The ‘Wayward Pines’ Finale Gave Us The M. Night Shyamalan Twist We Were All Dreading

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After last week’s episode of Wayward Pines, I suggested that if the series ended like with the original book ending, that we’d riot. The book ending is bad. Last night’s actual season finale was worse.

Let me just preface this by saying that, if any of you watched Wayward Pines based on my recommendation from the first half of the season here or on the Station Agents podcast, then I AM SO SORRY. I thought that the worst ending we could possibly get was the one that M. Night Shyamalan promised that we wouldn’t get. This finale was worse than even that.

In fact, the finale is probably why Fox has waited to renew the most popular show of the summer for a second season: Because they knew it would receive the kind of backlash that might ruin interest in a second season.

Here’s a sampling of the response from Twitter.

The consensus among many is that the finale actually felt like an M. Night Shyamalan twist, and not the good The Sixth Sense kind, but The Village kind. I was less angry with the ending than I was simply bummed. The promise of the first five episodes of Wayward Pines, which really were good, was frittered away with a ending that — in typical Shyamalan fashion — was more interested in the “twist” than “logic.”