Uh oh. It’s been nine months since the conclusion of Wayward Pines, Fox’s sleeper summer sci-fi hit from 2015, and everyone knows what nine months means: New life, new season, new unsettling poster. EW has an exclusive sneak peek at the brand new key art for season two of the M. Night Shyamalan-produced thriller — and it’s ripe for dissection by fans of the Blake Crouch book series, which Fox transformed into last summer’s top broadcast network scripted series.
The season 2 poster offers a creepy image: A tiny baby hand grasping something huge and otherworldly — or, more appropriately, abnormal. The manicured claw likely belongs to an Abbie, the slang term for the mutant humans who haunt the forest beyond Wayward Pines, and whose very existence forced the small mountain town to hunker down inside the natural protection of the Idaho valley in the very scary future of the year 4028.
But oh, what does it mean? Could the poster suggest that the humans of the First Generation are now having kids themselves — or, worse, are the Abbies spawning?!
“We’ve only scratched the surface of what the real enemy is outside the fence,” showrunner Mark Friedman tells EW, adding a cryptic tease to fans to remember one key thing about the Abbies: They used to be human, after all.
The series returns on May 25, and the question of how it will reinvent itself for season 2 is a greater mystery than the town of Wayward Pines itself. The second season welcomes two new leads: Jason Patric, playing a doctor newly awakened from suspended animation who finds himself in the middle of the town’s rebellion against its pubescent rulers, and Djimon Hounsou, who plays the town’s historian.
Season 2 also offers a major starring bump to Hope Davis’ teacher Megan Fisher, a diehard First Generation loyalist who heads up the research on the Abbies, the abnormal creatures who reside outside the town’s walls.
Additional new cast members include Nimrat Kaur, Josh Helman, and Kacey Rohl. Meanwhile, other familiar faces from season 1 will return or cameo — including Tom Stevens, Terrence Howard, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, Melissa Leo, Tim Griffin, Shannyn Sossamon, and Charlie Tahan.