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Fringe fans who are still mourning the loss of their beloved drama will get some solace this fall when executive producer J.H. Wyman's new drama Almost Human bows in November. But TVGuide.com took some time Friday before the series' Comic-Con panel to chat about Fringe's swan song one last time.
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In the series finale, Walter (John Noble) sacrificed himself by traveling to the future with September's son so that the Observers would never invade the past. In the closing moments, we saw the series flash-back to the day in the park when The Observers originally invaded, but this time, they don't show up. Peter (Joshua Jackson), Olivia (Anna Torv) and young Etta are able to go home as a family.
Though a touching swan song, Fringe fans still lamented the fact that Walter didn't get to be part of the happy family. "I'll make you not sad," Wyman tells TVGuide.com. "Walter is only happy when his brain is being challenged. Walter went to the future, and how do you know he didn't find a way back once again?"
Wyman notes that he meant for Peter's expression when he received the "white tulip" letter from Walter to be ambiguous. Did he recognize it or not? "Maybe someday there will be a Fringe movie and I'll explain some of the things that I want to explain, but I also wanted to let people make their own opinion. I wanted it to be as special to each person individually and let them make their own assumptions and live with it. I have a lot of story I can tell still and I love those characters so much."
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Wyman says that while his new Fox series, Almost Human, might draw some parallels to Fringe, it's actually a whole different animal. In the futuristic drama, LAPD officers like John Kennex (Karl Urban) are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids like Dorian (Michael Ealy). "Fringe was so far-out," he says. "Until you realized it was about the alternate universe, you were like, 'What is this?!' Here, you're going to learn so much about the characters."
Wyman hopes to bring former cast members from Fringe onto the new show as guest stars, but he stresses that this isn't your typical crime procedural. "This show is different because while you'll get those vitamins and minerals from a regular cop show, you're going to see things you've never seen before," he says. "The criteria is that no story on this show will be on our show unless it is created by something futuristic, solved by something futuristic, or the very reason that the people are doing what they're doing is futuristic. Otherwise it is like everything else. We'll be able to tell a murder story in a very different way than NYPD Blue or CSI. We can do stuff that's out of this world. It offers a really great platform."
Almost Human premieres Monday, Nov. 4 at 8/7c on Fox. Will you be watching?