Shadow and Bone season 2 preview: Here’s the full scoop on the new season

Shadow and Bone. Archie Renaux as Malyen Oretsev in episode 206 of Shadow and Bone. Cr. Dávid Lukács/Netflix © 2023
Shadow and Bone. Archie Renaux as Malyen Oretsev in episode 206 of Shadow and Bone. Cr. Dávid Lukács/Netflix © 2023 /

It’s finally time for a new season of Shadow and Bone! After what’s felt like forever, Shadow and Bone season 2 arrives on Netflix in March 2023 and give us the next chapter in the enchanting and captivating story of the Sun Summoner, The Darkling, and the Crows.

Ever since the premiere of the series back in April 2021, fans have been eager to see what happens next for their favorite characters. The second season looks like it’s going to be bigger, better, and brighter (thanks to Alina’s amplifier) than we could have hoped.

Before you begin binge-watching, we’re sharing everything you need to know about Shadow and Bone season 2, including it’s release time, cast, season 1 ending recap and more!

When does Shadow and Bone season 2 come out?

Almost one year after the premiere of the series, Shadow and Bone season 2 releases on Thursday, March 16, 2023. The first season debuted on Netflix on April 23, 2021. There have been 692 days between the release of season 1 and season 2.

What time is Shadow and Bone season 2 coming out?

The second season of Shadow and Bone releases on Thursday, March 16 at 12 a.m. PT, which is 3 a.m. ET. For a closer look at when the new episodes arrive in your neck of the woods, make sure to take a look at our guide to Netflix release times around the world based on time zones.

Shadow and Bone season 1 ending recap (spoilers!)

When we last left Ravka in the Shadow and Bone season 1 finale, The Darkling used merzost to summon nichevo’ya in order to emerge from the Shadow Fold. He may have been batter and bruised when Alina and co. left him to fight the volcra, but he’s not down for the count yet.

The Crows and Zoya helped Alina and Mal defeat The Darkling, and the Crows ultimately didn’t go through with capturing Alina after all. Alina and Mal are headed to Ketterdam, while The Crows are also headed for Ketterdam back to the Barrel, and Kaz has a plan.

What is Shadow and Bone season 2 about?

The second season picks up in the aftermath of the first season’s epic finale, as Alina and Mal search for new allies to help destroy the Fold for good. Meanwhile, the Crows return to Ketterdam in search of their own new alliances as heist once again puts Alina in their path.

Check out the official synopsis for season 2 via Netflix:

"Alina Starkov is on the run. A beacon of hope to some and a suspected traitor to others, she’s determined to bring down the Shadow Fold and save Ravka from ruin. But General Kirigan has returned to finish what he started. Backed by a terrifying new army of seemingly indestructible shadow monsters and fearsome new Grisha recruits, Kirigan is more dangerous than ever. To stand a fighting chance against him, Alina and Mal rally their own powerful new allies and begin a continent-spanning journey to find two mythical creatures that will amplify her powers. Back in Ketterdam, the Crows must forge new alliances as they contend with old rivals and even older grudges that threaten not only their place in the Barrel, but their very lives. When a chance at a deadly heist comes their way, the Crows will once again find themselves on a collision course with the legendary Sun Summoner. Based on Leigh Bardugo’s worldwide bestselling Grishaverse novels, SHADOW AND BONE returns for a second season of new friendships, new romance, bigger battles, epic adventures — and a shocking family secret that could shatter everything."

Shadow and Bone season 2 main cast

As expected, all of the main cast members from the first season of Shadow and Bone return to their roles, with a number of recurring cast members from season 1 being promoted to series regulars. The second season also welcome new cast members to the fold (pun intended) that book readers will know from Siege and Storm.

Here’s the full main cast list for the second season of Shadow and Bone:

  • Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov
  • 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 Aleksander Kirigan/The Darkling
  • Zoë Wanamaker as Baghra
  • Lewis Tan as Tolya Yul-Bataar
  • Patrick Gibson as Nikolai Lantsov
  • Anna Leong Brophy as Tamar Kir-Bataar
  • Jack Wolfe as Wylan Hendricks
  • Daisy Head as Genya Safin
  • Danielle Galligan as Nina Zenik
  • Calahan Skogman as Matthias

Shadow and Bone season 2 episode titles

Following suit with the first season of the series, season 2 of Shadow and Bone also contains eight brand-new episodes. The episodes will range between 45 to an hourlong in length. Here are the titles are all eight episodes of season 2:

  • Episode 1: “No Shelter But Me”
  • Episode 2: “Rusalye”
  • Episode 3: “Like Calls to Like”
  • Episode 4: “Every Monstrous Thing”
  • Episode 5: “Yuyeh Sesh (Despise Your Heart)”
  • Episode 6: “Ni Weh Sesh (I Have No Heart)”
  • Episode 7: “Meet You in the Meadow”
  • Episode 8: “No Funerals”

Shadow and Bone season 2 parents guide and rating

The age rating for Shadow and Bone remains TV-14 for the second season. Netflix offers this warning for parents: “Parents strongly cautioned. May be unsuitable for ages under 14.” The series earned its TV-14 rating due to its gore, language, and violence. Shadow and Bone stays true to its source material and brings the page directly to screen with dark imagery that might be frightening to children younger than the tween age.

Shadow and Bone season 2 trailer

In the thrilling trailer for season 2, fans get a glimpse of the exciting events to come in the eight new episodes. There’s a preview of The Darkling’s shadow army and the battles that will be fought to put a stop to his reign of terror. Elsewhere in the trailer, new characters from the books are revealed, and Alina’s hunt for the other amplifiers raises the stakes.

Watch the official season 2 trailer in the video below:

Is Shadow and Bone season 3 happening?

As of March 2023, Netflix hasn’t revealed the fate of Shadow and Bone beyond the second season. Since there are three books in Bardugo’s series, there could arguably be three total seasons of Shadow and Bone.

It’s been reported that season 2 will cover multiple Grishaverse novels, but it’s unclear how much of Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising the season will tackle. Surely, there will be more story left to tell after these eight episodes, especially for the Crows.

Stay tuned for more Shadow and Bone news and updates from Netflix Life, and watch the second season on Netflix beginning on Thursday, March 16.

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