[This article contains spoilers from the first season of Shadow and Bone. Read it at your own risk, lovelies!]
The first season of Shadow and Bone dropped on Netflix literally a second ago, but I’m already desperate for some more of the Grishaverse. Well, technically there are eight episodes to sink into, but can you blame me? There are still many unanswered questions; Where are Alina (Jessie Mei Li) and Mal (Archie Renaux) sailing off to? Are the Crows (Freddy Carter, Kit Young, and Amita Suman) about to be offered another heist to complete? And OMG, that ending with General Kirigan (Ben Barnes)! He’s definitely about to seek his revenge and knowing him, it'll probably be...deadly.
Now that season 2 is officially happening (everyone say "Thank you, Netflix!"), it's tim,e to brush up on what to expect. Let's get into it!
First order of business: What has Netflix said officially about season 2?
Fortunately for us the series WILL return! And we can thank the cast of Shadow and Bone for giving us a great reveal on all of Netflix's social media accounts:
Woohoo! Now who can we expect to return for season 2?
Well, if the show’s producers decide to follow the storyline from the books (if you haven’t read them, pick them up here!), then fans can expect Alina, Mal, and General Kirigan to make their grand returns to the small screen. And based on the season 1's ending, there seems to be a lot more in store for the Crows, meaning they should be making a re-appearance as well.
As far as new characters coming into the Fold (see what we did there?) in season 2—well we can’t spill any potential storylines, can we? But definitely expect some powerful faces to emerge and help Alina attempt to stop the Darkling from overthrowing the Ravkan throne.
Fine, but generally what can fans expect to see in season 2?
If you weren't aware before bingeing, the show is actually based on a trilogy of novels by Leigh Bardugo. As most of season 1 follows storylines originating in the titular novel, it would be silly to not think the show will not combine elements from the sophomore novel, Siege and Storm, into its second season. Are you intrigued by this and want to know just a little bit more? Keep reading to find out.
WARNING: spoilers ahead.
As previously mentioned, it's likely that season 2 will borrow its plot from the second novel in the Grishaverse. And trust me when I say there's a lot to be explored post-fight in season 1; Mal and Alina are on the run from anyone on Kirigan's side and are trying to build new lives for themselves after what went down in the Fold. While Alina desperately attempts to keep her sun summoning powers a secret, she learns quickly the past is always just a few steps behind to haunt her...
And then there's General Kirigan. Contrary to Alina's belief, he's actually still alive, now capable of wielding more power than ever before. Oh, and he's extremely pissed off at what just happened, so he's busy coming up with a plan so dangerous, it's going to shake up the boundaries of the world as all of Ravka knows it.
Alina somehow catches wind of Kirigan's future ideas for Ravka, and she's not about to leave her home country unprotected! So with the help of a notorious privateer, she returns determined to help...but also finds herself drawn into the Darkling's ~games of forbidden magic~. As her power continues to grow, she starts to lose Mal (NO. WE CAN'T HAVE THAT HAPPEN!) and ends up having to make the ultimate choice: her country, the powers she's only just come to know about, or the man who has loved her from the very beginning.
Um, WOW. There's a lot to unpack here, and hopefully we'll see it all unfold in season 2.
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