This week's episode of The Shannara Chronicles continued to flesh out the cast for season 2, after the slaughter that was season 1. There are still plenty of mysteries left to solve after 'Wraith', but a lot of the questions from 'Druid' were answered - including several about new characters who have joined the show.
The episode begins with Wil (Austin Butler) and Mareth (Malese Jow) on the run, Eretria (Ivana Baquero) and Lyria (Vanessa Morgan) also on the move (and searching for Wil), and Alannon (Manu Bennett) now frighteningly aware of Bandon's (Marcus Vanco) new evil plan. As always, Wil the Shannara is front and center when it comes to the quest of the season, but this time around it seems that there is going to be a greater focus on the other races of the Four Lands, not just the Elves. And while there are plenty of familiar faces setting out on this season 2 journey, there are almost as many new ones - so we're breaking down the biggest players in the second season.
Allanon's Daughter - Mareth
Mareth popped up in 'Druid' as a magic wielder who wanted Wil's help, and it wasn't until the end of the episode that she was revealed to be the daughter of Alannon. This was pretty shocking news, given that neither Alannon nor his lover Pyria (Sarah Peirse) ever mentioned a daughter in season 1. 'Wraith' doesn't make anyone wait long before Mareth reveals her full family history, though, as she and Wil immediately start talking about it once they are hidden from the snake-demon (for the moment).
First up, Mareth is, in fact, Pyria's daughter. Her elven heritage is what gives her the pointed ears, and her Druid father is what gives her her magic. Pyria wasn't aware that she was pregnant until Alannon had disappeared and she had gone to live on her own, and she raised Mareth alone, not telling her anything about her father at all. She eventually figured out that her father was Alannon after she started to develop magic of her own, but Pyria refused to talk about it, and Mareth left out of anger. Now, Mareth knows that her mother was killed (presumably she tried to return home at some point), but Alannon himself is still in the dark about his child, as Pyria never mentioned it in their brief meeting. Mareth also talks about her magic, which she seems to have been born with. Given that Druids have to learn their magic, she doesn't know why she got some along with Alannon's genetic material, but she's hoping that he can help her out.
Eretria's New Love - Lyria
Lyria also made her debut in episode 1, yet we didn't know much about her at all until her past was revealed in episode 2. Initially, Lyria was Eretria's girlfriend in the human settlement where she had been living since the season 1 finale. Then, when Eretria learned that Wil had come looking for her, she set off to find him - and Lyria went with her. It was a short-lived journey, however, as this week saw a bounty hunter take out the girls' captors, knock out Eretria, and haul Lyria off to Leah to collect his reward.
Here, we discover that Lyria isn't just a mysterious human who stumbled onto the settlement. She is Princess Lyria of Leah, next in line to the throne, and she's always running away with feisty brunettes because she hates her royal life. Now, she's back in the palace, furious, and expected to marry King Ander (Aaron Jakubenko) to seal an alliance between elves and men. Poor Eretria! She thought she'd found someone to love, but it turns out that it's another princess and one who has been omitting some serious details about her life story at that. After Eretria learns of Lyria's other companions (from her last few attempts at running away), she decides that she was wrong about her girlfriend, and leaves Lyria behind. Presumably, she's headed to Wil and Mareth, and straight into another Wil-elf-Eretria love triangle, because the girl just can't seem to catch a break.