The Shannara Chronicles Season Two trailer is out. The good news is that, judging by the trailer, people who enjoyed the first season are likely to enjoy this one: Spike doesn’t seem to have changed the tone or type one bit. Auguries indicate that those who were less enchanted with the first season are out of luck. The trailer promises more beautiful people, more ominous pronouncements from Allanon, more awkward love triangles, and more galloping by the seaside.
It also looks like, having sort of based the first season on The Elfstones of Shannara, Al Gough and Miles Millar are working backward and taking material from Sword of Shannara with, perhaps, a soupcon of The Heritage of Shannara tossed in, what with the magic hunters and all. They also have a character with the same name as a character in Wishsong of Shannara, but the Garet Jax they are showing in the trailer, while he might turn out to be a fascinating and formidable fighter, is not the experienced, battle-hardened seeker of challenges the book presents. People who have read the books may find themselves looking through a tossed salad for familiar elements. People who haven’t are likely to be happier with the show. At the same time, I think people who like the show should read the books–anyone who enjoys epic fantasy should read them. The Elfstones of Shannara the kind of scope and heroism that legends are made from.
I will probably watch at least some of the season–I want to love it. I admire Brooks as a writer and I am in favor of any success for him. However, I can’t promise to finish it. What about you? Are you a fan of the first season? Of the books? Both?
The Shannara Chronicles Season Two premieres Wednesday, October 11 at 10pm ET/PT on Spike.
Synopsis for The Shannara Chronicles Season Two
Season two takes place one year after the events of last season. The Four Lands are in chaos. The re-emergence of magic has the populace terrified, and an organization called The Crimson is hunting down magic users, using fear and intimidation to sow discord among the races. Wil, scarred by the loss of Amberle and his separation from Eretria, has turned his back on his magical destiny to become a healer. But when a mysterious woman named Mareth saves Wil from a Crimson attack, he is forced to rejoin the fight.
The show stars Austin Butler (Wil), Ivana Baquero (Eretria), Manu Bennett (Allanon), Aaron Jakubenko (Ander) and Marcus Vanco (Bandon) along with new cast members Vanessa Morgan (Lyria), Malese Jow (Mareth), Gentry White (Garet), Caroline Chikezie (Queen Tamlin), and Desmond Chiam (General Riga).