“Wayward Pines” returned Wednesday (May 25) with “Enemy Lines,” which sees the isolated Idaho town three years from where Season 1 left off, with the First Generation ruling with an iron fist and the Abbies knocking on the door once again.
Zap2it caught up with executive producer Mark Friedman to talk about the new season, which he teases will be exploring some unexpected parts of the show not previously showcased. He also addresses the major death that happened in the Season 2 premiere — so be warned of spoilers.
In the premiere episode, Carla Gugino’s character Kate killed herself in a rather shocking fashion, but slitting her own throat while standing over Megan Fisher (Hope Davis). Friedman says they were sad to lose Gugino to “Roadies,” but he loved the way she went out.
“We had big plans for Carla and then ‘Roadies’ happened. We knew it was coming, but I wanted her back on the show so badly, in some ways she’s the heart of it. And you think, ‘What is the best thing I can do with the limited time I have with this character?’ She was so gracious and enthusiastic about it and completely understood how perfectly it fit into the world of Wayward Pines.”
Friedman adds, “I’m curious how people will react to it. If they’re unhappy, you’ve done their job because they love that character. But yeah, I was just lucky to get her back at all … it was really a good way to start everything off.”
Kate’s death notwithstanding, perhaps the most shocking part of the premiere was when the Abbies attacked the fence, piling up bodies so they could try to breach Wayward Pines’ perimeter. Friedman says the Abbies’ world is going to be a large part of Season 2, as Season 1 only just scratched the surface of what’s going on outside the town.
“We’re going to be exploring the Abbies more this season, outside the fence. We’ll learn a lot more about their world this season and also the idea that maybe they’re not just our enemy in this world but possibly our replacement in this world,” says Friedman. “The first season was about them as one-dimensional monsters, this zombie-like behavior where they want to eat and run and scream and drool. But they are still us in some version.
“So we will learn more about the Abbies in terms of how they behave, how they communicate. And I will point out there’s one thing about the Abbies that we have learned nothing about is there obviously are females, but we’ve only seen the males. This season we’ll learn more about the females. I think this show has always been about strong female characters and in the first season it was about strong female human characters and in this season, it’ll be more about strong female Abbie characters.”
However, even with the Abbies looking to storm the gates, they still may not be the biggest threat to the town. When asked if the biggest threat to the citizens of Wayward Pines are the Abbies or Jason (Tom Stevens), who is basically the ruthless dictator of the town, Friedman laughs and says, “That’s a great question.”
“I would argue that it’s a close fight between those two of who is the biggest threat. One thing we talked a lot about this season is the question of whether mankind deserves to be here. We’ve seen people in the town do more damage than the Abbies ever did. It’s mankind’s nature to want to survive, but at the same time, it’s also mankind’s nature to destroy itself. We want to play that game in which the Abbies are there, they’re gathering, they’re waiting for something, but they might just be running out the clock because eventually we’ll kill each other.”
Friedman eventually gives the slight edge to Jason, adding, “Jason is in control of Wayward Pines now and he’ll do anything to keep that control.”