After the success of the first season, Blake [Crouch, author of The 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.
On the possibility of the 3-season plan morphing into a 4-season story, the exec producer said:
No, I don’t think so. When we sketched it out over the few days we were there, I said, “We have to go from here to here to here,” and we got there. By the end of the second season, we were exactly where we wanted to be.
Wayward Pines Season 2 premieres May 25 on FOX.
Stay tuned as we monitor the status of Wayward Pines Season 3…