Fans of Grishaverse are hoping for the renewal of Shadow and Bone season 3 on Netflix. Here is all the updated information for you. The second series of the fantasy show has been making waves on the streaming platform's Top 10 chart, though no official orders for a third season have been announced yet. Nevertheless, the show's creative team is already looking forward to more stories involving Alina, Mal, and the Crows. Set in a fantasy world where magic, known as the "small science" is practiced, Shadow and Bone draws upon Leigh Bardugo's popular books and follows Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Lin) who is an incredibly rare Sun Summoner with the power to eliminate the Shadow Fold, a hazardous darkness that divides the country of Ravka. Darkling, also known as General Kirigan (Ben Barnes) stands in opposition to Alina.
#1. Is Shadow and Bone season 3 confirmed?
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Despite its popularity, Netflix has yet to announce a renewal of Shadow and Bone season 3. The show has been the most-watched TV series on the streaming platform in the U.S. within the first four days of its release, as reported by FlixPatrol.
#2. Shadow and Bone season 3 release date speculation
If Shadow and Bone season 3 does get the green light, it may not arrive for some time. Nearly two years elapsed between the releases of seasons 1 and 2. Some of that may have to do with pandemic-related delays. But another reason may be the significant visual effects required in post-production. A similar amount of time will likely pass before Shadow and Bone season 3 premieres. Our best guess is spring 2025.
#3. Shadow and Bone season 3 cast
It's hard to imagine Shadow and Bone season 3 happening without Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov. The former orphan cartographer is now acknowledged far and wide as the Sun Summoner and leader of Ravka's Grisha army. Her counterpart for the first two seasons, Ben Barnes as General Kirigan, may not return. Kirigan is killed in the season 2 finale and his body is burned. However, he may return in visions or dreams experienced by Alina or other characters.
Many of the other main players are expected to be back. Among them is Archie Renaux as Malyen "Mal" Oretsov, a tracker and Alina's childhood best friend who has taken on the mantle of privateer Sturmhond.
Other Shadow and Bone season 3 cast members should include:
- Patrick Gibson as Nikolai Lantsov, newly crowned king of Ravka
- Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker, the leader of the Crows
- Amita Suman as Inej Ghafa, a member of the Crows known as the Wraith
- Kit Young as Jesper Fahey, a member of the Crows and sharpshooter
- Jack Wolfe as Wylan Hendriks, a demolitions expert a new member of the Crows
- Danielle Galligan as Nina Zenik, a Heartrender and Crow who is in love with Matthias
- Calahan Skogman as Matthias, a Fjerdan Drüskelle in prison
- Daisy Head as Genya Safin, a rare Grisha Tailor
- Sujaya Dasgupta as Zoya, a Squaller who trains new Grisha
- Lewis Tan as Tolya Yul-Bataar, a Shu Han Heartrender and Tamar's twin
- Anna Leong Brophy as Tamar Kir-Bataar, a Shu Han Heartrender and Tolya's twin
- Dean Lennox Kelly as Pekka Rollins, a Ketterdam crime boss now in prison
#4. Shadow and Bone season 3 plot: What will happen?
Shadow and Bone season 3's plot may weave together storylines from multiple books by Bardugo. Season 2 not only did so, but also made major changes.
The biggest change is that Alina doesn't lose her powers while defeating Kirigan, so she and Mal don't retire to the country for a quiet life. Instead, the lovers part ways for a time. Alina stays in Ravka to stand beside the newly-crowned King Nikolai, while Mal takes on the mantle of the privateer Sturmhond to sail the open seas.
This choice seems to have been made to keep two principal cast members (Lin and Renaux) around.
“And it's weaving their story in with the King of Scars duology that we're already in love with, and what we think is going to come alive on screen from those. So it's a matter of stitching those in the way we've stitched in other characters in these first two seasons.”
The finale ended by setting up a potential Shadow and Bone season 3. During Nikolai's coronation, a Fjerdan attacks everyone present. She has apparently been using the highly addictive drug jurda parem.
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Mal, is sailing aboard the Hummingbird. Despite their avowals of love, he and Alina have decided to separate and see if they can find their way back to each other.
Elsewhere, in Ketterdam, Kaz explains that jurda parem amplifies Grisha's powers by a thousand times. He and the Crows have been hired to rescue the scientist who developed the drug, who is now on trial in Fjerda, in the hopes of preventing an all-out war between nations.
The jurda parem storyline comes directly from Six of Crows, the first book in a duology.
Meanwhile, the finale also revealed that Nikolai has seemingly retained some of Kirigan's shadow monster. This storyline comes from King of Scars, also the first book of a duology. Zoya Nazyalensky is a key figure involved, which makes it more meaningful that Alina tapped her to train the Grisha.
As for Alina herself, her future is unclear, since it differs from the books. She kills the coronation assailant with the Cut, a method used by Kirigan. It seems the Darkling's sway is holding, even after "death." Meanwhile, Mal, is sailing aboard the Hummingbird. Despite their avowals of love, he and Alina have decided to separate and see if they can find their way back to each other. With Inej on board, they look to target slaver ships.
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