The cast of “Fringe” attended Comic-Con this weekend for one last hurrah before they head to Vancouver to work on the final season — and for once, executive producer J.H. Wyman has told the actors how the story ends.
Zap2it spoke with Josh Jackson after the emotional panel discussion — and he said that while he’s thrilled with how the story ends, he doesn’t presume that everyone will feel the same.
“Am I satisfied? Yes,” he says. “Do I think the audience as one monolithic block will be satisfied? No, because that’s never the case. I happen to love the end of ‘The Sopranos'; I was in a distinct minority. I mean, we all know about the ending of ‘Lost’ – so not everybody will be satisfied.”
The passion of the fans, and even their occasional discontent, is part of why Jackson loves working in television.
“Part of the beauty of a long form TV story is that the characters become as much yours as they are mine, and you dream of them in a different way than I do,” he says. “So when we do get to an end… we’re making a choice, and I’m hoping that not all the characters die so there’s a possibility that even though the cameras stop rolling, those characters live on, but when we make a choice, maybe you’ll like it, maybe you won’t.”
After so many seasons “on the bubble,” with no assurance of a renewal, Jackson is relieved that FOX gave “Fringe” the opportunity to close out the story with the final 13 episodes. “There will be some hard feelings I’m sure at the end, but I’m still happy that we get to tell our ending, for better or for worse,” he says.
On a related note, when asked if he’s ready to say goodbye to the show, Jackson’s feelings are complicated. “If the direct answer is yes, that’s gonna sound a little bit prickish, so yes, I’m ready because I think the opportunity that we have to properly finish our show is maybe the rarest thing that can happen in the television world,” Jackson says. “To be given a brace note, or a quota, and have Fox say, ‘You know, you’re not coming back, but we’re not just gonna cancel you halfway through a season,’ you have the opportunity to go and tell your story in the way that you – not my story, Joel Wyman’s story – in a way that you want to tell it, finish it the way that you want to finish it and have the final goodbye to the audience that has come with us over the course of those four years.”
Tune in September 28 at 9 p.m. EST for the final season premiere of “Fringe.”
Additional reporting by Drusilla Moorhouse.