Today I had the awesome opportunity to speak with Fringe executive producer and showrunner, J.H. Wyman, on behalf of FringeBloggers! Fringe is, far and away, my favorite show on TV so I was excited to hear what Wyman had to say about the upcoming season. I was able to ask him one question so here is my question and his response:
Me: It’s been said that this final season will be more serialized. What freedoms has this given you as a storyteller in constructing this final piece of the Fringe Puzzle:
Wyman: Serialized is probably not the best term for it. Im probably guilty of saying that myself but its not really that. Its sort of like more of a continuity of emotion and story but its not like you’re gonna get Walter finishes a sentence and its a dunt dunt dunt and you’re gonna come back the next week and he’s sort of still talking about the same thing. Its still sort of capsulated episodes but they’re all about one thing so this 13 stories is about one story and what I’ve done and what the staff have really enjoyed is that continuity of emotions like you have to sit down and say okay, I have to devise an odyssey for Walter and what is Olivia’s odyssey and Peters and so on and plot those all out and in the past just the nature of being episodic television and the responsibilities we have to our partners at Fox and shows should stand on their own and so one week you’ll have Olivia is very concerned because of something Peter did to her and the next week she’s upset because she has a blemish on her hand she doesn’t know what it is. Its a sort of randomness to what people are going through on a week to week basis and that goes along with what the animal is of episodic television usually – and not cable, but on network. And this season what that’s allowed us to do is not really be so concerned with that but be more concerned with how are these people going through what they’re going through. These are real issues and how are they going to deal with them and whats going to happen. Its actually been a lot of fun. Freeing.
Check out the entire interview with J.H. Wyman over at FringeBloggers and don’t forget to set your DVRs for this Friday at 9/8C!