'Wayward Pines' season 3 release date, spoilers: FOX to decide on series' fate by December?

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The second season of “Wayward Pines” ended on a hopeful note which leaves the door open for another installment of the FOX thriller. In the finale, Theo (Jason Patric) and C.J. (Djimon Honsou) selected some of the townspeople to go into cryogenic pods to save what they could of humanity. In the epilogue, a new day had dawned in Wayward Pines, and newborn Abbies appeared to look more human than the creatures that were seen before.

FOX has yet to announce a season 3 renewal for the series, but Fox Television Group co-chairman and CEO Dana Walden said that the producers “have a really compelling [plan] for season 3” and that they are “definitely talking about the show right now.” However, rumors claim that the show might not get a third season due to its struggles in the ratings game during its sophomore run.

According to TVLine, the show averaged 2.4 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating in Live and Same Day ratings in season 2, versus the first season’s 3.8 million viewers and 1.1 demo rating. But with DVR playback, the season 2 finale numbers increased by more than 50 percent with total viewership climbing up from 2.2 million to 3.5 million. The network is said to be waiting for a more complete picture with regard to the ratings before deciding whether to renew or cancel the show.

“We don’t know yet what we’re going to find when the multi-platform numbers roll up, ultimately how big that audience [can be],” said Walden.

It’s possible that FOX could decide on the show’s fate before the end of the year, as “Wayward Pines” got a season 2 renewal almost five months after the season 1 finale aired in July 2015. Season 2 ended last July, and it’s possible that more news about the new season could be announced by December.

Should the show get a season 3 renewal, it is expected that M. Night Shyamalan will stay on as an executive producer, and it is also likely that season 3 will have a new lead character.