'Wayward Pines' season 3 release date, spoilers: Author Blake Crouch teases the extinction of the human race

(Facebook/WaywardPines)Blake Crouch says the show has always been about mankind's time on Earth.

"Wayward Pines" season 3 is still up in the air, even though Fox's Dana Walden admitted that the showrunners have given her a compelling reason to renew the series.

The CEO of the Fox Television Group admitted to guests during the Television Critics Association summer press tour that she believes "there could be a season 3" for the network's adaptation of Blake Crouch's trilogy.

There are admittedly concerns that the show's season 2 ratings might not be enough to merit another season. While it's true that the show struggled with its numbers in its sophomore season, Walden also pointed out that "Wayward Pines" was "still the No.1 scripted show of the summer," averaging 2.4 million viewers. But ratings these days are more complicated to define, as streaming and DVR playback are also taken into consideration now.

"We don't know yet what we're going to find when the multi-platform numbers roll up, ultimately how big that audience [can be]," Walden added.

Walden also revealed that the producers have given her a "really compelling" story for season 3 that she liked a lot and reassured fans that they're "definitely talking about the show right now."

It's an open secret that after the runaway success of the first season, Crouch and producer M. Night Shyamalan worked together to come up with an extended mythology and a three-season story arc.

The first season introduced us to the town and why it was built, while the second season revealed more about the Aberrations, the creatures that "Wayward Pines'" citizens are now sharing the world with. But the season ended with what remained of mankind going back into an extended hibernation. Perhaps the third season will answer the question of whether humans will survive or will become truly extinct.

That certainly seems to be what Crouch is hinting at in his Zap2It interview. The writer said that the show has always been "about mankind and the idea that our time here on the Earth is not infinite."

"Humanity knowing that it's the last of its kind, what does that level of awareness look like?" Crouch asked. "Do we face that bravely? Are we afraid? ... We'll see, if we're lucky enough to continue the story."

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