The first-season finale of Fox's Fringe revealed the twin towers in an alternate-universe New York. So how do you top that? Series creator and producer J.J. Abrams said this season finale will outdo the last, in a deeper way.
"I think the whole alternate-universe idea is at the core of what's going to be happening," Abrams said in a group interview Sunday in Los Angeles, where he attended the Milk + Bookies Story Time Celebration with his family. "Without giving anything away, I think that the ending of this second season is, I think, richer and better and deeper than what we did last year. I mean, last year was definitely shocking, but I think the end of this year is different, but I think equally impactful."
No doors should be totally closed in the finale. It is Fringe, after all, and anything is possible. "There are certain things that I think happen that I wouldn't want to talk about that might resolve certain stories, but for the most part I think the fun about Fringe—which I think some episodes that are coming up this season and certainly the ending take advantage of—is that sort of unlimited possibility. Not to say there aren't rules and things that are happening that have to be abided by, but the fun of this show that's specific to Fringe is the fact that we can go to certain places and do certain things that you couldn't normally do on a show and not have it be 'The Wacky Episode.' Every episode is a little bit the wacky episode."
Fringe's second season resumes on April 1 with seven new episodes (eight if you count a two-parter as two episodes). Abrams said the April Fool's Day episode is awesome, and he doesn't sound like he's joking.
"It's one of my favorite episodes that we've done," Abrams said. "It is particularly retro and weird. It's a really cool episode."
Retro could mean many things. It wouldn't be that strange for Fringe to mimic the tone of classic sci-fi shows that came before. The creators could also use retro technology for a change. Abrams only hinted, "Both. You've got to see it."
It's too early for even Abrams to know whether Fox is ordering a third season of Fringe. "There's no official word yet," he said. "I would hope so, but my fingers are crossed."
It would be surprising if Fox did not renew the hit show, though. "I have no idea," Abrams continued. "I hope so. Like I said, my fingers are crossed. I don't know. I just know that we have a lot of story yet to tell, so I hope that we get our shot to do it."
When the order comes in, Abrams knows how he would begin the third season. "Well, you have to see how the second season ends first, because it's pretty cool, but there are a lot of really fun ideas that are being kicked around," Abrams said. "I'm hoping that we get a chance to actually realize them and not resort to just blogging it or something."
Fringe airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox. (Read more about Milk + Bookies here.)