FOX has quietly cancelled Wayward Pines, sources inform RenewCancelTV.
The cancellation comes despite the network claiming it will ‘reevaluate’ the possibility of a third season revival in future years. Our reliable sources say this is nothing more than ‘PR talk’.
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Will FOX renew Wayward Pines for a third and final season, or will it be cancelled?
Speaking to EW following the Season 2 finale cliffhanger, EP Blake Crouch talked up the need for a third season to continue and ultimately resolve the story:
If we’re lucky enough to have a third season, I think it’s possible for characters to return and to have new ones as well.
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 [Shyamalan, Crouch’s co-executive producer] 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.
Season 3 permitting, Crouch says he has an “idea” of what the series finale will look like and warns that it wont necessarily be a happy ending, per Zap2It:
“I hope [the series finale] would stay true to the theme and the tone we’ve established. I wouldn’t want to sell it out and go for some cheesy, hokey ending just for the sake of letting the audience be happy in the last moment and I don’t think the audience would want that either. I would want a real ending that is honest and would probably have some incredible poignancy and bittersweet moments. The idea of what the last episode looks like is very exciting.”
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the renewal status of Wayward Pines Season 3…
Loved this show
there was so much more that could have been done — so disappointed to see that it was cancelled the other day – missed the news a few years ago, evidently! Bad move by Fox….they keep making crap instead of working on developing scripts to keep good series going.
That’s a shame, it was a good show with a lot of potential. But it’s Fox, after all. They’ve been doing this for years; I still haven’t forgiven them for killing Brimstone after 1 season.
This is the precise reason I refuse to invest ANY time in watching new shows! You get immersed and then…WHAM! You are on the floor wondering WHY the rug was just pulled out from under you..
BOBBY STEELE says
WHEN MATT DILLON DIED IN THE FIRST SEASON I KNEW IT WOULDN’T MAKE IT FOR TOO LONG. THE FIRST SEASON HAD AN INCREDIBLE CHEMISTRY WITH THE CAST. YOU TAKE THAT AWAY FROM A SHOW LIKE THIS AND YOUR JUST LEAVING THE AUDIENCE WITH CRAP.
All the crap reality TV gets renewed and really cool shows like Wayward Pines that allows you to use your imagination, get canceled. No wonder we have such a country full of dopes. People would rather follow someone else’s life then live their own.
Joyce M says
OH No! We’ve been waiting so long for the next season. This was a really good show. Had a lot to say about what is human.
It was ending after season 3 so why didn’t they just allow season 3 to get an ending
Sadly have to agree with Lisa’s comment above but with one correction, it’s not just one country full of dopes but every country on the planet with access to TV broadcasts, and calling them dopes is putting it very mildly indeed. As for the renewal of all the bull crap reality TV whilst quality shows get shelved left right and centre, it’s disgusting that thought provoking and/or truly entertaining programs are ditched or never taken on board to begin with simply because it’s too easy and dirt cheap to produce pathetic drivel for the weak minded.
It’s not just the reality junk to blame for good shows being dropped or not taken on by broadcasters though, budgets are also affected by continuing shows that have run their course and should’ve been concluded. At the risk of provoking the anger of the many die hard fans, one such show (aired internationally by FOX) is The Walking Dead which should’ve been concluded at the end of last season. Many episodes are now so dragged out that they are boring disappointments, thank heaven for fast forward, a feeling shared by many others who were once riveted to every episode of the earlier seasons, indeed many people I know have completely given up on watching it.
For the last 3 seasons the content from 16 eps would just about have produced 8 or 9 eps of good enough entertainment value to justify it’s continuation, with that in mind it should by now have been concluded. HBO know not to destroy Game of Thrones by not stretching it into the realms of boredom, why can AMC not put an end to The Walking Dead (or FOX simply drop it) thus providing FOX with spare funding to invest in renewing great shows that haven’t run their course or creating the next big hit.
Very sad days when you discover that a truly great show will not at the very least be concluded with a final season, whilst utter tripe and borefests are continuously pumped out, RIP in cases such as this should mean Resurrect In Pride.
Huge disappointment FOX, I find myself watching more and more on other networks because you continue to cancel great shows like this leaving us hanging and fill them with mediocre ones.
Jeff Slocum says
Fox has become another network that really could care less what the viewers want or think about a show and will continue to renew crap they fund on other networks. To not finish Wayward Pines is utterly a slap in the face, it like other canceled gems of the past, was left opened for the 3rd season in the season 2 finally. As others mentioned, the show has followed the Wayward Pines Trilogy books pretty much book to season, so it would have come to a natural conclusion after the 3rd season. I have come to the conclusion Fox has canceled nearly every show I have enjoyed in the past 10 Seasons with no reason other than critics reviews, which more often than not do not reflect audience appeal. So I, like many do not invest any time in new shows, especially on Fox. There are enough great shows from the past that I have missed for one reason or another that I plan on watching I may not waste any time on any new programming!