Viewers of Season 1 of Wayward Pines may not have been prepared for the surprises in store in Season 2. The Abbies have attempted to take back their territory, and the human settlers have wrestled with important issues about what should be at the core of a civilization: reproduction, democracy, rules, and confinement, to name a few.
As Season 2 is coming to a close, the end game should be closer, but it’s now even less clear where the citizens — volunteers and abductees — of Wayward Pines will end up. During Episode 9, as the A.V. Club recap recalled, it’s discovered just going back to sleep is not an option for everyone. Only 571 of the cryogenic pods are working, meaning just over half of the town can escape to the mountain for however many more decades — or millennia — until the Abbie threat has passed.
But previews for Episode 10, the Season 2 finale, seem to imply at least some of the humans that populate the town will indeed try to re-enter suspension. In a preview clip uploaded to IMDb, it seems there is a bit of a stampede to get to presumptive safety. Kerry, the “first lady” of Wayward Pines, is seen wearing a suspension suit, apparently disagreeing with something Dr. Theo Yedlin pleads with her to avoid doing.
The episode synopsis, uploaded by CarterMatt, while not giving much away, implies the town’s one doctor has a big role in the outcome of the event.
“As the Abbies descend upon the town, Theo is forced to make a decision that could seal humanity’s fate.”
In Episode 9, viewers saw Theo having a difficult conversation with Jason Higgins about how to choose which people to take into the future while, presumably, the Abbies overrun the complex. That was before Jason’s ultimate fate, and his connection to Kerry, was revealed by the end of the episode.
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The season finale is called “Bedtime Story,” and that title alone was enough for a blogger at Buddy TV to run through five different scenarios about how it will all end — for this season at least. The jury is still out about a possible Season 3, although, as the Inquisitr previously reported, M. Night Shyamalan said several weeks ago he envisioned a three-season arc for Wayward Pines.
The Buddy TV blogger, Catherine Cabanela, offered up some easy scenarios, like that the whole Wayward Pines universe was a dream or that the Abbies simply devastate the town. The Abbies could also damage the pods or manage to freeze forward along with the humans. There’s also the possibility of a compromise between the creatures outside the walls and the humans, something Theo was trying to broker midway through the series once the shock of waking up and finding his wife married to another man had worn off.
But to hear M. Night Shyamalan tell the story, it will be another year until Wayward Pines reaches a satisfactory ending. He told Entertainment Weekly before the season started that he and Blake Crouch — who wrote the original Wayward Pines books — worked backward from an ending they both wanted for the story to flesh out the pacing of what they envisioned to be a 30-episode television series.
“In our mind, we broke it up to an additional two seasons. It’s still an event series, but instead of 10 episodes, it’s 30… We felt like there was still a lot to be said about what it’s like to be on the last town on the planet.
“I said, ‘We have to go from here to here to here,’ and we got there. By the end of the second season, we were exactly where we wanted to be.
“I [told Blake], ‘You know what? The profound thing about your premise is X, Y, Z,’ and that led us to this conclusion.”
If that held fast, then viewers can expect that Wednesday’s season finale will offer the “Y” of that 30-episode series arc.
Wayward Pines airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. on Fox.
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