Fantasy fans flocked to Netflix the day the series adaptation of Shadow and Bone dropped on the platform. Based on the bestselling book series by Leigh Bardugo, the story focuses on young mapmaker Alina Starkov, who holds incredible powers. Alina gets swept away into a magical journey of self-discovery, but there's only one season of Shadow and Bone so far, and Alina's journey is far from over.
Here's everything we know about Season 2 of Shadow and Bone.
Will there be a Season 2 of 'Shadow and Bone'?
Yes, there will be a Season 2 of Shadow and Bone! More than a month after the first season aired, Netflix revealed that they would be moving forward with a second season. "More than 55 million member households chose to watch the epic fantasy series in its first 28 days," the company tweeted in celebration.
Season 2 of 'Shadow and Bone' will introduce new fan-favorite characters from the books.
Many fans were disappointed when casting announcements for Season 1 didn't include several fan-favorite characters from the books. Leigh Bardugo herself took to the internet to express that this was only casting for Season 1 of the show and that Season 2 allowed for the addition of more characters from the books.
Netflix's TUDUM event on Sept. 24, 2022, revealed a first look at all the characters that fans were missing for Season 2.
In addition to the characters featured in Season 1, there are four new characters who will be introduced in the new batch of episodes.
First is devilishly handsome Prince Nikolai Lantsov, youngest prince of Ravka. Nikolai is a romantic rival to both Mal and the Darkling. He's also the best person to recover Ravka after the civil war that rages. The OA's Patrick Gibson will be portraying this prince.
Second is the character of Wylan, the son of Ketterdam merchant Jan Van Eck. Fans love Wylan for his somewhat clueless foray into the Ketterdam criminal underworld, but rest assured, he quickly acclimates to the Crows and their gang. He's also a romantic interest for Jesper Fahey, bringing some LGBTQ+ rep to the series.
The Witcher's Jack Wolfe was cast to play Wylan Hendricks, who goes by his mother's surname occasionally out of resentment for his father.
Also included are twins Tamar Kir-Bataar and Tolya Yul-Bataar. The siblings are the children of a Shu mercenary and a Grisha, and they make Alina's acquaintance through the fierce pirate Sturmhond. Back's Anna Leong Brophy and Mortal Kombat's Lewis Tan will play Tamar and Tolya respectively.
When is the 'Shadow and Bone' Season 2 release date?
For now, Netflix's TUDUM event said that the show would air sometime in 2023. Filming for Season 2 officially wrapped in June 2022, which means depending on the extent of special effects, it could be anywhere between February and April for Season 2 to be ready for arrival.
In the meantime, fans can stream Season 1 of Shadow and Bone exclusively on Netflix.