JJ. Abrams has reflected on the journey of Fringe on the eve of the show’s final two hours.
Question: Are you happy with the way “Fringe” is ending?
J.J. Abrams: Very much so. Obviously it’s a bittersweet thing, but the fact that we’ve gotten this far is so crazy to me, that the network allowed the show to survive as long as it did, I don’t know when that’s happened before, really… The thing that’s so crazy is that every other network would be like, “No…” And we got to 100 episodes. The story got to end in a way that I think was appropriate for the story, the series. So I’m sad to see it go, but I can’t believe we got here.
HitFix: And when you started with that pilot, how much of where we ended up do you think you had in your mind?
J.J. Abrams: We knew alternate universes. We knew The Observers. We knew, even when Walter first sees Peter at the institution and he checks his eyes, we knew what was going on and why. But what we didn’t know was sort of… Everything. We didn’t know how crazy and wild and big it would go. We didn’t, of course, know the jump forward in the fifth season. We didn’t know some of the details of the Cortexiphan stuff with Olivia, but we knew that there was something she had gone through. You always have the best idea at the time and you think, “That’s kinda where we’re gonna go” and the closer you get to doing it, the better idea comes up and you go, “Oh my God, what about that?” So it’s always a leap of faith a little bit.
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