The second season of Shadow and Bone has already begun filming. A look at what we may anticipate in season 2 and who's returning, and who's new has been provided in our season 2 preview.
Based on the books, the first season of Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse fantasy series was released on Netflix on April 23rd, 2021. Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux, Freddy Carter, Amita Suman, and Kit Young were all part of the inaugural season's cast.
Is There a Second Season of Shadow and Bone in the Works?
While there's plenty of material to work with, and we previously revealed that the program has been in production for a long time, Netflix's Geeked Week renewal announcement didn't come until then.
The renewal news was accompanied by a video showing the actors discussing the revival, leaked the day before the formal announcement. As an executive producer, Shawn Levy had this to say about the show's revival:
It's an honor for my colleagues and myself at 21 Laps to see Shadow and Bone's epic narrative continue to be enjoyed by audiences worldwide when we're working as producers.
We get to work with many creative people who inspire us. Together, Leigh Bardugo and Eric Heisserer have built a universe and a cast of characters that readers worldwide have come to love. This will be a crazy journey, and we can't wait to take you on it.”
Additionally, 21 Laps is working on a Netflix first-look contract for all feature projects, with ten currently in development and Shawn Levy's Shadow and Bone output arrangement.
As a side note, there have been reports that a spin-off series focusing on the Crows, who played an important role in season 1, is now in development.
Release Date of Shadow and Bone Season 2
Given the current production schedule, the show's VFX and editing requirements make a 2022 Netflix launch highly doubtful. In 2022, it won't happen until the latter part of that year.
Although we can only guess, we're crossing our fingers that the second season of Netflix's Shadow and Bone will release in the early part of 2023.
Who's New and Back in the Cast of Shadow and Bone 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 Kerrigan)
- Calahan Skogman (Matthias Helvar)
- Danielle Galligan (Nina Zednik)
- Daisy Head (Genya Safin)
The Following New Characters Have Been Cast, as Confirmed by Netflix:
- Patrick Gibson as Nikolai Lantsov
- Anna Leong Brophy as Tamar Kir-Bataar
- Lewis Tan as Tolya Yul-Bataar
- Jack Wolfe as Wylan Hendriks
When Will, the Second Season of Shadow and Bone, Be Filmed?
Netflix has yet to announce a start date for filming, although as of early November 2021, we knew that production would begin in January 2022. From January through July 2022, Shadow and Bone season 2 will be shot entirely in Budapest.
According to an updated listing, filming is expected to begin on January 10th and go until May 18th. In Budapest, Hungary, ORIGO Studios is where the series is being made.
On January 9th, the show's executive producer, Josh Barry, announced that the next week would be a “major one.” Even if production has already begun, the show's Edyck character David Wurawa has confirmed this.
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What Can We Anticipate From the Second Season of Shadow and Bone?
Let's now take a crack at trying to forecast what we may expect from season 2.
First, a summary of season 1. For the final time, our heroes return to the fray, but there will be more casualties this time. Kerrigan utilizes Alina's developing talents to build a new light tunnel to permit passage through the darkness within the fold. Suddenly, the globe looks more fractured than ever.
Many characters are still baffled by the stag's power, but in a vision, Alina understands she is the only one who can use it, not Kerrigan. Ben Barnes has commented about how his character will alter and adapt in season 2 with his newfound strength, saying:
Someone who has had an army and has run this medieval hierarchy, someone who is both admired and fearful, has been in control of this. But he's much more lonesome now that he has a slew of enemies and a horde of assassins on his tail.
He now has a certain amount of omnipotence. He merely needs to believe anything evil, and it will happen. It will be intriguing to observe with whom he interacts in the future.
Jessie Mei Li, who spoke to DigitalSpy, may expect many exciting things.
“Alina goes from being a terrified, small pup that can't look at someone in the eye to suddenly having this sense of gravitas about her. Because of her growth and strength, we believe she's matured significantly. Even so, she's got a long way to go, and that's a lovely position to leave her in. Her current location and the next step in her journey have been established.
Despite some noteworthy differences, season 2's powerful narrative should follow Siege and Storm. It remains to be seen how closely the series adheres to the texts. Here's the synopsis for the second book:
An evil scheme to test nature's limits has arisen from the Shadow Fold, brought to light by a Darkling with new and horrifying abilities. Alina returns to the nation she fled with the assistance of a renowned pirate, determined to confront the troops assembling against Ravka.
But as Alina's strength develops, she drifts more away from Mal and into the Darkling's game of illicit magic. Her nation, power, and the love she's always believed would lead her will have to be chosen between her and the incoming storm.”
According to a season 2 summary from What's on Netflix, season 2 would find Alina and Mal fleeing Kirigan's clutches, searching for a new mythological friend to help them struggle.
Also, the Crows will return to Ketterdam (and even speculated to have a spin-off series) to face a battle against old adversaries.