Fringe Season Finale Tonight

The Fringe season finale is tonight, completing a three-part arc regarding the mysterious machine.  A theatrical-style trailer is above. The producers provided some hints as to what is to happen in this interview with TV Guide, including that the finale takes place in the future seen briefly at the end of last week’s episode. Apparently we are seeing one of many possible futures:

How is this flash-forward different from others we’ve seen on TV before?
J.H. Wyman: The very nature of Fringe is that it’s all about choices that we make, so we get to celebrate that authentically. Whatever we see in the future can be adjusted and might be adjusted. We feel like we’ve actually earned the ability to go backwards and forwards to eliminate and re-contextualize the show for the viewer. There’s so much story to tell in the future, in the past, and the present with Fringe. It’s kind of like a wheelhouse that we feel comfortable playing in.

Is this a permanent jump or will you decide to jump backwards and forwards next season?
Jeff Pinkner: The ending of the finale sort of answers your question. As the Observers once told us, there are many futures happening simultaneously. Which one will come true is based on, as Joel just said, the choices that we all collectively make. The finale is the future in 2026 that our characters are on a path towards if nothing were to change. By the end of the episode, that change has occurred. So we may continue to tell storytelling that’s both in the past, like we’ve done a couple of times to see Walter’s story with Peter, and we may jump to the future again. But it won’t be necessarily the same one that we’re in in this episode.

The whole season has been building towards the destruction of one universe or the other, but in jumping ahead 15 years, you skipped over that. Will we see what happens or will that be mirrored in the deterioration of our universe in the future?
Wyman: We love to answer questions. There’s some great shows that love to ask them and maybe not answer them so quickly. We’ve always tried to sort of fill in the blanks and get the viewer to feel satisfied that they’re watching a story for a reason. We both feel that you’ll be satisfied, that you will understand what the future held for each universe and their collective and individual fates.

The interview is vague about the reports that a major character is going to die. John Nobel says it will not be him but the fans might be shocked:

The actor told SkyTV that tonight’s episode will end with an “astonishing cliffhanger to finish season three”.

“We’ve been building for three years towards this moment of armageddon, and finally the machine comes to life and we have to deal with that,” he explained. “Characters get killed, we’re going to be go flashing forward into the future, and all of the characters from each side we’ll meet up.”

Fringe showrunner Jeff Pinkner previously claimed that “somebody who [fans of the show] love deeply” will die in the finale, but Noble denied that his character Walter Bishop will be killed off.

‘I’m not going to get killed,” he insisted. “All of our principal characters will be back next year, just maybe a little bit different.”

However, he added that the final cliffhanger will “upset” the Fox drama’s loyal fans.

“[The fans will] be really upset,” he said. “They’ll be wanting to know how we did this, why we did this, and how we resolve it.”

More comments on the finale from the cast in this video:

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