Wayward Pines Team Talks Thriller's Twin Peaks Vibe, 'Perfect Reveal'

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Fox’s upcoming event series Wayward Pines is taking some cues from the equally mysterious Twin Peaks.

The late ABC drama — which is being revived by Showtime next year — “was an inspiration for the [Fox] show, for sure,” executive producer Chad Hodge admitted at a Televisions Critics Association winter press tour panel on Saturday. The EP noted that Blake Crouch, the author of the books on which Pines is based, was a big fan of David Lynch’s cult favorite.

However, the 10-episode thriller — which follows a Secret Service agent (played by Matt Dillon, There’s Something About Mary) who comes to a deceptively bucolic Idaho town to search for two federal agents who’ve gone missing — “goes to very different places,” Hodge added.

Hodge and EP M. Night Shyamalan also had discussions about what the existence of novels meant for viewers, who could easily pick them up and find out what happens next. In the end, it turned to be “a real asset for us,” Shyamalan insisted. “There’s differences in the book and the show.”

For starters, the big reveal which comes at the end of the first page-turner won’t be saved for the last episode.

“You do find out the big truth halfway through the season and then we continue our story with where book 2 and 3 go,” Hodge revealed. For those burned by mystery dramas of past, the EP promised, “It all adds up. There’s no hole in it. It’s a perfect reveal.”

Shyamalan added that having the plot twist so early in the run allows the show to “live in it” and afterward, “it becomes an entirely different genre.”

“This is character-driven, and people are the most mysterious of all,” Carla Gugino, who plays one of the missing agents, pointed out.

Wayward Pines premieres on Thursday, May 14 at 9/8c.

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  1. Drew says:

    Looking forward to this. I am a Shyamalan fan and the cast is really solid. I cringe at the mention of a big twist, but only because of the myth that Shyamalan relies on them for all of his movies.

    • Cassie says:

      I hated the twist, but it’s definitely right in line with the twists in Shyamalan’s movies (in fact, it’s quite similar to one of the movies in particular). As the article mentioned, after the twist the story becomes a totally different genre, which I wasn’t expecting at all. I am curious to see the show, though, since I know the twist after having read the book and it won’t come totally out of left field this time (plus maybe it will be handled a little better here).

  2. Joey Padron says:

    looking forward to watch the show.

  3. annie says:

    Looking forward to this. The twist revealed at the end of PINES (the frist novel) was that most elusive of literary devices: a plot shift that was original, cleverly done, AND true to what came before. I remember reading it and being totally overcome by it but never feeling manipulated or cheated or even taken out of the world created by the preceding story. So yeah I will definitely be watching this!

  4. MS says:

    Books were nothing short of amazing! I cannot wait for this TV series.

  5. Brigid says:

    I’m excited about this show, it looks really good and the cast is fantastic!