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Shadow and Bone season 2: release date, trailer, cast, plot and everything we know

For the uninitiated, Shadow and Boneis a Netflix fantasy series based on the works of bestselling author Leigh Bardugo. The show follows Alina Starkov, an orphan who is revealed to wield an awesome magical power as the prophesied “Sun Summoner”.

Shadow and Bone has been away from our screens for some time now, but after Tudum 2022 teased us with a few details, we’ve finally learned that we’re getting the second series in March, so the wait is nearly over. Shadow and Bone season 2 release date
Netflix has confirmed that Shadow and Bone is returning for season 2 on Thursday, March 16, 2023. Season 2 will be made up of eight episodes, each expected to last roughly one hour.

When the show’s release date was confirmed back in December, we were treated to a bunch of first-look images for the second season. As you can see, all our major players are set to be back in action, though Galliganm Head and Skogman have all been promoted to series regulars, so we should be seeing a little bit more of them this time around.

There are also four new faces on that cast list: Anna Leong Brophy, Jack Wolfe, Lewis Tan and Patrick Gibson.

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Shadow and Bone season 2 plot

Kirigan is “more dangerous than ever” in season 2. (Image credit: DÁVID LUKÁCS/NETFLIX)
Here’s the official synopsis for Shadow and Bone season 2: “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, 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.”

Which books is Shadow and Bone season 2 based on?
(L to R) Danielle Galligan as Nina Zenik, Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker, Amita Suman as Inej Ghafa, Kit Young as Jesper Fahey, Jack Wolfe as Wylan in Shadow and Bone season 2

Nina, Kaz, Inej, Jesper and Wylan. (Image credit: Netflix)
While the series does deviate somewhat from the books in places, season 2 is seemingly drawing from the events from Siege and Storm (opens in new tab)and Ruin and Rising (opens in new tab)—the second and third books of the main Shadow and bone trilogy—Six of Crows (opens in new tab), the first part of the spin-off Six of Crows duology. At least, that’s based on who’s in the line-up, and what went down in season 1.

The summary for Siege and Storm reads: “Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka.

But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her — or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.”

Going by what Leigh Bardugo told Collider (opens in new tab), though, it’s very possible that elements from other Grishaverse books could be cropping up in season 2. Bardugo said: “There are currently seven novels in the Grishaverse, not counting the short stories. And I don’t believe it takes seven seasons to get through that story, because we’ve created this alternate timeline. But I’m not the showrunner, so we’ll see what Eric [Heisserer] has in mind.”

Is there a trailer?
At Tudum 2022, Netflix gave us a sneak peek at what we can expect to see in season 2. Whilst this short clip doesn’t give much away about the plot, it does make it clear that there’s more action on the way.

If Kirigan’s comments are anything to go why—”are you willing to sacrifice that which is most precious to you?— it sounds like the stakes are even higher this time around.

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