'Shadow and Bone' Showrunner Explains Why Book's Darkest Scene Wasn't in the Netflix Show


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Has Shadow and Bone been renewed?

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. ThrillistEverything We Know About 'Shadow and Bone' Season 2

Is there going to be a season two of Shadow and Bone?

Shadow and Bone Season Two Will Continue to Expand the Grishaverse. Esquire.comShadow and Bone Season 2 Release Date, News, Cast, Trailer and Spoilers

Who is the darkling in shadow and bone?

We also delved into specific story points from the first season, including that showdown between Kaz (Freddy Carter) and the Darkling (Ben Barnes) and how that scene came about, and why the ending of Season 1 is a cliffhanger. Collider.comShadow and Bone: Leigh Bardugo on Netflix Adaptation, Six of Crows Characters and More

What is Jesper in shadow and bone?

Jesper is a Grisha, specifically a Fabrikator, otherwise known as a Durast. In Novyi Zem, Grisha are referred to as zowa, meaning "blessed". However, he has not been trained, so his powers are not properly honed and rather weak. fandom.comJesper Fahey | The Grishaverse | Fandom

Why Shadow & Bone Doesn't Include More Kissing According To Its Showrunner

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Netflix's Shadow and Bone was first announced in 2019 with Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer as the creator, executive producer, and showrunner. Source material author Bardugo also serves as an executive producer on the series, which indicated early on the show would try to remain faithful to the books. Just as the first book in her series, Netflix's Shadow and Bone is set in the Kingdom of Ravka and follows Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li), a young cartographer who discovers she has magical powers, but season 1 also brings Six of Crows characters into the fold, including Kaz (Freddy Carter), Inej (Amita Suman) and Jesper (Kit Young).

In a recent interview with Collider, showrunner Eric Heisserer discussed all things Shadow and Bone, touching on why season 1 did not include more kissing. Fans were especially displeased the show excluded a romantic moment from the books in which Alina and Mal (Archie Renaux) kiss. Though the line from the book, "I'm sorry it took me so long to see you, Alina. But I see you now," is included in the show, it ends with a smile rather than a kiss. When asked why the show did not include more kissing, Heisserer replied:

At his point, a Shadow and Bone renewal seems more than likely considering the popularity and critical acclaim of season 1 coupled with Bardugo's already well-established fanbase. Those behind Netflix Shadow and Bone also have quite a bit of source material to use to make future seasons just as intriguing as season 1. Hopefully, as Heisserer hinted at with his answers, fans will get to see a kiss between Alina and Mal in future seasons of Shadow and Bone.

Source: Collider

Shadow Summoner Explained: How Kirigan's Darkling Powers Work

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Shadow and Bone's brooding, mysterious General Aleksandr Kirigan is a unique and powerful Grisha also known as the Darkling. Descended from one of the very first Grisha, Ilya Morozova, Kirigan has the ability to summon and shape darkness according to his will. And as Alina Starkov learns in Shadow and Bone's mid-season twist, Kirigan is actually the Dark Heretic - the Grisha who created the Shadow Fold hundreds of years ago.

Most Grisha limit themselves to practising the Small Sciences, which is the manipulation of existing matter (like the Inferni throwing fireballs, or Alisha using her Sun Summoner abilities to draw in and shape light). The Darkling, however, has dabbled in the forbidden magic of merzost, which creates new objects and beings from nothing and is wildly unstable and unpredictable. Though merzost is extremely powerful, it also comes at a cost to anyone who dares to wield it.

Like all Grisha, the Darkling can increase his abilities using amplifiers like Morozova's Stag, a magical creature created through the use of merzost by Kirigan's ancestor, Ilya Morozova. But even without the use of amplifiers or merzost the Darkling has some extremely powerful tricks up his sleeve. Here's a breakdown of General Kirigan's Darkling powers in Shadow and Bone.

The creation of the Shadow Fold was a corruption of this ability to summon darkness. The Small Sciences wouldn't have been able to form such an enormous, permanent and self-sustaining scar of darkness across the land, but the Darkling used a merzost incantation found in Morozova's notes to try and convert the king's soldiers into his own army. It worked (kind of) by transforming the soldiers into volcra, monsters that thrive in darkness, but it also spun out of the Darkling's control and exploded outwards, creating the Fold. Ironically, the Darkling is in more danger than anyone else when he ventures inside the Fold, because the volcra are drawn to the darkness within him. But by taking control of Alina's Sun Summoner powers, Kirigan hopes to bend the Fold to his will.

Exactly how long the Darkling could live is uncertain, but Baghra tells Alina that he is "eternal," implying that he could potentially live forever. While Baghra herself has aged in the hundreds of years since the Shadow Fold was created, her son doesn't look a day older. That could change, however, if he continues to pursue the use of merzost. This forbidden magic drains a person's life force instead of fuelling it, so by using it too much the Darkling could end up killing himself - or at the very least, he could lose his Byronic good looks.

The creation of niche'voya is distinct from the Cut because they are actually a form of life (albeit not a very pretty one). And which merzost may appear to be the creation of something from nothing, there is actually always a price to be paid for using it. In the Darkling's case, creating the nichevo'ya comes at a price to his own life force each time he does it - but given how enraged he was by having his plans foiled, Kirigan may no longer care about the personal cost of using dark magic.

WATCH: Shadow and Bone Stars Meet Their Cosplay Superfans (Exclusive)

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Jessie Mei Li and Amita Suman had one-on-one interviews with cosplayers Yaya Han and Alicia Marie, who cosplayed as Alina Starkov (portrayed by Li) and Inej Ghafa (portrayed by Suman) as they discussed Shadow and Bone, Asian representation and the intricate costumes from the Netflix series.

"When I have been asked 'What's your favorite costume?' obviously there's so many beautiful ones, but this one particularly honestly warms my heart because it's so Alina," Li told Han. "It encapsulates who she is. She's just like a rag tag who hasn't quite found out who she is and she's not wearing her own clothes."

"What I loved about Alina was the fact that they made this decision to change her character. She's not really described as having really any race in the books, but they made her mixed race," Li said. "They didn't shy away from the reality of that because sometimes you might cast someone you know for diversity, but then you're just using their face and not their life and their experience."

"I think what's good about this show is that it doesn't shy away from addressing identity. It's a diverse cast and I was definitely able to talk to the writers and directors about my experiences with racism," she added. "So it was really refreshing to be able to play this role who not only goes through this amazing journey, but also goes through things I had to overcome during my confusion growing up being of dual heritage."

Han also added what she loved about Shadow and Bone. "I'm a cosplayer, so watching Shadow and Bone was really exciting because viewers are introduced to a new world," Han said. "I loved the show, the different cultures in it and of course I loved Alina so much. It was absolutely fascinating to watch her come to life on screen and go through this journey."

"I just saw Inej and I couldn't believe my luck that this was actually made for a Brown person. They didn't have to change casting and I wasn't just checking a diversity box," Suman told Marie. "In terms of the look, I was pretty excited. Then I read the character breakdown, and there were so many wonderful, beautiful and strong attributes to Inej."

"I instantly fell in love with the characters, the world and just more importantly who Inej is. She's such a woman of strength and courage of wanting to do good, yet still being so dangerous and lethal," Suman continued. "She's a character that gets underestimated quite a bit, but everyone learns to never make that mistake again."

"I absolutely love Inej. Amita did an amazing job and she has some of the best costumes," Marie told Suman. "I love the fact that when you meet Inej, she seems one way and then as it goes on all this stuff starts coming up. She’s very multidimensional."

A Netflix production from Shawn Levy's 21 Laps Entertainment, Eric Heisserer, Leigh Bardugo, Pouya Shahbazian and Lee Toland Krieger, Shadow and Bone stars Jessie Mei Li (Alina Starkov), Archie Renaux (Malyen Oretsev), Freddy Carter (Kaz Brekker), Amita Suman (Inej), Kit Young (Jesper Fahey), Ben Barnes (General Kirigan), Sujaya Dasgupta (Zoya Nazyalensky), Danielle Galligan (Nina Zenik), Daisy Head (Genya Safin), Simon Sears (Ivan), Calahan Skogman (Matthias Helvar), Zoë Wanamaker (Baghra), Kevin Eldon (The Apparat), Julian Kostov (Fedyor), Luke Pasqualino (David), Jasmine Blackborow (Marie) nad Gabrielle Brooks (Nadia). The series is available now on Netflix.

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