It has been more than a month since Shadow and Bone made its series debut, and now Netflix has announced that they have officially renewed Eric Heiserrer’s popular fantasy series adaptation of Shadow and Bone for another eight-episode second season. According to the streamer, the first season proved to be an instant hit for them as it has been watched by more than 55 million member households during its first 28 days. The announcement also came with the release of a new Shadow and Bone video which you can check out below, featuring the main cast including Jesse Mei Li and Ben Barnes as they share their excitement for the renewal.
“I’m honored and thrilled to return to the Grishaverse and continue the stories of these endearing characters, particularly Milo,” Heisserer said in a statement (via Deadline).
“I’ve been writing in the Grishaverse for nearly ten years now, so I’m thrilled we get to keep this adventure going,” author and executive producer Leigh Bardugo said. 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.”
Based on Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone is set in a war-torn world and centers on orphan and lowly soldier Alina Starkov as she unleashes an extraordinary power that could be the key to setting her country free from the monstrous threat of Shadow Fold, though finds herself torn from everything she knows to train as part of the Grisha, an elite army of magical soldiers. Struggling to get a grasp on her powers while avoiding a crew of charismatic criminals out to get her, Alina learns that allies and enemies might be one in the same and that nothing in the lavish world is what it seems.
The series adaptation is being led by Jesse Mei Li as Alina, Archie Renaux as Mal, Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker, Amita Suman as Inej Ghafa, Kit Young as Jesper, Ben Barnes as Darkling, and Zoë Wanamaker as Baghra. It also stars Sujaya Dasgupta, Danielle Galligan, Daisy Head, Simon Sears, Calahan Skogman, Kevin Eldon, Julian Kostov, Luke Pasqualino, Jasmine Blackborow, and Gabrielle Broos.
Shadow and Bone is created and executive produced by Oscar nominee Eric Heisserer (Arrival, Bird Box), who also serves as the writer and showrunner. It hails from 21 Laps Entertainment, with Bardugo, 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen and Josh Barry, Pouya Shahbazian and Lee Toland Krieger sets as executive producers.