Alina's destiny is yet to unfold. Will the Sun Summoner's journey continue to season 2?
Netflix's adaptation of the Grishaverse novel trilogy continues to dominate the platform, grabbing the number one spot in Netflix's global top10.
The series adaptation premiered on Netflix on April 23, 2021, and is undeniably one of the biggest and most successful releases of the year.
Alina and her friends may have managed to escape by the end of season 1, but the dangers are still lurking and getting even more dangerous. So, will their story continue to season 2? Here's everything we know.
Netflix has not announced the renewal yet, but What's On Netflix reports that the show has already been secretly renewed for season 2.
The website says that their source for the news has previously told them about the renewal of other Netflix shows such as 'Fate: The Winx Saga' and 'Ozark,' long before they were officially announced.
The source also added that Netflix will officially announce the renewal a month after the show's premiere.
Knowing Shadow and Bone's performance on the platform, we wouldn't be surprised that it will be back for another season.
Leigh Bardugo's books have a huge fan base, and the Netflix adaptation has earned a reputation of being compared to HBO's 'Game of Thrones.'
There are still four more Grishaverse books left to cover (the second and third books of the Shadow and Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows duology), so there is plenty of source material left for Netflix to adapt.
It will be a while before we could see 'Shadow and Bone' in Season 2. If the show gets renewed in the next month, it will still have to go into production and editing. That whole process usually takes at least one or two years to complete and might take even longer due to the show's complex special effects. Our best guess is that season 2 won't be here until 2022 or 2023.
Alina, Mal, Kaz, Inej, Jesper, and Zoya managed to escape from the Fold by the end of season 1. They presumed that General Kirigan is dead, but he is very much alive and now has power over the darkness and its monsters.
The group separated. Kaz, Inej, and Jesper head to Ketterdam to face the enemies who wanted to kill them after failing to capture the Sun Summoner.
Meanwhile, Alina and Mal sail off to a faraway place to hide from the people hunting them and hopefully find allies. Alina will have to train harder to grow and control her powers so she could destroy the Fold and face General Kirigan.
The first season faithfully adapted the books, and the second season would likely do the same.
The second book of the series, titled 'Siege and Storm,' sees the Darkling even more determined to take Alina's magic and use it to get the Ravkan throne. Alina teams up with an infamous privateer and sets out to lead the Grisha army.
However, it wouldn't be easy for the Sun Summoner. As Alina's destiny unfolds, she finds herself falling into Darkling's deadly game of forbidden magic, pulling her further away from her humanity.
Speaking to Collider, showrunner Eric Heisserer confirmed what part of the books they will be exploring for season 2.
“In the books, these are called Nichevo'ya, which is Ravkan for "nothing," and they will be a level up kind of opponent for Alina, Mal, and anybody else who runs into Kirigan, should we be as privileged as to have a second season, because these are things that can walk around in broad daylight. Both of them have a level up going into the second season, but I think Alina knows somewhere in her gut that, even with the stag antler amplifier, she cannot draw enough light to take down the Fold. So we'll have to explore what other options are available for her in the second season.”
The following cast members are likely to return should Netflix renew 'Shadow and Bone' for season 2.
Jessie Mei Li is likely to return as Alina Starkov, the Sun Summoner, together with Archie Renaux as Malyen "Mal" Oretsev, Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker, Amita Suman as Inej Ghafa, Kit Young as Jesper Fahey, Ben Barnes as General Kirigan / Aleksander / The Darkling, and Zoë Wanamaker as Baghra.
Jessie Mei Li tells ELLE about what she hopes to see for her character Alina in the new season.
"Because Kirigan’s got his shadow soldiers, and then obviously Alina gets her own army, I’d love to see how that manifests and how that affects her."
Meanwhile, Archie Renaux told Esquire that he is excited for the characters to explore new places.
"I'm really excited for the possibility of our characters exploring new lands in this world, different countries, and being around different cultures. Hopefully, we will get to see that," he said.
It's going to be a long wait for sure. The first season has just landed on Netflix as of this writing, and we are still waiting for Netflix's official season 2 renewal. But just in case you haven't seen the series yet, we are leaving season 1's official trailer for you. We will update this article once we get new information, so feel free to get back to this link.