In the run-up to its premiere, there was much fanfare for MTV’s The Shannara Chronicles, a series adaptation of Terry Brooks‘ acclaimed fantasy books. The first season’s 10-episode run last January made good on all the hype thanks to charismatic leads and off-the-charts production value accompanying the fan-favorite tale of swords, stones, and sorcery. But then, all talk of the show seemed to dry up after the surprising finale and the only trickle of news we heard was that of the show’s second season renewal. Now, nearly a year later, we’ve got our first taste of what that new season will be all about.
MTV reports thatThe Shannara Chronicles is back in action as the fantasy series has officially started production on Season 2 in New Zealand. Returning cast members include Austin Butler as Wil, Ivana Baquero as Eretria, Manu Bennet as Allanon, Aaron Jakubenko as Ander, and Marcus Vanco as Bandon. Some new cast members are now along for the magical adventure on the network. Here’s a look at the additions and the characters they’ll be playing:
Malese Jow (The Flash) will play Mareth, a young woman who saves Wil from an attack and “who’s both volatile and unpredictable — and possesses magical abilities. Sharp, brash and independent to a fault, Mareth gets what she wants on her own terms (and by any means necessary).”
Vanessa Morgan (Finding Carter) takes on Lyria, “a beautiful and mysterious young woman who’s romantically linked to Eretria.”
Gentry White (UnReal) will play Garet, “a skilled, sly, and charismatic bounty hunter known throughout The Four Lands as ‘The Weapons Master.’ Wise-cracking and virile with a roguish charm, the only thing Garet likes more than money is a good fight.”
Caroline Chikezie (Everly) will play Queen Tamlin of Leah, “the powerful and cunning ruler of Leah, the only human kingdom in The Four Lands. A ruthless weapons manufacturer with a strategic mind and a talent for manipulating people, Tamlin uses her royal clout to solidify a political alliance with the elves.”
Desmond Chiam (Bones, Con Man) plays General Riga, “a former top dog in Eventine’s army who’s now responsible for all the havoc in The Four Lands. After watching his people slaughtered in the War of the Races and fighting the Dagda Mor in the War of the Forbidding, Riga became convinced that the source of all problems in The Four Lands was neither good or evil but magic itself — and hence became leader of The Crimson.”
A special guest also happened to kick off the show’s new round of production over social media:
— Al Gough (@TheRealAlGough) February 2, 2017
Here’s a look at the official synopsis for Season 2:
A year after the events of last season, The Four Lands is 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. After reuniting with Eretria, Wil and Mareth seek out Allanon, only to learn that the Druid’s former protégé, Bandon, is on a mission to resurrect a creature of darkest evil: The Warlock Lord. Together, our heroes must band together to take down The Crimson and prevent Bandon from unleashing an even greater threat upon the Four Lands, before it’s too late.