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The Shannara Chronicles is an American fantasy drama television series created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. It is an adaptation of the Shannara series of fantasy novels by Terry Brooks, with the first season being primarily an adaptation of the second novel in the original trilogy, The Elfstones of Shannara.


The Shannara Chronicles is filmed at the Auckland Film Studios and on location elsewhere in New Zealand. Filming for the first season wrapped in New Zealand in June 2015, and the first trailer debuted on July 10, 2015. Alfred Gough and Miles Millar developed the series, based on the Shannara novels.

The series premiered on MTV in the United States on January 5, 2016. The first season consisted of ten episodes, and renewal of the series for a second season was announced on April 20, 2016.

In May 2017, it was announced that show would be moving from MTV to Spike TV as part of an overall restructuring plan at Viacom that aims to scale back the amount of scripted content on MTV while rebranding and mainstreaming Spike TV under the new name Paramount Network, beginning in January 2018. Season 2 premiered in the US on Spike TV on October 11, 2017.


Sonar Entertainment acquired TV rights to the Shannara universe in 2012. In December 2013 it was announced that a series based on The Elfstones of Shannara was being produced for MTV. During the Shannara Chronicles panel at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2015, a teaser trailer was revealed, giving audiences a first look at the sets and characters. A television version of the trailer was shown during the 2015 MTV Music Awards.


The Shannara Chronicles adapted The Elfstones of Shannara for its first season. Elfstones was selected over the first novel, The Sword of Shannara, because it had a more widely-appealing plot and because it featured well-developed female characters which Sword had notably lacked.

Terry Brooks has endorsed the show and stated in interviews that he is happy with the way Elfstones was adapted. Brooks was very involved in the writing process, though he hopes to decrease his involvement for future seasons. While the series has remained adequately faithful to the books, several key adaptational changes were made, including the creation of a handful of new characters and a post-apocalyptic feel that is more reminiscent of the later novels than the first ones.

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Season 1

Season 2


Season 1

Ep. # Episode Title US Airdate UK Airdate
1 "Chosen" (Part One) January 5, 2016 February 25, 2016
2 "Chosen" (Part Two) January 5, 2016 March 3, 2016
3 "Fury" January 12, 2016 March 10, 2016
4 "Changeling" January 19, 2016 March 17, 2016
5 "Reaper" January 26, 2016 March 24, 2016
6 "Pykon" February 2, 2016 March 31, 2016
7 "Breakline" February 9, 2016 April 7, 2016
8 "Utopia" February 16, 2016 April 14, 2016
9 "Safehold" February 23, 2016 April 21, 2016
10 "Ellcrys" March 1, 2016 April 28, 2016

Season 2

Ep. # Episode Title US Airdate UK Airdate
1 "Druid" October 11, 2017 October 19, 2017
2 "Wraith" October 18, 2017 October 26, 2017
3 "Graymark" October 25, 2017 November 2, 2017
4 "Dweller" November 1, 2017 November 9, 2017
5 "Paranor" November 8, 2017 November 16, 2017
6 "Crimson" November 8, 2017 November 23, 2017
7 "Warlock" November 15, 2017 November 30, 2017
8 "Amberle" November 15, 2017 TBA
9 "Wilderun" November 22, 2017 TBA
10 "Blood" November 22, 2017 TBA


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