This story contains possible spoilers on the final season of “Fringe.”
It looks like “Fringe” is heading straight back to the future. But they will be doing it without one of the showrunners that helped lead the series through four seasons on Fox.
Jeff Pinkner, an executive producer who helped run the show alongside J.H. Wyman since “Fringe” premiered in 2008, is leaving the show, according to TV Guide. Pinkner apparently wanted a jumpstart on life without “Fringe,” which will end its storied run after this season, and the split was amicable.
That leaves Wyman in the showrunner chair by himself. Wyman is an actor-turned-writer who got his start in the early 1990s as a guest on shows like “Highlander” and “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues” under the name Joel Wyner. He made the jump to writing in 1997 as a writer and director of “Pale Saints” with Sean Patrick Flanery. He would later become an executive producer in “Keen Eddie,” a police drama set across the pond with Mark Valley that lasted just 13 episodes in 2003.
Pinkner, however, has worked closely with “Fringe” co-creator J.J. Abrams on projects such as “Alias” and later “Lost.” He wrote 12 episodes of “Alias” and four episodes of “Lost,” and served in executive producer roles for both series. He would join “Fringe” while “Lost” was still going on ABC, staying on board to write 26 episodes of the show, including the popular (and Portal Award-nominated) season finale “Brave New World.”
But that won’t be the only change. TV Line has confirmed that the events depicted in the fourth season episode “Letters of Transit” will indeed carry over into the final season. And despite not seeing her in the episode, it will include Anna Torv as Olivia Dunham.
“As far as I know, we’re just jumping ahead” to 2036, John Noble — who plays Dr. Walter Bishop — told the website. “Walter, Olivia, Astrid and Peter are insurgents, so we know all the dirty tricks that have been played against us. We’ll be learning from the past.”
There is no word yet on if that season will include “Lost’s” Henry Ian Cusick. The actor was most recently with the series “Scandal,” but is now available, and could return to “Fringe” if all the fine details can be worked out. Also up in the air is if Leonard Nimoy will return for the final season as well.
No matter what happens, there will be resolution. Noble, who has won an Airlock Alpha Portal Award in the past himself for his work in “Fringe,” guarantees it.
“Walter is the man who started this, so there has to be resolution,” he said. “There has to be redemption.”
“Fringe” returns Sept. 28 on Fox.