After several episodes of build-up, The Shannara Chronicles is finally bringing back the Warlock Lord. The much-anticipated moment will take place during back-to-back episodes airing Wednesday night. This is the second week in a row that Shannara has aired two episodes in one night.
The Warlock Lord's return was first foreshadowed in the beginning of season 2, when Bandon (Marcus Vanco) took it upon himself to resurrect the evil Druid. Bandon faced several roadblocks in his quest, with Allanon (Manu Bennett) opposing him at every turn. In last week's episodes, Bandon acquired the final piece needed to restore him. He obtained the skull of the Warlock Lord after forcing Wil (Austin Butler) to trade it for the life of his uncle Flick. Before Wil could decide, Flick killed himself. Bandon fled with the skull and trapped both Wil and Mareth (Malese Jow) in a chamber with a poisoned Allanon.
Spike has released two clips from the first hour of the double header. In one clip, fans finally get to see the Warlock Lord in the flesh, rather than just the yellowed-eyed wraith that occasionally pops in. After Bandon chants the summoning spell and stabs his sword into the ground, the naked form of the Warlock Lord materializes in the center of a circle of fire.
In the second clip, Mareth and Wil read a Druid tome in hopes of finding a way to save Allanon. They discover that Mareth will have to enter Allanon's dreams. Unfortunately, if Allanon dies while Mareth is still inside his head, she will die with him. Wil reluctantly agrees to the plan.
Spike has also released synopses for the two episodes, titled "Warlock" and "Amberle":
Bandon and his followers race to resurrect the Warlock Lord while Mareth must risk everything before it's too late.
Wil must confront his past. The bond between Allanon and Mareth continues to grow.
It remains to be seen if Bandon's efforts to restore the Warlock Lord will pay off in the way he expects them to. It wouldn't be surprising to anyone but Bandon if the Warlock Lord kills him immediately. However, it's possible that Bandon can continue to be useful to the Warlock Lord.
In last week's episodes, we learned that Queen Tamlin (Caroline Chekezie) had made a deal with the Warlock Lord, allowing him to drink from Heaven's Well and replenish his energies, though he was killed before he could collect. With the Warlock Lord back among the living again, one of his first stops could be Queen Tamlin's palace.
The Shannara Chronicles continues Wednesday with back-to-back episodes of "Warlock" and Amberle" on Spike.