Who is Sturmhond in Shadow and Bone season 2? (Character explained)

Shadow and Bone. (L to R) Archie Renaux as Malyen Oretsev, Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov in episode 202 of Shadow and Bone. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022
Shadow and Bone. (L to R) Archie Renaux as Malyen Oretsev, Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov in episode 202 of Shadow and Bone. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022 /
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Sturmhond is introduced early in Shadow and Bone season 2. He’s played by Patrick Gibson, who was cast as Nikolai in the series. Who is Sturmhond, then?

Caution: There are some minor spoilers for Shadow and Bone season 2 in this post.

When Netflix announced casting for Shadow and Bone season 2, we found out that Patrick Gibson would play Nikolai. Then we saw him in the first episode playing Sturmhond, a privateer. What is going on?

You’ll be forgiven for being confused at first. It’s in the third episode that all is revealed when the group get to Ravka. Sturmhond has no choice but to reveal who he really is.

Who is Sturmhond in Shadow and Bone season 2?

Those who read the books would already know the story. Sturmhond has made himself known as a successful

pirate

…sorry, privateer, as he makes sure everyone knows. He does things with a license, and he doesn’t like being called a pirate.

In the series, he explains that he hired the Crows to get Alina back in the first season. He knows that Alina is the best hope for humanity, and he wants to work with her to take down the fold.

Well, both the books and the show reveal that Sturmhond is a name that has been made up. Gibson’s character is Nikolai, who turns out to be one of the King of Ravka’s sons. He has been missing from Ravka for many years as he’s acted under the name Sturmhond and nobody knew that.

As the second son, he doesn’t have a direct line to the throne. Being gone didn’t matter too much, but he needed to return to Ravka once he had the Sun Summoner. Now he has a chance to bring down the fold and save his family. Maybe he’ll marry a living saint at the same time.

Shadow and Bone season 2 is now streaming on Netflix.

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