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'Fringe' Ending: Critics Look Back At Their Favorite Moments From The Fox Series For Season 5 Finale

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Critics reflect on their favorite "Fringe" moments and what they'll miss most about the show. | AP

As "Fringe" draws to a much-anticipated close, we at HuffPost TV wanted to honor the series by inviting some of those who have covered the show throughout its run to reflect on their favorite "Fringe" memories; highlighting the powerful moments, gripping episodes and beloved characters who have entertained us for the past five seasons.

Those taking part include TV Guide Magazine's Damian Holbrook, Hitfix writer Ryan McGee, Marisa Roffman of Give Me My Remote, TVGuide.com's Natalie Abrams, Matt Mitovich of TVLine and HuffPost TV's Laura Prudom and Mo Ryan.

Check out the slideshow below for our favorite "Fringe" episodes and moments, and read on to find out what we'll miss most about the series.

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Ryan McGee: I'll miss the show's optimistic, almost romantic view of the universe. I don't mean "romantic" in terms of characters falling in love. But "love" permeates the show in the form of compassion, from within the odd-yet-vital group of people that form the show's core group to the way that it humanizes the show's villains. There are infinite possibilities within the world of "Fringe," but the one constant is that everyone needs someone to make them feel whole. That sentiment might be too cheesy for some, but it's a central principle that has been in place almost from the start. The "villains" in the show more often than not weren't looking to conquer the world. They were looking to replace that which they had lost. Soon, "Fringe" fans will be looking to fill that void themselves.

Damian Holbrook: Most definitely, I will miss the fans' devotion to the series. They saved "Fringe" from cancelation over and over. Joel Wyman and Jeff Pinkner have said it countless times, and it's true. And that moment during the show's final Comic-Con panel last summer when the audience held up their white tulip drawings was a perfect example of how beautiful the fandom is. Not only did they get to express their love for the show, the cast and the creative team, but those people being saluted also got to see that their work had meant something to so many people. The energy and adoration and excitement in that room is something I will never forget.

Natalie Abrams: The Walterisms. From the first words Walter said to Peter on the series — telling him, “I thought you’d be fatter” — there was no filter to what Walter could get away with saying. Some highlights include: “I just pissed myself. Just a squirt.” “Feel his anus, it’s soaking wet.” “Excellent, let’s make some LSD.”

Marisa Roffman: It's cheesy, but I've been thinking about this a lot over the last several months. Of course I'll miss the show -- no question about that -- but I do think what I'll miss most is the people around the show. I've loved covering the show on a professional level, because they were a great group to work with. I've loved seeing the promos Ari Margolis whipped up, because they broke my brain every time. I've been blown away by this incredible fanbase who took it upon themselves to promote the show in whatever way they could. I'll miss the passion the show brought out in people.

Matt Mitovich: Having grown up on soap operas (with four older sisters who ruled the TV), I'm all about Evil Twins, so the alt-universe was always a big draw for me. I also relished the little Easter eggs planted throughout the Other Side, like Eric Stoltz having in fact landed the "Back to the Future" lead, and the nuances of life in 2036 (Walnuts as currency! Egg sticks!). But all in all, what I loved about "Fringe" is that, on most any given week, you never quite knew what you were going to get, to see, to experience, to marvel at.

Mo Ryan: Though the entire "Fringe" cast proved themselves versatile and capable of performing everything from light comedy to moving tragedy, the heart and the soul of the show was always John Noble's legendary performance as Walter Bishop. I'd argue that "Fringe" would have never been able to get away with all its experimentation without Noble's ability to ground everything in a deep sense of compassion and hope. No matter what Walter was doing -- tripping on LSD, lying to his son, agonizing over his mistakes, eating candy, dissecting a crispy corpse, making us all appreciate life's intrinsic absurdity -- you always felt for the guy. I will miss every version of Walter, in every timeline.

Laura Prudom: I came late to the series, having only caught up towards the end of the third season, so in some ways I feel like an impostor among this loyal collection of "Fringe" faithful, some of whom have been there from the show's inception. But the real power of "Fringe" is in its connections, whether you saw the pilot when it first aired or discovered it late on DVD or Netflix. Not only has it brought me closer to many of the passionate, generous reporters who took part in this piece, it has introduced me to some of the most inventive, enthusiastic and dedicated fans in the world; to the insanely talented and bafflingly underrated cast, crew and creative team who have taken us on this amazing journey; and to anyone who cares enough to read this post. As Ryan noted, "Fringe" is, first and foremost, a show about love, and what that love can inspire us to do, whether that means breaking the universe to save your child; erasing yourself from existence to save two worlds; bombarding a network with Red Vines to prove that people are paying attention; or standing up at a convention with a white tulip to express your appreciation for a show that touched your life. "Fringe" may be gone, but it will never be forgotten, and I think we're all a little better for having known it.

Read executive producer Joel Wyman's thoughts on the finale and the show's legacy here.

What will you miss most about "Fringe"? Share your favorite episode and most memorable moment below.

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