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Long-Awaited Fan-Favorite Characters Have Finally Been Cast for Season 2 of 'Shadow and Bone'

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Jun. 7 2021, Updated 2:06 p.m. ET

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 she didn't know she had. 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.

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Jessie Mei-Li in 'Shadow and Bone'
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Will there be a Season 2 of 'Shadow and Bone'?

More than a month after the show's premiere date, viewers finally got news that there would be a second season of Shadow and Bone coming our way. The streaming platform announced the new season on Twitter.

"More than 55 million member households chose to watch the epic fantasy series in its first 28 days," the company tweeted.

Netflix has yet to reveal when exactly we'll be seeing the new season hit the streaming platform, though it's not likely to happen until sometime in late 2022, given that the second season is still in production. (Per a video posted on Instagram by Leigh Bardugo, filming in currently underway in Budapest.)

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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 a potential Season 2 allowed for the addition of more characters from the books.

After months of speculating which characters would be introduced and who could possibly take on those roles, we finally know who's been cast for Season 2!

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Patrick Gibson and Jack Wolfe cast in Season 2 of 'Shadow and Bone'
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Patrick Gibson and Jack Wolfe cast in Season 2 of 'Shadow and Bone'

In addition to the characters featured in Season 1 (many of whom were promoted to series regulars for Season 2), 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.

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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 (a name fans are assuming is Wylan Van Eck's alias).

Anna Leong Brophy and Lewis Tan cast in Season 2 of 'Shadow and Bone'
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Anna Leong Brophy and Lewis Tan cast in Season 2 of 'Shadow and Bone'

Also included in later books 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.

These newly cast characters have a lot to live up to in the eyes of the fans, but we're excited to see what they bring to the table.

The first season of Shadow and Bone is currently available to stream on Netflix.

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