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Shadow and Bone: Who Are The New Characters In Season 2?

Shadow and Bone, the Netflix hit based on the Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows books by Leigh Bardugo, recently released a short teaser for Season 2 of the show. No official release date has been set, but it will be coming some time in 2023, two years after the first season aired. Fans are highly anticipating the return of their favorite characters, as the books are widely beloved and many are excited to see how they will translate the rest of the series to the screen.

As season one followed the plot of the first book, Shadow and Bone, fans are assuming that the second season will follow the events that take place in the second book, Siege and Storm. It is also expected that there will be additional plotlines for the Crows as well, as it’s unlikely that this next season will adapt Six of Crows directly. The next season is going to bring in some fan-favorite characters from the books that have yet to grace the screen, and the addition of these new faces is going to round out the core cast of characters that has already been introduced. Who are the new arrivals, which actors will bring them to life, and what parts will they play in the story?

shadow and bone nikolai
The smooth-talking prince Nikolai Lantsov is a favorite among fans, and he’ll finally be making his first appearance in Season 2 of Shadow and Bone. Actor Patrick Gibson (The OA) has been cast in the role, and will be bringing Nikolai’s signature wit and warmth to life on screen.

Nikolai is a prince of Ravka, and becomes incredibly important to Alina’s journey, to the point where he even got his own spin-off series of books in the Grishaverse (King of Scars and Rule of Wolves). He’s a bit roguish, but has a heart of gold, and he first appears in the story in a much different identity than his real one. Watch out for any privateers that Alina and company come across, as they may be more than they first appear.

shadow and bone tolya and tamar
Tolya and Tamar are both initially crewmates on Sturmhond’s ship, and they also happen to be twins. They are both Heartrenders, members of the Grisha Corporalki order who can use their powers to damage people internally; for example, they can slow heart rates or take the air from lungs. Both of the twins are extremely skilled fighters, and Tolya is actually a former mercenary. The twins become members of the Soldat Sol, the military branch responsible for keeping the Apparat and the Sun Summoner (Alina Starkov herself) safe.

These two are principled and deadly, but they’re not just mindless assassins. Tolya, for example, is known for loving poetry, and is fiercely loyal. Tamar is more reckless, and less stoic than Tolya is. She has more of an obvious fun side, and even gets to have her own love story over the course of the Grisha Trilogy. Both twins are notably religious, believing that Grisha abilities are divinely given powers, and that Alina truly is a saint that has come to save them all. Lewis Tan (Mortal Kombat, Deadpool 2) and Anna Leong Brophy (Ragdoll, Traces) have been cast as Tolya and Tamar respectively, and will get to bring their own interpretations of the twins to life on the small screen.

shadow and bone wylan
The last new member of the cast is one that isn’t as involved with Alina’s side of things, but is very important to the Crows and their storyline. Wylan is the son of wealthy businessman Jan Van Eck, who is a major antagonist in Six of Crows. Wylan, however, aligns himself with the heroes and is brought along to the Crows’ heist as their demolitions expert. (In other words, he knows how to blow stuff up.) Wylan has a strained relationship with his father, who he adamantly fights against with the Dregs because of how he was treated growing up.

Wylan starts off the series a little innocent and shy (unexpected traits for a demolitions specialist), but grows in his confidence and abilities as time goes on. He becomes invaluable to the team and is beloved by Six of Crows fans. He is a skilled chemist and also has some musical talent as well, as the product of growing up in a wealthy home. Wylan is also great disability representation, as it is revealed in the series that he is unable to read or write due to severe dyslexia, but this is never used to take away from his intelligence. Jack Wolfe (The Witcher, The Magic Flute) will be bringing Wylan to life as the final piece of the puzzle in the Crows gang.

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