The new Fox thriller Wayward Pines opens with a chilling scene. A man wakes up in the middle of the forest with cuts and bruises all over his body. Lost and confused, he stumbles into town. The audience soon learns the man is a Secret Service agent named Ethan Burke, played by Matt Dillon.
“He goes to the town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, looking for two other Secret Service agents who went missing there and pretty soon he finds out he can’t leave,” Chad Hodge, showrunner and creator, tells NPR’s Arun Rath.
The show is a limited series, which will run for 10 weeks. And Hodge promises a complete story.
“You are going to be satisfied at the end,” he says. “This is truly a beginning, middle and end.”
The show has been compared to the ’90s cult classic Twin Peaks because of the basic premise — secret agent goes to eerie small town — and to Lost, because the opening scene begins, as lost does, with an extreme closeup of the main character’s eye.