The Shannara Chronicles is coming. MTV released the opening title sequence of the upcoming TV series based on Terry Brooks’ Shannara series of novels. I’ll say this before you see the video: It’s a fantasy novel series, but…
Interesting, isn’t it? They’re really pushing the post-apocalyptic part of the story. Throughout The Sword of Shannara and The Elfstones of Shannara (the first season of the TV series is based on Elfstones), we get small glimpses of current day Earth, but it’s never outright shown that it is Earth. The Wishsong of Shannara is much more explicit in this, though. And there are several novels that span from The Word & Void to The Genesis of Shannara and Legends of Shannara that actually show the world changing into the fantasy world. Is this a spoiler? Not really, it’s actually widely known, and you can guess as much just by reading the back covers of the books. Regardless, I’m pretty excited about this TV series. I can’t watch it in Japan, but should be able to see it in other ways in the future.
What did you think of the opening sequence?
New preview videos for The Shannara Chronicles are out! MTV has released character introduction videos. So, here they are.
Manu Bennett as Allanon
Poppy Drayton as Amberle
Ivana Baquero as Eretria
John Rhys-Davies as King Eventine
Austin Butler as Wil
Of course, Eretria and Amberle look great. And I really like John Rhys-Davies as King Eventine. He’s always seemed like a fantasy actor to me. Wil looks to be good, too. But I’ve always wondered about this interpretation of Allanon. He looks nothing like I imagined, and looks nothing like the book description of him. But despite that, I’m very interested in watching this.
Do these videos get you excited about Shannara finally coming to TV?
I’ve been reading Terry Brooks’ Shannara series since I was in university. I started only about fifteen years ago, but read through his books in publication order. I started with The Sword of Shannara, which many people say is like Lord of the Rings. However, unlike Lord of the Rings, Shannara resulted in the growth of the fantasy genre. We have Shannara to thank for things like The Wheel of Time and A Song of Ice and Fire.
Well, MTV is adapting The Elfstones of Shannara into a TV series, which is being filmed in New Zealand. MTV released a video that shows many of the actors and some really beautiful-looking scenery. I love the look of it. Definitely will have this to add to shows I want to buy on DVD in the future.
Take a look at the video.
So, what do you think? Are you excited for this?