At a press conference call yesterday ‘Fringe’ executive producers Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman thanked those who supported the show and talked a little about their plans for the next season. One of the subjects they commented on was the report that 2 endings for the season 4 finale of the show were filmed. If you recall, John Noble who plays Dr. Walter Bishop on the show had confirmed this rumor saying that one ending would wrap up this season’s storylines and the other would leave an opening as a jumping point if the show were to be renewed or another season. Now it looks like the execs are denying this was ever true.
The question was brought up during the call when the EPs asked if the unused ending would be seen in the season 4 DVD set. “No, we did not shoot an alternate ending,” Wyman told reporters, “We thought about it, but we did not (film it).”
On a more positive note, Wyman did declare that they do know how the series will ultimately end. “We definitely know where the series is going to end and how it’s going to end and what we’re saying with the final season,” Wyman said.
Without giving out any spoilers, they did reveal that the year 2036 last seen in the episode ‘Letters of Transit‘ may be revisited in the final season: “That future is important to our storytelling, but it’s the not the be all and end all.” They also stated that there were no plans at the immediate moment to bring back Sam Weiss (Kevin Corrigan) but would love the chance to have Leonard Nimoy reprise his role as William Bell.
It will be interesting to see, while watching the season finale of the show, how Wyman and Pinkner were going to end the series had it not been renewed. Would they have left the fans with an unresolved cliffhanger? At least we now know that won’t happen as ‘Fringe’ will return in the fall for a 13 episode season 5 run.
Part 1 of the season 4 finale, ‘Brave New World,’ airs tomorrow night on Fox at 9pm ET/PT.