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- March 17, 2023
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Photo credit: Netflix Netflix has not yet renewed Shadow & Bone for Season 3. Season 2 of Shadow & Bone premiered on March 16, 2023. Shadow & Bone showrunners have big plans for Season 3.
Shadow & Bone returned for an epic second season on March 16, 2023. The 8-episode season ended with a stunning finale that set the stage for an expansive third season. So is Shadow & Bone season 3 coming?
Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse is huge, and the Shadow & Bone showrunners have exciting plans for the future of the show. HollywoodLife has rounded up the latest news about Shadow & Bone Season 3.
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Alina and Mal in Season 2. (Netflix)
Will there be Season 3 of Shadow & Bone?
That is to be noted. As of March 2023, Netflix has yet to renew Shadow & Bone for Season 3. The second season ended on March 16 and has already climbed to #1 on Netflix’s top 10 TV shows in the US
There are still plenty of stories left from the Grishaverse novels, so Shadow & Bone Season 3 seems like a solid bet. Don’t let us down, Netflix!
Shadow & Bone season 3 release date
Since Shadow & Bone has not been renewed for Season 3, there is no release date yet. If Netflix renews the fantasy series, the show’s third season probably wouldn’t premiere until late 2024 or early 2025.
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The first season premiered on April 23, 2021. The show was renewed for the second season in June 2021, but the second season did not premiere until March 16, 2023. Filming for the second season of Shadow & Bone took almost 6 months so the show would need time to plan and shoot a third season.
Cast of Shadow & Bone Season 3
When Shadow & Bone returns for Season 3, you can expect the incredible ensemble cast to return. These include Jessie Mei Li as Alina, Archie Renaux as Mal, Freddy Carter as Kaz, Amita Suman as Inej, Kit Young as Jesper, Danielle Galligan as Nina, Daisy Head as Genya Safin, Calahan Skogman as Matthias, Lewis Tan as Tolya, Anna Leong Brophy as Tamar, Jack Wolfe as Wylan and Patrick Gibson as Nikolai Lantsov.
Ben Barnes as General Kirigan. (netflix)
But what about Ben Barnes? General Kirigan appears to be coming to an end in the season 2 finale. It’s hard to believe that the show wouldn’t want Ben as part of the show anymore so he could come back in a new way in Season 3. The possibilities are out there!
Will there be a Shadow & Bone spinoff?
Perhaps! Shadow & Bone showrunner Eric Heisserer has been “quiet at work” developing a Six of Crows spinoff, according to EW. The show is reportedly in the “early stages and is nowhere near getting the green light.”
Eric revealed that the spin-off is dependent on how well Shadow & Bone Season 2 performs for Netflix. “A lot of work went into the planning. The hope is that we can then execute on that plan,” Eric told EW. “But of course it’s all about how well season two’s numbers do. And if so, then Daegan and I will continue to wear the mantle of both shows, which also helps because we have a lot of mouths to feed… Being able to give them their own real estate so they have freedom of movement allows us to do that dig deeper into some of those character arcs.”
How did Shadow & Bone season 2 end?
So much has happened in Season 2 of Shadow & Bone, but let’s start with that smile in the final moments of the Season 2 finale. During Nikolai and Alina’s coronation, a Fjerdan assassin uses the drug Jurda Parem and her own enhanced gifts to cause chaos.
Alina stops the woman from using the cut, but there’s a catch. She summons shadow instead of light magic, meaning Alina’s power has shifted after saving Mal’s life and defeating the Darkling. In the final moments of the season 2 finale, Alina looks up with a smile on her face. Looks like Shadow & Bone has a new Shadow Summoner on their hands.
Jessie Mei Li as Alina. (netflix)
While this ending does have aspects of what happens in the books, the series shakes things up a bit. “We wanted to spin, you know, keep something, but do it radically differently than what we expected,” showrunner Daegan Fryklind told EW.
Before that, Alina kills Kirigan. He warns them before he dies that without him they “will get her”. He also begs her to make sure “there’s nothing left” of him. While this is happening, Nina works to save Mal. When her efforts don’t work, Alina uses Merzost to revive him, despite being warned never to use it.
Eric revealed to EW that Season 3 would explore stories in the Grishaverse that aren’t taken directly from the books. “We did that a little bit with the prequel story for the Crows in Season 1,” he said. “And now we can do that with some of the Shadow and Bone characters.”
The showrunner added, “Fortunately, we’re creating brand new material for actors we know, love and trust who will help us along the way. And it interweaves her story with the King of Scars duology that we’re already in love with and what we think will be brought to life by those on screen. So it’s about putting those together like we did with other characters in the first two seasons.”
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