It's been nearly a year already since Wayward Pines debuted. Nearly a year since Matt Dillon's Ethan Burke found himself in a mysterious town, nearly a year since Shannyn Sossamon's Theresa Burke wore some terrible cardigans, and nearly a year since we found out the secrets behind the Norman Rockwell-esque village that is Wayward Pines.
This show (combined with last year's horror film The Visit) marked what the court of public opinion has deemed a bit of a return to form for the twist-loving director M. Night Shyamalan. So it should come as no surprise to you that M. Night revealed at Wondercon that he wants to ride the Wayward Pines express for a little while longer.
Season 2 will debut on May 25, 2016, and will ultimately consist of a total of 10 episodes to bow this year. So, what should you expect when you're expecting more Wayward Pines? Well, after a majority of time spent inside the town, it's shaping up to be a year with a bit more wanderlust with our heroes traveling beyond their protective fences. And there will more visits from those delightful Abbies, of course!
“We are outside the fence a little bit,” says Shyamalan. “This season, we learn about the Abbies so that’s the big [reveal.] I think we could say the second season is about the Abbies. It seems at the end of the first season, you have a kind of primitive understanding of what that is, what an Abby is, but that’s actually not what an Abby is.”
As of now our understanding of the Abbies is that they are the future of humanity. And the future looks a bit like creepy zombie monsters with a bloodlust and not much in the way of higher intellect. But it sounds like there's more than meets the eye.
This season will feature a new regular character, a surgeon played by Jason Patric. That means there's a chance to start here even if you didn't watch last season. According to Shyamalan, "We did address it in the sense that Jason’s character is a neophyte, so you wouldn’t be lost but you wouldn’t have the richness.”
If you happened to read the books by Blake Crouch upon which the Wayward Pines series is based, you'll know there's a trilogy of stories. And, likewise, M. Night's hope is that there will be a Season 3. "I think we can say it’s a three-season story. If we get the opportunity to tell the third and final season, we can finish the story."
Did you watch last season? What did you think, and are you planning to give the show another shot?And if you read the books, how do you think this adaptation stacks up?