Big blockbuster films based on young adult book series may be losing steam, but television shows based on similar novels have found success on the small screen. Earlier this year, fans of the genre saw new series like The Magicians, Shadowhunters, and The Shannara Chronicles premiere on Syfy, Freeform and MTV, respectively. Additionally, fellow series based on a YA novel The 100 returned for its third season on The CW.
However, though The Magicians, Shadowhunters, and The 100 had all been renewed for subsequent seasons by their respective networks, The Shannara Chronicles was waiting for a verdict. Now, MTV has officially ordered a second season of the high-fantasy show based on Terry Brooks’ The Sword of Shannara Trilogy.
Variety is reporting the season 2 renewal of The Shannara Chronicles, though no episode order or premiere date have been set yet. Season 1 of the series followed the Elven princess Amberle (Poppy Drayton), the human Rover Eretria (Ivana Baquero), and the elf-human hybrid Wil (Austin Butler) as they went on a quest to save the world from the evil Dagda Mor (Jed Brophy).
The show additionally featured a host of other fantasy characters like the druid Allanon (Manu Bennett), the Elven prince Ander (Aaron Jakubenko), and the seer Bandon (Marcus Vanco). Behind the scenes, The Shannara Chronicles is executive produced by Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book), Jonathan Liebesman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Dan Farah (Ready Player One), Brooks, as well as Al Gough and Miles Millar (Into the Badlands), who additionally serve as showrunners.
Before it premiered, The Shannara Chronicles was one of the more anticipated new series of the 2016 midseason premiere season and, although the show opened strong in its debut, it may have failed to reach the heights of other fantasy series overall. Still, the high-fantasy series left plenty to explored, with the fates of certain characters even acting as cliffhangers, and season 2 could potentially follow more storylines from Brooks’ book series.
Of course, The Shannara Chronicles may not appeal to all viewers. Certainly, given the recent poor reception of YA-based blockbuster Allegiant, the third film in the Divergent franchise, it seems audiences may be growing tired of YA dystopian stories. But, while young adult movies may not be as successful as they once were in the heyday of Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games, shows like The Shannara Chronicles continue to find audiences on TV.
The Shannara Chronicles will return for season 2 on MTV.