Fringe introduced Lost‘s Henry Ian Cusick in the flash forward episode “Letters in Transit,” but he got stuck in amber. Will he return in season 5?

When we met him in 2036, Simon worked with Peter and Olivia’s daughter Etta in the Fringe division, and together they fought the Observers and searched for the Bishops. The pair seemed very close, and although a romance was never indicated, it was something a lot of fans picked up on.

But after finding Walter, Peter, Olivia and William Bell stuck in amber, Simon sacrificed himself to get them out, and got trapped next to Bell.

We already know that Leonard Nimoy’s Bell will return in the fifth and final season, but what about Henry Ian Cusick?

Well, we’re not sure. Showrunner Joel Wyman tells TV Guide that Simon will return – sort of. “[Simon will appear] in some way, shape or form,” he says.

Fringe‘s fifth season begins this Friday with “Transilience Thought Unifier-Model 11,” which airs at 9/8c on Fox. The final season will have only 13 episodes, and we’ll see both the 2036 reality, and flashbacks showing how the characters ended up in amber.

Are you excited for the final season of Fringe? If you need more to keep you going till Friday, you can watch some great cast interviews where they tease what’s coming up here on Hypable!