Tonight’s Shannara Chronicles airs at 9 p.m., an hour earlier than last week. And a second new episode will air immediately after. Why the change? I asked that very question in my recap last week, and now I know. Spike has made the change for two reasons.
First, they wanted to give fans who watch when the episodes air more of a cinematic feel with the two-hour block. And second, they realize that a large portion of their audience watch through playback and like to binge watch episodes. This gives those viewers more content at a time — a sign that Spike is really listening to their audience.
I was also able to confirm that they will stick with this format through the rest of the season. This means we’ll get episodes 5 and 6 tonight, 7 and 8 on November 15th, and then the final two on November 22nd, right before Thanksgiving.
From the previews we’ve seen so far, we know that tonight’s first episode, Paranor, involves Allanon (Manu Bennett), Wil (Austin Butler) and Mareth (Malese Jow) confronting Bandon (Marcus Vanko), trying to save Flick (Mark Mitchinson) and prevent the resurrection of the Warlock Lord. We haven’t seen anything about the second episode other than it’s called Crimson.
The Shannara Chronicles airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET on Spike.