The thumbs up was given to Netflix Shadows and bones for a complete second season. We know that about the renewal of Shadows and bones and what we can expect in season 2. We’ll keep this preview updated over time, so bookmark it for the latest.
In summary, the first season of the fantasy show, based on the book series within the Grishaverse by Leigh Bardugo, was released on Netflix on April 23, 2021.
Season one cast included Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux, Freddy Carter, Amita Suman, and Kit Young.
Has Shadow and Bone been renewed for Season 2?
Official renewal status: Renewed (last update: 07/06/2021)
While there will still be plenty of source material and we reported that the show has been in active development for quite some time, the official renewal didn’t come until Netflix’s Geeked Week, where they made a number of new announcements.
The extension came along with a video (leaked the day before the official announcement – oops!) Of the cast talking about the extension.
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– Shadows and Bones (@shadowandbone_) June 7, 2021
On the extension, Shawn Levy (who acted as executive producer on the show) said:
“My colleagues at 21 Laps and I are thrilled that audiences around the world can continue to explore Grishaverse and indulge in the epic, one-of-a-kind story of Shadow and Bone. The fun of our jobs as producers is working with creative partners who inspire us. Leigh Bardugo and Eric Heisserer are two of these partners; Together they created a world and pantheon of characters that fans around the world have embraced. We can’t wait to take the audience on the wild ride that comes next … “
Eric Heisserer will continue his role as showrunner for season 2.
Furthermore Shadows and bones, Shawn Levy’s 21 laps is currently working on an output deal for Netflix that has been expanded to a first-look deal for all feature films, with 10 currently in development.
Just aside, we’ve also heard rumors that there might also be a spin-off in development specifically related to the Crows who played a pivotal role in Season 1.
How well did Shadow and Bone do on Netflix?
According to Netflix, 55 million Netflix members saw the show in the first 28 days. That places the show # 8 of the most watched English TV shows of all time (at least according to published Netflix statistics).
This also coincides with the collected top 10 data. It is currently in eighth place for the number of globally accumulated points Vincenzo but before Snow piercer with a respectable 16,342 points worldwide. It also made its 14th largest day-one debut on Netflix since March 2020.
Netflix says the series ranked # 1 in 79 countries.
Shadows and bones Dropped from Netflix’s top 50 global titles list on May 28, 2021.
The show also had a certified re-rating for a while, but that has since dropped to 87% while the audience rating still has a 90% rating.
What to Expect from Shadow and Bone Season 2 on Netflix
A couple of quick things that have been confirmed including the fact that Season 2 will have a total of 8 episodes, with each episode roughly an hour long.
The following cast are confirmed to return for Season 2:
- Jessie Mei Li (Alina Starkov)
- Archie Renaux (Malyen Oretsev)
- Freddy Carter (Kaz Brekker)
- Amita Suman (Inej)
- Kit Young (Jesper Fahey)
- Ben Barnes (General Kirigan)
- Danielle Galligan (Nina Zenik)
- Calahan Skogman (Matthias Helvar)
More casting announcements will be promised later.
Now that the renewal has been confirmed, let’s try to predict what to expect from Season 2.
A quick recap for the end of the first season. Our heroes join the group one last time, and yet again more deaths are on the agenda. Kirigan uses Alina’s growing powers to create a new tunnel of light that allows passage through the darkness within the herd. A big battle breaks out and it seems like the world is more divided than ever.
The stag’s power still eludes many characters, but in a vision Alina realizes that only she can use his power, not Kirigan.
Ben Barnes has spoken about how his character would change and adapt in season 2 with his newfound power:
“He’s someone who had an army and who ran this medieval hierarchy, someone who is revered and feared. But he’s even more alone now – with a handful of vendettas and a crowd of people trying to kill him. He’s kind of omnipotent now. He just has to think of something dark and it will happen. So it will be interesting to see which characters he will interact with in the future. “
Jessie Mei Li also made some notable comments while speaking to DigitalSpy about what to expect:
“Alina goes from a frightened little puppy who can’t look anyone in the eyes to a sudden sense of gravity. We feel that she has grown a lot and is very strong. But she still has a long way to go, which is a really nice place to leave. We know where she’s going now and where she has to go. “
How close the series will stay to the books remains to be seen. So far it has been pretty tight, with some notable variances, but the main storyline of the second season should follow Siege and storm. Here is the summary of the second book:
“The Darkling has emerged from the Fold of Shadows with a terrifying new force and a dangerous plan that will test the limits of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the land she left, determined to fight the troops that are rallying against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the game of forbidden magic of the Darkling and further away from Mal. Somehow she will have to choose between her country, her power and the love she always thought would guide her – or risk losing everything to the coming storm. “
We’ll keep you posted as we develop Shadows and bones Season 2 as soon as we get them, but for now, let us know in the comments if you’re looking forward to a second season on Netflix.