When it premiered on April 23, 2021, Netflix’s fantasy series “Shadow and Bone,” based on author Leigh Bardugo’s bestselling book series, was an instant sensation. Alina Starkov, played by Jessie Mei Li, is a young woman who discovers she has magical skills that allow her to call light in the mythical realm of Ravka. Alina is plucked from her normal life as an army cartographer and joins the Grisha, a group of people with diverse abilities, to begin training to be the world’s savior and destroy the Shadow Fold.
The Shadow Fold is a huge swath of territory that divides Ravka, completely black and teeming with creatures. General Kirigan (Ben Barnes), commonly known as the Darkling, is a man with the ability to produce shadows who has been seeking a solution to the Shadow Fold for a long time – until Alina came along.
“Shadow and Bone” delighted critics and Netflix viewers alike, achieving a Rotten Tomatoes score of 87 percent.
According to Deadline, the show was so popular that it topped Netflix’s Top 10 list in 79 countries and was watched by 55 million people in the first month. Aficionados of the series have been waiting for word of a second season and beyond, particularly book fans who know what’s coming. Thankfully, we now have a satisfactory solution. In an official video clip from Netflix, the cast of “Shadow and Bone” announced the show’s renewal for Season 2.
If that isn’t enough to pique your interest, here’s everything we know about Season 2 of “Shadow and Bone.”
When can we expect Season 2 of Shadow and Bone?
We can start speculating about when the new season of “Shadow and Bone” will premiere on Netflix now that we know it’s coming back for more episodes. A high fantasy series like this one necessitates a lot of post-production effects work, thus the release of a new season will take longer than usual dramas. The first season of “Shadow and Bone” was announced in January 2019, however, the first casting announcements didn’t happen until October of that year (Deadline, Variety).
Given that the cast and crew may have received permission from Netflix to begin planning and casting Season 2 earlier than Season 1, the second season should arrive sooner than Season 1. Season 2 of “Shadow and Bone” is most likely to arrive in late 2022 or early 2023, according to our best guess.
Fans can only hope that the second season will be better the longer it takes to arrive. Furthermore, showrunner Eric Heisserer spoke with Collider on the show’s future plans, claiming that the show will continue after Season 2 “Because Leigh has written so many books and there’s a lot of material to cover, Shadow and Bone” might be “far more than three seasons.” I believe this will be strong and healthy for four seasons, and who knows what will happen after that.” So, if the series remains popular on Netflix, we may be able to spend a long time with these characters.
Season 2 of Shadow and Bone will feature who?
Season 2 of “Shadow and Bone” will continue the story of Alina and her growing powers as the Sun Summoner, as well as whatever schemes the troublemakers known as the Crows have planned, so anticipate the entire core cast to return. Sujaya Dasgupta as Zoya Nazyalensky and Daisy Head as Genya Safin are among the cast members. Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker, Amita Suman as Inej Ghafa, Kit Young as Jesper Fahey, and Danielle Galligan as Nina Zenik and Calahan Skogman as Matthias Helvar are among the Crows’ cast members.
There are a few significant characters from the books who are set to appear in the second season, so fingers are crossed for a casting announcement in the coming months. In the aforementioned Collider interview, Heisserer said that Wylan, a character who joins the Crows, will feature in Season 2. Fans are looking forward to seeing Sturmhond, commonly known as Nikolai, on-screen alongside Wylan.
Sturmhond first appears in the second book, “Siege and Storm,” although there has been no confirmation of his appearance in the following season. Also, as part of the Season 2 announcement, Bardugo stated that we will be introduced to “privateers,” and if you don’t know, Sturmhond is an infamous privateer who Alina and Mal encounter during their travels.
What can we expect from Shadow and Bone’s second season?
Season 2 of “Shadow and Bone” will continue the first season’s storylines, with Mal and Alina fleeing the Darkling. The two closest friends embark on a race to discover the last magical Amplifiers, both to prevent the Darkling from obtaining them and to provide Alina with enough strength to defeat the Shadow Fold, as hinted at in Season 1 and fully revealed in the novels. Their exploits will add to the universe of “Shadow and Bone,” adding new locations and personalities in Ravka and beyond.
The Crows’ future looks hazy. With Wylan’s confirmation, the new season is almost certain to cover at least two of Bardugo’s books, “Siege and Storm” and “Six of Crows.” The former tells the story of Alina, Mal, and the Darkling, while the latter tells the story of Kaz and his crew pulling off a daring heist in Fjerda.
At the conclusion of Season 1, Kaz, Inej, and Jesper are standing just feet away from Nina, who is listening in on their plotting. Nina and Matthias play important roles in “Six of Crows,” but in “Shadow and Bone,” the Crows must first free the grouchy Fjerdan. Of course, he doesn’t appear to be happy with Nina right now, so we’ll see how things go.
Are you excited for the fantasy series’ second season? As development (and hopefully production) on the new season begins, fans of “Shadow and Bone” should keep an eye out for updates from the actors and producers in the coming months.