Everything We Know About 'Shadow and Bone' Season 2

What's next for Alina Starkov on the Netflix fantasy series?

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One of Netflix's biggest hits of 2021 was Shadow and Bone, an eight-episode fantasy series based on Leigh Bardugo's bestselling young adult novels set in her "Grishaverse." The show is a total delight, expertly building a very complex and fantastical world around a set of equally dynamic characters, and fans of the books rocketed the show to #1 in Netflix's Top 10 over its first weekend. That, and the fact that there's a whole series of books to work from, is promising news for at least a second season. Here's what we know so far:

Has Shadow and Bone been renewed?

Great news! In June 2021, Netflix officially announced a second season of Shadow and Bone is on the way. It took awhile for the show to get renewed after it premiered in April 2021, but considering its popularity on the streamer, it was only a matter of time before Netflix finalized its plans to return to the Grishaverse. 

More good news: As of January 2022, Season 2 is officially in production! The cast collaborated on a short video celebrating the production announcement, as well as welcoming some very exciting new cast members (more on that below). 

When could Season 2 premiere? 

We'll likely have to wait until late 2022 at the earliest for a new season, as Netflix usually sets its seasons a year and change apart. With news of production starting in January, we could see a new season towards the end of this year, if all goes well. We won't know for sure until closer to the date, as Netflix usually keeps that kind of news to its until the last minute. 

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What could Season 2 be about?

The second season would likely adapt the second book in Bardugo's Grisha trilogy, the first series that launched her shared universe. That book is Siege and Storm, which sets Alina Starkov, the light-wielding Sun Summoner, adrift on the True Sea, with only her childhood love Mal and an infamous pirate on her side as she makes plans to return to Ravka and free the Grisha army from the villainous Darkling. Since the first season of the show was based on Shadow and Bone but also added in the Crow Club, characters from Bardugo's Six of Crows duology whose story in the books takes place after the main trilogy is over, we'd likely see more of them as well.

At the end of the Season 1 finale, Alina, Mal, and the Crows—Kaz Brekker, Inej, and Jesper—have escaped the Darkling, General Kirigan, and brought the Ravkan ship across the Shadow Fold to safety. Alina and Mal part ways with the Crows and set off on their own, and it's unlikely that their stories will diverge again (but given how this show has surprised us thus far, we wouldn't be surprised if it did). Besides, the Crows still have to meet the Grisha Heartrender Nina Zenik and Matthias Helvar, who are in the middle of their own problem: Nina, hoping to save the witch hunter Matthias from her fellow Grisha, turned him over to be prosecuted as a slaver in the first season's final episode, an act she did to save his life, but one that he, of course, reads as a betrayal. In the episode's final moments, it appears that Kirigan has not only survived the beasts of the Shadow Fold, but has brought them under his control. 

Who will be in it?

All of the current cast will return, including Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov, Archie Renaux as Mal Oretsev, Ben Barnes as Kirigan, Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker, Amita Suman as Inej Ghafa, Kit Young as Jesper Fahey, Danielle Galligan as Nina Zenik, Calahan Skogman as Matthias Helvar, Sujaya Dasgupta as Zoya, Daisy Head as Genya Safin, Luka Pasqualino as David Kostyk, and Kevin Eldon as the Apparat.

When Season 2 started production, Netflix revealed four very exciting new members of the cast: Mortal Kombat's Lewis Tan as Grisha Heartrender Tolya Yul-Bataar, Anna Leong Brophy as Tolya's twin sister Tamar Kir-Bataar, Patrick Gibson (The OA) as Ravka's undercover king Nikolai Lantsov, and Jack Wolfe as young merchant's son Wylan Hendriks—which means this season will probably edge closer to the events of Shadow and Bone's sibling duology Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom.

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Look at Milo! | Netflix

Will Milo the goat be back?

Showrunner Eric Heisserer CONFIRMED that Milo would return to Season 2, saying in a statement (via Variety): "I'm honored and thrilled to return to the Grishaverse and continue the stories of these endearing characters, particularly Milo." 

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Emma Stefansky is a staff entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @stefabsky.