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Recap / The Shannara Chronicles S 02 E 07 Warlock

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With Allanon near death, Mareth enters his comatose mind to save him. Lyria and Eretria flees the palace of Leah, and Eretria has another vision of Amberle, this time telling her to bring Wil to the Ellcrys.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Queen Tamlin hasn't done much to endear herself to the audience throughout the season, but she faces her death with supreme dignity and after sending her daughter to safety and soberly acknowledging that her own mistakes have brought her to this. Eretria explicitly compares her to Cephelo, another minor villain of the series who lived poorly but died well.
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  • Back from the Dead: The Warlock Lord is back.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Facing execution by being pushed off a cliff, Queen Tamlin instead chooses to deny Riga the satisfaction by jumping off it voluntarily.
  • Call-Back: Eretria tells Lyria that she's not alone in having had a much-resented parent figure pull a Heroic Sacrifice for her.
  • Curse Cut Short: Riga punches Jax in the gut when Jax is in the middle of telling Riga what he can do with his "mercy."
  • Everyone Can See It: Much like Shea, Eretria knows the crushing-on-Wil-Ohmsford look when she sees it on Mareth's face. Apparently it's quite obvious... to everyone except Wil, that is.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Bandon faces off against the Crimson garrison at Graymark, and defeats them handily.
  • Hidden Backup Prince: Wil realises that with every other member of the Elessedil family now dead, Mareth has effectively become this.
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  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: Mareth enters Allanon's dream to revive him from his coma.
  • Naked on Arrival: The Warlock Lord, though he quickly creates clothes for himself.
  • Passing the Torch: Mareth is revealed to be the next chosen Druid, and Allanon's powers begin passing over to her.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The reason why Allanon pushed Bandon to develop his magic - which is what led to Bandon becoming the terrifying Big Bad that he is today - is that Bremen told him that someone would emerge to be his successor, and Allanon assumed he meant Bandon. Bremen actually meant Mareth. Now, how much of Season 2 could have been avoided if Bremen had bothered to give even the slightest description of the successor? Hell, all he would have had to do was use a gendered pronoun at some point!
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: For all the buildup, Mareth entering Allanon's mind turned out to be entirely unnecessary - Allanon was perfectly capable of waking up whenever he wanted, he just wanted to use the opportunity to talk to Bremen. Nor does the fact that Mareth would have died with him if he'd passed away in the dream become relevant, since he never comes close to dying.
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  • Walk on Water: Allanon walks out onto the surface of Hadeshorn in his dream before calling out to Bremen's spirit.
  • Wham Shot: The first close-up shot of the Warlock Lord's face. He looks exactly like Allanon.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Mareth lambasts Wil for Bandon getting the skull and Allanon being in a coma, neither of which would have happened if he hadn't talked her into helping him try to save Flick (which he failed at, to make it even worse). Wil shamefully agrees that it's his fault.

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