Wayward Pines Series Finale Review: Dinner Time

Wayward Pines S01E10: "Cycle"

What a world! What a ride! What a delightfully unsettling ending to Wayward Pines, the downright coziest vision of a dystopian post-apocalypse we’ve ever seen. “Cycle” both tied up the major through lines of our series, brought things full circle, and left a door wide open for a second season. Netflix? Amazon? 

Let’s start at the top: The lights were out and the Abbies were on their way.


Like, DAMN. How did the Wayward Pines volunteers even build that fence in the first place?! There are just SO MANY ABBIES in those woods! It’s crowded like Coachella out there.

As the Abbies converged on the defenseless town, Pam—in the most dramatic character arc of the entire series—begged Dr. Pilcher to turn the fence back on, reminding him these were not just test subjects down in Wayward Pines, but HUMAN LIVES. Dr. Pilcher was like, “Nope. Let’s move on to Batch C. The Abbies will burn through the meat in a few weeks, then we’ll leaf blow the bones aside and start fresh.” 

He’s a bit of a perfectionist that Dr. Pilcher. He was convinced his subject’s brains were now tainted by despair from Ethan revealing the truth, and he didn’t want to wait around for people to start offing themselves. Why wait when you’ve got a horde of peckish Abbies to do the dirty work for you? I mean these Abbies were PECKISH.

SO PECKISH!


Holy moly, I know I asked last week to see an Abbie tear through the biergarten or something, but this was unmitigated carnage! People in fleece jackets getting munched in the streets! Then the terrorists stalked down main street mowing down every bald devil in their path, like they’d been waiting for this day all year. Whoof. 


Also: Much respect to the post production people who apparently tirelessly went through frame after frame of the Abbies and blurred out their butts. At some point I think the director told all the body-building extras to run with their butts stuck out, because that was how all of them ran, yet I saw nary a crack, and someone pulled some long hours blurring many butts to make that happen. So, thank you.

Dr. Pilcher called security on his mutinous sister Pam and ordered all the volunteers to hop back in the re-freeze vending machines, but then Pam gave this amazing speech, all like, “Guys, come on, we’re here to save lives not turn a blind eye while hundreds of innocent people get eaten by legit monsters.” It was pretty hopeful and convincing up until someone tased her on the neck, forcibly dressed her in a silver Time Freeze suit, and locked her up in a Coke Machine.


Yeah, the volunteers decided it was time to take off their clothes and put on those head-to-toe silver Spanx.

Meanwhile, Piece of Shit Handsome Dude was waking up with his nicely ironed dress shirt all ruined. 


Some of the other members of the First Generation of Assholes club came and liberated him and all his pals and they hurried off to the school. They were not even phased by the town being devoured by naked monsters as Dr. Pilcher had explained to the First Generation that one day there would be a Day of Reckoning, but they had a safe place where they could wait it out, namely a giant Costco cleverly concealed in Hope Davis’ special re-education room.


Meanwhile, Theresa and Ben were trapped in the abandoned hospital with Amy which was now choc-a-bloc with monsters, but with the help of a syringe Theresa was able to defend Amy and Ben until Ethan and his trusty shotgun could show up and take them to the Boxwood Bunker, where the fraction of the town that hadn’t been chewed up by monsters had fled.

Hope Davis, defiant to the end, was bullied into giving the survivors the code to an elevator that would take them up to Pilcher’s Mountain hideout. And she was bullied by BEN of all people, who apparently can think for himself after all!


Then Hope Davis stayed behind when everyone else left to let the First Generation in, if they ever came a-knockin’. They didn’t, but the ABBIES DID. Oh, poor Hope Davis. Dr. Pilcher didn’t tell you about the giant Costco, and instead you became the free sample.


From just about here on, “Cycle” became a race between humans and Abbies as the survivors tried to get up into the mountain stronghold before the Abbies reached and devoured them. Ethan, his wife, and his mistress lead the way in a leadership triumvirate that kind of left Theresa out in the cold? Hmmm.


Next: It's over... or is it! Find out how things end!

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Sep 03, 2015
Grownup Katniss Everdeen! Hahahaha! Priceless
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Aug 03, 2015
The thing i like the most about this show has been the setting. I liked the creepy little town full of mystery that is Wayward Pines, ID. Story-wise, it was meh after "The Truth". Most of the time after that it felt like it wasn't actually going anywhere with the life-after-earth story, and then in the finale, boom! Ethan couldn't just get out of the elevator and throw the bomb in from there, because, naturally, he had to sit there, wait for the abbies to reach up, and say; "Sayanora bitches!"

I didn't realize that i was watching the series finale, then i remembered that this was meant to be a mini-series. Whether as a season or a series ender, it was an hasty and sketchy finale. All in all, i do want to see a second season. Although to think that Ethan's-99%- dead, Pilcher's gone, and that weird ending, i don't know how would it be. Just hope they wouldn't screw it up by making it about angry teens.
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Jul 31, 2015
The ending was the only good thing in this boring episode. Of course the whole series is stupid. If the abbies were do dangerous, why didn't they simply kill Ethan in the woods, instead of merely scratching him? No wonder this series has been lying on the shelf for so long.
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Jul 29, 2015
The bad guys won, no wonder Hollywood lets the good guys always win. It kinda sucks. Great series!
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Jul 28, 2015
I thought it was a nonsense ending that made the whole story pointless. All that and we end up in a worst place than where we started. No explanation as to how the teens took over. just drama and twists to enable a second season without logic.
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Jul 28, 2015
Lily.....there's no way Ethan killed himself in despair. He had a chance to live out his life with his Wife, Son and newly single Mistress as pretty much the Head Man of the place. Lot's of incentive to stay alive. ;)

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Jul 28, 2015
I'm not sure why everyone is down on the ending. Pilcher said his ideas would carry on and he made sure of that by training the 1st generation to devote themselves to his program. And they did. He was the smartest guy there and he won out except for getting shot by his sister. lol. Just because it's not a happy ending doesn't make it a bad ending. I thought it was a well made, well acted good 10 episode event. I'm glad I watched.
Too bad Ethan got blowed up though. It seems like there must have been another option.
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Jul 27, 2015
Someone put my earbuds back in? My poor, poor dumb boy! Haha, I thought that was pretty dumb of Ben too.
I thought Dillon's character just wanted the nightmare to end as well. Also I think Piltcher was both crazy and a visionary, which sometimes is the case! Finally I don't know if they could sustain a whole other season, but I wouldn't mind a movie perhaps.
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Jul 27, 2015
Sea-son Two! Sea-son Two!
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Jul 27, 2015
I kinda liked it. The one thing I did not like was the inconsistency of abilities of the creatures. They go from badass-that-can-cut-a-man-without-him-even-noticing and OMG-we-need-to-build-a-fence-to-save-humanity-from-extinction-cause-these-things-are-super-strong-and-fast-and-have-the-best-senses-as-if-they-were-the-ultimate-predators to slightly-smarter-zombies-that-don't-infect-anyone.
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Aug 02, 2015
That's what i was thinking. I mean what are these things!? They're climbing, jumping around, running at cheetah speeds.. Oh, and they're cannibals. They were supposed to be primative creatures that are supposedly derived from humans. They have become a joke as the season continued.
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Jul 27, 2015
Ok, so I guess the twist was that there was no twist? I kept expecting "Xaxa viewers, I trick you!" moment when ti's all revealed to be... something else. I don't know what exactly.

So now kids are running the show? Good luck keeping power up seeing how their school curriculum consisted of biology and sex.
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Jul 27, 2015
Haha, I agree with that last part!
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Jul 26, 2015
Well that was a fun ride but the ending wasn't very satisfactory, or a very good starting point for a possible sequel. Reminded me of the Dollhouse finale : "We saved the world !" then 10 years later: end of the world.
I guess it might make sense that the kids took over the town if they were better disciplined/combat trained, but if a potential season 2 is just going to be a teen version of season 1, then the story might as well end here.

Something I've been wondering about : what really happened to the first group ? Did they really all commit suicide, or did Pilcher loose the Abbies on them when they refused to follow him blindly ? Probably the latter, I suspect...
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Jul 26, 2015
You know, I was curious so I went ahead and read the third novel (It's free to read online, legally even) and I was surprised to find out the entire third book was basically condensed into one episode, and with a wildly different outcome. I am not sure why they cut out some very important parts (ESPECIALLY why Ethan's boss sent him off to Wayward in the first place) but I liked the book ending far better than the slipshod finale we were given on the show.

The book ending made me drool for a sequel. The TV show made me not care one way or another.
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Jul 26, 2015
The '2nd ending' doesn't make a lick of sense, the adults had all the weapons! Ethan and Kate had disarmed the guards, the brats in the costco arc didn't look to have any (tho I guess maybe there was a gunrack among those shelves or something).... but the Adults had full control of the compound! How did they all get herded into the coke machines?

Would have been better to end on the kate and pam scene.
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Jul 26, 2015
We have to keep in mind most of the adults wanted to leave Wayward Pines whether there was something out there or not. And there's no reason for them to stay after they secured the compund: Pilcher was gone. Pam's crew was on their side.

Just because Amy told Ben they would put him with the adults, doesn't mean they would put them with their adults. There were a lot more people inside those pods.
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Jul 26, 2015
Maybe the kids had the overall numbers? I was pretty sure there was a caged gun rack to the left of the entry as the First Generation kids were opening the Ark.
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Jul 26, 2015
I thought the last episode was pretty good until the last 2 minutes of the show. I was so disappointed about that and even though it was an unexpected twist and something most people enjoy, I really hope they change things around real quick in the 1st episode of the 2nd season because if what we saw is what the next season is going to be like, I'm NOT going to watch it anymore. I heard the same thing from everyone I know who has been watching it - they are also very disappointed with the last couple minutes of the episode. I can't stand those mean, nasty and self righteous kids.

I want the ending to be with Kate and Pam.

I also want Matt Dillon to remain on the show if possible because I really like him and his character.

Please listen to your audience.
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Jul 27, 2015
There probably will not be a second season. A second season was discussed at one point and then dismissed. Unless they announced a second season in the past few days, then I think we have accept the season finale as the series finale as it was originally planned.
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Jul 25, 2015
Well I'm just going to forget the last 3 or 4 minutes of that episode happened. Pam seemed to actually want to do things differently, so for the situation in Wayward Pines to be the way it is in the end implies some sort of revolution in management that removed Pam from power and has some nutjob Pilcher groupie in charge now. Otherwise the surveillance, reckonings etc. and somehow hibernation of the entire human population (where did they get the manpower to enforce that one?) dont make sense.
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Jul 25, 2015
I don't think Pam or Kate are among the adults kept sleeping, those kids that "ran" were running to something/someone, so I'm gessing the First Class didn't capture all the adults.
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Jul 25, 2015
I've decided that the true ending was the one with Pam and Kate coming to an understanding. That last bit was the fevered dream of Ethan's schmuck son. So I can now think of all the ways that Theresa, Pam and Kate help lead the last remaining humans onto a better tomorrow.

However, no matter if Fox actually does a 2nd season or not, I'm out. I enjoyed the show, but the "science" behind the abbie's and (at the minimum) of 20,000 years of evolution in supposedly 2000 years has killed my suspension of disbelief. With no better reasoning than pollution and climate change, there's nothing for me to grab onto about the entire premise.

But it has been a fun ride.
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Jul 28, 2015
I agree. For me that was the true ending too.
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Jul 25, 2015
You're right to choose the ending that appeals you the most. However I think you shouldn't let rationality take over your thinking process. Our scientific knowledge is limited and the individual one even more. For instance you forgot to consider the fast mutation of some viruses and how quickly they can alter the cells in greater organisms. One year you have AIDS or cancer, the next you're dead. One year you're human, the next you're a monster.
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Jul 26, 2015
I have an educated understanding of evolution (my degree is in geosciences and my specialization was vertebrate paleontology). How the abbies were explained to have evolved is not how evolution works on the macro scale. Germs and viruses evolve as they do because they are microorganisms that have a short "life spans" with a generational turnover in hours, days or weeks. If it had been explained that the
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Jul 31, 2015
I think there's an interesting prequel idea in which David Pilcher genetically engineers a mutation designed to render humans more resilient to environmental conditions (much like they already do with tomatoes and such). He's mid-way through successful human trials when the FBI starts snooping around, and knowing he's running out of time he releases the virus (which carries the mutation) into the wild and destroys his lab. It spreads rapidly across the globe, as intended. It's not until years later that his former test subjects start to display side effects - heightened aggression, changes in skin pigmentation, a voracious appetite. After one of them kills and eats a lab worker he realises that he's doomed the human race. Wayward Pines is his plan B.

I suppose one would then have to assume that the people selected for Wayward Pines are all people who happen to be resistant to the virus, and also that he can somehow build the facility and kidnap everyone before people start turning into abbies, which makes things a bit convoluted, but heck, I think there's an idea in there somewhere. I'd rather see something like that than teen dystopia city. ;P
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Jul 31, 2015
Now that's something I could get behind.
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Jul 27, 2015
The condensed evolutionary time frame was what was the biggest thing you had to suspend belief about? LOL
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Jul 29, 2015
No, that was the one thing I could not suspend disbelief about. Do try to actually read my comment, instead of quickly scanning it for a quick laugh.
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Jul 26, 2015
...abbies had been created by genetic engineering, by radioactive mutation, or something similar, I could buy that. And that would also explain the destruction of civilization by 2095. That was not the explanation given.

Sorry about the break-up of my response, I accidentally hit the submit button mid-sentence.
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Jul 25, 2015
Hmmm... pretty crappy ending, really, though I can understand the angles with trying to tie things up AND leave a wide-open space for season two (though without Dillon I've lost interest right there). It was still not COMPLETELY bad and on the whole I thought the show was great up until the end. Well done for a first seasoner.
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Jul 25, 2015
There is no season 2. It was a limited series based on all three books in the trilogy. That's all folks.
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Aug 01, 2015
I see now that it says SERIES finale and not just season. Maybe my subconscious was hoping that it was not at an end, or hoping they do indeed 'create' a season two and not just limit it to the covers of the books. Oops.
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Jul 25, 2015
when has that ever stopped tvland before :/
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Jul 25, 2015
Apparently the ratings were very good for the finale. We will see how temped they are.
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Jul 27, 2015
I know it was based on books and therefore the story limited, but as traylaparc said, and I was suggesting, it doesn't mean the scriptwriters won't go one with (and probably ruin) the show with a second season. Often happens... and once in a while they even create something better (can't see that being the case here).
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Jul 25, 2015
I know I'm late commenting but that's just how pissed off I was with how this show ended.

1. There was no reason for Ethan to die. I've never read the trilogy so I don't know how it all goes down in the books but people have said that the show deviated from the books in many ways. I'm sure Ethan could have gone up the ladder and dropped the bombs down. Or left the bombs in the elevator and then climbed out. Or not bothered with the bombs at all and followed everyone up, so then they could all fight the abbies coming through the shaft. It's one doorway for crying out loud.

2. And speaking of that elevator... It was such a dumb moment when the second group was waiting for the elevator and the elevator was sitting there open as abbies rushed the tunnels down below. That was a lot of time wasted.

3. I'd like to know how those First Generation punks got so much power. But I'm not curious enough to watch another season of this show. I don't get how Pam, Kate and even Theresa, plus all those adults who worked behind the scenes, let those little pricks take over.

4. On the plus side, Pilcher was finally killed. As soon as he cut the power, I wanted him gone. On the bad side, I was really looking forward to watching an abby eat Megan and they cheated us out of that scene.

After watching the episode I was left feeling like I'd wished they'd all just died in the end while the abbies ran free. I'd have preferred that to the way this ended. I'm very disappointed.
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Jul 25, 2015
i agree with the first point, as i recall from the earlier episodes the bomb were designed with a delay no?
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Jul 26, 2015
Yes, the bombs had timers on them.
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Jul 25, 2015
Ever since Beverly died I assumed everyone would die, it was a matter of know how I feel by then: Pope's gave me the same satisfaction as Pilcher's, Harold's was heartbreaking, Megan's bittersweet, etc.

Ethan's was one of those deaths that feel earned: he accomplished what he came here to do, he fixed what needed to be fixing and he saved the future where he could've sully over their past, his family where he could've walked away with his mistress, the town where he could've just walked away.

I thought it made him all the more heroic for it.
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Jul 25, 2015
Who built that statue?
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Jul 25, 2015
Clearly Hope Davis is not dead, as you didn't see her actually die. I imagine that she's the new Pilcher (i.e., final antagonist) if the series actually makes it to season 2.

I do want to see more of the show, but with Ethan dead from an act of (pointless) self-sacrifice, that means his shitty son will be carrying the protagonist load in a theoretical season 2. Between his son being badly written and badly acted, that doesn't fill me with great hope. But hey, I enjoyed the first season for what it was, so whatever.
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Jul 25, 2015
How would Megan have survived? I considered this myself since they cheated us out of seeing her die. But unless she worked some hypno tricks on the abbies, I don't see how she'd survive being swarmed by a pack of them.
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Aug 01, 2015
You make a damn good point and I agree.
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Jul 25, 2015
So simple, if they want to keep her around (and I would suspect that if they are doing another season, they would) then she'd be the perfect villain. Another tunnel to the "Arc". It makes sense and if anybody woudl know about it, it would be her.
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Jul 26, 2015
Very true. Good point.
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Jul 25, 2015
I’m so very disappointed with that ending. I had a sinking feeling back in “The Truth”, because it felt like the show had revealed all its cards and, in doing so, lost a great deal of tension. Throughout the last few episodes, I’d been hoping they’d saved up some big reveal, but alas no, just chugging along until they hit the reset switch. Lame.

The biggest problem I have with that that ending, though, is that I never felt like I saw a leader among the kids. It wasn’t too incredible that the grinning psycho loon could get a couple of buddies to tag along (and nervously watch), while he murdered helpless victims in the Sheriff’s office - but to have convinced all the teens to follow him and take over the entire town? And that nutjob apparently orchestrated a bloodless coup, where they just froze the adults? Nope, I don’t buy it. They should have spent more time developing the teen characters, to make that ending work.
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Jul 25, 2015
We'd already seen their unity at the Hospital outside Amy's bed. They were promised one thing and that one thing was happening: it doesn't take much for a child to believe in an adult and they all believed Pilcher for it.

Personally, I don't need to see a leader because I'm on Ben's side, on the adult's side, on Kate's side on this. I understand where Amy, "the psycho loon" and Megan are coming from, but I already sided with someone else. I don't need to know who's the First Class's leader because I want to know which one is the leader on Pam's side and I how Ben is going to find the adults.
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Jul 25, 2015
I agree wholeheartedly. It's like the teens were just thrown in there when they decided that this was how the show would end.

And yes, after the truth was revealed the show kind of deflated after that.
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Jul 25, 2015
I'd watch a second season. The ending did not bother me, good guys don't win in real life, why should they in our entertainment.
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Jul 25, 2015
Good series, i liked it, and I want to see more of what happens in this weird place! no need to over-analyze it, just sit down and enjoy it! learn to have fun!
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Jul 25, 2015
I think I made the right choice in giving up on it after ep6.
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Jul 25, 2015
I wish I'd given up along with you. *sigh*
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Jul 25, 2015
Horrible ending, made me feel cheated for watching 10 episodes.

Oh yeah, everything was a waste and the town went right back to being a totalitarian nightmare.

I realize anything associated with M. Night Shyamalan feels it has to have a "twist" ending, but this was a total let down.
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Jul 25, 2015
I would definitely watch season 2 and I hope AMC or some online channel picks it up! As for Pitcher, he was a visionary as he foresaw mankind's extinction--did they ever explain what caused that?--and saved/kidnapped so many of them. In the book I read they actually explain he selected the best and brightest in various fields so humanity could start over again. It's clear though that he started seeing himself as a god (even viewing people sleeping!), and in the end he wanted to wipe them out for disappointing him.
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Jul 25, 2015
Maybe Fox will have a Wayward Pines revival ten years from now. That seems the direction they are going these days.
I wish Sheriff Pope had lasted a little longer. Him and that Rocky Road ice cream.

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Jul 25, 2015
I think Pilcher started out with the right intentions, he wanted to save the human race. Somewhere along the line the power and control got to him and he began to think himself a god. But that does not take away the fact that he did try to do the right thing.

It is like what Harvey Dent said in The Dark Knight. " You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." Pilcher started out the savior of mankind but eventually became it's worst enemy.

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Jul 25, 2015
doesn't series finale mean the show is over?i like this show,but to end like that,is it coming back or not?
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Jul 25, 2015
The show was billed as a limited series, a one and done which used up the entire trilogy of books it was based on. This may have been how they were able to get Terrence Howard and Juliette Lewis who were both regulars on other series, Juliette's even being on a rival network.

However, with the ratings being pretty good I doubt that Fox would simply let the show go. It just wouldn't make much business sense. They could come up with more storylines if they want to continue and even use the freezing aspect to explain why some of the actors did not return or to introduce new ones. It might lose a bit of its appeal though since part of the shows allure was that it only needed ten weeks of a persons attention to tell a complete story.
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Jul 25, 2015
I thought it was a decent ending. I wished Ethan hadn't died and for a happier ending in general but that is because i like happy endings. I did not find many wrongs with this show i was entertained through out all the episodes. Just one odd thing from the final episode, why did the school teacher/brainwashing lady stay at the hatch to open it if more children would come? She would have known the children were not heading there at all, but to the school shelter where they went. Or did she do it on purpose, she wanted to get eaten? Suicide by monsters because she was disillusioned with Pilcher?
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jmw
Jul 25, 2015
Good question and at first I thought it was a plot hole but considering the open ending all theories are possible. For instance Pilcher could have told about the shelter to only a few First Generation members.
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Jul 25, 2015
Oh Lily, this blog is so hilarious it's better than the series! I lost it with the caption "Blammy Blammy Blam" and ROFL'd ever since.

Yeah, the ending looked like it was all going to turn out to be Ben's concussion dream, and then it went the other way. Thanks, M Night. So intent on making a twist that you screwed up the story. Now a world of dystopian teens means the series is going straight over to the CW, where in Logan's Run fashion, no one lives beyond 30.

So Pam becomes the superhero while Mrs Burke remains a 2-dimensional bit of of scenery. Ethan recreates the scene from Armageddon, and well, everywhere, because he knows how to arm and disarm bombs, but not how to make a ten foot fuse.

One nitpick, Lily: Nobody was phased; they were fazed. To be phased, they would need to be shot by a redshirted ensign moments before that ensign became the landing party's first casualty.
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Jul 25, 2015
The 100 gravure models vs. Wayward Pines Group B First Generation. Fight !!
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Jul 25, 2015
I think this show had a lot of potential. Every episode just made you want to know more and more about what was really going on... and then the series finale happened. I feel like they just ran out of time or money and decided - to hell with it! It was very underwhelming, to say the least.

As far as season two, after seeing the finale, I don't think I'd be up for a second season. What could possibly happen that hasn't already happened with a different set of people? It turns out that there was no twist and nothing else to learn. The world really did end and Wayward Pines was all that was left. Oh well.
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Jul 24, 2015
So Pilcher said they would wait for the aberrations to migrate during winter and they could then retake the town, which presumably this implies the "first generation" did. Yet presumably the human race was supposed to have been too dumb in the past to move far enough north that even during the summer there would be no problem with these creatures. (ignoring the nonsensical idea they would have originated in the first place and not been taken out by humans quickly when tiny in number, or genetically screened out or engineered out as presumably Pilcher must have done for the town's population not to give birth to more aberrations). It isn't clear of course how these aberrations are supposed to have crossed oceans to eliminate the human race elsewhere. And of course after all this apparently the "first generation" somehow were capable of taking over from the adults, which also doesn't make much sense. The reason this may seem "original" to some is because it doesn't make much sense so most writers who aren't scientific illiterates who seem to struggle with logic.
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Jul 25, 2015
The book might provide more background info that explains some of your questions. It makes sense to move far north but how do you move all the food, computers and other stuff that makes up the town and it's protective wall? The Abs might have been all over the world if their creation was a global event. Basically nowhere to run for the remaining humans.
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Jul 25, 2015
The way I read the story was there was an end war, most likely involving nukes which wiped out humanity. Whatever was left mutated. Reason: NSA agent Adam already knew about the plan to kidnap Ethan which suggests at least some level of government involvement.
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Jul 24, 2015
If there were any thought of a second season, then the TV show should have ended like the trilogy books. More optimistic, with better alternatives for the future. There are factors happening during the last two days of the books that make the story more credible, more mature. Reasons and explanations are given about the fate of mankind. Decisions are taken based on facts and data in future scenarios according to natural resources and possible ways of life. The trilogy opens for the story to continue one day to save humans.
The TV show never reached into facts, life outside the town, surviving conditions, nothing. It just finished like a regular Twilight Zone episode. I guess one could not expect better from Mr Nigh Shyamalan, regardless of him directing or not, every time he touches something, it turns to dust.
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Jul 24, 2015
I liked the books, but I liked the TV ending so much better. As somebody already wrote - this was a 10 part Twilight Zone episode. For me the last 2 episodes were pretty annoying and so I had no high hopes for the finale, but I really loved it. No cliffhanger, just kind of an 80th horror movie ending.
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Jul 25, 2015
Interesting. I have not read the trilogy but probably will out of curiosity.
No happy ending in the TV series. And we already knew that key characters were not safe when some were killed off earlier in the series, like the sheriff.
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Jul 24, 2015
Well, I didn't see that ending coming. I have mixed feelings about it. I don't know if I'd watch a second season if there was one. I really didn't care for Ben throughout the season. If it came back he would probably be the main character and that would be a minus for me. As for shadowing out the Abbies butts, I guess it was fortunate that all the female Abbies weren't as hungry. The editors would have had to spend a little bit more time shadowing.
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jmw
Jul 25, 2015
Male ? Female ? What if Abbies were both ! Maybe their sexuality is developed in the novels
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Jul 24, 2015
I would probably take a gander at a hypothetical season 2, if the first shot was of Ben strung up and dead, with no further explanation needed or given. Amy could be the lead young-adult heroine. And instead of wasting efforts on trying to change the fish bowl, psychosis inducing, genetic-entrophy,deathtrap of a town, she just works to wake up the adults (already apprised that it's the end of the world as they know it) and they head out of town by any means necessary.

I was shaking my head through the entire last sequence. Terrible.

The mini-series was just sloppy. I always look for some cheesy goodness during the summer time, but this was just bad. Maybe if they had spread the three books out over three summer mini-series it would have been more palatable, but as is, it's just so full of plotholes, shallow personalities, murky motivations, and horrendous faux-science explanations.

David Pilcher's great plan to save humanity was to recreate his warped vision of his 50s-60s childhood. OK. How did the volunteers not catch on to his crazy earlier?

Who the hell finished training Amy to be a nurse, if all the adults are on ice?

When did First Gen and Ben learn that Pilcher was alive? I thought Hope Davis said in their Intro to Brainwashing 101 class that Pilcher was dead? Ben said in the tunnel when he suddenly sassed Hope Davis that she said that David was always watching over them. WTF?

So that explains the lack of religious practice in WP. Pilcher was their gawwwd. That still doesn't explain the lack of tech in the town, no languages other than English, and no music besides some muzak. I guess I could understand the lack of books...because that might give the little cultees thoughts and feelings anathema to David's vision.

Like was Pope and his mutilated corpse hanging/displaying penchant his own thing or was it in Pilcher's "How to be Sheriff of Wayward Pines" manual that Ethan never bothered to read. Sicko Sherriff, Jr. certainly took up the mantle.

Now that it's been revealed that the Abbies migrate seasonally, I'm really annoyed that WP HQ hadn't established more territory outside their wall. Like what if something disastrous happened, outside of Abbie infiltration, such as a forest fire or an earthquake and they needed to move or have time to rebuilt some walls.
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jmw
Jul 25, 2015
I didn't really like Amy but I definitely root for a female lead. I'm sure some fan fiction will soon be published !
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Jul 24, 2015
I'm all in for season 2!
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Jul 24, 2015
Nope I wouldn't watch a another season. The finale kind of ruined the whole season for me. I thought it was terrible. Just don't see anything more that would keep me interested. Bye Wayward Pines, it was ok knowing you.
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Jul 24, 2015
I liked the ending. Despite Pilcher being a meglomaniac, he wasn't entirely wrong. Many people, when met with what they see as an insurmountable scenario will choose to kill themselves. Which wouldn't be good for a tiny community like that. As he stated, he tried before to inform the town of the full picture before and it failed. The pragmatic approach would be a form of what he did. I wasn't surprised in the least that they went back to it, but this time kids were the citizens.

The one thing that I took issue with was the intelligence of the Abbies, well not necessarily their intelligence but how it wasn't presented well in regard to the show. Clearly they had intelligence, but they appeared to have a pack mentality and I am simply not sure that they would attack in the manner that they did initially because initially they were outnumbered. Seemed odd to me. Also, if the mountain could track them outside of the town then why didn't they do anything about them. Stick a guy with a .338 on a cliff and just pick them off.

Overall I think it was a good series and I enjoyed it for the most part.
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Jul 24, 2015
I guess the cricket speakers were just supposed to be part of the illusion of a perfect idyllic town.

I was super-bummed about Ethan. He ended up being one of the bravest and strongest characters. Who knew that Matt Dillon had it in him to be so compelling.

It didn't save them after all. But just like Pilcher's dream lives on, so too will Ethan's sacrifice, probably. The dream of true freedom will never die either.

Yes, that Pilcher statue just cinched the creepiness of the New New World Order that this next generation of Wayward Pines becomes.

I would watch if it were expanded. But I don't think or know that it needs to be. While the ending was left a bit open for there to be more. It was also a really good horror/twist ending. We got more of an ending than we usually do, so I think we should just let it be.

Networks should do more mini-series instead of trying for complicated stories that just end up getting cancelled. Except for Ascension which had an extremely incomplete ending. I thought surely, as a mini-series it'd have a conclusion. That seemed extremely incomplete and irritated me, despite enjoying it otherwise.
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Jul 24, 2015
Not sure why most are mad about the conclusion. Knowing it would be a short series (there were only three books I believe) it makes sense that they would end it openly.

I mean what was the alternative solution for the survivors? They take over the town and...still die by the abbies? Live there for the rest of their lives? Try to expand civilization by roaming from one area to another? (At that point you're just doing the walking dead).

I will agree though that Ethan's death was senseless. I kept thinking why doesn't he climb up the shaft and detonate the bombs. He had a good 5-10 minutes!

Also a few open ended questions for any who may know the answers: Were there other towns? Why hibernate the adults if there's no desire to wake them up? Why was that kid wearing a uniform two sizes too big at the end? Why do they have someone skilled enough to make a statue of Pilcher, but not a good enough seamstress? What will Lily review next?

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Jul 24, 2015
Well Ethan's death feels sad because he being such a good protagonist we rooted for him. But seemed that the bomb lacked a detonator, it was just explosives with some battery and wires so yes he had to manually just put the wires together in order to detonate it.
"Were there other towns?" - Subject matter for season 2 or other show maybe. Only the producers may have better opinion.
"Why hibernate the adults if there's no desire to wake them up?" - Well.. most people like avoid killing for some silly reason... These characters are not Hannibal Lecter's after all.
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Jul 24, 2015
I like it when a show has a definitive clean ending instead of milking the premise dry far past all its subject matter. So kudos for that at least.

Then the ending itself was quite nihilistic and a bit disappointing in the sense that I would have liked at least something to be resolved instead of resetting back to the orwellian/nazi society which was the starting point also. Still the ending is in line with the tenets of the series so shouldn't complain too much.

Turning literature into TV series does have the advantage that plot lines and character development have been already created with a professional competence, unlike too many series where writers produce episodes called "fillers". I hope more scifi books gets turned to series (cause I like that genre in particular).
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Jul 24, 2015
Looks like the author of the original trilogy has a new incentive to continue that universe! (Or maybe they'll just draft him as a main writer- that'd be decent! The novels felt a bit weaker than the show tbh, but I'd have preferred a longer finale or just an episode or two extra going into more about the nature of WP- or more importantly- something stemming from the fact that videos of survivors remaining in different parts of the country suggested there was more going on out there than the 50s-Suburbia-Amidst-The-Apocalypse.
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Jul 24, 2015
I loved the finale, unlike most people it seems. This show was so good, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
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Jul 24, 2015
Lackluster finale.

Ridiculous amount of zombies nearby, i always assumed people were there because it's middle of nowhere. Ethan managed a day long camping trip not long ago, but for the finale thousands of zombies showed up. Speaking of Ethan his death was incredibly forced and stupid.
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Jul 24, 2015
I love these kind of Twilight Zone/Outer Limits paranoid Thrillers. I would be so in for a season 2 but I am also fine with it ending the way it ended.
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Jul 24, 2015
All the ads I saw before the show aired one episode was that this was only going to be only ten episodes long. Matt Dillon made this show, his was the only character I liked. His son was such an idiot that having him be the lead for the next theoretical was a deal breaker for me. I do believe they could have aired the show for thirteen episode and had a more fluid ending. For once it was a fun ride, but I believe FOX made the right choice by only doing one season. If you liked the show I encourage you to check out the books by Blake Crouch http://www.blakecrouch.com/wayward.php
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Jul 24, 2015
It was a cheap cop-out ending. They jumped over a whole lot of story such as how they were going to get the town back to normal and clear out all the monsters, how the teens managed to take over (the adults also had guns) or why teens would be willing to live in a society without their parents.
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Jul 24, 2015
Yeah that part probably killed any chance of a season 2.
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