In Review: The Shannara Chronicles – Graymark

With Wil trapped, Eretria and Mareth must work together to free him before time is up.

Synopsis: With Wil trapped, Eretria and Mareth must work together to free him before time is up.

Review: Wil and Eretria are reunited and with help from Mareth and a reluctant Garet Jax. They hatch a plot to break Allanon out of Graymark Castle, which means going up against the Crimson and their leader Riga. Unfortunately though. Even the best-laid plans can fall flat and Wil manages to get himself captured for real, which leaves it up to Eretria, Mareth, and Jax to save them.

Elsewhere King Ander is still trying to form an alliance with human leader Queen Tamlin. Plans are being made for a royal wedding, but Ander is not aware that his own general is plotting with Tamlin to take the crown off of him.

This was a pretty good episode with a fair bit of tension and some fantastic action. Desmond Chiam puts in a solid performance as General Riga and manages to come out of playing a scene with Manu Bennet relatively unscathed. Of course, Bennet is as strong as ever and owns most of his scenes.

Gentry White put in a pretty good performance as Garet Jax who was pretty merciless and selfish with the fact that he was willing to take money off of the Crimson in exchange for Wil, but when he is shamed by the Crimson Guard for a past transgression he was understandably embarrassed and humbled. I’m really hoping that the writers keep this actor around because his bounty hunter character adds a roguish and more cynical element to what is otherwise a very young and energetic group. He could be the Han Solo of the Shannara Chronicles. 

Overall. A solid episode with a nice mix of character and action beats. The scene where Riga is torturing Allonan being one of the best the series has given so far. It was also good to see Wil reunited with Eretria.

The Shannara Chronicles - Graymark
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