Shadow and Bone season 2: everything we know so far

Shadow and Bone season 2: everything we know so far

Shadow and Bone season 2: key info

– No official release date yet
– Second season coming in 2023
– First teaser full of fantasy-based action and drama
– Production wrapped in early June
– Key characters returning from first season
– Fan favorite characters set to be introduced
– May be based on three books in the fantasy series
– Unclear if a third season will be greenlit

The launch date for Shadow and Bone season 2 draws ever nearer. With the fantasy show’s first teaser released in late September, the countdown is truly on for its return.

And, simply put, we can’t wait. We really enjoyed what Shadow and Bone season 1 had to offer from a genre standpoint, so we’re excited for the underrated Netflix series’ return. It’s coming sometime in 2023 and, with production wrapping way back in June, we’re crossing our fingers and praying to the saints that an official launch date announcement isn’t far off.

In the meantime, we’ve compiled every piece of important news concerning Shadow and Bone’s second season on Netflix. Below, you’ll find more information on its cast, potential storylines, the aforementioned teaser trailer, the show’s future post-season 2, and speculation on when it’ll be on our screens. It’s a lot to take in, but you’ve got time to read through it all while we wait, haven’t you?

Major spoilers for Shadow and Bone season 1 follow, as do potential spoilers for its second installment and Leigh Bardugo’s book series of the same name. Not caught up? Then proceed at your own risk, reader.

Shadow and Bone season 2 release date

The Crows will be back for more heist business in Shadow and Bone season 2. (Image credit: Netflix/David Appleby)

No official release date for Shadow and Bone season 2 has been set, but Netflix has confirmed it’s coming in 2023.

So, when could we see it land on Netflix? The show’s next entry is in its post-production phase, with VFX shots and the musical score needing to be added. Additionally, reshoots and ADR may be required once the episodic editing phase is underway, which might delay its launch. There are numerous other issues that’ll need to be ironed out, such as fixing the lighting and sound for certain scenes or sequences.

Our guess? A release date announcement and official trailer will drop in early 2023. If we’re correct – Netflix usually releases full teasers for its shows and movies around a month before they launch – we may see Shadow and Bone season 2 around February or March 2023.

Still, if the production team need more time to iron out any kinks, we’re happy to wait longer for its arrival.

Shadow and Bone season 2 trailer

Netflix debuted the first teaser for Shadow and Bone season 2 at Tudum 2022, which took place on September 24.

The 40-second first-look trailer doesn’t give much away, but it hints at how the series’ second season will increase the fantasy-based action and drama from its predecessor. We see the Crows joining forces with Jack Wolfe’s Wylan Hendriks, Jessie Mei Li’s Alina Starkov engaging in conversation with Patrick Gibson’s Nikolai Lantsov, multiple explosions, chase sequences, and Ben Barnes’ General Kirigan asking someone what they’ll give up to pursue their wildest ambitions. Sounds and looks ominous.

Netflix also released a 25-second video of Gibson’s Nikolai, Wolfe’s Qylan, Lewis Tan’s Tolya Yul-Battar, and Anna Leong Brophy’s Tamar Kir-Battar in their official costumes. Based on fans’ reactions to the reveal, audiences are delighted with the glimpses at these fan favorite characters.

Shadow and Bone season 2 cast

Alina Starkov and General Kirigan during Shadow and Bone season 1

Shadow and Bone season 2 will see the return of key characters. (Image credit: Netflix/David Appleby)

Here’s Shadow and Bone season 2’s character list in full:

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 
Sujaya Dasgupta as Zoya Nazyalensky 
Julian Kostov as Fedyor
Patrick Gibson as Nikolai Lantsov
Jack Wolfe as Wylan Hendriks
Lewis Tan as Tolya Yul-Battar
Anna Leong Brophy as Tamar Kir-Battar
Daisy Head as Genya Safin
Zoe Wanamaker as Baghra

Shadow and Bone’s protagonists Alina Starkov and Mal Oretsov will return, while the antagonistic General Kirigan – who survived the attack in the Shadow Fold in the season 1 finale – is also back.

Kaz Brekker, Jesper Fahey, and Inej Ghafa are also part of the season 2 line-up. As in the Six of Crows duology, the Dregs’ story (more on this below) will line up with Nina Zenik and Matthias Helvar, so we should see that trio link up with the latter duo. This was hinted at in season 1’s final episode, so expect them to join forces like they do in the novels. Danielle Gilligan and Calahan Skogman have been bumped up to series regulars (per TVLine (opens in new tab)), so this storyline seems like a given at this point.

Spoilers follow for Shadow and Bone’s novel series and potential season 2 plot details.

As for characters who have also made the leap from Bardugo’s book series to the live-action TV series, Wylan Hendriks (whose surname has been changed from ‘Van Eck’ for the TV show) is one of four new confirmed cast members.

In the novels, Wylan Van Eck joins the Crows as their demolitions expert for a job inside Fjerdan’s military stronghold known as the Ice Court. Jack Wolfe (Inside No. 9, The Witcher) will portray Wylan in Shadow and Bone season 2.

Another fan favorite character set to appear in season 2 is Nikolai Lantsov, and he’ll be portrayed by Patrick Gibson (Tolkien, The Darkest Minds). In the books, Nikolai adopts the pseudonym Sturmhond and leads a pirate armada that aids the war effort for the kingdom of Ravka. Nikolai becomes a key ally of Alina and Mal’s, so his arrival in Netflix’s adaptation will be vital if the TV show follows Siege and Storm’s storyline this season.

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The final two newcomers – for now, at least – are twin siblings Tolya Yul-Battar and Tamar Kir-Battar, who’ll be played by Lewis Tan (Mortal Kombat) and Anna Leong Brophy (Traces) respectively.

In the novels, Tolya is a Grisha Heartrender and a member of Sturmhond’s pirate crew. Tamar, meanwhile, is also a Heartrender, but an ex-member of Sturmhond’s team. The pair also meet up with Zoya in one of Shadow and Bone’s spin-off novels, so expect elements of this book’s story to be incorporated into this season’s plot.

There had been no word on whether Zoe Wanamaker’s Baghra would return from season 1. However, an Instagram post from lead actress Jessie Mei Li (opens in new tab), which contains an image of Wanamaker, all but confirms her return. Daisy Head, who played the Queen’s tailor in season 1, has also been upgraded to a series regular for the show’s second installment (per TVLine (opens in new tab)).

Shadow and Bone season 2 story

Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) and Mal Oretsov (Archie Renaux) share a tender moment in Shadow and Bone season 1

Alina and Mal are back together in Shadow and Bone season 2. (Image credit: Netflix)

Spoilers follow for Shadow and Bone season 1 and the book series.

Shadow and Bone season 2 is likely to follow stories from Siege and Storm, Six of Crows, and King of Scars. That’s based on those returning cast members, new additions to the show’s line-up, and what the season 1 finale set up.

With Alina and Mal going their separate ways to the Dregs following season 1’s finale, the second season will continue their journey to new lands to keep Alina out of Kirigan’s reach. That means they’re sure to bump into Nikolai at some point, but we’ll discuss him in a bit.

As season 1’s final entry revealed, Kirigan has tapped further into 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. Expect them to be difficult adversaries for Alina and Mal to overcome.

Ben Barnes, who portrays Kirigan/the Darkling in Netflix’s TV show, has expressed interest in seeing season 2 “steer off” from the story in the books (per Collider (opens in new tab)) in a similar vein to how season 1 incorporated the Dregs into Alina’s arc. It’s unclear if Shadow and Bone season 2 will do so, but it would be an intriguing twist on the source material if it did. It would give established fans some new content to enjoy, although some may not agree with the show’s potential divergence from the novels if it does.

The Dregs, meanwhile, are likely to team up with Nina in a bid to free Matthias, before the quintet and Wylan join forces to rescue someone known as Bo Yul-Bayur. The Shu chemist and Fabrikator is the inventor of a drug that Grisha find addictive but, in Siege and Storm, he’s being held captive at Fjerda’s Ice Court. Shadow and Bone season 1 has already utilized the Ice Court’s ‘impossible heist’ angle for the Dregs’ initial mission to try and capture Alina, though, so it’s possible that Bo’s rescue may be altered for the TV series.

Another adapted story from a Grishaverse novel – King of Scars – could follow Zoya. A supporting character in the Grisha trilogy, Zoya’s character is given a more prominent role in Bardugo’s second duology and elements of the story from these books may be incorporated into the TV show, as Bardugo teased in an interview with Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab).

In the season 1 finale, Zoya was seen heading to Novokribrisk – the city that Kirigan destroys with the Fold – to search for her family. Should she find that they’ve perished, Zoya could team up with the Dregs again, as she does in the Six of Crows’ Crooked Kingdom novel. Alternatively, given that Tamar and Tolya cross paths with Zoya in King of Scars, and their inclusion in Shadow and Bone season 2, we may see a team up between this trio.

According to Tolya actor Lewis Tan (per filmupdates.net (opens in new tab)), season 2 is set to be an “insane” ride for viewers. “It’s going to be insane. I’m really excited and the cast is really nice. They’ve been very welcoming. I’ve been [in Hungary] for two months now, and we’ve been working really hard.”

The addition of Lantsov will see his arc from Siege and Storm form a key component of the show’s second season. In the novels, Lantsov – the former king of Ravka, who masquerades as a pirate leader known as Sturmhond – is hired by the Darkling to transport him through the True Sea in order to track down a mythical dragon known as the Rusalye. Lantsov, though, eventually teams up with Alina and Mal, and fights alongside the duo to stop the Darkling from exacting his master plan. Expect Lantsov’s origin story and some of his Siege and Storm character arc to be used in the TV show.

Meanwhile, we’ll be visiting a new, fan favorite location in Shadow and Bone season 2. Hellgate, a Kerch prison located on the small island of Terrenjel outside of Ketterdam, will be a key location for the series. Fans should be able to put two and two together to work out why it will be. But, to help you figure it out, actors Danielle Gilligan and Calahan Skogman have described Hellgate as a place where you “can’t unsee” things. Make of that what you will.

Finally, we know how many episodes there’ll be. Per The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab), Shadow and Bone will return with another eight-episode run – good news for those of us who enjoyed what was on offer last time around.

Will Shadow and Bone get more seasons?

Members of General Kirigan's Grisha army as seen in Shadow and Bone season 1

We’ll see more Grisha in Shadow and Bone season 2. (Image credit: Netflix)

It should do, though much will depend on whether fans tune into Shadow and Bone season 2. 

While it doesn’t have a following as big as other major fantasy series, such as The Witcher, Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings, the Grishaverse still has a sizable and passionate audience. Its fanbase is likely to have grown, too, with Netflix’s adaptation introduces the series to new audiences.

There are numerous directions that Netflix’s adaptation of the Grishaverse can go in as well. Like the streamer’s growing Witcher-Verse, Shadow and Bone could potentially lead to spin-offs that delve into the wider universe and be based on Bardugo’s sizable source material. Whether it’s expanding on a pre-existing short story or creating entirely new content, Netflix can go in all manner of directions in and around Shadow and Bone season 2. 

And, if it continues to be a success, future seasons and spin-offs may be put into production by Netflix, too. The streaming giant has shown it’ll put faith in projects that deliver huge viewing figures, so Shadow and Bone’s future may be bright if its second season draws in a large audience again.

For more Shadow and Bone-based content, check out these five epic fantasy shows before the series’ second season is with us.

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Author: Brandon Torres