Fox’s 10-episode event series Wayward Pines ended last night with a bang and a twisted ending, leaving audiences to wonder whether or not we might get more of the drama in the future. While Fox has not officially decided to sign on for a second season of Wayward Pines, executive producer M. Night Shyamalan explained that he likes that Season 1 gave audiences a clear-cut ending, also noting that he and the author of the novels Wayward Pines is based on, Blake Crouch, do have an idea for a second season.
The one thing I’m fearful of television is its open-ended nature. I’m such an end backwards kind of filmmaker, storyteller, and that’s what I loved about doing these 10 episodes. I knew where I wanted to go. I knew I wanted the fences to come down. I knew where we were heading for the finale and so we could architecture the 10-episodes in that manner. So, I am happy to walk away, especially with such a wonderful reaction and all that stuff. But honestly, Blake and I do have an idea.
So far, it seems as if Crouch and Shyamalan have just shot around this idea, but the director and producer also told Deadline that he doesn’t want to reveal any information, yet, regarding what that idea might be. It’s no wonder. Wayward Pines’ success ultimately came from delivering several twists that were both exciting and over-the-top. If the creative team does deliver a second season, it’s doubtful that they’d let us in on the new twist before the show hits the air.
Spoilers abound in the next paragraph if you did not catch last night’s Season 1 finale of Wayward Pines.
Honestly, last night’s bold finale smartly left Wayward Pines open for a second season. The abberations finally breached the fence and turned the idyllic-looking town upside-down, killing many in the process. Our hero, Matt Dillon’s Ethan Burke, finally gave town creator David Pilcher what he deserved, whereupon he was killed trying to protect the townspeople in a vivid scene that involved getting blown up in an elevator. Then, the show left things wide open when Ethan's son Ben woke up to a town run by the First Generation kids that pretty much reset Wayward Pines into the fear state that it began as under Pilcher’s rule.
It’s hard to tell if Season 2 will pick up right where Season 1 left off or go somewhere else in the universe entirely. I’m interested in the threads in Season 1 that talked about teams going out into the world to explore the fallen cities and search for signs of regular humanity. However, since Fox has not formally committed to a second season, yet, it's pretty early to speculate.
We’ll let you know if Fox decides to give Wayward Pines a second round. In the meantime, here’s what the network has coming up this fall.