to let go.j-h-wyman-fringe
  • 1:30 – Comments on being more than half-way through the final 13 episodes.  He calls the season a continuance that answers all the fans’ questions.
  • 3:15 – Wyman answers the question of whether the entire series was known and plotted ahead of time or if some elements have been created over time.
  • 4:25 – Reflects on his experience this year at Comic-Con and being in Hall H.  He says that the moment that the audience all held up white tulips was the highlight of his career.
  • 6:00 – Some people want to have all the answers and some like to have a little bit of ambiguity or mystery.  Wyman addresses that issue.
  • 7:50 – Talks about the last episode in the series, which he wrote and directed.
  • 8:35 – The last three episodes are all a continuation of each other, basically giving the series a three-hour finale.
  • 9:05 – Wyman once again thanks the fanbase for the success of Fringe.


  • Shaun

    I will definitely miss Fringe, and it’s a shame more people haven’t been watching. That said, I sure hope they can really nail it in these last 13 episodes. Last season ended really poorly, with that dreadful two-part finale that cheapened the character of David Robert Jones, created some really lame plot twists and deus ex machinas (what the hell were those “stasis runes” all about? What the hell was Bell really trying to do?) and generally reeked of sloppy writing.

    The fourth season also never managed to justify its reasons for rebooting the timeline in the first place. Where was Peter after he merged with the machine, and how did he return? The show has never answered any of this, and while I mostly really enjoyed season four, it does the beg the question of why the show decided to alter the timeline in the first place. Was it because they couldn’t come up with a better way to heal the tears in the “walls” between the two worlds? If so, it was a copout.

    I’m also sorry that we’re, apparently, never going to see the alt-verse, Bolivia, Walternate, Lincoln, Austrid, and Charlie again. That’s a drag.

    Still, “Letters of Transit” was a brilliant episode, so I’m looking forward to where the final season takes us. Just please try to explain some of what the hell was going on in the season four finale, and bring the alt-verse back at least one more time!

    • d.a. garabedian

      The show really last its way about halfway through season three, which was odd, because the first block of that season was the strongest the show has ever been. I’m really hoping that the condensed quantity of episodes will help them steer the ship back towards quality again.

      • Shaun

        I agree that the season three’s first half (and all of season two, really) was the show’s strongest. The back half of season three, unfortunately, had some really clunky episodes. The entire “Belliva” arc was pointless. But I thought they rebounded nicely at the end of season three, and I really loved the hell out of season four until we got to the end.

        Everything in the season four finale seemed rushed (probably because there was the chance it was going to be the SERIES finale) and everything from DRJ being a pawn for William Bell, to the motivations behind Bell’s ridiculous plot to destroy the two worlds, to those dumb “stasis runes” that were just some markings on a floor that held an Observer in place.

        Also, the reasons why the show went to the trouble of rebooting the timeline in the first place were never really made clear, making the season, as good as it mostly was, something of a waste. Unless there’s still more reveals to come on that?

  • Alex

    It *is* explained where Peter was and how he returned.

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  • shooter

    After the first season this show went down hill.

    • aaronsullivan

      Funny I think the opposite. I always have a hard time recommending the show because I have to tell people that the first season is pretty lousy with the characters not quite gelling and the main story not feeling very compelling. It’s a hard first season to care about and then it picks up towards the end and gets exponentially better. There was a little time in the middle there (end of season 2?) where the creators decided to double down on following the mythology and there is some repeating of story elements to make sure people were able to get on board, but otherwise Season 2 is where it gets good, IMO.

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  • aaronsullivan

    I consider the first season the worst, by far.

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  • Steve

    In my opinion, the 4th season was one of the strongest of the series so far. It was welcome too since the end of the third season left me underwhelmed to say the least. Fringe does X-Files better than X-Files often did.

  • OldDarth

    Fantastic interview! Thanks!

    Really looking forward to a tight 13 episode arc with no fat for the fifth season.

    Really dreading reaching the end of this journey. But the cool thing is I am sure the 5th season will recontextualize the previous seasons making a series rewatch mandatory. :D

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  • Shaun

    I guess I’ll type a new post here, since my responses directly to Alex aren’t showing up…

    Alex, when did they explain where Peter went after merging with the machine, and all that time the “echoes” of Peter were driving Walter nuts? Then he just popped up, sans clothes, in the middle of Lake Reiden? I honestly don’t remember an explanation for any of that. Details, please?

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  • Doug Frost

    I hope they wrap up a few things story arcs that were left dangling, some going back to season 3, like:
    - Who the heck is Sam Weiss, really, and what’s his agenda?
    - How come Peter and Olivia don’t actually remember their childhoods and the fact that they were best friends when they were kids?
    - Where did “The Machine” come from originally? Also, they never touched upon The Machine’s presence in the new timeline and what everyone in the new timeline understood about it and where they thought it came from.
    - Finally, I hope we have seen the last of the alternate universe and characters like Lincoln, Charlie Francis (what WERE those “arachnids” in his bloodstream all about anyway?) and Fauxlivia..

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