Shannara Chronicles Season 2, Episode 10 Recap: Blood

This article contains spoilers for the Shannara Chronicles season 2 season finale – Blood.

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And here it is, the season finale for The Shannara Chronicles season 2. Bandon, Allanon’s former apprentice who resurrected the Warlock Lord is dead. General Riga, the leader of the Crimson who wanted to destroy magic is dead. King Ander of Arborlon is dead. Queen Tamlin of Leah is dead. Eretria is under the control of the Warlock Lord and has captured Lyrie, the key to Heaven’s Well. The Warlock Lord is kicking Allanon, Cogline and Mareth ass and the Shannara, Wil Ohmsford, arrives just in time to see Allanon die. Yes, die. Which means we are completely off the rails of the novels by Terry Brooks and anything might happen next.

The episode is fast paced and holds nothing back. The Warlock Lord send Eretria to make sure the flood gates on the damn stay open awhile he takes Lyria to infect Heaven’s Well, the source of magic in the Four Lands. Wil, Mareth and Cogline head after them with Cogline heading to help Garret Jax and Slanter at the damn. The Warlock Lord gets into the well and drips his blood into the water, and it begins to spread into the Silver River. Eretria tricks her way into the control room for the damn and sabotages it. By the time Cogline gets there, he and Jax are able to force the Mord Wraith out of her, but can’t do anything about the water.

It comes down to Wil and Mareth… the Shannara and the Druid. The battle isn’t going there way at all, the Warlock Lord is way to powerful. At one point, knocking away the Sword of Shannara and running Wil through with the Warlock Blade. Mareth uses her ablities to fling the Sword of Shannara back to will who then plunges it into the Warlock Lords heart and kills him. Wil then removes the blade from his midsection and plans to heal himself when he notices the water in the well is still infected. It isn’t until a drop of his own blood falls into the water that it begins to clear. He realizes he can’t heal himself, he must bleed into the well. He gives Mareth the stones then plunges into the water. His blood cleansing the river and saving the day.

In the aftermath. Lyria is crowned Queen of Leah. Jax is made her general. Mareth, who should be on the throne in Arborlon, is going to go with Cogline and Eretria to study being a druid. But she senses something, checks the Elfstones and they’re glowing… and she’s certain Wil is alive. We then cut to Wil waking up in a group of skeletons with demons flying overhead… so, he is still alive for now.

This was a great season of television. The show cut out a lot of the things that drag down fantasy epics… like long journeys and annoying side trips. Instead it told a fast paced, straight forward story with a lot of great characters and important things happening each week. There was no filler. 10-Episodes was perfect. Plus it didn’t follow the normal tropes of the bad guys and good guys having their face off moments. The two villains through most of the season, Riga and Bandon, were actually killed by the final big bad. And after killing Allanon, killing Wil didn’t seem that far-fetched, but then showing him at the end builds excitement for season three… and there better be a season three now. For me, this is one of the best series on television.

About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.