The Shannara Chronicles

Vanessa Morgan (Lyria) and Ivana Baquero (Eretria) appear in a scene from season 2 of “The Shannara Chronicles.”

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Have you ever wondered what earth could look like a thousand years in the future with the human race no longer in control?

“The Shannara Chronicles,” now on Spike, brings a new spin to the futuristic timeline in which elves rule. The show is riveting and sharp, introducing a fantastical, futuristic view of humanity on the brink of extinction. The show has warrior elves, elven rurality, druids, blood-thirsty demons and long quests to bring back their long-dormant magic.

The show is created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on books by Terry Brooks.

The first season followed three characters—Amberle (Poppy Drayton), a fierce elven princess who wins a brutal competition to become the chosen one thought to protect a magical tree from demons; Wil (Austin Butler), a half-human, half-elf who has something to prove to himself and the memory of his deceased family; and Eretria (Ivana Baquero), a human known as a “rover” who is reckless and mistrusting of most beings.

After all three meet in the first season, we get an action-packed quest where the three are hell-bent on saving the world. There are fights against humans, demons and even elves themselves, all the while trying to get to the sacred tree to keep the demons at bay.

The first season had ended with a cliffhanger of Eretria seemingly sacrificing herself for her friends to the trolls, her fate unknown, and Amberle sacrificing herself to the tree to stop the attack on her elven kingdom.

Season two premiered Oct. 11, which had me sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation. Beware of spoilers below for the premiere episode.

Season two opens with Eretria making an unlikely alliance with the trolls before there is a time jump—one year ahead—where she breaks that shaky alliance. Within the first ten minutes, there’s intrigue, shock, confusion and plenty of action. Amberle is considered dead, Eretria is running for her life, and Wil is nowhere to be found.

Meanwhile, the show introduces a new and exciting character, Mareth (Malese Jow), who seems mysterious and certainly not what she appears to be on the surface. It’s not long before we are shown elven sacrifices and hidden villains, alluding to what I think will be an exciting season.

I was shocked when the “big bad” of the season was revealed—who would have thought the shy nobody seemingly unable to control powers would raise a demon lord?

With the rise of the demon lords, Wil is brought back into the fold from his sought-after life of peace. Eretria likewise thought she had found peace in her new friends and home, but the leaders had been lying, having hidden her from everyone, and alluded to making Wil believe she was dead.

And remember Mareth? Turns out all she wants is to protect Will. It’s revealed she was sent to protect him.

And ready for the biggest shocker of the show? Mareth is a druid whose father happens to be the one who led to Wil’s destruction.

With season two just beginning and after such a successful season one, I have high hopes for “The Shannara Chronicles.” It promises action, love and plenty of paranormal creatures. The real question on everyone’s mind is, will our favorite characters make it out in one piece at the end of the season?

Kaylee Truax is a student at Shippensburg University and is writing for the Reviewing the Arts for Publication class.

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