‘Fringe’ Season 5 Poster

‘Fringe’ Season 5 Poster
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Premiering Friday, Sept. 28 at 9/8c, the 13-episode farewell run is set almost exclusively in the year 2036 — as was Season 4′s Episode 19, “Letters of Transit”* — as Fringe team members past and future try to solve the hairy problem that is an Earth ruled by Observers.

Check out the poster here (spy the callouts to the series’ assorted “bumper” icons, like the handprint and apple?), then scroll down to read more about Season 5.

I’m really looking forward to this season even though it’s only going to be a thirteen episode final run. I am sad of course that there isn’t going to be more. It’s frustrating to me really how the really great shows get short shrift, and truly awful shows can go on and on and on (and on and on…). Still, we can be thankful that the show was not unceremoniously canceled and will be getting a proper ending.

And I’m not the only one lamenting the ending.

If you’re having trouble preparing to say goodbye to Peter, Olivia, Walter et al, know that showrunner Joel Wyman is, as well. Speaking with me as he prepared to break Season 5, Episode 9, he shared, “It’s getting harder and harder because you realize, ‘Wow, these are really beautiful characters and they’ve all grown so much, and what they’re going through in this last season is profound.’ You realize, ‘Wow, I love these people,’ so it’s bittersweet that way.”