Darren Franich
May 18, 2012 AT 04:00 PM EDT

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Last Friday, the fourth season of Fringe ended with an action-packed finale. There was a shocking special guest star, a shocking near-death, a shocking pregnancy…and, in the end, a shocking lack of closure on a season that began with a controversial timeline reboot. On today’s episode of Entertainment Geekly, we analyze the finale in the context of the ambitious season, and offer some thoughts about what lies ahead in the final 13 episodes. Topics include: The crucial narrative importance of the alternate universe, a theory about the origin of the Observer-centric “Letters of Transit” episode, some totally expected praise for John Noble, some perhaps-less-expected praise for Lincoln Lee, and a tangential exploration of the specific anxiety felt by fans of low-rated TV shows.

Listen to the complete podcast below, or check us out in the iTunes store. Tell us what you thought about the fourth season of Fringe in the comment boards, and tweet your thoughts and counterarguments to @EWDocJensen and @EWDarrenFranich.

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