The Grishaverse has been an international and critical success since 2021 when it first appeared on Netflix. Shadow and Bone, a hit show based on two book series by Leigh Bardugo, has us all enthralled with its epic plot. In Shadow and Bone, a young orphan named Alina turns out to be the Grisha foretold to become the Sun Summoner. Alina has experienced love, been betrayed, and fought with The Darkling to protect her country so far in the fantasy series. But like with any wonderful thing, we can’t get enough of Shadow and Bone and need more immediately.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to the show. The Digital Fix has compiled all the data you need to know about the upcoming third season of Shadow and Bone, including the premiere date, trailer, narrative details, cast, and more.
Shadow And Bone Season 3 Renewal Status
Shadow and Bone have not been renewed for yet another season by Netflix as of this writing. As we have shown in previous articles, the streaming giant considers into account a number of criteria, including viewership numbers, the cost of production, and more, when deciding whether or not to renew a show.
Given how recently the second season debuted, it’s hard to say whether or not Netflix will pick it up for a third season. However, we can hazard an estimate based on information provided by official sources. The second season of Shadow and Bone attracted 105.43 million hours between March 12 and March 26, according to Netflix’s hourly data release for its top 40 series and movies. The numbers aren’t rising exponentially, so they won’t be enough for season 2 of Shadow and Bone. Given the current impasse, it is possible that Netflix will decide against ordering a third season of the show.
Shadow and Bone Storyline
The protagonist of Shadow and Bone is Alina Starkov. Alina, despite being an orphan, serves as a cartographer in the First Army of Ravka. Alina has a stunning realization that she is the Sun Summoner in a war-torn country split by the Fold. The most important person in the country, for whom everyone had been waiting. Alina is unaware of the grand scheme while she is seeking refuge with the Grishas and General Kirigan. Will she succeed in saving Ravka and destroying the Fold for good?
Shadow And Bone Season Cast and characters
- Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov, an orphan and former assistant cartographer of the Royal Corps of Surveyors in the First Army.
- Kaylan Teague as Young Alina
- Archie Renaux as Malyen “Mal” Oretsev, an orphan tracker in the First Army and Alina’s childhood best friend and love interest.
- Cody Molko as Young Mal
- Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker, leader of the Crows, known as Dirtyhands and the Bastard of the Barrel.
- Fflyn Edwards as Young Kaz
- Amita Suman as Inej Ghafa, a Suli former indentured prostitute, member of the Crows, known as the Wraith.
- Kit Young as Jesper Fahey, member of the Crows, a skilled Zemeni sharpshooter.
- Ben Barnes as General Aleksander Kirigan / The Darkling, general of the Second Army and the Shadow Summoner also known as The Black Heretic.
- Zoë Wanamaker as Baghra, Alina’s Grisha trainer and Aleksander’s mother.
- Patrick Gibson as Nikolai Lantsov, a privateer and Prince of Ravka.
- Daisy Head as Genya Safin, the only known Grisha Tailor, who befriends Alina.
- Danielle Galligan as Nina Zenik, a Heartrender, who is taken captive by Fjerdans later falls in love with her captor, Matthias Helvar and becomes a member of the Crows.
- Calahan Skogman as Matthias Helvar, a Fjerdan Drüskelle (witch-hunter), who takes part in Nina’s capture but later falls in love with her.
- Lewis Tan as Tolya Yul-Bataar, a Shu Heartrender loyal to Nikolai and Alina. Tamar’s brother.
- Jack Wolfe as Wylan Hendricks, an alchemist who reluctantly becomes the Crows’ demolitions expert. Jesper’s love interest.
- Anna Leong Brophy as Tamar Kir-Bataar, a Shu Heartrender loyal to Nikolai and Alina. Tolya’s sister.
- Dean Lennox Kelly as Pekka Rollins, the ruthless leader of the Dime Lions gang in Ketterdam and Kaz’s foe.
- Sujaya Dasgupta as Zoya, a Squaller, who is interested in Mal and who is jealous of Alina but later becomes a valued ally.
- Simon Sears as Ivan, a Heartrender, who serves under Gen. Kirigan. Feydor’s lover.
- Howard Charles as Arken, the Conductor, who smuggles people across the Fold.
- Julian Kostov as Fedyor, a Heartrender, who serves under Gen. Kirigan. Ivan’s lover.
- Kevin Eldon as The Apparat, the spiritual advisor to the King of Ravka.
- Jasmine Blackborow as Marie, an Inferni (fire Summoner), who befriends Alina.
- Gabrielle Brooks and Joanna McGibbon as Nadia, a Squaller, who also befriends Alina. Tanya’s love interest.
- Luke Pasqualino as David Kostyk, a Durast, crafts weapons and other gadgets for the Grisha. Genya’s love interest.
Shadow And Bone Season 3 Expected Plot
Season 3 of Shadow and Bone has yet to announce its plot details. The reason for this is that Netflix is yet to confirm the show’s renewal. Season 2 has already covered a substantial chunk of the original material, so Leigh Bardugo’s books won’t be much help in forecasting what will happen next. We can guess what will happen next because Season 2 skips right between the second and third books in the Shadow and Bone trilogy.
The second season of Shadow and Bone borrows elements from the Grishaverse novels Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. But that doesn’t mean the story ends there. The death of the Darkling at the end of the original novel trilogy is followed by events in the Season 2 finale. Although it appears that Alina has died, she and Mal have a happy conclusion that allows her to adopt a new identity and return to the orphanage where they spent their formative years.
Furthermore, Netflix’s version deviates substantially from the books by splitting up the partnership after Season 2. It also adds more gloom to Alina’s world, and the show’s ending may end up mirroring the books’. Novel readers may not immediately recognize the new ground that must be covered throughout Season 3.
Shadow and Bone Season 3 Release Date
There is no known premiere date for Season 3 of Shadow and Bone as of May 2023. Unfortunately, we still don’t know if Netflix will renew the drama series. Nonetheless, the show’s success makes us certain that the following season will be approved by the streaming provider.
Showrunner Eric Heisserer told Collider, “It was a three-year plan that I laid out or a three-season plan.” This means that the cast and crew always intended to return for at least three more seasons. Season 3 is a virtual certainty at this point. Also, Season 3 of Shadow and Bone should premiere in 2024 if production begins this year.
Is there a trailer for Shadow and Bone Season 3?
Since the show hasn’t been renewed, we’re afraid there won’t be any new episodes for a while. However, you can come back to this page whenever new details concerning the show’s future are revealed.
How has the show been rated so far?
Shadow and Bone has been one of Netflix’s most popular fantasy programs ever, and its return has been widely anticipated. The Grishaverse has won over the hearts of millions of viewers with its riveting plot, likable protagonists, and brilliant acting.
There is a large fan base for the show, and new episodes are eagerly anticipated. The show has also done very well in the ratings. Both IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes give the film Shadow and Bone high marks: 7.6 and 89%, respectively.
Where to watch Shadow and Bone?
Shadow and Bone can only be seen on Netflix. Netflix subscribers can watch all 13 episodes from both seasons. And with a yearly membership, you can access them whenever you like.