Alina Considers a Devastating Sacrifice in the "Shadow and Bone" Season 2 Trailer
Alina is embracing her role as the Sun Summoner in "Shadow and Bone" season two. On Feb. 17, Netflix released the official trailer for the new season, and it promises a dramatic confrontation between Alina and the Darkling, while giving fans a glimpse of the new faces they can expect to see in the forthcoming episodes.
Back on Sept. 24, 2022, Netflix released the first teaser for the upcoming season at the global fan event Tudum. In it, Alina rejects the idea that she's just a symbol, Wylan and Nikolai make their big debuts, and the Crows prepare for a fight. That's a good thing, because the Darkling isn't messing around. "Are you willing to sacrifice that which is most precious to you?" he asks in the action-packed trailer.
Netflix's "Shadow and Bone" premiered in 2021, receiving rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Based on the popular book series by Leigh Bardugo, the show is truly a fantastical adventure that leaves you wanting more with each episode. Seeing that the show draws inspiration from various books in the Grishaverse — including the Shadow and Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows duology — there is already plenty of material to expand upon for the onscreen adaptation.
In June 2021, it was announced that "Shadow and Bone" would return for a second season, along with the main cast, including Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux, Freddy Carter, Amita Suman, Kit Young, Danielle Galligan, Calahan Skogman, and Ben Barnes. "I'm honored and thrilled to return to the Grishaverse and continue the stories of these endearing characters," said executive producer and showrunner Eric Heisserer in a statement, per Variety.
"I've been writing in the Grishaverse for nearly 10 years now, so I'm thrilled we get to keep this adventure going," Bardugo added. "There are so many places we've barely gotten to visit, and I can't wait to introduce our audience to more of the saints, soldiers, thugs, thieves, princes, and privateers who make this world so much fun to explore. It's going to be real magic to see our brilliant, talented cast expand."
According to the teaser and trailer, fans can also expect to see some exciting characters make their first onscreen appearances, such as Prince Nikolai Lantsov, played by Patrick Gibson; Tamar and Tolya, played by Anna Leong Brophy and Lewis Tan; and Wylan, played by Jack Wolfe. Similar to season one, season two will consist of eight one-hour episodes.
Ahead, check out what we know about the new season.
"Shadow and Bone" Season 2 Release Date
"Shadow and Bone" season two will premiere on Netflix on March 16.
"Shadow and Bone" Season 2 Cast
Li will return as Alina, alongside Barnes and General Kirigan and Renaux as Mal. Carter, Suman, and Young will return as criminal masterminds Kaz, Inej, and Jesper. Familiar faces who will return to play important roles include Galligan as Nina, Daisy Head as Genya Safin, and Matthias Helvar as Calahan. New cast members include Leong Brophy as Tamar, Gibson as Nikolai, Lewis Tan as Tolya, and Wolfe as Wylan.
"Shadow and Bone" Season 2 Plot
"Shadow and Bone" season two picks up where season one left off, with Alina and Mal trying to live a normal life in secret. Meanwhile, the Darkling is searching for them around the world while growing his own powerful forces. Some plot details are still being kept under wraps, but according to Netflix's synopsis, season two will follow Alina and Mal's efforts to fight back against him and the Shadow Fold.
"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," reads Netflix's synopsis. "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."