Shadow and Bone, a Netflix fantasy series based on the novels of best-selling author Leigh Bardugo, launched on April 23, 2021, and quickly became a rating smash. Season 1 of Eric Heisserer’s show had eight episodes, and Season 2 was renewed for another eight.
Bardugo’s stories, collectively called the Grishaverse, are set in a world inspired by early 19th-century Tsarist Russia and populated by around half Grisha, or people with exceptional talents to manipulate the elements in various ways for the sake of fighting, healing, or creating.
A little orphan girl and her best friend are the story’s protagonists. Both she and her husband end up serving in the regular army, she as a mapmaker and he as a tracker, and she will do anything to keep him by her side, including venturing into the Shadow Fold, a vast area of darkness that cuts the kingdom in two.
Entering the Shadow Fold puts one in danger of being killed by terrifying monsters, and it seems that only the Grisha known as the Sun Summoner, can destroy it. Here’s everything we know about Shadow and Bone Season 2 on Netflix, including returning cast, new characters, filming dates, and more, to satisfy the insatiable curiosity of the show’s legion of devoted viewers.
What Are Shadow and Bone About?
In this Netflix fantasy series based on two novels by Leigh Bardugo set in the Grishaverse (Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows), orphan Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) learns she is a Grisha after awakening a latent and incredible ability within her that could alter the course of her planet. According to Netflix’s Media Center, here is the “official logline”:
“IN A WORLD CLEAVED IN TWO BY A MASSIVE BARRIER OF PERPETUAL DARKNESS, WHERE UNNATURAL CREATURES FEAST ON HUMAN FLESH, A YOUNG SOLDIER UNCOVERS A POWER THAT MIGHT FINALLY UNITE HER COUNTRY. BUT AS SHE STRUGGLES TO HONE HER POWER, DANGEROUS FORCES PLOT AGAINST HER. THUGS, THIEVES, ASSASSINS AND SAINTS ARE AT WAR NOW, AND IT WILL TAKE MORE THAN MAGIC TO SURVIVE.”
Is There a Shadow and Bone Season 2 Release Date?
Heisserer announced in June 2021 via his personal Twitter account that production on Season 2 has wrapped. Netflix gave Heisserer and the team the green light to create new episodes even though it was unclear whether or not the program would be renewed.
Fortunately, they were correct, and by then, Shadow and Bone had already established a commanding lead for Season 2. Like The Umbrella Academy and The Witcher, other similarly budgeted Netflix shows, Shadow & Bone has a gap of about 18 months between seasons. After much anticipation, on December 8, 2022, Netflix announced Shadow and Bone Season 2 release date (March 16, 2023).