The season 2 finale of “Wayward Pines” on Fox certainly brought surprises, but more than that it brought a particularly grim picture of the future. After all, the Abbies were close to storming the town, and many of the residents decided to go into a cryogenic chamber and sleep away another extended period of time. Meanwhile, Kerry sacrificed herself for the greater good.
So are there some ideas floating around out there for another season? We know that executive producer M. Night Shyamalan has talked about this being a three-season event, and that is something that original author Blake Crouch has also said. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly in a new interview, he explained what some of the themes and ideas for the third season could be:
“Just in terms of where the story goes, Wayward Pines has always been about man’s final hours, and I think that’s what Night and I were brainstorming when we were hemming and hawing about whether to push forward the series. One of things that we kept coming back to was this idea of man facing his own extinction. What does that look like? Mankind would be the first self-aware species to go extinct. The last saber-tooth tiger didn’t know it was the last saber-tooth tiger, but the idea that man knows he is in the sunset of his species is fascinating material to play in. And I think in a way, we push through season 2 to get to have that discussion in a potential season 3. What are those final hours, what are those final moments like? Are we resilient and brave? Are we afraid? We’re probably all of those things. What does that mean for art? Does art still matter then? It’s a bunch of really profound philosophical questions just about the nature of being, and so that’s the space we could play in.”
This all sounds unbelievably grim and depression, but at the same time, it does feel right for the show. We just hope that at some point along the way this season, we have a chance to see at least some sort of hope. This show functions best when we think that humanity could take a step forward, rather than just sink into despair. Let’s just hope that this said opportunity for a brighter future comes around.
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