Thanks to the saints Shadow and Bone is coming back to Netflix for a second season — and the Grisha universe will just keep getting bigger.
Season 1 featured Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li), a cartographer who learns she has a very rare ability to control light. General Aleksandr Kirigan (Ben BarnesShe is taken under his wing by him, but it soon becomes apparent that he has an ulterior motive.
In another part of the show’s fictional universe, Kaz Brekker (Freddy CarterHe leads a gang called The Crows. He and his crew — Jesper (Kit Young) and Inej (Amita Suman) — eventually cross paths with Alina when they try to kidnap her, but she eludes their pursuit.
The characters believed that they had defeated Kirigan, a.k.a. The Darkling, who discovered that he was an evil character, believed they had defeated Kirigan. The Darkling, however, survived and learned to command the volcra. They are undead creatures that were previously thought to have immunity to human influence.
“He’s the most powerful [person] in the universe, manipulates the darkness and is feared by other people because he’s employing this politics of fear to push his agenda,” Barnes exclusively told Us Weeklyof his character in April 2020. “I’ve played boy with sword, going to rescue damsel and defeat the dragon. I did that in the fantasy realm, but not this. But then what really interests me is the idea that every person has the capacity to be everything.”
Leigh Bardugo, who wrote the novels that inspired the series, doesn’t think Kirigan will take his season 1 setback very well in future episodes. “He has suffered the first defeat in a very long time at the hands of somebody who he really believed he understood and had under his control,” she told Entertainment WeeklyApril 2021. “So, I think we’re going to see a real reckoning.”
Season 2 takes some inspiration from Siege and Storm, the second book in Bardugo’s Shadow and BoneTrilogy, Barnes warned fans that his character would be slightly different on the show than it was on the page.
“I think the character becomes a bit more representative in Alina’s mind of what the darkness is and a bit symbolic, and I wanted to keep him as a human being,” the Westworld alum told ColliderApril 2021. “He’s manyfold more powerful, now that he has the walking, living volcra that he can summon and send at his will without even having to use his hands to use magic.”
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