Meet the characters of MTV's The Shannara Chronicles with these 5 new videos

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Nov 19, 2015, 7:12 AM EST (Updated)

With The Shannara Chronicles set to premiere early in the New Year, MTV has decided it was finally time for us to get to meet the main characters populating the upcoming fantasy series.

The new TV show is based on the beloved Shannara books by Terry Brooks (who is also on board as executive producer) and takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that looks much more akin to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings than it does to, say, Mad Max. Which is pretty normal when you have elves and magic and druids and demons. The series was even filmed in New Zealand, and from what I've seen so far, I think it looks absolutely gorgeous, even though the special effects don't hail from Weta Workshop but were surprisingly made in-house at MTV. The new series also has the added bonus of featuring LOTR alum John Rhys-Davies.

The five videos below introduce us to Allanon (Manu Bennett, of Spartacus and Arrow fame), the last remaining Druid; Amberle (Poppy Drayton), a new member of The Chosen; the human Eretria (Ivana Baquero), a member of the thieving Rover clan; the Elven King Eventine (Rhys-Davies) and his sons Arion (Daniel MacPherson) and Ander (Aaron Jakubenko); and, last but not least, our young hero Wil Ohmsford (Austin Butler), a half-human, half-elf who happens to be the last survivor of the Shannara bloodline.


The ten-part first season is based on the second book published, The Elfstones of Shannara, and was developed by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, whose other new post-apocalyptic series, Into the Badlands, just premiered on AMC this past Sunday.

The Shannara Chronicles will premiere on Jan. 5, 2016, on MTV. Will you be tuning in?

(via MTV)