Shannara Chronicles Season 2, Episode 3 Recap: Graymark

This article contains spoilers for the Shannara Chronicles episode – Graymark.

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The third episode of The Shannara Chronicles season 3 focused mainly on one thing, General Riga captured Allanon and taken him to Graymark. Eretria hires Garet Jax to take her to Wil (though Jax may be working for more than one person.) To save his Uncle Flick, Wil must rescue Allanon and take him to Bandon. Mareth wants to find Allanon, Eretria is still in love with Wil and wants to keep him safe and Jax sees a possible profit… so they head to Graymark. We learn a lot while Allanon is being tortured. Graymark was the home of the Warlock Lord, Riga has tainted blood that make him immune to magic and Riga thinks if he can get the Codex of Paranor he can destroy it and rid the world of magic. I'm thinking he might be under the influence of the Warlock Lord… but cant' say for sure. The plan Wil comes up with involves Jax turning him in for the bounty, then he would free himself, find Allanon and meet Eretria and Mareth in the tunnels. This goes awry and Wil is caught and tortured… but neither he nor Allanon give up the location of the Codex. Mareth, Eretria and Jax sneak and Mareth finds Allanon's staff and can use it. She frees Allanon and Wil and the five make their way towards the exit in a great fight scene that showcases everyone's abilities (except Wil's) and they just make it out. Though it seems like Wil has lost the elfstones to Riga.

The subplot with King Ander and Queen Tamlin gets a small amount of time. Tamlin explains to Lyria her plan and how it involves the Humans taking over Arborlon. We also learn that she is in league with General Riga.

This episode was great. Having the main focus be the prison break kept us in the moment and the torture scenes were brutal. You can almost empathize with Riga until he shows his cruel side. Mareth and Jax really step up and your heart breaks for Eretria as she wears her love for Wil on her sleeve, knowing he still loves Amberle. But those final moments as the rain started to fall and the five of them, two extremely wounded, fought their way out of Graymark. The intensity of Allanon running for the open gate as Riga lets loose an arrow… I was holding my breath.

The new season of the Shannara Chronicles is seriously kick-ass!

Next week the attention turns back to Bandon and his quest to resurrect the Warlock Lord. As the former druid pays a visit to Queen Tamlin while Allanon leads the others on quest to find the Sword of Shannara. Will that be Wil's replacement for the elfstones or can he get those back from General Riga? And did he give them up so easily because he knew he was abusing them?

About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.

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