Netflix’s Shadow and Bone is back after two years. The series is based on novels by The Grishaverse by Leigh Bardugo. The word “Grisha” is for humans who practice science to manipulate matter. Bardugo’s Grishaverse encompasses books that are set in a Grisha-centric universe. Instead of a single book, there are multiple books in the shared universe. The series is created by Eric Heisserer starring Ben Barnes, Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux, and Freddy Carter. The series’s second season released on March 16, 2023, on the streaming platform. Season one of Shadow and Bone ended with a cliffhanger, Since then fans have been waiting for the renewal news of the series. Now fans are waiting for Shadow and Bone Season 3.
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Shadow and Bone Season 3 Release Date
Season one landed on Netflix in April 2021. Season 2 was released on Netflix after 2 years. Netflix has not announced the renewal status of the series yet. Sadly, season 2 of Shadow and Bone did not do well as compared to the first season of the series.
According to a source, season 1 was watched by 55 million people in the first 28 days of its release. Also, according to whats-on-Netflix, the series has picked up 150.80 Million Hours in the top 10 list since its release.
But, it is still not enough for Netflix to renew the series. If Netflix expected lower viewership from season 2 then Shadow and Bone might be back for season 3.
But, there is a possibility of cancellation of the series as Netflix is notorious for canceling the series if the viewership is low.
However, if Netflix decides to renew the series, season 3 will not be available before 2025 because there was a two years gap between season one and season 2.
The second season followed the story of the books, Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising. There is a lot to tell and there are numerous possibilities. Season 2 showed the death of the Darkling but also revealed a new threat in Alina’s world.
However, according to the writers, the upcoming season is a mixture of new material and is also based on King of the Scars novels.
King of the scars follows Nikolai Lantsov as king of Ravka. Also, at the end of season 2, it was revealed that Nikolai has a shadow monster inside of him.
Fans expected the creators to follow Six of Crows, but it seems like Netflix is working on a spin-off series with eight episodes based on the novel. Eric Heisserer told EW about the upcoming spin-off series;
“There’s a lot of work that’s gone into the planning of this. The hope is then we get to act on that planning, But of course, it’s about how well season 2 numbers do. And if so, then Daegan and I will continue to carry the mantle of both shows, which is also helpful because we have a lot of mouths to feed” — in terms of giving screen time to all the actors.”
After Mal dies, all his powers as an amplifier are transferred to Alina, she also revealed that she is losing her own powers which means that she is the shadow summoner of the Grisha.
Shadow and Bone Season 3 Cast
The show’s main cast will return to reprise their roles, including Ben Barnes, Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux, and Freddy Carter.
Netflix has canceled many fan-favorite series in the past. There is a possibility that the streaming giant might not order future seasons of Shadow and Bone. However, Netflix has not announced anything about the cancellation and renewal status of the series yet. Also, the creator Eric Heisserer has plans for other books in the Grishaverse.
Aliza Fatima is a writer/author at The Panther Tech.