For "Fringe" fans, there are encouraging signs that the series might come back to Fox for a shortened fifth season of 13 episodes that would wrap up the show. But even if "Fringe" doesn't get a reprieve, the writers appear to have hedged their bets.
“We’ve shot two [endings],” John Noble related to TVLine during a live event at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills. Noble also hinted that the fourth season finale will deal with the prediction of Olivia Dunham's (Anna Torv) death and the mysterious man whom she believes is fated to kill her. Additionally, Noble teased that David Robert Jones (Jared Harris) will play “a very big part [in the finale], but not as big as you think. There’s something bigger.”
Lance Reddick added “The way [Season 4] ends could function as a series finale, but there’s one storyline left open that could end up as a cliffhanger for the beginning of the fifth season… We’ll see what airs depending on what [Fox and WBTV] decide.”
Joshua Jackson elaborated on that by saying “The door to the fifth season is opened in Episode 19 (airing April 20). If you watch that, you’ll have an understanding of where they want to take the series."
Noble also weighed in on whether "Fringe" will return to Fox next year. “I hear warm and fuzzy things… but I’ve been hearing them all the time,” admitted Noble. “We just picked up [TV Guide Magazine's] fan award for Best Drama and so forth, and the fans have always been very supportive… [and] I know the Fox executives actually like Fringe very much. But they run a business. I think we’ll be back, but we’ll wait and see.”
New episodes of "Fringe" are currently airing on Friday nights, with the fourth season finale coming on Friday, May 11.