Fox’s thriller drama “Wayward Pines” recently premiered its second season, and the new lead actor revealed that it seems to be a completely different show.
According to E! Online, although the titular town is still front and center with the abbies wreaking havoc among the residents, everything is no longer peaceful. The semi-reboot is replaced by the First Generation’s martial law and new lead star Jason Patric deemed that it provides an easy entry point for new viewers.
“If you want to watch last year’s, you certainly can, but otherwise, you’re going to completely understand it because you’re going to be in my shoes,” the actor who portrays the re-animated Dr. Theo Yedlin admitted. “My character Theo gets dropped right in there and, I think, in a lot of ways, I’m a subjective surrogate for the audience, and that’s how I’ve tried to play this guy who does not understand and is trying to figure out the logic of everything,” he elaborated.
Patric also shared that returning fans who saw the freshman run will still get to enjoy the follow-up installment as “there’s so much of what was last year,” however, “It really is like a new show… It’s a new show.”
With the mystery of what is going on in the town revealed and the setting detailed to be in the year 4028, Patric said that the focus of the narrative shifts to the development of the characters as they deal with Earth being a wasteland and the human race being extinct. “It’s not about finding out what happened, it’s how do people then live in this environment and the pressures of it. So, I think the characters are forefront.”
Following the premiere which showed Theo coming back to life, the new episode will have him trying to figure out the reality of his whereabouts.
The synopsis divulged that Theo will try to make sense of his new life in Wayward Pines and recognizes his value as the only surgeon in town. He will use his knowledge as a leverage to get answers to many questions about the status of his wife Rebecca (Nimrat Kaur) and know the truth from First Generation leader Jason Higgins (Tom Stevens).
However, it will turn out that CJ Mitchum (Djimon Hounsou), an original resident and historian with extensive information on the complex origins of the town, will be the one person who can provide a unique bridge between the current state of their place to the previous world inhabited by humans. He will also spearhead a vital and potentially deadly project outside the fence.
Meanwhile, Megan Fisher (Hope Davis) will head the research being conducted on the Abbies, and Theresa (Shannyn Sossamon) will frantically search for her son, Ben (guest star Charlie Tahan).
Season 2, episode 2 titled “Blood Harvest” is slated to air on Wednesday, June 1 at 9 P.M. EST.