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There Really Weren't Two 'Fringe' Endings

Showrunner J.H. Wyman clears the air on last week's rumor

Just ahead of Fox announcing a fifth and final season of "Fringe," entertainment news outlets reported that Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television were shooting two different endings for the cult series, just in case there was not any more time granted to the show.

But that's not the case, showrunner J.H. Wyman told The Hollywood Reporter.

"No, we did not shoot an alternate ending," he said. "We thought about it, but we did not."

The idea that there were two endings actually came from some of the cast, mainly Lance Reddick, who plays Broyles in the series.

"Something happens at the very, very end of the season finale," Reddick said at the time. "It may or may not stay, I don't know. It could open up an entire new season."

In fact, Wyman said, there was no time to do such a thing. He learned about the renewal of "Fringe" on April 26, just hours before it was released to the public.

"I was actually getting a guitar fixed," he said. "I got a call, and it was all these very happy voices. It was an incredible call because it was [unexpected]. It was music to my ears."

There is a chance that the new season could take place in 2036, something that was hinted about in a recent episode that seemed almost out of order from the rest of the episodes. Wyman wouldn't confirm or deny it, but did say they do have a plan.

"We definitely know where the series is going to end and how it's going to end, and what we're saying with the final season," Wyman said.

"Fringe" earned its final season because of its strong audience base, and despite having some of the lowest ratings on the Big Four networks. It's averaging a 1.9 rating/3 share in Fast National overnight ratings from The Nielsen Co., down more than 28 percent from last year.

"Fringe" airs its season finale May 11 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

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