Netflix has announced a premiere date of March 16, 2023 for the highly-anticipated second season of Shadow and Bone. The streaming service has also shared new photos, which you can view by scrolling down.
In the eight-episode second season, Alina Starkov is on the run. A beacon of hope to some and a suspected traitor to others, she’s determined to bring down the Shadow Fold and save Ravka from ruin.
But General Kirigan has returned to finish what he started. Backed by a terrifying new army of seemingly indestructible shadow monsters and fearsome new Grisha recruits, Kirigan is more dangerous than ever.
To stand a fighting chance against him, Alina and Mal rally their own powerful new allies and begin a continent-spanning journey to find two mythical creatures that will amplify her powers.
Back in Ketterdam, the Crows must forge new alliances as they contend with old rivals and even older grudges that threaten not only their place in the Barrel, but their very lives. When a chance at a deadly heist comes their way, the Crows will once again find themselves on a collision course with the legendary Sun Summoner.
Based on Leigh Bardugo’s worldwide bestselling Grishaverse novels (buy now), Shadow and Bone returns for a second season of new friendships, new romance, bigger battles, epic adventures – and a shocking family secret that could shatter everything.
Co-showrunners, executive producers and writers Eric Heisserer and Daegan Fryklind shared their thoughts about the new season.
“The most wonderful thing about Season Two is that we get to advance the story of these characters that we’d left in precarious positions at the end of Season One,” said Heisserer. “There’s a lot of potential for them this season.”
He added: “They have to face the consequences for their actions, and then they get to meet new people along the way. The Grishaverse also expands in this season, both in mythology and in characters. In doing so, we expand the world, we go to new locations, we visit Novyi Zem and Shu Han, and those are all integral to the narrative.”
Fryklind commented: “We’ve also really dug into more of the mythology this season in terms of the amplifiers, but also the creator of the amplifiers, Morozova, who he was, what his backstory is, and how he ties into this world. We go out and we go deeper.”
Author and executive producer Leigh Bardugo also talked about the new season. “I think the readers now trust our writers the way that I do. This season I was able to step back and put the show more firmly in their hands.
“I think when we approached Season One, a lot of people were like, ‘It’s impossible. It can’t be done. Why would you bring Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows together?’ And I think now, we have that trust.”
Bardugo continued: “And I think it’s going to be very, very exciting for them to see the way that trust pays off in Season Two. Every part of the Grishaverse is coming into play. We are going to get to see some incredible new characters.
“We’re going to see characters interacting with each other, questing with each other, fighting and laughing with each other, who we never got to see together in the books. And I think that’s a unique thing about this show.
“Readers are not only going to be surprised by the way that these storylines crash into each other, they’re never going to know where the next move is coming from – and that actually was a pleasure for me because I got to be surprised by my own stories.”
The series stars Jessie Mei Li (Alina Starkov), Archie Renaux (Malyen Oretsev), Freddy Carter (Kaz Brekker), Amita Suman (Inej Ghafa), Kit Young (Jesper Fahey), Danielle Galligan (Nina Zenik), Daisy Head (Genya Safin), and Calahan Skogman (Matthias Helvar).
Also starring are Lewis Tan (Tolya Yul-Bataar), Anna Leong Brophy (Tamar Kir-Bataar), Jack Wolfe (Wylan Hendriks), Patrick Gibson (Nikolai Lantsov), and Ben Barnes (General Kirigan).
The executive producers are Shawn Levy, Josh Barry, Dan Levine, and Dan Cohen for 21 Laps Entertainment, Pouya Shahbazian (Loom Studios) and Shelley Meals. The directors are Bola Ogun, Laura Belsey, Karen Gaviola, and Mairzee Almas.