'Wayward Pines' S1E6: The Friendliest Place on Earth

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It’s about time that someone made it to the outside of town. Sure, he didn’t last very long, but he succeeded where many have failed. Ethan has been right about one thing, there’s no going back to the way of life we saw in episode 1.

The aftermath of the bomb on main street left no casualties, but did still manage to shake the town to its very core. Pilcher is entirely aware of this, thanks to his street-level disguise, and overhears terrified people concerned about other bombs and violence. His solution to help get everyone to rest easy? To throw a big party where the bomb went off! The whole thing is quickly shut down by Ethan, angered that Pilcher even considered the festival to be a good idea for the town during their time of need.

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In general, Pilcher hasn’t really shown good leadership since, well, ever. That being said, it’s still a surprise that the man behind the town is so sloppy at understanding its people and what they want after all this time, or how Wayward Pines even functions without an attempted escape on a weekly basis. The one person who really understands how the town (or at least the first generation) works is Megan Fisher. She takes what people want to hear and then gives it her own spin. Her involvement with Pilcher shows that she was an extremely dedicated follower in the past, and now she barely speaks with him. Something’s fishy about her.

A lot of Ethan’s side of the story was toned down to make room for the scenes leading up to Alan’s escape. I’m still skeptical about how a bomb that couldn’t kill two children standing less than ten feet away from it was supposed to blow up the monstrous fence put up around the town. But still, poor Alan. He didn’t see that coming. It seems that, thanks to him, the Abbies are going to be able to enter the wall through the opening created by the truck, and generate terror in Wayward Pines. It’ll be a great conversation starter the next time Pilcher wants to have a mixer.

The 10-episode series event is reaching its final days and, obviously, shit’s about to go down. The only conflict available seems to be the Abbies, who are scary enough, but it’ll be interesting to see how they play out the next couple of episodes.


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