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.
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.
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.
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Cobra Kai Season 4 – Review
Cobra Kai season four is out now on Netflix and the All Valley is back and better than ever. Here’s our review.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
It’s January, and new shows are popping up everywhere. This brings us to the show that I and my friends have been holding our breaths for: the fourth season of the hit Netflix series Cobra Kai! After three seasons, I wondered if there was anything left to mine from the Karate Kid lore or the Johnny/Daniel dynamic. I am happy to report that this might be my favourite season yet! It manages to not only expand upon the universe it has created, but to bring in a new villain, who is so bad that he threatens to outdo even John Kreese!
Season four sets us off where the third left off, with Johnny and Daniel having joined forces to fight Cobra Kai. Their friendship arc is the glue that holds this season together. The story focuses largely on whether they will be able to pull it together and make their partnership work. As in previous seasons, their relationship has its ups and downs. The stakes are heightened, however, as the season leads up to the All-Valley Tournament. A bet between the three senseis – Kreese, Daniel, and Johnny – means that losing the All Valley is losing the title of sensei.
This season explores the ways that both Johnny and Daniel work with the kids. It also examines the kids’ struggles as they prepare for the All Valley while dealing with conflict within the ever-changing network of friends and enemies in the dojos. Robbie has left juvenile hall and decided to join up with Cobra Kai as a means of inflicting revenge on both his dad and Daniel. Tori and Sam continue their rivalry. And John Reese’s old friend Terry Silver (of Karate Kid 3 fame) shows up to kick Cobra Kai into high gear.
Daniel’s son, Anthony, who has largely been absent until now, faces his own dilemma when his friends begin bullying Kenny, the new kid in town. This soft-spoken middle school character brings us into the world of the younger kids, setting up yet another storyline. Kenny becomes the victim of a gang of kids (including Anthony), enduring round after round of bullying before Robbie takes him under his wing. After his induction into Cobra Kai, the formerly shy middle-schooler becomes a bully himself.
Shades of grey
This brings me to one of my favourite things about the show. The constant back and forth dynamic between characters makes us feel that anything is possible. There is no black and white in the world of Cobra Kai. Where the Karate Kid told us that Daniel was good, and Johnny was bad, this show gives us a very different point of view. It’s a world where we’re never sure who to root for. In this season, we even see Hawk make a return to the “good guys” side after giving up his spot at Cobra Kai.
With Eagle Fang (Johnny’s new dojo) and Miyagi-Do teaming up, the kids – and the adults – have to learn to work together. Of course, complications ensue. Johnny becomes jealous of what he perceives as Miguel’s preference for Daniel over him. Sam wants to learn both her dad’s karate style and Johnny’s, despite her father’s discouragement. Meanwhile, at Cobra Kai, Kreese is losing his grip on the dojo. His former war buddy, Terry Silver, puts off a rather benign appearance in episode one, growing more and more evil with each episode.
This season is lacking in many of the big fight scenes of the previous seasons, instead choosing to focus their energy on the characters. The All Valley Tournament features several great karate matches and offers a satisfying conclusion to Johnny and Daniel’s arc. In the end, Cobra Kai takes the tournament win, but Johnny and Daniel have reached an understanding.
Tori defeats Sam to take the women’s All Valley trophy but later overhears her sensei paying off one of the referees. It’s clear that Cobra Kai has pulled yet another fast one. But the season ends on an even more ominous – and unexpected – note. Terry Silver assaults the over-aged former Cobra Kai member, Stingray, sending him to the hospital. He then makes a deal with Stingray to blame the crime on Kreese. We end the season with Kreese in handcuffs, Terry Silver set to take over Cobra Kai, and the future of Eagle Fang and Miyagi-Do uncertain. In a last shocking twist, Miguel leaves town in search of his biological father.
Although some may miss the school hallway throw downs, I found this one satisfying in a different way. It just goes to show that the ever-expanding Cobra Kai universe can keep bringing surprises season after season.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 9/10
Thank you for reading our review of Cobra Kai season four. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.
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