Shadow and Bone is a fantasy TV series released on Netflix in April 2021. During Netflix’s Geeked week, it was announced that Shadow and Bone had been renewed for a second season. The release dates for Season 2 of Shadow and Bone have not been announced yet.
Shadow and Bone are based on the novel series by Leigh Bardugo. Shadow and Bone combine two series of books in the Grishaverse, Shadow, Bone, and Six of Crows. In June 2021 season, 2 of Shadow and Bone was renewed; it consists of eight episodes. Season 2 will be adapted from Siege and Storm and Another storyline that features the Crows.
The Creators’ Crew
The show is developed by Eric Heisserer and produced by Christiana Strain, Thane Watkins, and Rand Geiger. 21 Laps Entertainment, Chronology, and Loom Studios serve as the production companies for Shadow and Bone, with Netflix being the streaming network.
Leigh Bardugo acts as the Executive Producer for Shadow and Bone’s show along with Eric Heisserer, Shawn Levy, Pouya Shahbazian, Josh Barry, Dan Cohen, and Dan Levine. Each episode has an average of 45 to 58 minutes of run time.
Season 1 of Shadow and Bone
The first Season of Shadow and Bone was released on April 23, 2021. Although season 1 had eight episodes in total, it goes the same for Season 2.
The first episode of Season 1 started with Alina Starkov, the protagonist of the series. Alina is an orphan who lives in Ravka, a place divided in half by a dark fold. The fold is filled with evil creatures called the Volcra, making it hard for anyone to enter the fold.
Alina Starkov joins the Royal Corps of Surveyors in the First Army as a former assistant cartographer. When she reaches the first army camp, she reunites with her childhood best friend, Mal Oretsev. Mal was a part of the team that was chosen to cross the fold. Alina tricks the authorities into letting her go with the team into the fold.
When in the fold, Alina discovers her ability to summon light. The news of Alina is the Sun Summoner, one the people of Ravka were eagerly waiting for, spreads like wildfire. General Kerrigan, the leader of the second army, and Grisha call upon Alina. General Kerrigan, also known as the Darkling, is the Shadow summoner. On the other side, The Crows, consisting of Kaz Brekker, Crows, Inej Ghafa, and Jesper Fahey, are put on a job to kidnap Alina, AKA the sun summoner. Among everything going on, Alina is separated from Mal.
Alina, after proving that she is the Sun Summoner is prepared to take her to the Little Palace against her will. On the way, her convoy is attacked by witch hunters. General Kerrigan rescues her, and he then takes her to Little palace himself. Alina is afraid that because of her power, she will now be hunted.
Alina, upon arriving at the palace, makes friends and rivals among other Grisha. She is then ordered by the King that she be prepared and trained soon to destroy the fold to avoid a war. She is trained by Bhangra, who at first denied training her. Kaz, Jasper, and Inej travel through the fold in difficulty and are attacked by the Volcra, but they save themselves. They cross the Fold without Nina, a heartrending who was supposed to help them cross but was kidnapped by the witch hunters, Fjerda.
Alina grows close to General Kerrigan. She then realizes that the stag she was dreaming of was real and helped Grisha gain more power. General Kerrigan asks people to hunt down the same stag, which Mal, a tracker, sets to hunt. Mal finds the stag but is attacked by Florida. He goes to the Little Palace and demands to meet Alina in exchange for the stag’s location. The crows, too, are at the Palace to kidnap Alina. But upon discovering that General Kerrigan is not the person she thought he was, Alina runs away from the Palace with the help of Bagheera, who turned out to be Kirigan’s mother.
Alina escapes the Crows and some other attackers from a town and reunites with Mal, they both find the stag, but Kerrigan finds them soon after and kills the stag. He then connects his powers to that of Alina and can control her powers. He takes her into the fold to show off. But it all backfires when the crows help her defeat him. Kerrigan is taken by a Volcra and is assumed dead, but the end shows that he is alive and has come out of the fold behind other survivors.
In season 2, We sure know that General Kirigan will be back with more plans to make it difficult for Alina. Alina might have learned to control her powers better in season 2. Mal will have a more significant role to play in the coming episodes. The second season is going to include more storylines for the crows.
The Cast of the Grishaverse Series
Alina Starkov is also known as the Sun Summoner, is played by Jessie Mei Li, who will return for Season 2. Archie Renaux, who plays Malyen “Mal” Orestev, will have a significant role in Season 2. Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekkee will be back along with Amita Suman as Inej Ghafa and Kit Young as Jesper Fahey. Ben Barnes plays the role of General Kirigan, also known as the Darkling.
Other characters such as Zoya, one of the Grisha played by Sujaya Dasgupta, Danielle Galligan as Nina Zednik the heartrending, Zoe Wanamaker as Bagheera, and others will be returning for Season 2. Two new characters from the Grishaverse, Nikolai Lantsov, and Wylan van Eck will be introduced in Season 2. We have no news about the actors who will be playing these characters. Nikolai Lantsov, according to the books, will be a significant character in future episodes. Wylan Van Eck will be a part of the Crows along with Kaz. We know Milo is coming back for Season 2.
More on Season 2
Season 1 received a massive number of positive responses and critique reviews. It received more than 50 million viewers when season 1 was released in April 2021. The show’s first season received better than average ratings.
The second season’s story will be expanded further as it will be adapted from the second book from the Shadow and Bone series, Siege and Storm. The created Eric Heisserer tweeted on June 7, 2021, that the script for the second season is ready.
The tweet read, “In January, Netflix sent us off to write the scripts with the hope that we’d get renewed and could hit the ground running. This is common practice, but it’s just as common you do all that writing and don’t get picked up. So we’re lucky and thrilled to continue.” He also said, “Finally: At the end of April I took a Twitter hiatus to manage the daunting final month of S2 writing, and it did wonders for my mental health. So I will vanish into the shadows again. Friends, if you’ve been pinging me here, sorry I missed you!”.
Season 2 of Shadow and Bone is confirmed but has no release date as of yet. The Grishaverse fans are eagerly waiting for the date. Except for the renewal of the season and that the script is ready, The cast members of Shadow and Bone announced the renewal of Season 2 in a video released by Netflix. It is speculated that season 2 might return somewhere in 2022 on Netflix.