Opening Title Sequence: The Shannara Chronicles

The Shannara Chronicles premieres on Tuesday, January 5th, on MTV.

That said, every Tuesday, the first thing you can watch is the title sequence for the TV show!

It is posted above. I find title sequences super important in this new golden age of TV. My favorites the last few years have had this kind of style—animation mixed with a song. Game of Thrones, True Detective, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, etc. Powerful opening statements that help set the tone for the overall show.

The title sequence for The Shannara Chronicles is no exception. As one fan said this morning, “Word/Void and Shannara tied together in 41 seconds! It took Terry 25 years to do that! I love it! Very excited for the series!!!” I couldn’t agree more. A lot to like here. The dark and gritty animation. The song with its lyrics. And I especially love how the dripping blood turns into the different branches of human evolution — into trolls, dwarves, gnomes, etc. — giving a brief history of how the Four Lands and its denizens came to be. Add in the post-apocalyptic aspects here like the Space Needle and Century Link field and this not only sets up this TV show but possible spin-off shows in pre-Shannara if this show becomes a hit (I’d love a spin-off show adapting Genesis of Shannara)!

What don’t I like? Not a whole lot of epic fantasy in this beyond the very end with the Ellcrys, which is kind of sad, but overall a strong title sequence. Will love watching it every week before every episode!

What do you think?

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Written by Shawn Speakman
I am the long-time friend and webmaster for Terry Brooks as well as the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel Terry calls "a fine tale by a talented writer." Join me on Facebook and Twitter (@shawnspeakman)!