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'Silo' TV Series Information
Updated Monday evening, July 10th, 2023
"What we control, is our actions once fate puts us there." -Juliette

To support your interest, as well as to share your excitement with friends, I have put this page together as an introductory resource for information on the series and the author as well as how to connect with other fans. I hope that you find this page to be useful. Enjoy the series! (TV or books, if not both.)

Sunday, July 2nd, 2023:

As we wind down from the first season of the 'Silo' television series I will continue to offer and update this page for all of those just joining the 'Silo' community as well as ongoing word on Season 2 and Hugh Howey's other efforts.


What is recently new?
Monday, July 10th, 2023
Added various notes and links about Hugh Howey's other projects, SDCC 2023 appearance, and fan interviews to the author section.

Sunday, July 2nd, 2023
Added link to Pete Peppers' post-Season 1 interview with Hugh Howey and link to Hugh Howey's latest Reddit "Ask Me Anything" as well as links to his previous Reedit "Asm Me Anything" sessions.

Saturday, July 1st, 2023
With the changing of the month I updated the special offers information and added links to articles that touch on Season 2 (and in some cases the Season 1 finale as well).

Skip the intro, take me straight to the resources

Remember 'The Martian' from about ten years ago, the great story about an astronaut stranded alone on Mars who had to survive until a rescue mission could reach him? The success of 'The Martian' started with being self-published by the author. As people read and enjoyed the book, word-of-mouth generated buzz. As the popularity of the story grew and grew the 'big names' of the media world took notice. The commercial success to which this then lead included the movie from 2015.

Author Hugh Howey has been another rare indie-publishing success and now one of his book series that has drawn immense grassroots excitement is getting further notice in a new television series, 'Silo', debuting Friday, May 5th, 2023.

Hugh Howey says about his writing: "A theme in my books is the celebration of overcoming odds and of not allowing the cruelty of the universe to change who you are in the process. Most of them are classified as science fiction, since they often take place in the future, but if you love great stories and memorable characters, you'll dig what you find here. I promise."

Stories about humanity and people, scales both societal and personal, sounds like a good start.

What is 'Silo' itself about? From the book blurb: "This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside."

So people loved the book series, but often books don't translate well to a screen. Why should I expect this to work as a television series? Because the person who created the 'Silo' series and serves as an executive producer, Graham Yost, has a bona fide track record of quality, popular fare. Graham wrote 'Speed' (the Keanu Reeves / Sandra Bullock bus movie from 1994); was supervising producer on the superb HBO series 'From the Earth to the Moon', wrote two episodes, and directed the episode "Spider"; wrote two episodes of 'Band of Brothers'; and created the series 'Justified' and wrote twelve episodes. Graham Yost knows how to make engaging quality shows.

'Silo' begins streaming in the U.S. And U.K. on AppleTV+ on Friday, May 5th with the release of the first two episodes. The third episode airs on Friday, May 12th with one new episode weekly through Friday, June 30th for a total of ten episodes in the first season.

How to watch 'Silo' / Special Offers:

Apple is currently allowing people to
watch the first episode for free, no subscription required! (AppleTV is supported on many non-Apple devices or watch at (First noted May 6th, still valid as of June 27th.)

To watch more you might qualify for a free trial subscription based upon where you live.
Additionally purchase of a qualifying new Apple device (Phone, iPad, Apple TV, or Mac) might include an offer for a free trial AppleTV+ subscription. (Not pushing Apple, but rather the show.)

If you are a PlayStation 4 or 5 owner in the U.S. Sony is offering free trial subscriptions. (Offer available until Monday, July 31st, 2023).

(If you can get a trial subscription, or already have a subscription, I also recommend checking out 'Mythic Quest' and 'Still'.)

As for the books in the 'Silo' series:

As of June 6th Amazon is offering the Kindle version of 'Wool', the first book in the 'Silo' book series for only $2.99. (Valid as of July 1st.)

For British readers: As of July 1st Amazon UK has the third book in the 'Silo' series, 'Dust', on sale for the month of July(?) for just 99 pence! The first book in the series, 'Wool' is also available at a discount, just under 3 pounds.

Listen to the Season 1 soundtrack to set the atmosphere for reading this page or just to enjoy:
Apple Music / iTunes Store
YouTube (not YouTube Music)
Amazon Music

First, 'Silo' is being supported by one of those great 'fake' marketing campaigns that draws people into the environment of the story with an accompanying Instagram post.


At the heart of any work is the writing, for which the grassroots success that has propelled 'Silo' to reach this point speaks for itself. To make a screen adaptation truly shine though takes a great cast and here 'Silo' definitely delivers beginning with the central character played by Rebecca Ferguson (and Instagram) who we all know as Ilsa Faust from the two previous Mission Impossible movies (we also saw her as Lady Jessica in 'Dune: Part One').

'Silo' might not even have been made were it not for Rebecca Ferguson. (Another interview: Rebecca Ferguson on the World of 'Silo' and How the Truth Can Cause Chaos)

Supporting Rebecca Ferguson are good actors likely to be new to you and good actors who you might recognize, such as:

David Oyelowo ('Selma') (Instagram and his production company Yoruba Saxon)

Rashida Jones ('Parks and Recreation') (Instagram)

Common ('John Wick: Chapter 2') (Twitter)

Tim Robbins ('Mystic River' and 'The Shawshank Redemption') (Twitter)

Ferdinand Kingsley ('The Sandman' as Dream's friend (Hob Gadling) he would meet in the pub every century) (Twitter)

and last but not least Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont in 'Game of Thrones') (Twitter)

What about the atmosphere? Philippa J. E. Broadhurst (Twitter or Facebook) who previously worked on 'Game of Thrones' and 'The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance', among many other series, is the lead graphic designer for 'Silo'.

A peek at the result:

Teasers and Trailers


Trailer 1

"Uncovering the Truth" (Trailer 2)

Opening Title Sequence (opening credits)

Silo: Building a World

My playlist with the above videos, and more.

For an introduction to the Silo universe, based on the books: Wool - The Basics of the Silo Series - Geek Crash Course East

To what does it all add up?


Stephen King tweets: "Mysterious and terrifically suspenseful. This is excellent science fiction with three-dimensional characters."

Rotten Tomatoes (86% from forty-two critics, 72% from the eighteen 'Top Critics', as of May 10th morning)

Metacritic (75 (out of 100) from twenty critics as of May 10th morning)

GoodReads reviews of the books in the Silo series (for which new audiobook recordings have recently been released):
Wool Omnibus

Apple knew what they had on their hands and season two already began filming in April!

Season 2:

Word had been quietly out since April, and mentioned here early on in Season 1, that Season 2 of 'Silo' was already in production. Taking advantage of interest in the show while it is airing and nearing the conclusion of Season 1 Apple today (Wednesday, June 14th) officially announced that 'Silo' has been renewed for a second season.

Katherine DiSavino provided further confirmation that Season 2 has been in production for a while, tweeting that she had joined the writing staff for Season 2 a little over a year ago.

Add to that soup the recent tweet by Hugh Howey mentioning that he will be at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) next month, and... perhaps a Season 2 teaser at Comic Con?

Speaking of which... Merely a suggestion, I have no awareness that such is to be expected, but I think that Apple could do far worse marketing than to give every SDCC attendee a voucher for a free one-month trial of AppleTV+ to try out 'Silo' and catch-up on 'Mythic Quest' in preparation for that show's fourth season this fall.

Spoilers ahead...

'Silo' Finale: Rebecca Ferguson Talks 'Mind-Blowingly Shocking' Twist, Juliette's Last Stand and 'Grittier' Season 2 and Rebecca Ferguson breaks down Silo finale ending, teases season 2: 'Most perfect cliffhanger ever'

Both the books and the show have inspired an active fan following:

Connect with other fans (and the author himself):

The SiloTVSeries Subreddit.
(There is also a SiloSeries that includes discussions of the books.)

Wires from the Deep
Wool-Shift-Dust (by a long-time fan of the books and her friend who is new to the story, get both perspectives)
Also available on Spotify.
Dune Pod (Their coverage of 'Silo' episode 3 includes an interview with Hugh Howey, the original author.)
Silo by Apple TV, a Story Archives Podcast (on the Soapbox Podcast Network)

Official SILO Series Fangroup on Facebook

The Down Deep Discord chat

Pete Peppers' videos Recapping and Reviewing the episodes.
Visit his playlist of the videos or the below links to the videos for each episode:
Episodes 1 & 2: "Freedom Day" and "Holston's Pick"
Episode 3: "Machines"
Episode 4: "Truth"
Episode 5: "The Janitor's Boy"
Episode 6: "The Relic"
Episode 7: "The Flamekeepers"
Episode 8: "Hanna"
Episode 9: "The Getaway"
Episode 10: "Outside" (the season 1 finale)
Pete Peppers' Post-Season 1 Discussion with Hugh Howey (the author of the 'Silo' series)

Last, but certainly not least, the person whose brainchild is the 'Silo' journey, Hugh Howey. (Who really seems to be a great, down-to-Earth person.)

Hugh Howey
(the author):

Hugh Howey will be doing two book signing sessions at this year's San Diego Comic Con:
Thursday, July 20th, in AA23 from 02:30 PM - 07:00 PM (local time)
Friday, July 21st, in AA10 from 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM (local time)

A Twitter thread - on adapting novels to the big & small screen.

Be sure to not miss the author's own thoughts on each episode of 'Silo', featuring "a scene that stands out to me or haunts me and won't let go.":
Episode 1: "Freedom Day"
Episode 2: "Holston's Pick"
Episode 3: "Machines"
Episode 4: "Truth"
Episode 5: "The Janitor's Boy"
Episode 6: "The Relic"
Episode 7: "The Flamekeepers"
Episode 8: "Hanna"
Episode 9: "The Getaway"

Hugh Howey's post-Season 1 Reddit "Ask Me Anything" from Sunday, July 2nd.

Prior Hugh Howey Reddit "Ask Me Anything" sessions:
March 2013, after his novel 'Wool' [the first book in the 'Silo' series] "went gangbusters as a self-published novel".
December 2013 as his "writing career went to the 'next level'".
June 2021 after Apple announced 'Wool' was being greenlit for TV.
May 5th, 2023, May 5th, 2023, the day the 'Silo' series premiered.

Another 'fan interview' with Hugh Howey, this one on Twitter from July 5th, 2023.

Hugh Howey was the Special Guest on episode 133 of the Ty & That Guy podcast "to discuss his life, writing career and his current hit show 'Silo' on Apple TV". ('Ty' being Ty Franck, half of James S.A. Corey and 'That Guy' being Wes Chatham who portrayed Amos Burton in 'The Expanse' series.) You may find episode 133 on:
Apple and

'Silo' and Disrupting Entertainment: "A true disruptor, Hugh Howey turned his sci-fi novella series Silo from a self-published ebook into a bestseller and now an acclaimed streaming series. On the occasion of Silo’s release on Apple TV+, Hugh talks about changing the traditional model of publishing, adapting his work to television, and the creative revolution he sees on the horizon."

The Knowledge Project: Winning at the Self-publishing Game: "Hugh Howey had two dreams: to make a living from writing and sail around the world. In this interview, he describes how he did both, why traveling is so good for the soul, and how he sold millions of books on his own (even turning down a 7 figure book deal.)"

'Silo' is not Hugh Howey's only work being adapted into a television series: Beacon 23 is being turned into a series for AMC starring Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister in 'Game of Thrones'). Even though the first season has not yet aired the second season is already in production.
In a July 5th tweetHugh Howey said that Beacon 23 will air within a year. [I am guessing sooner than that and Hugh just can't pre-empt the announcement which will perhaps come at San Diego Comic Con in two weeks, to ride on the popularity of 'Silo' if nothing else.]
The Twitter accountThe Chewy Meat Center tracks Beacon 23 news and happenings, as well as providing some inside information such as these potential title cards. Also be sure to check out Hugh Howey's blog post about writing 'Beacon 23'.

An interview with Wired magazine about 'Silo', artificial intelligence, and why everyone's got dystopia fever.

Some video interviews with Hugh Howey:
Book Club (with Angie Greaves) Part One and Part Two

WOOL's Hugh Howey: His writing process and why he's optimistic about technology

Sci-fi author Hugh Howey talks self publishing during visit to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Silo | Graham Yost and Hugh Howey Interview

Another Silo - Graham Yost & Hugh Howey interview

The Library That Lasts | Hugh Howey

An article in Slate by Hugh Howey on Writing in Vonnegut’s World.

Hugh Howey's website, Instagram, blog, and Tumblr presences.

Other notable works by Hugh Howey:

The Sand Chronicles is another well received series (two books so far, at least one more still to come). Blurb from the first book:
"The old world is buried. A new one has been forged atop the shifting dunes. Here in this land of howling wind and infernal sand, four siblings find themselves scattered and lost.
Palmer has never been the same since his father walked out twelve years ago. His elder sister, Vic, is trying to run away from the past; his younger brothers, Connor and Rob, are risking their lives to embrace it. His mother, left with nothing but anger, is just trying to forget.
Palmer wants to prove his worth, not only to his family, but to himself. And in the barren, dune-covered landscape of his home, there is only one way to earn respect: sand-diving. Plunging deep below the desert floor in search of relics and scraps of the old world. He is about to embark on the most dangerous dive of his young life, aiming to become the first to discover the rumoured city below.
Deep within the sand lies the key to bringing his family together – and tearing their world apart."

Machine Learning: New and Collected Stories (an anthology)
"... a collection of Howey’s science fiction and fantasy short fiction, including three stories set in the world of Wool, two never-before-published tales written exclusively for this volume, and fifteen additional stories collected here for the first time. These stories explore everything from artificial intelligence to parallel universes to video games, and each story is accompanied by an author’s note exploring the background and genesis of each story. "

Machine Learning: New and Collected Stories (a novella)
"Adam Griffey is living two lives. By day, he teaches literature. At night, he steals it. Adam is a plagiarist, an expert reader with an eye for great works. He prowls simulated worlds perusing virtual texts, looking for the next big thing. And when he finds it, he memorizes it page by page, line by line, word for word. And then he brings it back to his world, the real world, and he sells it. But what happens when these virtual worlds begin to seem more real than his own? What happens when the people within them mean more to him than flesh and blood? What happens when a living thing falls in love with someone who does not actually exist?"

On Friday, June 2nd, 2023, Hugh Howey announced his latest book, "The Balloon Hunter".

In a post on Thursday, July 6th, 2023 Hugh Howey announced that he had finished writing a new book. "The Balloon Hunter" was referenced in a hashtag. Might be the sequel...

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