'Fringe' Season 5 talk at Comic-Con 2012: 'This is our final journey together'
Here's what you need to know from the panel:
They won't start filming Season 5 until next week, but the exclusive reel played for fans did show new footage. Wyman had asked the actors to return to shoot video for the trailer, which was also used to convince FOX to give them the final 13 episodes. Wyman confirms that this season will take place entirely in the future, beginning the day after the "Letters in Transit" episode. Torv noted that she was relieved to have said goodbye to "Bolivia," because this year, she can focus only on Olivia, who she feels is a more rewarding character.
Wyman and the cast know exactly how it ends. For the first time, Wyman let the cast members in on his plan for the end of the season, which he just decided on about three months ago. "We all want the show to end well," Jackson says, thanking Wyman for the insight because it gives the cast "a chance to do our best job going into the final season."
In a fun twist, fans will have a way to get inside an Observer's head for the first time -- Tara Bennett and Paul Terry, who created "The Lost Encyclopedia," will be writing an Observer book, from September's perspective, about the full series. A contest will give fans the opportunity to have their names included in the book as persons of interest to September. As for whether the Observers are as bad as we think they are -- Jackson teases, "They're much worse."
When asked whether Peter and Olivia will get their happy ending, Torv and Jackson stayed coy. "I think that these two will get the final chapter of their story," Jackson says. "The characters won't end when the show ends, but we'll tell our final chapter of the on-air version. This is our final journey together."
Wyman also wouldn't spill on whether Henry Ian Cusick will return this year. He simply says, "Henry was an astounding performer last season. Let's see if he makes his way into this season." He also hinted that female observers may feature in the fifth season, though we haven't seen any yet.
As the panel continued, it was less about scoop from the upcoming season and more about reflecting on the adventure we've already had. Nicole, Torv, and Reddick -- yes, Reddick -- were all reduced to tears as they remembered performances from their co-stars that touched them.
Before answering fan questions, Wyman brought us another video presentation to say thank you to the fans. "We feel like you have a brick in the building, and it's not saying goodbye, it's saying that we're successful," Wyman said, thanking FOX for listening to the fans and keeping the show on the air despite its less-than-stellar ratings.
The video presentation included highlights from the last four seasons, including Bell's first appearance, the moment Olivia and Peter realized where he was from, Peter's first interactions with the machine that built the bridge, the musical, the animated episode, the first shapeshifters, and more.
The final thirteen episodes will begin September 28, 2012 at 9 p.m. EST.