May 15, 2016
'Wayward Pines' Returns With More Intrigue, Danger, And Drama

The first season of Wayward Pines was full of strange twists and even more secrets, which were all designed to keep viewers guessing as to what would happen next. This mystery/science fiction series is based on the Wayward Pines novels by Blake Crouch, and developed for the small screen by showrunner and executive producer Chad Hodge. The pilot episode of Wayward Pines was directed by M. Night Shyamalan, who also served as an executive producer for the show. This season, Mark Friedman will succeed Hodge as the showrunner.

The fact that Wayward Pines is returning is somewhat surprising since the series was always planned to run for a 10-episode, single season. Due to the surprisingly impressive ratings, on December 9, 2015, Fox decided to renew Wayward Pines for a second season. Author Blake Crouch, who is also executive producing this season, explains in a video clip shared by TV Guide that they were "blown away" by the reception they received from the audience and critics.

Entertainment Weekly shared that, "It's going to be one monster of a summer on Wayward Pines." In a preview for the new season, teacher Megan Fisher (Hope Davis) leads her class in reciting that the "only good Abbie is a dead Abbie." Most viewers thought she had died in the first season's final episode, but she somehow survived, and now gets around with the aid of a wheelchair.

[Warning: Some spoilers from Season 1 are reported beyond this point.]

Chaos and mayhem ensued at the end of the last season, when the Abbie's came out of hibernation and got into the town. Although suffering horrible casualties, the townspeople were able to fight them off. Now the first generation of young people led by the cruel Jason Higgins (Tom Stevens), have taken over the town. He feels it is his obligation to make sure the seven rules of Wayward Pines are followed to the letter. He will use any means necessary at his disposal, including martial law, to enforce them.

[embed][/embed]Dr. Theo Yedlin (Jason Patric) is a new character who finds himself suddenly thrust into the middle of a civil war in Wayward Pines. As he struggles to find his place in this bizarre new world called Wayward Pines, another new character will also emerge. C.J. Mitchum (Djimon Hounsou), also known as "The Duster," is someone who seems to know absolutely everything about Wayward Pines. What exact role he plays in Wayward Pines remains to be seen, but he does have some sort of mission to complete.

Last season, U.S. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke found himself in Wayward Pines and from the beginning he refused to follow the rules. After discovering the horrifying truth behind Wayward Pines, he was instrumental in warning everyone in the town about the Abbie threat, but it was almost too late. Although he died in the season finale, returning Wayward Pines characters include Ethan's son, Ben Burke (Charlie Tahan), and his wife and Ben's mother, Theresa (Shannyn Sossamon). Burke's former lover, Kate Hewson (Carla Gugino) will be returning as well. Executive producer Donald De Line reveals that she will have an important role to play during the new season.

Crouch noted that for the second season, fans of Wayward Pines will discover a lot more about the Abbies. What is learned will change everything viewers thought they knew about these strange and deadly creatures. Perhaps the Abbies have their own agenda, but one thing is certain, they will definitely be out for blood.

Due to the threats that seem to surround the inhabitants, both on the inside and outside of Wayward Pines, is there even a future left for mankind? They are now living in the Abbies' world, and they will have to face the fact that humanity may not be meant to continue on indefinitely. Are they living or just existing in Wayward Pines? These questions and more will be bandied about during the new season.

Are you a fan of the show? Leave your comments, thoughts, and opinions below. The second season of Wayward Pines premieres on Wednesday, May 25 at 9 p.m. ET on the Fox network.

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