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11 Shadow And Bone Easter Eggs

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Shadow and Bone has been out for a few weeks while now, which has given us plenty of time to analyse every frame. There are several little Shadow and Bone Easter Eggs throughout the show that are playful nods to book readers and hints at events in future seasons.

While Shadow and Bone has not been officially renewed for a second season yet, there are reports from the site What’s on Netflix of a quiet renewal. Showrunners have made it very clear that they are ready to get going as soon as they get the green light. Regardless, they have definitely done a good job setting up future books, so here are the Easter Eggs in Shadow and Bone.

SPOILERS: If you’re reading this we assume you’ve seen the show but there are major spoilers coming up. You have been warned.

1. The DeKappel

Most of the Easter Eggs in Shadow and Bone are tied to the Six of Crows characters and duology. While we got backstories for Mal, Alina, and Kirigan, the Six of Crows characters were left with plenty of open ended questions.

The first Easter Egg is less of an Egg and more of a nod to book readers. In Six of Crows, Kaz is hired for the thirty million kruge job to break into Fjerda’s Ice Court for two reasons. He’s managed to stay out of jail for over three years, meanings he doesn’t get caught, and he stole Mercher Jan Van Eck’s DeKappel painting from a high-security vault. While the show doesn’t name drop Van Eck, a major antagonist in the Six of Crows duology, it does mention Kaz stealing the DeKappel from a merchant. It also alludes to the fact that Kaz did it just to prove that he could, and not to sell it. It’s a nice nod to the book, and also could be a set-up to meet Jan Van Eck and set the Six of Crows plot in motion later.

2. Jesper’s Secret

Major Six of Crows spoilers ahead! In Six of Crows, it is revealed that Jesper is a Grisha. He keeps it a tight-lidded secret and has received no formal training for it, but he is a Fabrikator, or Durast. This means that he can manipulate materials such as fabrics, metals… (or bullets). The show alludes to this in ways that only book readers with an eagle eye could pick up on.

When Jesper beats Ivan with his guns, Ivan asks him “what are you?” picking up on the fact that Jesper’s skills with a pistol are a little more impressive than to just be pure talent and practice. Jesper quickly knocks him out before he can say more. In the books, Kaz mentions a couple of times that his cane is Fabrikator made and lined with lead. When Kaz’s cane breaks after facing up with Kirigan, Jesper is the one to fix it- something only another Fabrikator could do. The show is already setting up breadcrumbs for the reveal in later seasons, and if they follow the books, it will be a long time before they do.

3. Kaz’s history

There were also quite a few allusions to Kaz’s history throughout the show. People who only watched the show would probably be able to pick up on Kaz’s hatred for Pekka Rollins. But there was one exchange that was a direct call out to their history. Kaz asks Rollins “have we ever made a deal before?” to which Rollins responds with “you and me? Nah, otherwise you’d know better, or you’d be dead.” They have actually made a deal before when Kaz was nine and his older brother Jordie, was thirteen. This deal ultimately ended up with Kaz and his brother being scammed out of every kruge they own and led to the death of Jordie. Since then, Kaz has been out to destroy Rollins. Those two lines were a direct call back to that deal, and the end that Rollins ultimately faces at the hands of Kaz.

4. Kaz’s gloves

Speaking of hands, one might notice that we never see Kaz’s bare hands in the show. While the show didn’t directly point it out with dialogue, it did a fantastic job subtly alluding to Kaz’s touch aversion. When Jordie died, it was from a plague that Kaz also was afflicted with. Thinking they were both dead, Jordie and Kaz end up on an island where dead plague-afflicted bodies went. Nine-year-old Kaz, but, was still alive. He had to unbury himself from a pile of dead bodies and then use Jordie’s water-logged body to float back to Ketterdam.

The ordeal left him unable to handle being touched without having extreme PTSD. It’s the reason he wears the gloves, and we never once see his hands without them in the show. We also see Kaz internally struggle when Inej is hurt; visibly torn between wanting to help and being unable to touch her.

5. Big Bolliger

In Six of Crows, the first time we meet Kaz he outs a bouncer for the Crow Club, Big Bolliger, as a traitor to his gang. He has him shot and leaves him for dead. When speaking to Inej in Episode Two, Jesper mentions Bolliger, saying; “come on, take that bet. Bolliger won’t play with me anymore, so.” Hopefully, we might see that exchange between Bolliger and Kaz in later seasons.

6. Demo man

While we got to meet Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Nina, and Matthias, we are still missing one crow; Wylan. We did get teased with him a few times though. In Episode Two Jesper and Kaz have a conversation about needing a “demo man,” with Jesper hounding Kaz for one. This is fitting, since Jesper and Wylan end up together. It’s also been confirmed by the showrunners that the flash bomb Kaz uses to get away from General Kirigan was made by Wylan.

7. A Heartrender

This one is less of an Easter Egg and more of a set-up for future seasons. When talking about his plan for returning to Ketterdam in Episode Eight, Kaz mentions how they need a Heartrender. Nina overhears this conversation. Nina and Matthias are prominent members of Kaz’s crew, and it sets Nina up to join the Dregs.

8. Man’s best friend

In Episode Eight, when Nina and Matthais are in the Inn, Matthias lingers next to a taxidermied wolf. Wolves are sacred to the Druskelle. He has one he tamed himself, Trassel, who ends up having a lot of meaning to both him and Nina. It could also be an allusion to the fact that he will never see Trassel again. Since the wolf is dead and Matthias is the only member of Kaz’s crew to die in the duology.

9. Amplifiers

Finally, an Easter Egg not tied to the Crows! When Alina is learning about amplifiers with the Apparat in Episode Four, the camera lingers on an illustrated page in the Book of Saints. It shows Morosova, or the Bonesmith, and four little pictures. A bony hand, Morosova’s stag, the Sea Whip, and the Firebird. All these things end up becoming the amplifiers that Alina spends the rest of the series hunting down.

10. Books

Speaking of the Book of Saints, the prop they used in the show is the same book that you can purchase at any bookstore. The only difference is that the one in the real world says “by Leigh Bardugo” on it. Furthermore, in Episode Seven, David throws a book at Jesper. The book is actually Leigh Bardugo’s copy of Shadow and Bone in Ravkan.

11. No Mourners, No Funerals.

Back to the Crows. There are a couple of common vernacular phrases in Ketterdam used all the time in the books. One is “No mourners, no funerals,” and the other being “the deal is the deal.” Both of these phrases are used only once by Kaz.


We’re sure there are many more little allusions to future events we’ll find as we anxiously await Season Two. But until we get our next fix, we’ll settle for rereading the books. Are there any other Easter Eggs you’ve spotted in Shadow and Bone on Netflix? Let us know in the comments below.


Check out how Shadow and Bone on Netflix compares to the books HERE.

Read IMDb information on Shadow and Bone HERE.

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Friends Reunion: The One 17 Years Later

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As you probably know by now, today we’re getting a Friends reunion! Exciting right? But much to every superfan’s dismay it’s just the cast getting together. Them reliving the memories, with host James Corden, playing games and looking around the old set. Unfortunately, it’s not a character episode where we get to find out what happened to our favourite group of friends over the last 17 years. Which let’s face it, is what we all want.

As Friends fans ourselves we are dying to find out just what happened to the gang. So much must have happened. Especially as most of the Friends children are now around the same age they were in the very first episode of Friends in 1994.

Below are our thoughts on where the gang and their families are now. So grab an oversized mug of coffee, a chocolate chip muffin and indulge in our Friends Reunion fan fiction alongside the HBO special.

Chandler, Monica, Jack and Erica.

Still living in their dream home in Westchester County, Chandler has continued his career in advertising. But has surpassed his junior title and is now the head of his copywriting team. Monica now works as a private chef and food blogger. She even has a YouTube channel with her daughter Erica. Erica is now 17 and in her senior year of high school. Monica is head of the Parent-Teacher Association, making sure all the students stick to the school rules, much to Jack and Erica’s embarrassment.

Erica follows in her mother’s footsteps as a foodie and has turned her hand to baking. With a huge following on Instagram, YouTube and TicTok, Erica is set to be big in the baking industry. Jack, Erica’s twin brother, on the other hand is a bit of an anomaly to the family as he is a rising American Football star and captain of the school’s team. He has already been offered a scholarship to several colleges across the country. Chandler tries to help him with the sport. But this mainly involves him playing Jack the video of the friends playing football on Thanksgiving in 1996. It’s not even in HD!

Chandler and Monica are still as strong as ever as they work as a team to navigate through their careers and raising their children. Not long after Rachel decided to stay in America, all the other offers on the house next door to Monica and Chandler’s fell through. Meaning the previous owners had to drop the price. Ross and Rachel bought it for a steal, something which Ross never let Monica forget and always brings it up at joint dinner parties… That was until the divorce – spoiler.

Ross, Rachel, Ben, Emma and Jamie

Not long after the pair move next door to the Bings, they decide to go back to the chapel in Vegas where they first got married and tie the knot again. This time they were sober.

After turning down the job for Louis Vuitton in Paris. Rachel got her job back at Ralph Lauren… thanks to Ron (Ross). But, she found it very hard to get back into the swing of things. Before things got too tedious at work Rachel fell pregnant with their second child, a boy called Jamie. She then decided not to go back to work and concentrate on Emma and Jack, alongside Monica and the twins.

Once Jamie was going to school, Ross who is now Director of Science at New York University, managed to call around his contacts and secure Rachel a job as a university lecturer in fashion and design at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

In true Ross and Rachel fashion though, it’s not always been smooth sailing. During their sixth ‘break’, Rachel bumps into Mark (from Louis Vuitton) on her way to work. After a night of dinner and drinks, they end up in a hotel room together. The morning after as they are leaving the hotel, Jamie and Jack Bing, who are on the way to see Emma at college, catch Rachel and Mark saying goodbye. Jamie and Jack tell Emma who tells Erica who tells Monica who tells Ross – you’ve got to watch out for the trail.

Ross, after years of ‘we were on a break’ jokes, in a fit of jealousy files for divorce. And moved back to his flat in New York which he was renting out. Jamie currently lives between Ross and Rachels house. But, he has to sleep on the couch in his Dad’s apartment as Ben has also moved in with his Dad. Carol and Susan have now moved out to Baltimore. But Ben wanted to stay in New York to pursue his modelling and acting career. Which he has been working on since his childhood starring role in a soup commercial.

Emma, now 19 has also moved into central New York to study Public Affairs at Columbia University. She and her friends regally hang out a trendy smoothie bar called Juiced near Central Park. One with metal tables and plenty of USB ports for their laptops. Emma likes it so much there as it used to be where her Mum and Dad hung out with their friends when it was called Central Perk. Emma also regally meets her Mum there for a catch up when she is in the capital for work. Rachel always reminisces about the time she worked there and the burned orange couch they all sat on. She wished she knew where that was now!

Currently, Ross and Rachel are trying to work on things… they are keeping it a secret for now!

Phoebe, Mike and Valerie

Now living just a few streets away from Monica, Chandler, and Rachel. Phoebe and Mike also have a daughter Valerie, who is now 15.

Phoebe is still a Masseuse and Mike’s piano playing has reached new heights. He is now a session pianist, who plays all over New York and North America alongside big named artists. One year he was booked on a world tour with Sting. But he had to turn it down when he found out Phoebe wouldn’t be able to tag along at any time, due to the restraining order.

To make sure they always had family time Phoebe, Mike and Valerie also have a family band where they perform at weddings, birthdays, and coffee shops. They also have a new rendition of Smelly Cat which they often perform. Valarie also has a huge crush on Jamie Geller and always tries to sit next to him when they have family gatherings. Jamie doesn’t realise she has the crush though, as he is too busy trying to talk to Valerie’s older cousin Frank Jr. Jr. Whose now 23 and a very successful Drag queen rumoured to be on this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Phoebes niece, Leslie (also one of the triplets), now lives with Phoebe and Mike. After a couple of spats in rehab, following a loss in the family Leslie lost her way a little but was helped back on the right path by Phoebe who got her into massage therapy and even got her a job at the same Massage parlour.

Unknown to Phoebe, Mike and Ross, Leslie is currently dating Ben in secret and is also pregnant with his child.

Joey and Alex

Luckily for Monica and Chandler, Joey never really needed to make full-time use of his room in the Bing house. As he now lives in LA with his hot-shot lawyer wife, Alex (whom he met in ‘Joey’). Joey’s a movie star now. His most recent movie, a biographical movie where he played a young Al Pacino, got him an Academy Award nomination for the part but he lost out to the actual Al Pacino for his portrayal of in Godfather Part 4.

He does make use of ‘The Joey’ room when he comes back to visit. He often meets up with Ben to help him with his acting classes. Ben has already how the ‘Smell the Fart’ technique down.

Joey and Alex have also spent a lot of times with the Bings, as they are also going through the adoption process and need Chandler and Monica’s reference. They have said they will do it for them… but, they will not write it in crayon as they don’t think that method would work twice.

And the Friends of the Friends reunion?

Frank Jr, Alice, Frank Jr. Jr., Chandler and Leslie

Frank Jr and Alice had a long and successful relationship all the way up to 2 years ago. That’s when Alice sadly died whilst they were on the way to the Coachella festival with the triplets.

Not long after the loss of Alice, Frank Jr. sold their house and is now travelling America in a VW camper and studies yoga. Chandler enrolled at the University of Missouri to study veterinary medicine. Frank Jr. Jr. moved to Central New York where he found his love of Drag and fashion. Leslie as we know after a bit of a rocky patch is living with Pheobe.

Janice

After her second divorce to Sid Goralnik, both of her children in college and after realising Chandler is still in a committed relationship, Janice decides to take a trip to the Bahamas for a little downtime. There she meets a retired ophthalmologist.

The next time she see’s Monica and Chandler is at a family get together when she is introduced to them as the new Mrs Burk. ‘Oh My God’.

Gunther

Not long after we last saw the friends, Gunther decided that if he wasn’t going to see Rachel every day there was no point in him still working at the coffee shop.

The coffee shop was taken on by a Karaoke company, then a few years after that is was bought out again and made into Juiced. For several years after leaving the coffee shop Gunther went from job to job not really knowing what he wanted to do. He was just about to lose all hope in finding his perfect career when one night he won the Lotto!

Gunther quickly invested in stocks and shares. Something he knew a lot about after listening in to people’s conversations in the coffee shop. This has since tripled his winnings. He now lives with his supermodel girlfriend, which he met whilst he was the subject of MTV’s the Batcheler, in a $2billion mansion. He managed to kit out his whole house just how he wanted, everything brand spanking new. All except one item. A burnt orange sofa that takes pride of place in his very own in-house coffee house.


So, there you have it. This is where we think our favourite Friends characters are now. Do you agree or disagree with our reunion thoughts? If you have any other ideas of what could have happened to them leave a comment below.


Find out about how Phoebe changed across the Friends series HERE.

Read IMDb information on Friends: The Reunion HERE.

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