Wayward Pines has 10 episodes and it is in some sense a one-season show, beginning on May 14th, 2015, and ending on July 23rd, 2015. The series was released on Fox and produced by Ron French. The executive producers for Wayward Pines are M. Night Shyamalan, Donald De Line, Chad Hodge, and Ashwin Rajan. It was developed by Chad Hodge. The series is in fact based on a the Wayard Pine novels which were written by Blake Crouch. The show is under the genres Thriller, Mystery, and Science Fiction.
The main cast includes Matt Dillon, the star, as Ethan Burke, a U.S. Secret Service Agent, Shannyn Sossamon as Theresa Burke, Ehtan's wife, Carla Gugino as Kate Hewsen, Reed Diamond as as Harold Ballinger, Toby Jones as David Pilcher, Terrence Howard as Sherriff Arnold Pope, Tim Griffin as Adam Hassler, Juliette Lewis as Beverly, Charlie Tahan as Ben Burke, Melissa Leo as Pamela Pilcher, Siobhan Fallon Hogan as Arlene Moran, Mike McShane as Big Bill, Justin Kirk as Peter McCall, Hope Davis as Megan Fisher, Sarah Jeffrey as Amy, and Barclay Hope as Brad Fisher.
Wayward Pines is a town in Idaho, and the show focuses on Ethan Burke, a secret service agent on the search for two missing federal agents. Not only is Ethan one of the best Secret Service agents in Seattle, one of the missing agents also happened to be his partner and former lover. Unfortunately a car accident lands him at a hospital in Wayward Pines where he awakes. This is where the audience first meets Pam, the nurse, who ends up becoming an enemy to Ethan with a role that is much darker and deeper than anyone would have thought. As Ethan gets better acquainted with the locals his wife learns that there is evidence that he wasn't even in the car that crashed. In a quest for answers his wife Theresa and their teenage son Ben make the trip to Wayward Pines. Ethan begins making a few more enemies aside from Pam in the town, particularly the Sheriff who doesn't like having a federal agent around. As Ethan learns more about Wayward Pines he slowly digs up more questions than he finds answers about the strange town and its odd residents. Ethan's own past and history of mental illness could be the cause of some of the very abnormal things taking place, either that or it really is the town. He does succeed in finding the missing agents, but it wasn't exactly what he was expecting.
Even though Wayward Pines initially had only one season, there is some talk and questions regarding whether or not there may actually be a second season. The first season was designed so that it could stand on its own—with a complete beginning and ending. Fans are excited to watch more Wayward Pines, and there is indeed already a following for the series. There is an opening for a second season and a possibility that it will come around eventually.
According to some, if you have not yet seen Wayward Pines but you would like to, you can't skip anything and you have to start from the beginning. A lot happens in each episode and it can go in different directions very quickly. It is also said to be very similar to another TV show called Twin Peaks, which for some people may be a good thing—but for others it may not be so good.
So far the first season has been received with generally good, albeit somewhat mixed reviews. Metacritic gives it an approval rating of 66%, Rotten Tomatoes 86%, IMDb gives it 8.1/10 stars and TV.com gives it 8.4/10 stars. Fans call the series moody, mysterious, substantial, ominous, and a fun and engaging puzzle. According to many viewers the season had its desired effect on them, and they were fully engrossed in the chilling and enrapturing aspects of Wayward Pines.
Critics often argue about the overall lay of the plot, saying that it is illogical and even “ludicrous.” The difference between who is told the truth in Wayward Pines and those who are not told the truth—and why they are not—has been argued about somewhat, especially those who dislike how the series eventually unraveled its secrets. Others say that the series took too long to get the point, teasing too much, and by the time it did arrive at its destination they no longer cared. Although there are plenty of people who disliked the series there appear to be more who did enjoy it.