Watch the stunning opening title sequence for The Shannara Chronicles

The official opening title sequence for MTV’s upcoming fantasy series The Shannara Chronicles has been released online, and you can watch it here.

Based on Terry Brooks’ beloved Shannara book series, the TV show takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. Humans and elves are still around, but the new world gives birth to gnomes, dwarves and trolls (and demons and more) and features the return of magic with Druids. The story is set after civilization has been destroyed in the “great wars,” and has reverted to a sort of medieval state. A lot of the characters in the story are descended from the Elven noble family of Shannara.

Filmed in New Zealand, the series stars Manu Bennett, Poppy Drayton, Ivana Baquero, John Rhys-Davies, Daniel MacPherson and Aaron Jakubenko. Austin Butler plays the series’ main character, Wil Ohmsford, a half-human, half-elf who is the last of the Shannara bloodline.

Check out the opening title sequence:


I love love LOVE the visuals of how the world as we know it burned and rose from its post-apocalyptic ashes like a phoenix, transformed into Middle-earth the Four Lands. And for those not familiar with the world of Shannara, the tree is NOT a weirwood tree from Game of Thrones (though they could be twins) but an Ellcrys, a magical tree whose purpose is to banish all Demons from the Four Lands.

The 10-episode first season is based on the second book published in the series, The Elfstones of Shannara, and was developed by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, who also executive-produce the fantasy TV series alongside Jon Favreau, Dan Farah, Jonathan Liebesman and author Terry Brooks himself.

The Shannara Chronicles will premiere on Jan. 5, 2016, on MTV.

(via Comic Book Movie)

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