I’m not going to lie to you guys: The Shannara Chronicles is my most-anticipated television premiere of 2016. More than The Magicians. Even more than The 100 returning for season 3. It’s because I started reading Terry Brooks’s Shannara series when I was in high school, and The Elfstones of Shannara – the book on which season 1 of MTV’s new fantasy show is based – is one of my all-time favorite books (period, not just from the series). I am fully preparing to write a Shannara crash-course article telling you all everything you need to know before The Shannara Chronicles premieres on January 5, but until then I suppose I can tell you this much: in a post-apocalyptic future, the world looks very different but is still in danger. Half-Elven Wil must help Elven princess Amberle on a perilous trip in order to save the Ellcrys and stop demons from entering the world again.
I was thrilled to have the chance to speak to the cast and author Terry Brooks at New York Comic Con in October. Cast members Austin Butler (Wil) and Poppy Drayton (Amberle) talked about filming in New Zealand, their character arcs, and in the case of Poppy how to pronounce their characters’ names! (Turns out I’ve been mispronouncing some of these words for half my life! I don’t even know what to do with that information!) And as a huge fan of the books, it was such a pleasure to talk to Terry Brooks. It was an even greater pleasure to learn that I wasn’t completely oblivious not picking up on the post-apocalyptic hints in Elfstones of Shannara (spoiler: it’s because there weren’t any!).
Check out our round table cover of The Shannara Chronicles at NYCC, and make sure you tune in to MTV on January 5th for the series premiere!
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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