Wayward Pines is an American mystery thriller television miniseries based on the novel Pines by Blake Crouch which follows a U.S. Secret Service agent investigating the disappearance of two federal agents in a mysterious, small Idaho town.
Imagine the perfect American town, beautiful homes, manicured lawns, children playing safely in the streets... Now imagine never being able to leave. You have no communication with the outside world. You think you're going insane. You must be in Wayward Pines.
Based on Blake Crouch's international series of books and brought to life by M. Night Shyamalan, Wayward Pines is a psychological thriller evocative of the classic series Twin Peaks.
Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) drives to the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, searching for two missing federal agents. One of the best Secret Service agents in the Seattle office, he's the man who knew missing agent Kate Hewson (Carla Gugino) better than anyone. They were more than partners; their relationship nearly destroyed Ethan's marriage.
Everything changes when a truck slams into his car... and he wakes up in the Wayward Pines Hospital, with the intense and unpredictable Nurse Pam (Melissa Leo) at his bedside. It soon appears that Pam is more interested in harming than healing. She and Ethan grow into deadly rivals and her role in the town proves much deeper than anyone realises.
Among the other residents Ethan meets are the mysterious Dr. Jenkins (Toby Jones), the psychiatrist who treats him at Wayward Pines Hospital; toymaker Harold Ballinger (Reed Diamond); Beverly (Juliette Lewis), a bartender who is as wary of Wayward Pines as he is; and Sheriff Arnold Pope (Terrence Howard), who takes offence at a Secret Service agent showing up on his turf.
Meanwhile, Ethan's boss, Adam Hassler (Tim Griffin), attempts to update Ethan's wife, Theresa Burke (Shannyn Sossamon) with the latest news.
After arriving in Wayward Pines, Theresa and Ethan enroll their teenage son, Ben (Charlie Tahan), in the town's only school, where his teacher, Megan Fisher (guest star Hope Davis), provides key information about the town's origins.
But Ethan's continuing investigation only turns up more and more questions, and each one leads him to the most important question of all: What's wrong with Wayward Pines?
Wayward Pines is a production of FX Productions. The series was developed for television by Chad Hodge (The Playboy Club, Runaway) and executive-produced by Donald De Line (Green Lantern, The Italian Job), Ashwin Rajan (After Earth, Devil), Hodge and Shyamalan.
Hodge wrote and Shyamalan directed the premiere episode.
Wayward Pines premiered in the USA and South Africa on Thursday 14 May 2015, at 21h00, meaning the show aired in South Africa seven hours ahead of the US broadcast. This was the first instance of a show airing in South Africa before the US premiere.