Wayward Pines: What Is Outside the Fence?

If you haven’t seen the latest episode for Wayward Pines yet — Episode 3 Our Town, Our Law — then you’ll want to come back later. Spoiler warning.

We’re going to skip the recap this week, there are plenty out there. This is a good one. Instead, we’ll jump right into the nitty gritty.

What Is Outside the Fence?

Wayward Pines fence gate

At the end of the episode when the Burke family is fighting with the sheriff, they end up right near the exit to Wayward Pines. Apparently, there’s an automatic door or gate that leads outside the gigantic electric fence surrounding the town.

After Ethan shoots the Sheriff, he steals his keys and finds an electronic remote on the chain. He presses the button and the gate to the fence opens. For a brief moment, we see outside the town, but there’s nothing but darkness. We hear strange noises from creatures of some kind, and in a flash Sheriff Pope’s body is dragged off outside the walls.

Wayward Pines mysterious creature

What the bloody hell did we see? You can barely make out the form of the creature in the scene, it’s blurred quite a bit. It does have a humanoid appearance yet it runs on all fours.

Before Pope dies, he tells Ethan the truth is “worse than anything you could ever imagine.”

For the past three episodes, everyone in the town has been telling Ethan he can’t leave but he never stopped to think if he should leave. It’s clear there’s something going on outside that huge fence and now we know that it probably wasn’t put there to keep people in, but instead to keep something out.

I can’t help but wonder, what the hell is going on in this show?

Before you ask, no I have not read the books and I don’t plan to. I don’t want to spoil the surprise. What do you think it is?


  1. When Ethan was getting the sack that belonged to the other missing agent, (not Kate Hewson, of course) Ethan had spotted Pope shooting at something but he’s not quite sure what he is shooting at. So it could be the creatures that lie behind the fence.

  2. If it were just the government and town sans the creepy humanoid animals outside the fence, a good bet is that this town in simply a government psychological experiment that lays out a set of rules and consequences (think schoolteacher’s analogy), done in the name of science. However, the element of creatures being fed humans has an alienesque flavor. Who is compelling who, then? Is the government obeying its particular set of rules from a higher alien order? And are there aliens who have already infiltrated the government and are the masters of this puppet show?

  3. I think it’s humanity that has regressed back to an animalistic state and it’s actually many years in the future. It would explain why Kate states she’s been there for years not 5 weeks.

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