Poppy Drayton Nude In MTV's 'Shannara Chronicles'? A 'Game Of Thrones' Sex Scene Won't Fly With Terry Brooks

Will MTV's Shannara Chronicles feature either Ivana Baquero or Poppy Drayton nude in some sort of sex scene? Game Of Thrones has been compared to the Shannara Chronicles many a time in the past, but in this particular case the two TV shows will likely diverge. TV producers will often introduce new material compared to the sources, and HBO's version of George R.R. Martin's books certainly upped the sex factor to the max, even going far so far as to create new prostitute characters using real life porn stars. But if author Terry Brooks has any say over how the Shannara Chronicles series is treated on TV, then it seems unlikely MTV will be allowed to go too far with their creative license.

In the Game Of Thrones, sex is just another weapon used by those aspiring to seize power. To put the books into perspective, a Tumblr user named Tafkar claims Martin's "books contain over four times as much rape as the show." Brooks, on the other hand, often focuses on elements of the human psyche as a source of power. Without getting too far into book-based spoilers, the secret behind the sword of Shannara is not in its destructive force, nor would a villainous rapist ever want to touch the weapon.


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Of course, MTV wants to sex up Shannara Chronicles in some fashion by adding a love triangle angle. The two female leads are Amberle Elessedil (Poppy Drayton) and Eretria (Ivana Baquero), while the young male hero of the story is Wil Ohmsford (Austin Butler). Drayton indicates MTV's script will be pushing the love story angle a lot more in comparison to the books.

"It may look like this classic fantasy world, but there's a lot of unrequited love, love triangles, slight jealousy and the messiness of love, which always resonates," explained Drayton, according to the Los Angeles Times. "It's about young people trying to find out who they really are. I think MTV audiences can relate to that. We all can relate to that."

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The TV series is rated TV-14-SV for "sex and violence," which seems fairly fairly odd considering that Brooks made it pretty clear in a Reddit AMA that the Shannara Chronicles will follow the "Game of Thrones model -- minus the sex and gore." Perhaps the rating is for sex appeal, not nudity? After all, the Elfstones Of Shannara book does not have a sex scene, so it wouldn't make sense to feature Ivana Baquero or Poppy Drayton naked in any capacity unless MTV really decides to push the story way beyond its source material.

Assuming Brooks has control of the TV series's content, that is unlikely to happen. In a previous interview, the author said that a Game Of Thrones sex scene does not belong in the Shannara TV series.

"Don't mention Game of Thrones to me. We were saying, 'We don't want to go that route.' That's not what the Shannara books are. They're a family-oriented fantasy and always have been," Brooks said. "That's been one of the strong selling points. Anyone from 10 years of age up that has the reading skills can read these books. We've always talked about it as a family drama that anyone can watch. I thought of it as a straight adaptation. I told [the MTV producers] early on, 'I know you're going to have to make changes. Just hold the bones of the story together.' "

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Those who have only watched the Shannara Chronicles TV show are probably wondering where a magical sword of Shannara comes into play. It does not, because The Shannara Chronicles cover the events of The Elfstones of Shannara, the second book in the series. Terry Brooks has long admitted that the first book paid homage to J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings, which may require more than a Shannara movie.

"This is something I always thought was a good idea because I think it needs more space," Brooks explained. "You're talking about a 600-page-plus book. You really need a lot of space to sprawl all over and make it come in under three hours when you're doing that."

Elfstones was chosen as the source material partially because Brooks considers it the work he wants to remembered by, but also because Sword Of Shannara would be quite expensive as a TV series, since it involves large armies and numerous battle scenes. Skipping the first book probably fits MTV just fine, since the story also did not provide any female characters or opportunities for a meaningful love story. As a fan of the book series, let's just hope the MTV producers can avoid the temptation to sex up future seasons for the ratings.

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