Shadow and Bone was another fantastic hit TV series for Netflix.. The streamer adaptation of Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse novels has hit #1 on the top 10 charts in the US and UK since its release on April 23 and we think it made a big impression.

This popularity, coupled with the amount of source material remaining, means that there are more stories to tell in Shadow and Bone, so much so that a second season seems inevitable at this point. Netflix has yet to officially announce a second installment, but we wouldn't be surprised if the streaming giant did.

With that in mind, below, we'll go over everything we know about a possible season 2 of Shadow and Bone until now. Here we take a look at its possible release date, plot threads, new and old cast, and more.

It must be said that the spoilers of the Shadow and Bone season 1 and the Bardugo novels. Come back now if you haven't seen the entire TV show or if you don't want potential plot points from the books to be spoiled.

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Shadow and Bone Season 2 Release Date: 2022?

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For the moment, there is no official release date for season 2. As we mentioned, Netflix has yet to greenlight a second season, but Bardugo and series showrunner Eric Heisserer are very much looking forward to returning to the Grishaverse adaptation.

Before the release of season 1 we asked the duo if they had heard from Netflix about the possibility of season 2, Heisserer humorously told us that we should "call Netflix and tell them to let us do the season". 2,” while Bardugo added, “We don't know how it's going to go. We didn't plan on this and it's up to viewers and Netflix to see if we can execute. »

In a separate interview with Collider, Heisserer also revealed that he had "thought about this [season 2] for many years," but had yet to hear from Netflix for another season.

"I have comprehensive plans and would be happy to activate them," he said. “If you looked at my home office right now, I look like one of those crazy people with the murder dash where there's just a bunch of maps and charts and a chain that connects things. The creative team and I are ready to go if we find out we will be back. »

Heisserer's vision for Shadow and Bone may also include more than three seasons. While the first Bardugo novels, Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising, make up the Grisha trilogy, there are many other stories that may be incorporated in future seasons. In all, the Grishaverse contains a trilogy, two duologies, eight short stories, and two companion novels, so "there's a long way to go," as Heisserer tells Collider.

While Shadow and Bone season 2 is based on Netflix hopefully Heisserer, Bardugo and everyone else will be ready to start production on season 2 as soon as it goes live. If that happens, a late 2022 or early 2023 release date will likely be set, given the clunky nature of the show's effects.

Shadow and Bone Season 2: which characters are returning?

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Again, there is no confirmation on this front, but all of the main players from Season 1 are likely to return for a second installment:

  • Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov
  • Ben Barnes as General Kirigan / The Darkling
  • Archie Renaux as Malyen "Mal" Oretsov
  • Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker
  • Amita Suman as Inej Ghafa
  • Kit Young as Jesper Fahey
  • Danielle Gilligan as Nina Zenik
  • Calahan Skogman as Matthias Helvar
  • Zoe Wanamaker as Baghra
  • Sujaya Dasgupta as Zoya Nazyalensky

As the main protagonists of Shadow and Bone, Alina and Mal will surely return, while Kirigan, who we know is still alive after leaving the Shadow Fold in the season finale, will also return.

Kaz, Jesper and Inej will also return. Similar to the Six of Crows duology, the Dregs story (more on that below) will align with that of Nina and Matthias, so we should see this trio bond with the latter duo. This was mentioned in the last episode of season 1, so expect them to join forces like they do in the novels.

As for characters who could make the leap from Bardugo's book series to live-action television series, Heisserer revealed (via Collider) that there will be "one hundred percent more Wylan" in season 2. if it takes place. In the novels, Wylan Van Eck joins the Dregs as a demolition expert for a job inside the Fjerdan military fortress known as Ice Court.

Another character that could appear in season 2 is Nikolai Lantsov. In the books, Nikolai adopts the pseudonym Sturnhound and leads an army of pirates who aid in the war effort for the kingdom of Ravka. Nikolai becomes a key ally of Alina and Mal, so his arrival in the Netflix adaptation will be vital if the TV show primarily follows the story of Siege and Storm in season 2. Heisserer teased the possible involvement of Nikolai in season 2 during a conversation with Reverse, so wait for him. Be a new gamer if Netflix continues with a second installment.

Shadow and Bone Season 2 Trailer: Are There Any?

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Shadow and Bone season 2 plot: what will it be?

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If Season 2 is on, it will follow two simultaneous storylines from Siege and Storm and Six of Crows. With Alina and Mal parting ways with the Dregs after the end of Season 1, Season 2 is expected to continue its journey to new lands to keep Alina out of Kirigan's grasp.

As the season 1 finale showed, Kirigan harnessed his Darkling powers and created new Fold creatures known as Nichevo'ya. Unlike the Volcra that inhabit the Fold, these monsters can move in broad daylight and will prove to be difficult opponents for Alina and Mal to defeat.

Ben Barnes who plays Kirigan/The Darkling on the Netflix TV show, has expressed interest in Season 2 "stepping away" from the (Collider's) books' storyline in the same vein that Season 1 incorporated slag to Alina's bow. Understandably, it's unclear if Heisserer and the show's other producers would want to do this, but it would be an intriguing twist on the source material if they did. This would give established fans new content, as Season 1 did, but it will be some time before we know any concrete plot details.

Meanwhile, the Dregs are expected to join Nina in an attempt to free Matthias, the duo, and potentially Wylan, being key to Kaz's plan to save Bo Yul-Bayur, a drug inventor Grisha finds. addictive, De Fjerda. Ice rink. Shadow and Bone Season 1 already used Ice Court's "impossible direction" angle for Dregs' initial mission to try to capture Alina, so there's a chance Bo's rescue could be reworked for the TV series.

Another arc that could be adapted from another Grishaverse duology, King of Scars, is Zoya's. Minor character in the Grisha trilogy, Zoya's character has a larger role in the second Bardugo duology and story elements from these books can be incorporated into the TV show, as Bardugo teased in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

In the season 1 finale, Zoya was seen heading to Novokribrisk, the city Kirigan destroyed with the Crease to search for her family. If she finds out that they perished, Zoya could re-team up with the Dregs, like she does in the Six of Crows novel The Crooked Kingdom, or add parts of her story from the King of Scars book.

Shadow and Bone season 2: does it deserve another release?

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In a nutshell, yes. While it doesn't have as large an audience as other big fantasy series, like The Witcher, Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings, Grishaverse still has a large and passionate audience.

His fan base is only going to grow as the Netflix adaptation introduces this world to new audiences. As we mentioned, it's already attracting viewers from both sides of the Atlantic and if its viewership ends up high enough, Netflix will likely release data to show how successful it's been.

The Netflix adaptation of the Grishaverse can also go in many directions. Much like the streamer's live-action Witcher series, Shadow and Bone could lead to spin-offs that delve into the larger universe and use Bardugo's source material as a base. Whether you're developing a pre-existing short story or creating entirely new content, Netflix can go in all directions in and around a possible second season.

It would be a shame to see Shadow and Bone season 1 being the only entry in this series. There's a lot more to see for both established fans and newcomers alike, which is why we hope that Shadow and Bone season 2 won't take long to become a reality.


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