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What To Expect In Shadow and Bone Season Two

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Netflix’s new fantasy darling Shadow and Bone was renewed for eight more episodes on 7th July. The series dominated Netflix’s top ten for several days and was met with countless good reviews. But Shadow and Bone is based on a book universe with seven entries; the Shadow and Bone trilogy, Six of Crows duology, and King of Scars duology, in that order. There’s a lot for showrunners to pull from for the next season. Here’s what we think might happen in Season Two of 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.

Sieges and Storms… and the right crew to navigate it.

The next book in the Shadow and Bone trilogy is Siege and Storm. It follows Alina navigating a quickly falling apart Ravka. It’s pretty safe to assume that the next season will follow the events of Siege and Storm. One massive casting addition to this story is prince and privateer, Nikolai Lantslov. While Ravka is thrown into chaos after General Kirigan’splay for the throne, second son and rumoured bastard Nikolai saunters in to make his move. Propelled by a knack for fixing broken things and a love for Ravka, he starts his campaign for the Ravkan throne. He offers a wedding to Alina, who declines, and the two become allies and eventual friends.

Nikolai

Nikolai steals the show in the Shadow and Bone trilogy and is beloved by book readers. Some say he carries the trilogy, even though he doesn’t enter until book two. Author Leigh Bardugo told Elle that he was “one of my all-time favourite characters to write, enough so that I gave him his own duology” (King of Scars duology). He’s charming, handsome, funny, intelligent, and incredibly complex. Dealing with his own literal and mental demons.

We didn’t see him in season one because up until now, he spends his time playing pirate (or privateer as he would like us to say) under the alias of Sturmhond. While he’s off breaking Fjerdan blockades and sailing the high seas, his parents think he’s enrolled at the College of Ketterdam. He believes he can do more good for his country as a rogue than a prince. Before that he served in the infantry, moving up in the First Army like any normal citizen. If all that wasn’t enough to convince you that he’s one of the coolest characters in the story, he also practically invented aeroplanes.

All this being said, he’s going to be incredibly difficult to cast. He is a fan favourite, and book readers will simply never forgive showrunners if his character is messed up. It is rumoured that Robert Wilde might take on the role, but no official casting decision has been announced yet.

Among Sturmhond and later Nikolai and Alina’s crew are Shu twins Toyla and Tamar. Both of them have a strong presence throughout the rest of the Shadow and Bone trilogy and King of Scars duology. While no news has been heard on the twins regarding casting, showrunners have stated that they will be alongside Nikolai in the next season. Furthermore, making the change to make Alina half-Shu opens the door for her to have interesting and connecting conversations about her heritage. Toyla and Tamar are proud of their ancestry and are also Grisha who did not study in the Little Palace. It not only could allow Alina to feel a little bit more at ease with her place in the world but could create some good world-building.

Primary plot changes

While the first season was a good adaptation of the first book, it did make some changes that make fans nervous for the Siege and Storm adaptation. For example, in the books, Alina uses the Cut to escape Kirigan on the skiff, and she causes several deaths. Alina has to reckon with that throughout the next two books. As her hunt for amplifiers makes her a little bit more like the Darkling than she would like. Her constant struggle throughout the books is that she feels the pull of power and magic just as much as the Darkling does. And it changes her. She grows darker and more violent and has to learn to command power. She must constantly fight against the temptation to become just like him. Taking that action away from her at the end of the story might water down that arc.

Another change is Mal. In the show, Mal was much more supportive and caring of Alina than he was in the books. In Siege and Storm, Mal is a major borderline obstacle for Alina. He holds her back, he laments that she’s not normal, he hates to see her grow more powerful. He holds her power of her head, sulks throughout the book, and cheats on her with Zoya. While fans liked the changes made to Mal in the first season, taking away her contention with him in this book also takes away a good bit of the drama.

The Darkling

Finally, the writers seemed to have put a great deal of effort into humanising the Darkling. Going so far as to change his name to General Kirigan and making up a backstory for him. Kirigan is the villain. We don’t need to feel sorry for him at the cost of fridging some pool girl. The Darkling does horrible, evil things in this book, and that’s why he’s so fun. He’s easy to hate and root against. In this season, we want more of just how evil he can be. The Darkling is based on Leigh Bardugo’s abusive ex-boyfriend. His relationship with Alina, Genya, and Zoya is one of abuse and manipulation. Don’t water down what he does to some of our favourite characters. Show the predatory and manipulative man that was written.

The Crows

While everything with the Crows in season one was fun. It does sort of write them into a corner for this season. They are on an alternate timeline, one where the Crows bump up against the events of Shadow and Bone. But now that their heist to kidnap Alina is over… what do they do? It is way too early to introduce the events of Six of Crows and the Ice Court Heist. For that to happen, they have to introduce Grisha drug/stimulant Jurda Parem. Which would be extremely complicated to introduce before the Shadow and Bone trilogy is wrapped up. That drug starts a chain reaction that is felt all the way through the last book in the Grishaverse, Rule of Wolves.

It would cause major plot changes to the Shadow and Bone trilogy to introduce it that early. Furthermore, Six of Crows deserves its own show. The plot of that book would not be done justice as a B plot alongside Shadow and Bone. It’s too complicated and involved for that. Furthermore, showrunner Eric Heisserer said that he wants the Crows to spend time in Ketterdam. He wants them to have a “home game.” The Six of Crows plot would drag them to Fjerda. So if not the Ice Court Heist, what will we see from the Crows this season?

Kaz, Inej, and Jesper

If we’re hanging out in Ketterdam, then let’s dig into some of the gang politics and rich culture of the city. In the books Kaz is not the leader of the Dregs, he’s second in command under Per Haskell. In the show, it looks like they cut out Haskell, which is a little nerve-wracking. One of the most satisfying arcs in the Six of Crows duology is watching Kaz take control and ownership of the Dregs. It would be good for this season to tardily introduce Per Haskell or at least some obstacles for Kaz as a leader. Let’s watch Kaz build his reputation in Ketterdam and dive into his past with Pekka Rollins. Rollins and Kaz’s hatred of him is a natural big bad for the Crows in this season.

Furthermore, we know that Dreeson and Rollins are going to be upset that they returned without the Sun Summoner. It’s highly likely that their story will revolve around untangling themselves from the web of these powerful men. Fans also definitely want to see Kaz be much more ruthless and witty. Just as he is in the books this season as well. It would also be neat to see Inej’s growth as the Wraith, and her rise to being a feared spy in Kerch. Jesper’s history as a college drop-out and gambling addict is also fun to explore. And of course, watching the trio’s relationships grow.

Since we’ve been introduced to the Crows, they don’t really need to be a part of the Siege and Storm plot and there’s no natural place to fit them in. Either give them Ketterdam arcs, or take them on a heist far away from the events of the book. Such as the Wandering Isle or Novyi Zem, both places that are barely explored in the books and would be interesting to learn more about.

Nina and Matthias

Part of Kaz’s crew in the books, Nina and Matthias are now in Ketterdam. In Six of Crows Nina does join the Dregs while she tries to figure out a way to get Matthias out of prison on her false charge. Watching her interact with Kaz, Inej, and Jesper will be fun enough, and whatever heist they get thrown into this season she will probably be a part of.

Matthias is in Ketterdam’s prison Hellgate. And while Kaz does eventually break him out, he only does so to have him be on his crew for the Ice Court Heist. So for this season, Matthias should stay in Hellgate. We should see how awful it is for him so that when Matthias and Nina are reunited, it makes sense why he is so angry at her. In the books he tries to kill her when they reunite, so we need to see just how bad Hellgate is to drive him to that point.

Wylan

The sixth Crow, Wylan, was not in Season One. But, showrunners have stated that he will be in season two. While this is exciting, it doesn’t really make sense. Wylan is the son of wealthy merchant Jan Van Eck and has no reason to brush up against the Crows yet. Unless they really drag out his backstory, which was a massive plot twist in the books. Introducing Wylan too early might take away one of the biggest book reveals, and it’s going to be interesting to see how they do it.

Moving forward

This show has a bright future ahead of it. In addition to the new characters, showrunners have stated that they want to give more screen time to established characters as well. One example could be Zoya, who has a massive presence throughout all seven books. (She is one of the only characters to appear in all seven). Leigh Bardugo has also stated that she wants to see all seven books adapted for the show, and she doesn’t think it will take seven seasons to do so. If that’s the case, either Six of Crows will happen alongside Shadow and Bone, or King of Scars will happen alongside Six of Crows after Shadow and Bone has been resolved. Which truthfully makes a bit more sense as those two duologies are a little more connected to each other.

It’s also possible that the second season won’t end where Siege and Storm does, and we might dip into Ruin and Rising a bit. Whatever the case, hopes are high for season two of Shadow and Bone, and fans are eager to spend more time with our favourite princes, privateers, rouges, soldiers and saints.


Now it’s been renewed what are you looking forward to from Season two of Shadow and Bone on Netflix? Let us know in the comments below.


Check out 11 Shadow and Bone Easter Eggs from Season One HERE.

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10 Years Of Game Of Thrones

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Since it first aired on 17 April 2011, Game of Thrones has captured the imagination of many fans from start to finish. But, after the lacklustre and rushed ending of this epic fantasy series in 2019, we find ourselves wondering: has its legacy been completely ruined? After 10 years is it worth looking again at the legacy of Game of Thrones? After all, like the fallen Ned Stark once said: “some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word”.

Have Game of Thrones fan’s been hit too hard by the hurried and unjust ending? Are there storylines and characters within the eight seasons that make up for the less than favourable ending?

After looking back through the seasons, below are what we think are some of the best and most redeeming moments and characters within the series. These could be the reason why fans stay loyal to Game of Thrones and even get excited about future prequels or sequels. We already have next year’s Game of Thrones – House of Dragons series to expect.

WARNING: Only read on if you have watched the entire series as there are spoilers.

Sansa Stark becomes Queen of the North

We ended the series with Winterfell once again being led by a member of the House of Stark. Queen Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), who regained The North as an independent Kingdom. This decision from the writers is easily the most satisfying conclusion to come out of the finale. And easily one of the best beginning to end character arcs in all Game of Thrones.

Starting out as quite an unfavourable character and the least liked Stark of the pack, mainly due to her spoiled and brattish behaviour. Sansa ended up being the character we were all rooting for. Especially when it came to regaining the north and standing her ground with Daenerys Targaryen – “What about the North”.

But it wasn’t an easy road for her to get to that point. She had to endure a lot of horrific scenes, storylines, and marriages which shaped her character from a little bird to a Queen. But as Sansa said herself, whilst talking to The Hound/Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann), “Without Little Finger and Ramsey and the rest I would have stayed a little bird all my life”. We’re glad she didn’t stay a little bird and became the Queen the North.

Arya Stark kills the Night King

When it came to the death of the Night King there were only a handful of characters who could do the deed. But, if you were anything like us, we had our money firmly on Jon Snow (Kit Harington). But, it was his kick-ass little sister, Arya Stark (Masie Williams), that ended the long night. With a fatal blow to the Night King’s heart with her Valyrian Steel Dagger.


In this episode, there was hardly any dialogue, especially in the last 30 minutes, which made the whole cinematography of the final scenes so much more poignant. From the camera angles to the incredible score which was accompanied only by sound effects and the odd fighting shout of pain. It left us in suspense and just as we thought all hope was lost, as the Night King approached Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and fans started to believe that Game of Thrones was going to take another huge twist, winter was here to stay. Out came our hero from the dark, the epic shot where Arya was flying through the air will always be one of our all-time favourites.

The night before winter came

Another part of the final series that I think deserves some props, was episode two (mainly the last 30ish minutes). This episode was the calm before the storm. But it was also very well done, from this point, as a viewer we didn’t really know who was going to survive and who was going to die. Something that we were never sure with when watching Game of Thrones.

We managed to get some nice send-off scenes for most of the characters which kept the suspense alive. We saw Sansa and Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) meet again, Arya and Gendry (Joe Dempsie) finally ‘get together’ but most notably there was a comical and heart-warming meeting by the fire with Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Brienne of Tarth (Gwendolin Christie), Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju), Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) and Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman).

There were jokes, Brienne got knighted and we even got a song from Podrick. Which was made into a satisfying montage for other characters around Winterfell as well.

Arya Stark and the house of Frey

The demise of the House of Frey was indeed a good and a well-justified one. Positioned over the last episode of season six and the first episode of season seven. Arya Stark used her new newly found face-swapping abilities to first bamboozle Walder Frey (David Bradley) into eating a pie. Food made from his sons and then again to become Frey to poison the rest of the house.

This was the revenge we wanted for the fallen Starks of The Red Wedding and Arya was just the person to serve it! Because the revenge plot was separated between the two seasons it almost confused us fans. When we started to watch season seven and saw that Walder Fray was still alive the quick-minded ones of us straight away realised what was happening. Yet, there was a handful of us who looked just as confused at Frey’s wife/daughter who was standing next to him. That was until Arya took Walder Frey’s face off.

Cersei Lannister blows up the Sept of Baelor

Another example where the series utilises an amazing music score is in the last episode of season 10. Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) finally goes all out with her vindictive evilness and blows up the Sept of Baelor. With her daughter in law Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), The High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) and a host of other people she didn’t like, locked inside.

The whole scene lasts about eight minutes and also includes Lancel Lannister (Eugene Simon), having his tendons slit by one of Lord Varys’s (Conleth Hill) little birds, so he couldn’t stop the destruction which was about to happen. There was also the violent demise of Pycelle (Julian Glover), once again by Lord Varys’s little birds. Which was orchestrated by the crafty Qyburn (Anton Lesser).

Whilst this is happening a very smug Cersei watches over the chaos, with a glass of red. But, one thing Cersei didn’t account for was after the acknowledgement of his new bride’s murder, her son, King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) walked himself out of the window to his death.

Battle of the B**tards

Most of the battle scenes in Game of Thrones are pretty epic, but The Battle of the B**tards was by far one of the best. Accompanied by a killer soundtrack and great sound effects this battle was both jaw-dropping and breathtaking.

From the moment Rickon Stark (Art Parkinson) was killed by Ramsey Bolton (Iwan Rheon) to the moment Sansa sets Bolton’s dogs on him, there was action scene after action scene that captivated all of us and also gave us the Winterfell redemption story we needed. The death of Ramsey Bolton was also the most satisfying death since that of King Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson).

In this section of high intercity scenes, we get to see Little Finger/ Lord Peter Baelish (Aidan Gillen) do something useful for once by bringing the Vale Knights of House Arryn to save Jon Snow from dying… for a second time.

Daenerys Targaryen and the unsullied

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) was a fan favourite from her first scene. But the admiration for her character grew and grew throughout the seasons. One of the most defining moments was when she visits Astapor on the search for an army to aid her in reclaiming the throne.

After meeting the hostile and pig-headed Kraznys mo Nakloz (Dan Hildebrand), Master of Astapor, Slaver and Unsullied overseer, who taunts Daenerys, believing she didn’t know how to speak Valyrian, he agrees to sell her all 8,000 Unsullied members for one of her dragons.

As most of their communications were through his servant Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) he believed Daenerys didn’t hear all the things he was saying. Which made the end scene so much more satisfying. Once the exchange is done, she has the Unsullied whip in hand and Krazny is trying to hold on to the dragon on a chain. She speaks to the Unsullied in clear Valyrian and finally tells Krazny who she is – Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen the blood of old Valyrian.

The moment she tells the Unsullied to slay the masters and uttered the word Dracarys, will forever be the day when we truly started to see how badass she really is!

The red wedding

As horrendous as it is to watch it’s clear that the Red Wedding is still a highlight of season three and indeed the series.

Yes, we already knew by now that anything could happen in Game of Thrones. And blood and gore was a regular occurrence. But this scene took things to a new level with a blood bath no one saw coming… Not even King of the North Rob Stark.

This heart-stopping 10 minutes of cushion grabbing TV, not only saw the death of two of the most loved Starks Rob and Catelyn Stark but also the death of Rob’s wife and unborn child. As well as the betrayal of Roose Bolton a supposed friend of the Starks (Michael McElhatton) and the house of Frey.

This scene cemented for us that no one can predict what is going to happen when you play the Game of Thrones. You win or You Die, there is no middle ground.

The two most sassy characters

When it comes to Game of Thrones, I think we can all agree that the one thing they got right, time and time again was the casting. And this never rang truer than with Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey) and Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg). They didn’t have the biggest parts within the series, but boy, did they make their presence known. It got to the point where we were just waiting for their scenes to see what would come out of their mouths next.

Lyanna Mormont

Who’s the most impressive pre-teen in the whole of Westeros? That’s right Lyanna Mormont. Even at 10 years old I wouldn’t mess with her. Through the whole three seasons she was in, she demanded and captivated the audience. She said it how it was, and she wasn’t scared of a single thing. She came in like a warrior, back chatting Jon Snow and Sansa and acting like a total boss. Finally, she went out like a warrior taking a giant walker down with her.

Olenna Tyrell

The original, potty-mouthed grandmother Olenna Tyrell had line after line of roasting stingers. No one was safe from her sharp-tongued antics. But the one person that was firmly on her radar was Cersei Lannister. Especially after Cersei killed her family in the sept. In true Olenna style, even after she had been fatally poisoned, she still had the last word, admitting to Jamie Lannister that it was her that killed his and Cersei’s son, King Joffrey Baratheon.


There you have it, some of our favourites and redeeming scenes from Game of Thrones after 10 years, what do you think? What are your favourite scenes or storylines? Let us know in the comments below.


Check out our seven lost plot threads from Game of Thrones HERE.

Read iMDB information on Game of Thrones HERE.

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