MTV has given a second season to its YA post-apocalyptic Lord Of The Rings saga The Shannara Chronicles. If you’re having trouble picturing what a YA post-apocalyptic Lord Of The Rings saga looks like, then just picture The Walking Dead with orcs instead of zombies and faeries instead of the survivors plus a lot more teen romance. It’s a weird mix that shouldn’t work but somehow, as with Teen Wolf (another bad idea that works) MTV has pulled it off (you can read our reviews here).
The series, which airs in the UK on 5Star, is adapted from the international best-selling fantasy novels by Terry Brooks. “This dream team delivered a beautiful, ground-breaking show with compelling stories and character journeys which brought in new viewers,” says Mina Lefevre, executive vice president t MTV. “I can’t wait to see what season two brings.” More snogging, no doubt, among other things.
A major part of the series success has been on digital platforms, where it managed 16.6 million streams across all MTV’s digital properties and brought significant traffic growth to the MTV App. The series also ranks as the highest grossing digital download for a single season on MTV ever in the States.
The Shannara Chronicles season 2 will be executive produced and written by Al Gough and Miles Millar. Jon Favreau, Jonathan Liebesman, Terry Brooks and Dan Farah also serve as executive producers.