However incredible and mind-blowing Fringe is, fans know that the show must come to an end someday soon. And now we know what day that will be: FOX has announced that the five-season sci-fi series will conclude on Friday, January 18.

The network announced the finale date along with statements from the executive producers and network on Friday, November 2. The final two episodes of Fringe will air as a two-hour block on Friday, January 18 from 8pm to 10pm.

And then it will all be over. Sigh.

Keep reading to find out what J.J. Abrams, J.H. Wyman and Kevin Reilly had to say about Fringe.

J.J. Abrams (Fringe co-creator and executive producer)

“It has been an absolute honor to have been a part of the weird and wonderful world of Fringe. I will always owe the cast and crew for pouring their hearts and souls into every dimension of this series. Creating the show with Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman was a joy, but watching it evolve over the years into such an imaginative, insane and heartbreaking ride is nothing less than a thrill. I am grateful to our blessed fans, and to Kevin Reilly and Peter Rice and everyone at the glorious FOX network for allowing Fringe to reach its bittersweet conclusion.”

J.H. Wyman (Fringe showrunner and executive producer)

“Above all else, from the bottom of my heart, I would like to personally thank everyone involved with Fringe. From the most amazing fans, to our incredible cast, writers and crew, and our wonderful partners at FOX and Warner Bros. — we would not be here without you. It simply cannot be overstated how grateful I am for the ongoing and unconditional support we have received over the past five seasons. It has been both mind-blowing and humbling. I’ve always been a fan of science fiction, and to be able to tell this story about a family — a family that, through everything, fought together for survival — has been a highlight of my career. As we approach the final chapter, I can hardly believe it, and I’m just truly thankful for this unparalleled experience.”

Kevin Reilly (Chairman of Entertainment at FOX Broadcasting Company)

Fringe has truly imagined the impossibilities over its five seasons and will go down in the books as one of FOX’s most riveting and creatively brilliant series. It has been a blast to work with J.J., Joel and their masterful creative teams, as well as with Anna, Josh and John and the rest of the most talented cast and crew in the business.”

Fringe airs Fridays at 9pm on FOX through January 18.

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Laurel Brown

Senior Writer, BuddyTV

Laurel grew up in Mamaroneck, NY, Grosse Pointe, MI and Bellevue WA. She then went on to live in places like Boston, Tucson, Houston, Wales, Tanzania, Prince Edward Island and New York City before heading back to Seattle. Ever since early childhood, when she became addicted to The Muppet Show, Laurel has watched far too much TV. Current favorites include ChuckModern FamilySupernaturalMad Men and Community. Laurel received a BA in Astrophysics (yes, that is possible) from Colgate University and a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies and History of Science from Columbia University before she realized that television is much better than studying.