Not including the people who watched on their DVRs, Hulu, or through other means, there were about 4.6 million overnight viewers who watched Fox’s Wayward Pines at its peak in season one. In season two, barely 2 million overnight viewers stuck around, and for good reason. Once the twist was revealed midway through season one, Wayward Pines ceased to be an interesting series, limping toward a more conventionally disappointing M. Night Shyamalan twist in the season one finale.
The Abbies won.
For those of you who quit after the first season, let’s back up a bit. At the end of last season, during the midst of a kind of civil war between the citizens and the administration of Wayward Pines, a lot of people died (including the lead character played by Matt Dillon), but ultimately, the First Generation kids put the adults back in their sleeping pods, only to wake them again two years later once the First Generation had things back under control.
That’s where season two picks up. It resets, essentially. The First Generation is in control of Wayward Pines, but they are having problems. Not only are there food shortages, but the Abbies are getting smarter and trying to figure out how to break through the walls and destroy the community. They begin by burning all of the humans’ crops. Medicine is also low. Things are looking grim for the future of Wayward Pines.
To deal with injuries inflicted by the Abbies, the First Generation wakes up a new lead character, Dr. Theo Yedlin (Jason Patric), who helps deal with medical emergencies, foments revolution against the First Generation, and navigates his relationship to his wife, who had married someone else and gotten pregnant while Yedlin was asleep in his pod. In other words, he essentially recycles the character arc of Matt Dillon’s character in the first season. Along the way, just about every character who didn’t die in the first season is eventually killed in the second (Melissa Leo, Carla Gugino, Hope Davis, Shannyn Sossamon).
The big story this season is about the First Generation’s attempts to procreate. Basically, they pair men and women together and force them to fulfill their duties by continuing the species. Turns out, like everything else this season, it was a moot point. It was all for naught. In the end, they capture and experiment on a female Abby, Margaret, who has telepathic powers. She summons all the other Abbies to overrun Wayward Pines.