Wayward Pines

For the Blake Crouch novels on which the series is based, see The Wayward Pines Trilogy.
Wayward Pines
Based on Wayward Pines novels
by Blake Crouch
Developed by Chad Hodge
Composer(s) Charlie Clouser
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Location(s) British Columbia, Canada
  • Amy Vincent
  • Gregory Middleton
  • Jim Denault
  • Mathias Herndl
  • Doc Crotzer
  • Tim Mirkovich
  • Michael Ruscio
  • Leo Trombetta
Running time 42–44 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Television
Original network Fox
Picture format HDTV 720p
Audio format Surround
Original release May 14, 2015 (2015-05-14) – present (present)
External links
Official website

Wayward Pines is an American mystery, science fiction television series based on the Wayward Pines novels by Blake Crouch. Developed for television by Chad Hodge, the pilot was directed by M. Night Shyamalan, with both as executive producers. The series premiered on Fox on May 14, 2015, and the first season concluded on July 23, 2015.

On December 9, 2015, Fox renewed the series for a second season which aired from May 25 to July 27, 2016.[1]


In the first season, Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) is a U.S. Secret Service agent investigating the disappearance of two fellow agents in the mysterious small town of Wayward Pines, Idaho. Ethan awakens from a car accident unable to contact the outside world and unable to leave. He finds one of the agents dead and the other, his former lover Kate Hewson (Carla Gugino), settled down in the seemingly idyllic town. But the inhabitants of Wayward Pines are trapped there by an electrified fence and set of rules enforced by the strict Sheriff Arnold Pope (Terrence Howard), and any attempt to escape is punished by a public execution known as a "reckoning". Ethan works to discover the truth and has to make hard choices when he does.

In the second season, Dr. Theo Yedlin (Jason Patric) is a surgeon who is caught in the battle between Jason Higgins (Tom Stevens), leader of the First Generation that took over Wayward Pines following the Abbie incident, and the underground rebels led by Ethan's son Ben Burke (Charlie Tahan).


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110May 14, 2015 (2015-05-14)July 23, 2015 (2015-07-23)
210May 25, 2016 (2016-05-25)July 27, 2016 (2016-07-27)

Cast and characters


Wayward Pines is executive produced by Chad Hodge with M. Night Shyamalan, Donald De Line and Ashwin Rajan. The pilot episode was written by Hodge and directed by Shyamalan.[8][9][10][11][12] The series was officially picked up on May 13, 2013, with a ten-episode order. Filming took place between August 19, 2013, and February 14, 2014, in Burnaby (interiors) and Agassiz (exteriors), in British Columbia.[13]

The plot of Crouch's first novel in the trilogy, Pines (2012), is covered over the first five episodes of the TV series. The second and third novels, Wayward (2013) and The Last Town (2014), make up the remaining five episodes.[14] After reading the source material Shyamalan said of the project, "As long as everybody isn't dead, I'm in", his "only rule" to secure his participation.[14] He noted that the TV series varies from the books in some ways, but as Crouch was still writing the novels while the show was in development, there was "all kinds of cross pollinating" between the two.[14] In June 2015, Deadline.com reported that Fox was considering a second season based on the series' impressive ratings. Though Hodge asserted that, from a creative standpoint, "Wayward Pines was always designed to be just these 10 episodes" in concert with the plotline of the books, he allowed for the possibility of another season.[15][16] He said that in the finale, viewers would "see a window to that, but it also is a complete ending as it is".[16]

With the tenth episode having been billed as the "series finale", the show was effectively finished.[17] However, on December 9, 2015, Fox renewed Wayward Pines for a second season, to premiere in mid-2016.[18] After the conclusion of the first season, Chad Hodge stepped down from his position as showrunner and executive producer for the series. Mark Friedman succeeded Hodge as showrunner for season two.[19] Season two has a largely new main cast, with several lead actors from season one either not returning at all or appearing only as recurring characters in the second season. This is in part because it took so long for season one to make it to air, a few actors notably Terrence Howard and Juliette Lewis had committed to other series in the interim.[20] Also, the surprise decision to renew the series for season two occurred after several more actors had moved onto other projects.[21]


On May 12, 2014, Fox announced that Wayward Pines would premiere in 2015 as mid-season replacement.[8] The series was picked up for broadcast by Fox in the United Kingdom,[22] and by FX in Australia from May 14, 2015,[23] where the premiere was the second most watched program on subscription television with 101,000 viewers.[24]

Fox made the pilot available on demand and through various online outlets from April 23 to April 30, 2015, in what the network called "the first-ever global preview event". The series subsequently debuted on May 14, 2015, simultaneously in more than 126 countries in what Fox called "the world's largest day-and-date launch for a scripted series ever".[25][26] Due to time zones, episodes of the first season aired first in Australia.[27]

The first season aired Thursday at 9:00 pm. The second season aired Wednesday.

Digital companion series

A digital companion series, also produced by Fox, airs alongside the weekly episodes of Wayward Pines, titled Gone and written and directed by Christopher Leone.[28] The series follows Eric Barlow, a rocket scientist, as he searches for his missing wife Sarah, a journalist, after she leaves a goodbye message and leaves him. He finds himself led toward a mountain in Idaho with the help of Sarah's colleague Elena, where he finds a man involved in the construction of Wayward Pines. Arriving at the site, a technician leads him to Sarah who is frozen in a prototype chamber, but it is really him they were after.[29]


Wayward Pines has received mostly favorable reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds a rating of 79%, based on 63 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads, "Creepy and strange in the best way possible, Wayward Pines is a welcome return to form for M. Night Shyamalan."[30] The fifth episode, "The Truth", received an individual rating of 83%, the only episode of the series to do so.[31] On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 66 out of 100, based on 34 critics for season 1 "generally favorable reviews".[32]

The second season however, received mixed reception from critics with a score of 46 out of 100, based on 9 critics for season 2.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref
2016 Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Television Series Wayward Pines Nominated [33]
Best Actor on Television Matt Dillon Nominated [33]
Best Supporting Actor on Television Toby Jones Nominated [33]
Best Supporting Actress on Television Melissa Leo Nominated [33]

See also


  1. "M. Night Shamalan's 10-Episode Psychological Thriller 'Wayward Pines' Returns Wednesday, May 25, on FOX". The Futon Critic. March 3, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  2. "Wayward Pines Press Kit" (pdf) (Press release). FX. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Witowich, Matt Webb (March 3, 2016). "Wayward Pines Season 2 Gets Premiere Date; Terrence Howard Among Encores". TVLine.com. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  4. Andreeva, Nellie (February 4, 2016). "Jason Patric To Star In Wayward Pines Season 2 On Fox". Deadline.com. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  5. 1 2 Andreeva, Nellie (February 18, 2016). "Wayward Pines Adds Kacey Rohl & Nimrat Kaur For Season 2". Deadline.com. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  6. Goldberg, Leslie (February 25, 2016). "'Wayward Pines' Enlists 'Mad Max' Actor for Season 2 (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  7. Wagmeister, Elizabeth (February 17, 2016). "Djimon Hounsou cast in 'Wayward Pines' season 2". Variety. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
  8. 1 2 Andreeva, Nellie (May 12, 2014). "Fox 2014 Schedule: Brooklyn Nine-Nine & Mulaney Join Sunday Animated Block, Glee Held For Midseason". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  9. "Wayward Pines". Fox TV. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
  10. Andreeva, Nellie (May 13, 2013). "Fox Greenlights M. Night Shyamalan Event Series Wayward Pines, Matt Dillon To Star". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  11. Vilkomerson, Sara (January 10, 2014). "TV: 14 Shows That Should be on Your Radar (And Soon, Your DVR) (#5)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  12. Vilkomerson, Sara (January 9, 2014). "M. Night Shyamalan's TV debut Wayward Pines: A first look". Entertainment Weekly.
  13. John R. Kennedy (August 14, 2014). "Stars set to begin work on Wayward Pines in B.C.". Global News. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  14. 1 2 3 Pierce, Scott D. (May 11, 2015). "No, they're not dead on Wayward Pines". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  15. Matt Webb Mitovich. "'Wayward Pines' Series Finale Recap — Ethan and Pilcher Die, Time Jump to 4031 - TVLine". TVLine.
  16. 1 2 Matt Webb Mitovich. "Wayward Pines Post Mortem — Abnormal Humans in Year 4028 - TVLine". TVLine.
  17. Roco (July 17, 2015). "Wayward Pines Cancelled By FOX After One Season". Seriable. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  18. Iannucci, Rebecca (December 9, 2015). "'Wayward Pines' Renewed for Season 2 at FOX". TVLine. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  19. Andreeva, Nellie. "M. Night Shyamalan's 'Wayward Pines' Renewed By Fox For Season 2 With New Showrunner". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  20. Ethan, Anderton (2015-06-28). "Second Season of 'Wayward Pines' May Have All-New Cast". slashfilm.com. Retrieved 2016-07-07.
  21. Li, Shirley (2016-05-25). "Wayward Pines actor talks shocking exit — and why it had to happen". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2016-07-07.
  22. Munn, Patrick (May 8, 2014). "FIC Inks Global Deal For Broadcast & Syndication Rights To Wayward Pines". TV Wise. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
  23. Knox, David (May 9, 2014). "Wayward Pines coming to FX". TV Tonight. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  24. "Ratings: Thursday 14th May 2015". Mediaspy. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  25. Bibel, Sara (December 9, 2014). "Wayward Pines to Premiere Thursday, May 14 on FOX". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  26. "First-Ever Global Preview Event". Fox. April 23, 2015. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  27. "Wayward Pines Digital Release Announced!". Spotlight Report. May 13, 2015. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  28. Leone, Christopher. "Gone: A Wayward Pines Story - Christopher Leone". Retrieved June 21, 2015.
  29. Reiher, Andrea (June 18, 2015). "'Wayward Pines' digital companion series gives viewers a glimpse of the world before". Zap2It. Retrieved June 21, 2015.
  30. "Wayward Pines: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  31. "The Truth - Wayward Pines: Season 1, Episode 5 - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  32. "Wayward Pines: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  33. 1 2 3 4 "The 42nd Annual Saturn Awards nominations are announced for 2016!". Saturn Awards. February 24, 2016. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
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