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Shadow And Bone Season 2 Release Date, Cast And Plot - What We Know So Far

Netflix's fantasy series "Shadow and Bone," based on bestselling book series by author Leigh Bardugo, commonly referred to as the "Grishaverse," became an instant hit when it premiered on April 23, 2021. Set in the fictional kingdom of Ravka, a young woman named Alina Starkov, played by Jessie Mei Li, discovers that she has magical abilities that allow her to summon light. Plucked from her normal life as a cartographer in the army, Alina joins the Grisha, a group of people with various powers, and begins training to be the world's savior and get rid of the Shadow Fold. The Shadow Fold is a massive expanse of land that splits Ravka, covered in complete darkness and filled with monsters. A man named General Kirigan (Ben Barnes), also known as the Darkling, has the power to create shadows and has been searching for a way to get rid of the Shadow Fold for a long time — until Alina came along. 

"Shadow and Bone" wowed critics and Netflix audiences, earning an impressive 87% on Rotten Tomatoes. According to a report from Deadline, the series was so successful that it hit the #1 spot on Netflix's Top 10 list in 79 countries, and was watched by 55 million households in the first month. Fans of the series, especially book fans who know what's coming, have been eagerly waiting for news of a second season and beyond. Thankfully, we finally have an answer, and it's a good one. "Shadow and Bone" has been officially renewed for Season 2, announced by the show's cast in an official video clip from Netflix. 

If all of that isn't enough to get you excited, here's everything we know so far about "Shadow and Bone" Season 2. 

When will Shadow and Bone Season 2 come out?

Now that we have confirmation that "Shadow and Bone" is coming back for more episodes, we can begin speculating when we might see the new season on Netflix. A high fantasy series like this one requires a lot of effects work in post-production, meaning it will take longer than normal dramas for a new season to come out. Looking at the first season of "Shadow and Bone," the series was initially announced back in January 2019, and the first casting announcements didn't come until about October of the same year (Deadline, Variety). Considering it's possible that the cast and crew had a greenlight from Netflix to get started on Season 2 planning and casting earlier, the second season will — hopefully — come out more quickly that Season 1. Our best bet would have "Shadow and Bone" Season 2 coming out in late 2022 or early 2023. 

Fans will simply have to trust that the longer it takes the second season to come out, the better it will be. On top of that, showrunner Eric Heisserer spoke to Collider about plans for the show beyond Season 2, stating that "Shadow and Bone" could be "far more than three seasons because Leigh's just written so many books and there's a lot of ground for us to cover. I feel like this is going to remain strong and healthy even at four seasons and beyond that, who knows?" So if the series continues to be successful for Netflix, we may be able to go on adventures with these characters for a long time.

Who will be in Season 2 of Shadow and Bone?

Season 2 of "Shadow and Bone" will continue the story of Alina and her developing powers as the Sun Summoner, as well as whatever plans the troublemakers known as the Crows have in the works, so expect the entirety of the main cast to return. This includes Archie Renaux as Mal Oretsev, Alina's best friend (and possibly more), as well as Sujaya Dasgupta as Zoya Nazyalensky and Daisy Head as Genya Safin. As for the Crows, there is Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker, Amita Suman as Inej Ghafa, Kit Young as Jesper Fahey, and a couple of others they're bound to cross paths with — Danielle Galligan as Nina Zenik and Calahan Skogman as Matthias Helvar. 

As for new additions to the cast in the second season, there are a few key characters from the books who are scheduled to show up sometime soon, so fingers crossed we get a casting announcement in the coming months. This includes a character named Wylan who joins up with the Crows, confirmed to appear in Season 2 by Heisserer in the aforementioned Collider interview. Along with Wylan, fans are very excited to see the character Sturmhond, also known as Nikolai, on-screen. While there has been no confirmation about his appearance in the upcoming season, Sturmhond first shows up in the second book, "Siege and Storm." Also, the statement from Bardugo that was released with the Season 2 announcement mentioned that we will be introduced to "privateers," and if you don't know already, Sturmhond is an infamous privateer who Alina and Mal run into during their travels.

What will happen in the second season of Shadow and Bone?

Season 2 of "Shadow and Bone" will continue the storylines from the first season, with Mal and Alina on the run from the Darkling. Hinted at in Season 1 and further explained in the novels, the two best friends head out on a race to find the remaining magical Amplifiers, both to stop the Darkling from getting them and to give Alina enough power to get rid of the Shadow Fold. Their adventures will expand the world of "Shadow and Bone," introducing new places and new characters in Ravka and beyond. 

The path forward for the Crows is less clear. With the confirmation that Wylan will appear, it's highly likely that the new season will cover at least two of Bardugo's books, both "Siege and Storm" and "Six of Crows." The story of Alina, Mal, and the Darkling occurs in the former, while "Six of Crows" is the tale of a mad heist that Kaz and his crew put on in Fjerda. At the end of Season 1, Kaz, Inej, and Jesper are feet away from Nina, who is listening in on their scheming. In "Six of Crows," both Nina and Matthias are a key part of the mission, but for that to happen in "Shadow and Bone," the Crows must first bust the grumpy Fjerdan out of prison. Of course, he doesn't seem too happy with Nina at the moment, so we'll see how that goes. 

Can't wait for Season 2 of the fantasy series? Fans of "Shadow and Bone" should keep their eyes and ears open for updates from the cast and creators in the coming months, as development (and hopefully production) gets started on the new season.