This article contains spoilers for The Shannara Chronicles episode 'Crimson'.
Holy Spit! Okay, really didn't see the majority of this episode coming. Garret Jax confronts General Riga and might have beat him if he'd known that Valcaa had escaped, but Tamlin didn't mention that. Riga sees the betrayal and strikes back, attacking during the wedding of Ander and Lyria. Riga poses as the priest.
Jax gets back to Eretria in time for them to join into the fight. But it's a pretty vicious battle with lot of folks getting hurt — the big shock being Riga appears to have killed Ander. I honestly never thought that was going to happen. I figured an Elessedil on the throne was key, but I don't know if there are any left now. In Wishsong of Shannara, Ander's son Edain plays a big role… but I don't think he had time for a son here. Maybe he's not all the way dead. Maybe.
Meanwhile, Mareth and Wil help protect Shea from Mord Wraiths while trying to find the skull of the Warlock Lord… and keep from wiping Wil out of existence. It's interesting in that Wil ends up telling Shea who he is and a bit about his future, as well as the fact that he is a Shannara. They find the skull and head back, releasing Bandon from the prison.
Flick, not wanting the Warlock Lord to return, throws himself (sort of) onto Bandon's sword, taking away his bargaining chip. This leads Wil and Bandon to fight, Warlock Sword vs Sword of Shannara… and the Sword of Shannara shatters. That's another thing I didn't see coming. Mareth frees Allanon and he helps with the fight, but is cut and infected by the Warlock Sword. Bandon escapes with the skull. Allanon is gravely wounded and things are looking bad.
Most of the episode was a nice father-son thing as Wil got to understand his father better. And we got the wedding, everything seemed nice. And then it took a turn. I've had more shocked moments in this season of Shannara than I've gotten from a television series in a long time. Allanon dying, the sword in pieces, and Ander apparently dead with Bandon running off to resurrect the Warlock Lord. This is a bleak as things can get — and there are still four episodes left.
We get more back-to-back goodness next week with two episodes that look like Bandon goes ahead and summons the Warlock Lord. And does the guy sitting on the throne in the last scene seems to have a very similar silhouette to Allanon's? And we get another visit form Amberle's ghost — but then again, the two episodes are called 'Warlock' and 'Amberle'.