It’s been 84 years, but there is finally a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel. And by that I mean we’ve finally gotten our first look at season 2 of Netflix’s Shadow and Bone. Have I already watched the Shadow and Bone season 2 teaser 20 times? Maybe.
Based off of Leigh Bardugo’s best-selling Grisha series, Shadow and Bone season 2 will primarily adapt the second book in the original trilogy, Seige and Storm. A main part of the plot of the book involves Alina’s search for the legendary Sea Whip, a creature of mythology much like the Stag from season 1. The Shadow and Bone season 2 teaser indicates that this will still be a major factor. But there will be a lot of surprises in store even for longtime fans.
As I’ve said numerous times, the inclusion of the Crows in season 1 – long before they become part of the story in the books – leaves everything up in the air. Whether or not they choose to incorporate aspects of the plot of the Crows’ duology, which is set years after the events of the original trilogy, or whether they opt to invent an entirely new plot (as they did for season 1) still remains to be seen.
A lot of book fans are extremely excited about the new season, because it will introduce several fan favorite characters. We get to see those characters in this short teaser that was released today as part of Netflix’s TUDUM event. Shu Heartrenders (and siblings) Tamar and Tolya flank Ravkan prince Nikolai Lantsov on his ship, the Volkvolny, while our almost fully assembled Crow squad includes newest recruit Wylan.
I only have one real complaint, and it’s one that really couldn’t be avoided due to the nature of the medium. In the book, Nikolai’s identity was a huge reveal. It’s kind of hard to do that in television. I’m curious to see if they’ll try and follow the way he gets introduced in the books, or if they’re just going to be upfront about it. I’m hesitant to even explain any further due to potential spoilers.
Regardless, I cannot wait to see Nikolai, Tamar, Tolya, and Wylan in action. That shot of almost all of the Crows together gave me chills. And it looks like season 2 will have plenty of action! I was very impressed with season 1; even with the changes, I thought it was a great adaptation. So I am super pumped for season 2.
Unfortunately, there’s no real release date other than “2023”, so we’ll just have to hope that it’s, like, January 2023. For my sanity.
Leigh Bardugo and some of the cast, including Ben Barnes, will be at New York Comic Con in two weeks, and I have my heart set on attending that panel.
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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