Everything About 'Shadow And Bone' Season 3: Release Date, Cast And Plot Revealed

Based on two series of books by Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone is one of the hottest shows right now and has all of us fans hooked with its epic story. What is the Shadow and Bone season 3 release date? Since 2021, the Grishaverse has taken Netflix subscribers and the world by storm. We discuss whether there will be a Season 3 of the Netflix series Shadow and Bone and its renewed or canceled status. Here is everything we know so far

#1. What is 'Shadow And Bone' about? Which book is it based on?

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Shadow and Bone is a fantasy teen series developed by Eric Heisserer (Arrival and Bird Box). The Netflix original series is based upon two key collections of books from the Grishaverse, a series of young adult fantasy adventure novels by Leigh Bardugo. The series takes characters and storylines from the ‘Shadow and Bone’ trilogy of novels and the ‘Six of Crows’ duology. It’s a complex and detailed world filled with new languages, cultures, and magical terminology.
The series focuses on an orphan called Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li), who discovers that she has magical powers. She becomes the Sun Summoner, with the ability to manipulate and control light. Her nemesis is the Shadow Summoner, General Aleksander Kirigan (Ben Barnes), who goes by the ominous title of the Darkling. Kirigan has used his powers to create a shadow landscape called the Fold, which consumes everything in its path, growing larger by the day.

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In season two, Alina attempts to destroy the Fold by acquiring two amplifiers (magical beings that enhance her powers). First, she goes after the Sea Whip and then the Firebird. She is supported by her childhood friend Mal Oretsev (Archie Renaux), who helps her track down these amplifiers across harsh terrain. As she searches for the magical creatures, Kirigan builds himself an unstoppable army made of shadow monsters. They will need their own army and all of these new powers to stop him.
Meanwhile, in Ketterdam, a gang of thieves called the Crows tackle an enemy from their leader, Kaz Brekker’s past. Kaz (Freddy Carter) is joined by his usual criminal friends, sharpshooter Jesper Fahey (Kit Young), the elusive Inej Ghafa (Amita Suman), and a handful of recruits. These two subplots soon merge as the fight to destroy Kirigan, and the Fold intensifies.

#2. Will there be a 'Shadow and Bone' Season 3? 

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Netflix is yet to announce the renewal status of Shadow and Bone, although it is hard to believe this fantasy epic won’t be given a third season. The show is extremely popular with the streaming site, gaining impressive figures for Netflix overall. The second season will be successful, regardless of the show’s quality or content; it is almost an inevitability. This type of series can’t seem to lose. It looks pretty likely that we will be hearing the news of Netflix announcing a third season of Shadow and Bone in the coming days or weeks.
The first season adapted the first novel in the ‘Shadow and Bone’ trilogy, and the second season focused mainly on the sequel novel titled ‘Siege and Storm.’ This means that a third season would likely adapt the third novel, titled ‘Ruin and Rising.’ The source material is already there for a third outing, so the series has a blueprint it can follow. There is also unused material from many other books in Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse series. Netflix will want to keep making more of these stories while there is a keen interest and plenty of storylines still to adapt. As always, we will keep you posted on any updates in the pending renewal of Shadow and Bone.
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#3. What is the 'Shadow and Bone' season 3 release date?

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As of March 2023, there is no Shadow and Bone season 3 release date. And the bad news continues as Netflix has yet to announce if the drama series will be renewed or not, too. However, given how popular the show is, we are willing to bet that it is only a matter of time before the streaming service green-lights the next chapter.
Showrunner Eric Heisserer also told Collider that the crew always planned for another season, saying: “It was a three-year plan that I laid out, or three-season plan.” So yeah, season 3 is pretty much a given. And, supposing filming begins this year, we should see Shadow and Bone season 3 hit our small screens sometime in 2024. Stay tuned for updates!

#4. 'Shadow and Bone' season 3 plot

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Shadow and Bone season 2 covered the events of the second novel in Bardugo’s trilogy – Storm and Siege. So it makes sense that Shadow and Bone season 3 will adapt the third book in the Grishaverse- Ruin and Rising.
Without giving too much away, regarding the Shadow and Bone season 2 ending and the book, Alina has basically been ushered into sainthood thanks to some pilgrims and Soldat Sol (the sun soldiers led by The Apparat). And it is good timing since Alina will need all the help she can get as our hero is still fighting The Darkling. The upcoming season will see the two’s epic final standoff, so get ready for some high-stakes action as the nation’s fate rests in Alina’s Sun Summoner hands.
Season 3 will also feature more storylines from the Six of Crows books – the spin-off stories from Shadow and Bone. The Six of Crows books have been tied to the Netflix series since season 1, so expect to see the gang of misfits make a comeback too.

#5. 'Shadow and Bone' season 3 cast

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Although no Shadow and Bone season 3 cast announcements have been made yet, we know that the main players will return. There is no way that we won’t see Jessie Mei Li back as the Sun Summoner Alina or Ben Barnes reprising his power-hungry character General Kirigan (aka The Darkling). We should also see Archie Renaux as Malyen ‘Mal’ Oretsov return, and Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker.
Here is the expected Shadow and Bone season 3 cast:
  • Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov
  • Ben Barnes as General Kirigan (the Darkling)
  • Archie Renaux as Malyen ‘Mal’ Oretsov
  • Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker
  • Daisy Head as Genya Safin
  • Kevin Eldon as The Apparat
  • Kit Young as Jesper Fahey
  • Amita Suman as Inej Ghafa
  • Danielle Gilligan as Nina Zenik
  • Calahan Skogman as Matthias Helvar
  • Jack Wolfe as Wylan Hendriks
  • Patrick Wolfe as Nikolai Lantsov
  • Sujaya Dasgupta as Zoya Nazyalensky
  • Zoe Wanamaker as Baghra
  • Anna Leong Brophy as Tamar Kir-Battar
  • Lewis Tan as Tolya Yul-Bataar
We expect more casting announcements will head our way over the next few months. Keep your eyes on this guide as we update you on the latest news. For more upcoming releases, here is everything we know about The Witcher season 3, and House of the Dragon season 2. Or, for some cinema picks, here are all the new movies heading our way in 2023.
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