Fox announced Thursday that the show has been renewed for a fifth and final season of 13 episodes, giving producers the chance to end the series on their terms.
"Fringe is a remarkably creative series that has set the bar as one of television's most imaginative dramas. Bringing it back for a final 13 allows us to provide the climactic conclusion that its passionate and loyal fans deserve," said Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly. "The amazing work the producers, writers and the incredibly talented cast and crew have delivered the last four seasons has literally been out of this world. Although the end is bittersweet, it's going to be a very exciting final chapter."
Showrunners Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman, who've been planning for the worst , released a statement promising fans they'd deliver a proper curtain call for the series.
"This pickup means the world (both of them) to us, because we love sharing these stories with our enthusiastic fans. On behalf of the cast and crew, we applaud our fans and Fox for allowing us to imagine the impossibilities together for so long. Season Five is going to be a conclusive thrill ride for all of us."
Not only does this mean the show will get a fully imagined conclusion rather than an abrupt season-four ending, but it also puts it at the critical 100-episode mark that makes syndication in the future all the more likely. It's a great day for Fringe fans, no matter what universe they're living in.