Even though Fringe fans are still waiting to find out if their favorite series will be returning for season 5, the producers already have a backup plan set in place, just in case the series doesn’t return next year: comics.

Speaking at WonderCon this past weekend, Fringe executive producers J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner revealed that not only would they like to have one more season to wrap the series up, they also said that if Fox doesn’t renew Fringe for another season, they’ll be heading to comic books for season 5.

Here’s what Pinker had to say about the potential comic book:

It would be really elaborate and we would go to town on it and make sure that everything you needed to understand about the show would be in that and pay off that way. That’s our back up plan.

So what does it mean if Fringe leaves the airwaves this season? If things go according to plan, Fringe will pick up where the series finale left off in comic book form. Graphic novels based off TV series are nothing new, but a recent trend has seen TV shows concluding their previously established stories in print. If the Fox mystery-drama is converted into a comic series, Fringe will follow the vein of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and the previously announced Smallville.

While a Fringe finale comic is presently still up in the air, the series has received the illustrated treatment before, with Beyond the Fringe, published by DC Comics. Beyond the Fringe was written by Fringe star Joshua Jackson in his comic book writing debut. Sadly, the limited series was met with mixed reviews.

Many (including me) are hoping that negotiations for Fringe season five will go well. But if not, at least the comic book will serve as a medium for the producers to completely finish their story.

Fringe returns this Friday @9pm on Fox

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