Shadow and Bone will not be returning for Season 2 until 2023, but the series has already finished production on the new episodes and Netflix has been releasing tantalizing tidbits about what to expect in the new season already. The most exciting news may be the casting for Nikolai and Wylan, two fan-favorite characters from the Grishaverse novels who will be joining the action in Season 2.
To recap, based on the series of books within the Grishaverse by Leigh Bardugo, the first season of the fantasy show dropped on Netflix on April 23rd, 2021. Among the cast for the first season included Ben Barnes, Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux, Freddy Carter, Amita Suman, and Kit Young.
Shadow and Bone Season 1 blended the first book in Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse trilogy, Shadow and Bone, with the introduction of characters from the Six of Crows duology. While the first season focused mainly on Alina (Jessie Mei Li) discovering her light powers and going toe to toe with The Darkling (Ben Barnes), it also gave us backstory about the Six of Crows gang, including Kaz Brekker (Freddy Carter), Jesper Fahey (Kit Young), and Inej Ghafa (Amita Suman), and embedded them in Alina’s journey (in the book world, the Six of Crows books take place after the events of the Shadow and Bone trilogy).
In the season finale, the Crows parted ways with Alina and made their way back to the gambling capital of Ketterdam, where fate put them in the path of a Grisha — someone skilled in “the small science,” which seems a lot like magic but isn’t — named Nina (Danielle Galligan), who needs help with a Grisha hunter, Matthias (Calahan Skogman) whom she accidentally got arrested for human trafficking.
Shadow and Bone Season 2 should continue a similar blend of both the original Grishaverse trilogy and stories from the Six of Crows sequels.
The first look at Shadow & Bone Season 2 was revealed during Netflix’s TUDUM on Sept. 24. A teaser trailer revealed Nikolai (Patrick Gibson) in action amongst quick glimpses of all the major players — Mal, Mathias, the Crows, and yes, The Darkling, who emerges from the shadows to ask, “Are you willing to sacrifice that which is most precious to you?”
The 40-second first-look trailer doesn’t give too 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 release date
There’s no official release date for Shadow and Bone season 2 just yet, but Netflix has confirmed it’s coming in 2023. And also, the series will consist of 8 episodes with each episode being roughly an hour in length. Meanwhile, principal photography wrapped in early June:
Shadow and Bone season 2 Cast
Li, Barnes, Archie Renaux (Mal), Freddy Carter (Kaz), Amita Suman (Inej), Kit Young (Jesper), Danielle Galligan (Nina), Calahan Skogman (Matthias), Sujaya Dasgupta (Zoya), Julian Kostov (Fedyor), Daisy Head (Genya), and Dean Lennox Kelly (Pekka Rollins) are all expected to return. Galligan, Skogman, and Head have been promoted to series regulars.
Plus, there are some new additions to the cast: Anna Leong Brophy (Traces) will play Tamar Kir-Bataar; Jack Wolfe (The Witcher) will play Wylan Hendriks; Lewis Tan (Mortal Kombat) will play Tolya Yul-Bataar, and Patrick Gibson (The OA) will play Nikolai Lantsov.
There are several moving parts involved in season 2, but one big reveal is that General Kirigan (a.k.a The Darkling) doesn’t die, and his powers appear to be even stronger. Based on the sneak-peek clip Netflix shared during TUDUM, Kirigan appears to still be season 2’s Big Bad. The description for the second book in the Shadow and Bone series reads, in part: “To save her country, Alina will have to choose between her power and the love she thought would always be her shelter. No victory can come without sacrifice–and only she can face the oncoming storm.”