The drama follows the inhabitants of a mysterious small town in Idaho. Season two will star Jason Patric, Djimon Hounsou, Josh Helman, and returning cast members Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon, and Melissa Leo.
In the interview, Shyamalan said the series will only last one more season:
After the success of the first season, Blake [Crouch, author ofThe Wayward Pines Trilogy] came to Philly and we hung out and I said, “Let’s just talk about what the end of this story is, and let’s work backwards from there. If we came out and didn’t feel strongly about the end point, then we’ll just leave it.” But, we thought it would be kind of cool to see if we had an ending, so we basically came up with an ending that we loved and then we said, “Well, how many episodes would it take to get to that end?” 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.”
When asked about the upcoming second season, he said fans will be excited by the new cast:
Look, the premise is such a beautiful one with all those people asleep, and how they feel when they wake up is so tantalizing to me, so it felt very natural to us [to move on from Ethan] when we were laying out the story. I liked the feeling of you not knowing who we’re waking up and how long they’ll last. It’s lovely to have that finality, that even our stars could get killed. [Laughs] And Jason [Patric, who plays new protagonist Theo] is interestingly funny the way Matt [Dillon, who played Ethan] was. He’s super charming, and I’ve been stunned by Jason’s nuance. I’m excited for the audience, I know they’re going to become addicted to him.”
He added that season two will have a more sci-fi feel to it:
But more importantly for me, this is the season about the Abbies, about what they are and how do they think and who they are. [Season 2] feels much more muscular, because the premise is outed. You can have more fun. In the first season, the first part had to be a dark mystery with a dark comedy edge to it, and then in the second half, it’s sci-fi. Now, there’s more chance for muscularity and bigger questions to be asked.”
Season two of Wayward Pines premieres tonight, May 25th, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
What do you think? Did you watch season one of Wayward Pines? Will you watch season two?