Everything We Know About 'Shadow and Bone' Season 2

What's next for Alina Starkov on the Netflix fantasy series?


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After a mostly dull start to 2021, Netflix came out swinging with Shadow and Bone, an eight-episode fantasy series based on Leigh Bardugo’s bestselling young adult novels set in her “Grishaverse.” The show is a total delight, expertly building a very complex and fantastical world around a set of equally dynamic characters, and fans of the books rocketed the show to #1 in Netflix’s Top 10 over its first weekend. That, and the fact that there’s a whole series of books to work from, is promising news for at least a second season. Here’s what we know so far:

Has Shadow and Bone been renewed?

According to a report from What’s on Netflix, which is usually pretty reliable when it comes to these things, the streaming service has already renewed the show for a second season. Netflix hasn’t announced anything officially yet, and it might be a month or so before that happens, but we doubt they would have gone wild adapting this universe if they were only going to make eight episodes. Keep your eyes peeled for any announcements, which can’t be too far off.

When could Season 2 premiere?

If the show is renewed, we’d likely have to wait until late 2022 at the earliest for a new season, as Netflix usually sets its seasons a year and change apart. If the renewal announcement comes in the next couple of months, best case scenario they could start production in Fall 2021 and have a new season ready by mid-2022 or later.


What could Season 2 be about?

The second season would likely adapt the second book in Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy, the first series that launched her shared universe. That book is Siege and Storm, which sets Alina Starkov, the light-wielding Sun Summoner, adrift on the True Sea, with only her childhood love Mal and an infamous pirate on her side as she makes plans to return to Ravka and free the Grisha army from the villainous Darkling. Since the first season of the show was based on Shadow and Bone but also added in the Crow Club, characters from Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology whose story in the books takes place after the main trilogy is over, we’d likely see more of them as well.

At the end of the Season 1 finale, Alina, Mal, and the Crows-Kaz Brekker, Inej, and Jesper-have escaped the Darkling, General Kirigan, and brought the Ravkan ship across the Shadow Fold to safety. Alina and Mal part ways with the Crows and set off on their own, and it’s unlikely that their stories will diverge again (but given how this show has surprised us thus far, we wouldn’t be surprised if it did). Besides, the Crows still have to meet the Grisha Heartrender Nina Zenik and Matthias Helvar, who are in the middle of their own problem: Nina, hoping to save the witch hunter Matthias from her fellow Grisha, turned him over to be prosecuted as a slaver in the first season’s final episode, an act she did to save his life, but one that he, of course, reads as a betrayal. In the episode’s final moments, it appears that Kirigan has not only survived the beasts of the Shadow Fold, but has brought them under his control.

Who will be in it?

It’s likely that all of the current cast will return, including Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov, Archie Renaux as Mal Oretsev, Ben Barnes as Kirigan, Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker, Amita Suman as Inej Ghafa, Kit Young as Jesper Fahey, Danielle Galligan as Nina Zenik, Calahan Skogman as Matthias Helvar, Sujaya Dasgupta as Zoya, Daisy Head as Genya Safin, Luka Pasqualino as David Kostyk, and Kevin Eldon as the Apparat. News of any new cast members will likely happen after the official renewal announcement.


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He’d better be!

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Emma Stefansky is a staff entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @stefabsky.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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