Thursday was the premiere of M. Night Shyamalan’s “Wayward Pines,” and the enigmatic Fox mystery series already has fans asking a lot of questions. In the first episode, “Where Paradise is Home,” Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) woke up in a small Idaho town where nothing is as it seems and where leaving is not exactly an option. What secrets is Wayward Pines hiding?
Here are 5 questions we have after the big premiere:
1. Is There A Way Out?
The most perplexing moment of the premiere came when Burke stole a car and attempted to drive out of the mysterious town. However, about a mile down the road from a sign telling the Secret Service agent that he was leaving the boundaries of Wayward Pines, Burke passed another sign welcoming him back. Confused, he continued driving and ended up right back where he started. On attempt two, he ditched the car, instead walking to the woods only to find a giant electric fence!
Is there actually a way out of Wayward Pines? There must be one, considering there is certainly a way in – new residents enter on a very staggered timeline. Plus, the shady psychiatrist, Dr. Jenkins (Toby Jones), met with Burke’s Secret Service supervisor (Tim Griffin) in Seattle after the character already appeared inside the Wayward Pines hospital. So, evidently, some chosen few can come and go as they please.
2. What Year Is It?
Wayward Pines seems to have a strange effect on time. First, Beverly (Juliette Lewis) tells Burke that it has been a year since she first arrived in the town…in 1999. Then, Kate (Carla Gugino) claims to have been in Wayward for 12 years! Considering Burke was with her in Seattle only five weeks prior (in 2014), the timeline in play seems to be a bit off. What year is it? Could the explanation behind the time shifts explain what is going on in the mysterious town?
3. What Is Kate Doing?
Considering finding Agent Kate Hewson was the reason Burke came to Idaho, it was a big surprise for him to find her married and playing the role of housewife working in a toy store. She claims to have been living in Wayward Pines for 12 years and her story does not quite compute. How long has she really been there? How did she end up there in the first place? More important, can Burke trust her, or is she part of the town's conspiracy?
4. Who Is Beverly?
The closest thing Burke had to a friend in Wayward Pines was a helpful bartender named Beverly. After comping a wallet-less Burke a burger, she wrote a note on his check leading him to the body of a dead Secret Service agent. However, when he returned to the bar, he was told that no woman named Beverly worked there. Beverly next showed up to save him from Nurse Pam (Melissa Leo) at the hospital. She claims she wants to escape Wayward Pines as well, but is she manipulating him? How is she able to be in the right place at the right time so often? What is her backstory?
5. Why Is Burke In Wayward Pines?
The central question of the show is Burke’s purpose in the town. It was revealed from Adam Hassler and Dr. Jenkins’ conversation that Burke was intentionally brought to Wayward Pines and it seems like the powers-at-be want him to start a life in his new home -- permanently. What is his supposed purpose? Why was he chosen?
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