The Shannara Chronicles Season Two will be moving from MTV to Spike this fall. Spike is transforming into the general entertainment Paramount Network while MTV is “expected to be active in scripted but with less volume and stronger filter, focusing on music-inspired and quintessential coming-of-age stories” and has dropped all of its scripted comedy meaning that now, horror drama Scream is its only scripted series.
Over at Spike, The Shannara Chnronicles will join The Mist, an adaptation of Stephen King’s novella in the literature adaptation category.
Loosely based on The Elfstones of Shannara, The Shannara Chronicles Season One was the most popular drama on MTV last season. Season two will depart from the books, taking place just one year after the events of the first season. This allows the producers to continue with the same characters rather than jumping forward a generation as Brooks does in his books. The story begins with the Four Lands in chaos after the resurgence of magic, with the general populace terrified and a sinister organization (is there any other kind?) called the Crimson hunting down magic users.
Wil (Austin Butler), Eretria (Ivana Baquero), Allanon (Manu Bennet) and Ander (Aaron Jakubenko) will be dealing with the Crimson as well as the threat now posed by Bandon (Marcus Vanco), who was last seen surveying a barren landscape with the all-black eyes of doom. They will be joined by the new characters, Lyria (Vanessa Morgan, Mareth (played by Malese Jow whose name sounds like it should already be in a Brooks book), Garet (Gentry White, playing someon much younger than the comparable figure in the books), Queen Tamlin (Caroline Chikezie), and General Riga (Desmond Chiam).
Expect further screenshots, trailers, and information as the story of the story unfolds.