'Fringe' Season 5: Five things you need to know about the final 13 episodes

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fringe-full-cast-comic-con-2012.jpgAs "Fringe" fans anxiously await the final season of the cult series, executive producer J.H. Wyman is stepping up to his first season as the sole showrunner, given that his partner, Jeff Pinkner, has exited. Zap2it caught up with Wyman at Comic-Con and though he's keeping a lot of secrets about the final "Fringe" journey, we were able to wrangle some insight from him. Here are five things you need to know about the upcoming season.

1. Your questions will be answered. Though Josh Jackson loved the ending of "The Sopranos," we won't see that sort of series finale here. "I'm not going to leave it open-ended," Wyman promises. "I think the fans deserve answers, and I think they're gonna get answers. Like I said, I just want to give that feeling of that even though I've seen the end, that I can leave and go home in my car and think about it and the next morning sort of say, 'F***, I feel really satisfied, and I can imagine their lives.' Because I don't want to say goodbye. That's the truth. I don't think you guys do either. Who wants to say goodbye?"

2. We won't return to the alternate universe this season.
Wyman feels that the alternate universe served its purpose, and that's why he closed the bridge. There won't be any surprise twists this year that bring it back. "At first when we were saying, 'This is a parallel universe, and I want to spend half the time over there,' everybody was in outrage. They were like, 'What? You can't do that!' We love all our characters, but there was a specific reason why I wanted to do it. That's done. I've said those things, and now it's about something else."

3. Wyman is approaching the last season as if it's a feature film, with a discernible emotional arc for each character which will follow through week-to-week. "I'm looking at this like a saga; a 13-episode feature film. The emotional relationships will be much more in continuity," he explains. "You'll be able to follow week to week for the emotional stakes that are going on. It was really important for me to get an odyssey for Peter, an odyssey for Walter, and an odyssey for Olivia. You're going to be watching those because I think emotionally we have so much to work with, and there's enough."

4. The Observer rule is modeled after the French resistance. "It's very similar to Vichy France in a way," he says. "When Nazis come in, they hire French police to look after their own people. It's just a matter of time before they're all either dead or subjugated. They take over buildings. It's sort of something like that. Broyles is working, as in [episode 419], for the Fringe Division but in a very different capacity. He's there to control the masses and his people. We'll learn that there's a lot more to it, but it's an interesting government dynamic because everybody is working under the radar. It really is like the French resistance."

5. A spin-off or continuation after the finale isn't out of the question.
There have already been conversations about continuing the series through novels, comic books, or other means. (Joshua Jackson suggests that fans keep up the fan fiction, too.) While Wyman is quick to note that there are no plans yet, he keeps hope alive. "If there is something to be had, then I'm not short of ideas, so I think that if it's gonna be reintroduced there'll be some really cool way to reintroduce 'Fringe.' They're pretty inventive at Fox on how to keep it alive."
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