Shadow and Bone season 2 is officially coming—everything we know so far

Raise your hand if you're impatiently waiting for 'Shadow and Bone' season 2!

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Anyone else impatiently waiting for Shadow and Bone season 2? Everyone? Thought so. Netflix's adaptation of the Leigh Bardugo fantasy series has captured global attention, and fans can't wait to see what's next. 

Shadow and Bone is the ultimate fantasy indulgence, especially for those who love Game of Thrones and The Witcher. The story follows a mapmaker and orphan, Alina, who discovers she has the power to change the fate of the world. She is forced to join the elite army of soldiers known as the Grisha, meeting friends and foes along the way as she fights to overcome the evils of the Shadow. Intense!

If you thought about passing up this Netflix original, you might want to reconsider: 55 million households watched Shadow and Bone in the first month alone, and it already has amassed quite a following. 

While we patiently wait for the next installment, head to the bookstore and snag the story in its original format: the Grishaverse of Shadow and Bone consists of the trilogy and a spin-off series called Six of Crows.

Shadow and Bone season 2: what can we expect?

Not to give too many things away, but the Shadow and Bone ending was the sort of cliffhanger that leaves you on the edge of your seat. Many fans were either elated or furious at Alina's love choice. But now that season two has been confirmed, what can we expect in terms of the plot?

All the cast members are set to reprise their roles in the upcoming season according to Deadline. Showrunner Eric Heisserer and executive producer Shawn Levy are also making a return. 

Heisserer told Entertainment Weekly: “I have stacks of material. I don't know if they'll ever see the light of day. We have a lot of big, grand plans. But one step at a time."

Season two will likely follow the second book from each series—Siege and Storm and Crooked Kingdom—but it's yet to be confirmed if the storylines will be combined again. (Again, this is the perfect opportunity to pick up the series from your local bookstore.) 

When will Shadow and Bone season 2 be released?

Although an official release date has yet to be confirmed, fans can expect eight episodes. What's a bit worrisome, however, is the wait time. 

According to Gizmostory, we might have to keep busy until 2022 for the second season. That's totally doable, but the outlet also suggests that 2023 isn't entirely out of the realm of possibilities. That, dear readers, will be a struggle. 

As of September 2021, the show is officially in production. 

Dive into Shadow and Bone, Netflix's hit fantasy series

Catch up with the first season on Netflix now!

"I hope people will be transported to a world that doesn't feel like any place they've been before. This isn't swords and sorcery," Bardugo said in a Netflix press release. "The series really asks, 'What happens when you bring a gun to a magic fight?' It's about magical powers and grand destinies and court intrigue, but it's also about the people who fall through the cracks, who are seen as expendable."

Season 2: we're more than ready!

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.