Season One of The Shannara Chronicles ended on a cliffhanger with Eretria in the hands of a the trolls who were lead by a masked figure–someone she recognized, but the audience did not get to see. With that situation left unresolved and assorted other odds and ends left loose, it’s no surprise viewers wanted a second season, which they will be getting
What story MTV plans to tell is now open for speculation. Plenty of elements were added and altered when The Elfstones of Shannara was moved from the page to the screen, and the cliffhanger makes it absolutely certain that what they are going to tell is going to be very different from The Wishsong of Shannara, if it even comes close to following that book’s plot at all. After all, in the book, there is an entirely new generation dealing with matters in an entirely new way.
I’m a little sad about this decision–not the one to make a sequel, but the one to make it so different. The Wishsong of Shannara is far and away my favorite of the Shannara books, with a powerful heroine whom we will probably never see now. Also, one of Brooks’ strengths is his sibling teams, and Brin and Jair are the first of the series.
With no information (yet) about what the second season will hold, it’s all open to speculation. What do you think? Will they be able to include Wishsong with a new team? Or will this be a new story that departs from the written series entirely? What are you hoping to see on screen?
The more dramatic announcement is below: