Those who watched the M Night Shyamalan-produced Wayward Pines would likely have been pleasantly surprised at how good it was. The story of Matt Dillons’s FBI agent Ethan Burke getting trapped in a small town clearly harbouring a mysterious secret quickly morphed into a different proposition entirely, embracing all of the Sixth Sense director’s propensity for shocking twists to produce an always intriguing series that ended on – you guessed it – a massive cliffhanger.
Now, it looks like we will be returning to the titular town for more, with Deadline confirming that Fox has renewed the show for a second season. This time around the status quo has massively changed, with SPOILERS the series revealed to have been set in the far future after a global catastrophe wiped out most of humanity, and most of the main cast members being killed off by the finale, and Ethan’s son Ben (Charlie Tahan) waking up to find himself three years in the future, with Class One having taken over and frozen most of the adults. If you’ve watched the show, this’ll make sense; trust us.
Shyamalan will produce again, although Season 1 showrunner Chad Hodge is not returning. He will be replaced by Mark Friedman, previously showrunner on the Alfonso Cuaron-produced Believe. Considering its decent ratings, bringing the show back wasn’t a hard decision to make. “Wayward Pines was a huge hit for us this past summer,” Fox Entertainment president David Madden said, speaking to Deadline. “We were absolutely blown away by the mysterious and surprising world that Night and his team created, and the twisting-and-turning storytelling that drew viewers in from day one.”
Wayward Pines: Season 2 will air on Fox later in 2016 – read our review of Season 1 here. For more news about the biggest TV series, pick up the latest issue of SciFiNow.