Undoubtedly, The Shannara Chronicles is an ambitious television project with an ambiguous fate. The show originally debuted on MTV, which later picked up the fantasy series for a sophomore installment. But yet in May 2017, MTV announced that the series is moving to Spike. Having a solid base in the best-selling series of fantasy novels by Terry Brooks, this show has showcased quite scant television ratings.
The second season's premiere on Spike can't boast with the impressive figures because it has garnered only 0.314 million viewers with a 0.10 key demo (P18-49). This indicator is three times lower in comparison with the show's premiere on MTV. Given the fact all the data presented above, the fans strive to figure out, whether or not Spike is going to pick up The Shannara Chronicles for another round, or it will be the end of this television franchise? Since there has been no official news from Spike, let's think a bit on the subject.
First, we need to comprehend why MTV decided to sell this show to Spike? Most likely, the reason is that The Shannara Chronicles doesn't fit the MTV format. On the contrary, Spike passed through the process of rebranding. As a result, the network needs some fresh content for their new conception. On the other hand, Spike just gathers its new target audience, what may have affected the television ratings of The Shannara Chronicles.
Nonetheless, the primary and foremost factor which we must take into account while discussing this show is its fandom. Indeed, a reception for Season 2 of The Shannara Chronicles was brilliant. Both critics and viewers have been impressed with a next television adaptation. According to the data by Rotten Tomatoes, the second season has a score of 7.67/10/100% among critics and 4.7/5/95% among the viewers. The fans have evaluated the second installment of The Shannara Chronicles at 7.6/10 on Metacritic as well.
Dana Getz from BUSTLE reasonably noted in favor of the renewal of The Shannara Chronicles for a third season that some fantasy series must fill the gap after the ending of Game of Thrones next year. Generally speaking, The Shannara Chronicles fits these purposes. Few shows on TV might boast with such a devoted fanbase and conformity to the genre. However, HBO could prepare another fantasy television project in an attempt to preserve the target audience of Game of Thrones.
Finally, the most reasonable assumption in favor of Season 3 is that the original series of fantasy novels by Terry Brooks consists of 41 total works in the Shannara (Chronological Order) series. Hence, so many source materials have remained for another cycle of television adaptations.
Summing up, this television show has all components of success, the unexhausted source of ideas; an incredibly positive response from the target audience and critics (Season 2); and vast fandom. The only indicator which plays not in favor of renewal is low television ratings. Frankly, we believe that this ill fate in ratings is due to the impossibility of the series to obtain a proper home.
For instance, The CW focuses mostly on superhero series, while SyFy spreads the sci-fi video content. There is no television network, which might serve a home for the fantasy series. So, maybe Spike will manage to fill the gap. We hope they will. Thus, in a nutshell, we think that The Shannara Chronicles has a good chance of returning for Season 3 on Spike even despite the low viewership.
What Is The Shannara Chronicles About?If you have not watched this show yet, here is a brief overview below.
Set in the fantasy world known as the Four Lands, the show focuses on the adventures of three title characters, Wil, Amberle, and Eretria, assisted by the last druid Allanon, who embark on a mission to prevent the invasion of demons striving of destroying the universe. The Shannara Chronicles is a television adaptation of a series of fantasy novels by Terry Brooks.
Regarding The Possible Release Date For Season 3As mentioned above, Spike has yet to announce their decision on the subject of Season 3 of The Shannara Chronicles. However, we don't rule out that the decision will be announced soon. On the contrary, we almost confident that the fantasy series will return for its next installment. The only question is when? If the show is getting Season 3, we doubt that its premiere would take place earlier than next fall, taking into account the schedule of Season 2.
Nonetheless, the production might take more time. In that case, we expect The Shannara Chronicles Season 3 at the beginning of 2019. Anyway, we are waiting for the official announcement from Spike (or another network, which might pick up the show for a next installment). We will update this page as soon as getting some additional info. Stay tuned for updates. We'll keep you informed on the subject.