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Shadow and Bone Season 2
Shadow and Bone Season 2


Shadow and Bone Season 2: What We Know So Far

Season 2 gets the green light.

Shadow and Bone Season 2 on Netflix has been confirmed.

Netflix is throwing us a bone… a Shadow and Bone to be more precise! The streaming service has just confirmed the news that there will be a Shadow and Bone Season 2.

In case you’ve been in another kingdom, you might just have missed Netflix’s Geeked’s first-ever Geeked Week, a virtual fan-fest running from June 7-11, where they announced the return of the Grishaverse.

Adapted from Leigh Bardugo’s best-selling Shadow and Bone book trilogy – the Grishaverse – fans can expect eight one-hour episodes in the next instalment. Which is just as well, because we have a ton of unanswered questions from the last episode.

So, let’s take a look at what to expect.

The season so far (spoiler alert)

Set in a war-torn world, in the first Shadow and Bone series we meet teenage orphan Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) – a street-wise cartographer who succumbs to her supernatural powers, as she discovers she was a sun summoner. Unbeknown to her, this makes Alina a member of a magical community known as the ‘Grisha’. Akin to its fantasy forefather ‘Game of Thrones’, there’s an ongoing power struggle, particularly between the three nations – Shu Han, Fjerda and Ravka – which Alina’ is on a journey to save. 

For a quick recap, check out the official Shadow and Bone trailer.

You’re not too late to the Shadow and Bone party – the series only recently launched on 23 April, giving you plenty of time to catch up. If you’re a fan of fantasy world’s, this is a series most worthy of your time.

Also related: Shadow and Bone – 10 Reasons You Have To Watch It Right Now

You’re also in good company. The Shadow and Bone Netflix has been streamed by a cool 55 million households worldwide, featuring in the Top 10 of numerous countries, including Australia.

But, the one thing that unites us all is that everyone’s talking about the cliffhanger.

Watch: Shadow and Bone Season 1 Final Scene

In a deviation from the book, season one ended with General Kirigan surviving the Volcra  (disguised as humans) whilst emerging from The Fold. This left us with oh-so-many questions about what happens next, like whether he belongs to the dark side or not. 

Turns out, this was an attempt from showrunner Eric Heisserer, to ‘dare’ Netflix into renewing another season. Looks like it paid off.

Shadow and Bone Season 2 what to expect

Giving us a glimpse of what’s in store, Bardugo, who has been writing the Grishaverse for nearly a decade, teased us with promises of “saints, soldiers, thugs, thieves, princes and privateers” in a recent statement. Producer Shawn Levy added to the excitement by revealing there’s a “wild ride” that comes next.

Shadow and Bone Season 2 cast

Fans will be pleased to learn that Jessie Mei Lei is back as Alina for the next chapter. Other Shadow and Bone cast members set to reprise their roles include; 

  • Archie Renaux (Malyen Oretsev), better known as ‘Mal’, this is Alina’s childhood friend and former First Army solider making him a nifty tracker
  • Ben Barnes (General Kirigan). The Darkling himself is on a mission to protect Grisha, and is one of just two known Shadow Summoners
  • Freddy Carter (Kaz Brekker) – leader of The Dregs gang, one of the standout protagonists of the Six of Crowns.
  • Amita Suman (Inej) – returning as the spy working for The Dregs
  • Kit Young (Jesper Fahey) – the quick-witter and charming gambler (responsible for a set of memes and adoring fans)
  • Danielle Galligan (Nina Zenik) – yet another member of The Dregs, she joins as a Corporalnik Grisha soldier from Ravka

We’re told there’s more characters for the next series, but we’ll have to wait to find out more…

Shadow and Bone Season 2 release date

Netflix has only just announced that Series 2 has been commissioned, and we’re still waiting on a release date.

Unfortunately, it’s likely to be quite some time, given the huge production values involved in creating this fantasy world – plus the logistical challenges of filming abroad (Budapest, Hungary) thrown in for good measure.

This means it’s likely that the new series will hit screens around the end of 2022 or the beginning of 2023.

In the meantime, there’s always the Shadow and Bone book collection to entertain.

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