What’s worse than going on a road trip with both your one night stand and the girl you’re crushing on? All that, plus having the fate of the world rest on your shoulders too. Unfortunately, that’s what Wil is currently facing on The Shannara Chronicles. We do not envy him.
Tonight’s episode, “Changeling,” saw Wil, Amberle, and Eretria finally set off on their quest to save the Ellcrys, but not before Wil and Eretria could have some, ahem, alone time… nor before Amberle almost died from a demon attack. Just another day in Arborlon, huh? Let’s recap all the action!
The super mysterious test inside the Ellcrys that Amberle had to face before receiving its seed was a hallucination in which Amberle had to fight and kill Wil, since she had developed feelings for him. The lesson: She needed to harden her heart if she should expect to succeed on her quest to save the Ellcrys and, as a result, the world. As if there was any doubt, Amberle passed the test of the Ellcrys, and it granted her its seed to take to the Bloodfire at the Safehold. She also saw a vision of Eretria with her and Wil at the Bloodfire, meaning she’d have to take the Rover with them.
In the world’s worst case of terrible timing, that’s when Cephalo decided to make Eretria storm the Elvin castle to steal the elfstones and bring them to him. And when the Dagda Mor told the Changeling demon to kill Amberle before she could leave the castle, stopping its quest before it could even start. Lots of moving chess pieces on the board!
Outside the castle, Wil found Bandon feeling out of place and alone. Bandon confided in Wil that when people touch him, he sees their death. That doesn’t sound like a cool gift to have. Not at all. And when he touched Amberle, he saw the Bloodfire symbol, along with Amberle and a human girl: Eretria.
The Rover girl snuck her way inside the castle and into Wil’s room, where she confided in him all about Cephalo’s treatment of her and her desire for freedom. She was laying the sob story on pretty thick, to the point where we almost started to believe her. She also hit on Wil pretty hard, and although he tried to resist, he ended up falling for it anyway. They slept together, and shocker: she stole the elfstones from him while he was asleep. Right after they did the deed. That’s just cold, girl!
While Eretria made her escape, Amberle spotted her in the halls, just as the changeling demon took on her form. While disguised as Eretria, the demon attacked Amberle, but Bandon saved her at the last moment. The demon changed back into a guard, and Eretria was taken into custody because everyone thought she attacked the princess.
In her cell, Eretria tried to reason with Wil about how killing Amberle would do nothing for her, and whoever attacked her is still out there. He saw the logic in that, so he convinced Allanon to let Bandon touch a dead Chosen body—Amberle’s boyfriend’s to be exact—to see his last moments to know what the demon that killed him looks like. He did, and told them he saw Amberle with silver eyes kill the Chosen. Allanon realized the demon is a changeling that can take on anyone’s form.
Wil came up with a plan to use Eretria as a decoy to lure the changeling out of hiding so they can kill it once and for all. She agreed to help, but only after blowing up Wil’s spot in front of Amberle, tipping the princess off to their bedroom tryst. She was not too pleased, but shut down her emotions like the Ellcrys told her to.
Wil’s plan worked, and Allanon killed the changeling demon before it could kill Amberle. Allanon then confronted Amberle about reading her mind and knowing that Eretria was in her vision at the Bloodfire, and she finally confessed the truth about seeing the Rover girl in her vision. Wil was shocked to learn that Allanon was not in her vision, meaning he wasn’t going on the quest with Wil, Amberle, and Eretria. He was going to remain at the Ellcrys in case the Dagda Mor sent any more demons.
Allanon sent the trio off on their quest with a few guards keeping them company, with Eretria in chains and not too happy about her situation. Cephalo saw them from afar leading Eretria off, and promised her, “Daddy’s coming.” That’s not good. Also not good? The changeling demon wasn’t killed after all, and it’s still killing guards in the Elvin city. Allanon’s going to have his hands full back at the homefront.
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The Shannara Chronicles airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on MTV.