Thank you, God! Shadow and Bone will return to Netflix for a second season, and the Grisha universe will only expand.
Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li), a cartographer, discovers she has a highly unusual ability to control light in Season 1. General Aleksandr Kirigan (Ben Barnes) takes her under his protection, but it soon becomes evident that he has a hidden agenda.
Kaz Brekker (Freddy Carter) heads the Crows, a gang in another area of the show’s fictitious universe. When he and his men — Jesper (Kit Young) and Inej (Amita Suman) — try to kidnap Alina, she manages to avoid them.
After realizing that Kerrigan, a.k.a. the Darkling, was evil, the season closed with the group assuming that they had successfully killed him. However, the last minutes of the episode revealed that he had survived and had learned to command the volcra, undead monsters previously considered to be impervious to human influence.
“He’s the most powerful [guy] in the cosmos, manipulates the darkness, and is feared by others because he uses fear tactics to further his goal,” Barnes told Us Weekly exclusively in April 2021 of his role. “I’ve played a sword-wielding boy on his way to save the damsel in distress and vanquish the monster. That was something I did in the fantasy world, but not this. But it’s the thought that everyone can be everything that fascinates me.”
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Kerrigan will not handle his season 1 failure well in future episodes, according to Leigh Bardugo, who created the novels that inspired the series. In April 2021, she told Entertainment Weekly, “He has experienced his first defeat in a very long time at the hands of someone he truly believed he understood and had under his control.” “I believe there will be a true reckoning.”
While Season 2 is inspired by Siege and Storm, the second book in Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone trilogy, Barnes has warned fans that his character will be slightly different on screen than in the books.
In April 2021, the Westworld alum told Collider, “I think the character becomes a bit more representational in Alina’s mind of what the darkness is and a bit metaphorical, and I wanted to preserve him as a human being.” “Now that he possesses the walking, living volcra that he can summon and send at whim without even having to use his hands to apply magic, he’s many times more powerful.”
Cast photo for SHADOW AND BONE Season 2 (ahead of production start) ― via @whatonnetflix 🎬 pic.twitter.com/5RaC5z7PgZ
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Scroll down to find out all we know about Season 2 of Shadow and Bone:
Who’s Coming Back?
Barnes, Li, Carter, Young, and Suman, as well as Daisy Head (Genya), Danielle Galligan (Nina), Calahan Skogman (Matthias), Sujaya Dasgupta (Zoya), and Archie Renaux (Zoya), are all back (Mal).
Who Are the New Cast Members?
Nikolai Lantsov, who becomes Alina’s ally in Siege and Storm, will be played by Patrick Gibson. In the prequel novel King of Scars, his character is similarly at the center of the action. Jack Wolfe will play Wylan Hendriks, a character that appeared in Six of Crows as Wylan Van Eck. Tolya Yul-Battar and Tamar Kir-Battar will be played by Lewis Tan and Anna Leong Brophy, respectively.
When Does It Premiere?
Netflix hasn’t announced a release date yet, but Barnes confirmed that season 2 began filming in January 2022.
What’s Going to Happen?
Season 2 is likely to include events from Siege and Storm and Six of Crows, based on the latest cast announcements. Alina seeks to create a life with Mal in Siege and Storm while concealing her identity as the Sun Summoner. Meanwhile, the Darkling has emerged from concealment and is attempting to retake control over Ravka. Kaz and his gang team up with Matthias and Nina to break into jail in Matthias’ home country of Fjerda in Six of Crows.