As promised, “Wayward Pines” had its first major reveal in Thursday’s (June 11) episode, titled “The Truth.” Warning: Don’t keep reading if you haven’t watched the episode.
One big mystery has been revealed to the “Wayward Pines” audience and to a few of its characters — the human race was wiped 2000 years prior to the setting of the show and the residents of Wayward Pines are all that’s left.
They were kept in suspended animation for thousands of years by Dr. David Pilcher (Toby Jones), who masquerades as the town’s psychiatrist Dr. Jenkins.
Zap2it had the chance to speak with executive producer Chad Hodge about this reveal, so here are five insights into the show so far and what’s to come:
1. The Abbies aren’t CGI
Hodge agrees with Zap2it that what humans have devolved into — the Aberrations, or “Abbies” — from author Blake Crouch’s book on which the show is based are “incredibly scary,” so he wanted to stay true to that without having them look too fake.
“It was a challenge to figure out how to make them scary and realistic and not look too CGI. They’re played by people with CGI enhancement. I don’t want to reveal too much, but I wanted them to look as human as possible,” says Hodge.
2. Orientation is a deviation from the book
In the book, the reveal of what year it is and what the residents of Wayward Pines are is revealed to Ethan (Matt Dillon) by Pilcher, not the teens at Wayward Pines Academy — at least in the first book, anyway. Part of this decision was because of time constraints — Ethan’s journey in the book is much longer than it was on the show — but part of it is also because the creators wanted to show “much more that’s happening with the town.”
3. The book also offers a few more details about the Abbies
“They’re far more intelligent than the great apes and exponentially more aggressive,” says Pincher in the novel. “We’ve captured a handful over the years. Studied them. Tried to establish communication, but it’s all failed. Their speed and strength is more in line with your average Neanderthal man. At sixty pounds, they’re lethal, and some of them grow to two hundred. … It’s sobering when you realize we aren’t at the top of the food chain anymore. Occasionally, an Abby will get through [the fence], but we keep the outskirts of town on motion sensors and the entire valley under sniper surveillance, day and night.”
4. Pilcher has plans for Ethan
Now that Ethan is in on the secret, Pilcher wants him to help run things. “The people in town, for the most part, can’t handle the truth of what’s out there. But you … you can’t handle the lie,” says Pilcher in the book. “The not knowing. You’re the first resident I’ve ever shared any of this with. … Help me run Pines. From the inside. It’ll be a helluva job, but you were made for it.”
5. But the mystery isn’t over, and the creators do have a plan
Even though viewers know what’s going on in Wayward Pines, they don’t know everything.
“After the reveal of the truth, it doesn’t get less interesting, it gets more interesting,” says Hodge. “I wrote a 110-page bible for this show after we sold it to FOX … before we ever shot a frame for the pilot. I knew exactly where it was gonna go and wove the story using all three books. If there were to be a second season, it would be new material. I’ve become really close with the author, Blake Crouch, over the past three years and we’ve been talking about Season 2.”
“Wayward Pines” returns in two weeks, Thursday, June 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.