|Shadow and Bone
|Shadow and Bones (BR)
|Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo
|Country of origin
|April 23, 2021 – present
- Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov, an orphan and former assistant photographer of the Royal Body of Topographers of the First Army. She discovers that she is the Sun Caster, a rare Grisha with the ability to control light. Alina was reimagined as half-Shu in the series.
- Kaylan Teague as Alina (child)
- Archie Renaux as Malyen “Mal” Oretsev, a tracking orphan in the First Army and Alina’s childhood best friend.
- Cody Molko as Evil (child)
- Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker, leader of the Crows, known as Dirtyhands and Bastard of the Barrel.
- Amita Suman as Inej Ghafa, a member of the Crows, known as Wraith.
- Kit Young as Jesper Fahey, member of the Crows, a skilled shooter.
- Ben Barnes as General Aleksander Kirigan / The Darkling, General of the Second Army and Shadow Caster.
- Zoë Wanamaker as Baghra, Alina’s Grisha coach.
- Sujaya Dasgupta as Zoya, a Squaller (Wind Caster), who is interested in Evil and is jealous of Alina.
- Simon Sears as Ivan, a Heartrender, who serves General Kirigan.
- Howard Charles as Arken, the Conductor, who smuggles people through the Fold.
- Julian Kostov as Fedyor, a Heartrender, who serves General Kirigan.
- Danielle Galligan as Nina Zenik, a Heartrender, who is taken captive by Fjerdans.
- Calahan Skogman as Matthias, a Fjerdan Drüskelle (witch hunter), who participates in the capture of Nina.
- Daisy Head as Genya Safin, the only known Grisha Alfaite, who befriends Alina.
- Kevin Eldon as The Apparat, the spiritual advisor to the King of Ravka.
- Jasmine Blackborow as Marie, an Infernal (Conjurer of Fire), who befriends Alina
- Gabrielle Brooks as Nadia, a Squaller (Wind Caster), who also befriends Alina.
- Luke Pasqualino as David Kostyk, a Durast, he manufactures weapons and other devices for the Grishas.
1st Season (2021)
|“A Searing Burst of Light”
“A scorching explosion of light”
|Lee Toland Krieger
|April 23, 2021
|In Ravka East, Alina Starkov is a cartographer who is reunited with her childhood friend Malyen “Mal” Oretsev. He is barely chosen to be part of the team that will cross the Fold, an extremely dangerous journey, because the Fold is full of flying monsters called Volcra. Not wanting to separate from Mal again, Alina burns the maps so that the cartographers also have to cross. The team enters the Fold as soon as General Kirigan, leader of the Second Army and the Shadow Caster, arrives at the camp. Shortly after entering the Fold, they are attacked by Volcra. Alexei, another cartographer, runs away. Alina discovers her abilities as a Sun Caster, involuntarily letting out an explosion of light to fight the Volcra. In Ketterdam, Kaz Brekker, Inej Ghafa and Jesper Fahey compete with mafia boss Pekka Rollins for a job that pays a million kruge. When it is discovered that Dreesen first needs a Heartrender, Kaz defeats Pekka to the only known. Dreesen reveals to Kaz that he captured Alexei. Heartrender makes Alexei reveal that Alina is a Sun Conjurer, and Dreesen reveals that kidnapping Alina is the goal.
|“We’re All Someone’s Monster”
“Everyone is someone’s monster”
|Lee Toland Krieger
|April 23, 2021
|In Ravka East, Alina is taken to Kirigan, who proves that she is a Sun Caster and orders her to be taken to the Little Palace. On the way, his train is ambushed by Fjerdan drüskelle (Greyhas ‘s ‘s ‘cathes). Several Grishas are killed, but Kirigan rescues her and accompanies her to the Little Palace. Alina, angry for now being hunted for the rest of her life, tells Kirigan that she wants to be able to give her power to someone who wants it. In Ketterdam, Kaz is threatened by Pekka to give him the job, but Kaz refuses. Inej is summoned by Tante Heleen, who runs the brothel to which Inej was sold until Kaz bought her contract. He still owes some money to Heleen for Inej, but Heleen promises to give Inej freedom if she kills Arken, a human dealer who is selling to rival brothels. Kaz discovers that a man named Driver is transporting people through the Fold, then he discovers that Arken is the Driver and Heleen wants him dead. Kaz prevents Inej from killing Arken, so gives Heleen his club as an acceptable guarantee and promises to pay his debt for Inej as soon as he finishes the goal.
|“The Making at the Heart of the World”
“Cream in the heart of the world”
|April 23, 2021
|In the Little Palace, Alina meets a Tailor, Genya Safin, and they prepare to meet King Pytor and the court. In court, Alina surprises everyone with her skills, which are amplified by Kirigan’s touch. The king gives permission for Alina to be trained, but insists that this be done quickly, as the Western Ravka is increasingly fighting for independence. After befriending two Grishas, Alina fights Zoya Nazyalensky, who is jealous of the attention Alina is receiving (especially from Kirigan). In the library, Alina finds the Apparatus, which tells her about the deer Alina dreams of and about amplifiers; animals that the Grishas killed to increase their own power. Alina then meets Baghra, a Grisha coach who is not impressed by Alina’s skills. She tells Alina to come back when she believes in herself. Meanwhile, Kaz, Jesper, Inej and Arken are forced to travel to the Little Palace without Nina Zenik, a Heartrender who agreed to smuggle them, since she was captured by drüskelle. With less than four pounds of the necessary coal, they dare to take the train trip through the Fold. They are attacked by Volcra, but Jesper uses his aiming skills to pass safely. On a ship, Nina is chained by the drüskelle who captured her and said that she will be tried for witchcraft in Fjerda.
|April 23, 2021
|Alina is going to ride with Kirigan, who decides that the two treat each other by their first name and asks her to call him Aleksander. He talks about how a stranger felt as a child for being a descendant of the Black Heretic (the Grisha who created the Fold), and Alina realizes how much he needs her. Baghra shows Alina that she is holding back for Evil, but she needs to focus on herself if she wants to master her powers. Alina is discouraged because Evil has not yet responded to her letters and, after another meeting with Kirigan, finally puts herself as Grisha first and makes real progress with her power. Meanwhile, Mal volunteered for a mission to find the deer Alina has always dreamed of; the legendary Morozova Deer is, according to rumors, the most powerful Grisha amplifier in the world, powerful enough to make Alina capable of destroying the Fold. The reward for finding the Deer is a visit to the Little Palace. His team is ambushed by Fjerdans, and Mal survives alone. He then sees the Deer and swears to meet with Alina. The Crows and Arken steal the plants of the Little Palace and join a troupe of traveling artists who will perform at the Little Palace for the Winter Party. The ship carrying Nina hits a strong storm. Kirigan sends Fedyor to meet Nina, as she did not check in recently.
|“Show Me Who You Are”
“Show me who you are”
|M. Scott Veach & Nick Culbertson
|April 23, 2021
|The Little Palace plans to display Alina as the Sun Caster at the Winter Festival. Kaz, Inej, Jesper and Arken infiltrate the Palace to kidnap Alina. Mal, wounded by Fjerdans, goes to a First Army camp and says he found the Deer. Together with a First Army general, he travels to the Little Palace to tell Kirigan directly. The palace guard initially is reluctant to let Mal enter, believing that the Deer is a myth, but gives in and accompanies Mal to Kirigan’s room. Kirigan asks Mal to show him exactly where he found the Deer. Mal, however, refuses, demanding to see Alina first. Kirigan gets angry, but eventually agrees to allow the two to meet later. Baghra sends a guard to bring Evil to his cabin, where the guard tries to kill Evil so that he can’t tell Kirigan where the Deer is. Kirigan and Alina kiss after the event, but are interrupted when Arken attacks a bait, believing it to be Alina. Baghra tells Alina that Kirigan does not want to destroy the Fold, but to use it as a weapon, and that Alina needs to escape from the Little Palace. Alina tries to do this by climbing in the Crows’ carriage. He barely escapes from the palace and flees to the forest. Baghra is revealed as Kirigan’s mother who doesn’t want him to find the Deer.
|“The Heart Is An Arrow”
“The heart is an arrow”
|April 23, 2021
|Arken is captured and interrogated after Alina’s kidnapping attempt, which backfires, and he is killed by Kirigan. Alina gets out of the carriage, but the Crows can’t hold her; she blinds Kaz and Jesper with her light, and Inej deliberately lets her go, believing that she is a living Saint. Alina is recognized as Shu by some inhabitants of the city and is chased to a forest, where she meets with Mal and the two reach her. After learning about Deer with Evil, Alina realizes that she must reach him before Kirigan, so she and Mal make their way north. The ship drüskelle sinks during a storm and Nina is forced to work with one of the drüskelle, Matthias, to survive. As they travel together, they begin to come together.
“The No Sea”
|April 23, 2021
|Alina and Mal find the Deer. Instead of killing him, Alina shares a moment with Cervo and plans to let him go, until Kirigan shows up and kills him himself. He injures Mal and tells David to insert parts of the deer’s horns into Alina’s collar, as well as a piece in his own hand. Kirigan shows Alina that he can now control his power and will take her to the Fold. He tells her that he will heal Evil if she obeys. At the camp near the Fold, Genya meets with Alina to get her ready for an event that Kirigan is holding; he will take some nobles through the Fold and show them the newly discovered power of him and Alina. Alina realizes that Genya was intercepting her and Mal’s letters. Kaz, Inej and Jesper find a way back through the Fold, after the train they took with Arken exploded.
|Eric Heisserer & Daegan Fryklind
|April 23, 2021
|Nina and Matthias arrive safely in a city, but are confronted by Fedyor. To save his life, Nina declares Matthias a slave trader for him to be arrested instead of being captured by Feydor. Awakening in prison, Matthias mistakenly believes that Nina manipulated him and betrayed him. When the ship that crosses the Fold begins its journey, Alina uses her powers to protect it with a tunnel of light, protecting the passengers of the Volcra. However, when the ship reaches the other side, Kirigan expands the Fold towards the West Ravka, oppressing it and destroying a growing rebellion there. On the lower decks, Kaz and the others discover that Mal has sneaked on board and they draw a plan, but Mal moves hastily against Kirigan and is kept at gunpoint, causing the Crows to advance. Zoya, witnessing what Kirigan did to the West Ravka, turns against Kirigan and begins to lead the ship through the Fold. Alina frees herself from Kirigan’s control by cutting the horn of her hand and, with the help of the Crows, defeats Kirigan’s forces. Hardly fights with Kirigan, but Kirigan is suddenly dragged by Volcra. Zoya, Alina and Mal, along with the Crows, leave the Fold, being the only survivors, and decide to go their separate ways. Kaz’s gang finds Nina in the corner returning to Ketterdam. Alina goes with Mal in the corner too, to continue learning to use her powers. Kirigan, completely wounded, is seen coming out of the Fold.
In January 2019, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series request for an eight-episode first season with Eric Heisserer as showrunner, creator, lead screenwriter and executive producer. The project is part of the partnership between Netflix and 21 Laps Entertainment with the executive production of Shawn Levy. Also defined as executive producers areigh Bardugo itself, as well as Pouya Shahbazian, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen and Josh Barry.[ 4] Author Leigh Bardugo and the creator of the series, Eric Heisserer, discussed their expectations for future seasons of the series, as well as possible spin-offs.[ 5] In June 2021, the series was renewed for a second season of 8 episodes.[ 3]
The cast selection began in April 2019 with tests for Alina.[ 6] On October 2, 2019, it was announced that Lee Toland Krieger would direct the pilot with Jessie Mei Li, Ben Barnes, Freddy Carter, Archie Renaux, Amita Suman and Kit Young starring.[ 7] Sujaya Dasgupta, Danielle Galligan, Daisy Head and Simon Sears would also appear.[ 8] The second round of casting was announced on December 18, 2019 with Calahan Skogman, Zoë Wanamaker, Kevin Eldon, Julian Kostov, Luke Pasqualino, Jasmine Blackborow and Gabrielle Brooks in the recurring cast.[ 9] Prominent characters in the book, Nikolai Lantsov and Wylan Van Eck, did not appear in the first season, but will be introduced in the second.[ 11] The author of the book series, Leigh Bardugo appeared as a Materalki Durast in episode 3.[ 12]
Filming of the first season began in locations in Budapest and around Kenzthely (Palace of Festetics), Hungary in October 2019 and ended at the end of February 2020, with the following post-production.[ 13] Additional filming took place in Vancouver. Bardugo reported through Twitter in June 2020 that working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic had slowed down post-production, making the release date uncertain.[ 16]
Joseph Trapanese is the composer of the series.[ 17] Heisserer and Bardugo appeared on a panel at New York Comic Con in October 2020, during which they played some of the scores.[ 19] Executive producer Josh Barry reported on December 16, 2020 that the final sound mix was complete.[ 20]
Trapanese wrote the score in 11 months.[ 21] In an interview for the AwardsDaily, he explained how he put everything together, between conducting an orchestra in Zoom and incorporating solo recordings.[ 22] Russian and Slavic music provided the basis for the inspiration of the score, Bardugo citing Sergei Prokofiev and folk songs as specific examples.[ 23] In addition, elements of other musical traditions were used, such as the gamelão.[ 22]
Netflix revealed along with the announcement of the renewal of the second season that 55 million homes watched the first season in its first 28 days of availability.[ 3]
Shadow and Bone received positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rate of 88% based on 72 reviews, with an average rating of 7.19/10. The consensus of the site’s critics says: “From beautiful fantasies to impressive—albeit intimidating—building worlds, Shadow and Bone is certainly as meticulous as its source material, but by engaging in unexpected stories, it expands the scope of the novel to create an exciting new adventure for fans and newcomers.”[ 31] Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 69 out of 100 based on 20 ratings, indicating “generally favorable ratings”.[ 32] Writing for Empire, Ben Travis gave the first season 3 out of 5 stars, saying, “Shadow and Bone remains attractive while instructing viewers to understand Grisha terminology for themselves, showing rather than counting”, but noted similarities between the series and Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones and described some elements of the series as being “excessively confusing”. He concluded that “Shadow and Bone will attract you to the Fold with its engaging duo of leadership and world building”.[ 33] Nicole Clark of IGN wrote that “the first season manages to capture a lot of black magic… without being afraid to make smart changes in the origin stories of certain characters and even in the sequence of events—even if the plots of the two book series do not always fit easily.”[ 34] Screen Rant’s Molly Freeman praised it as a “super exciting and exciting dramatic fantasy series”.[ 35]
Writing for RogerEbert.com, Roxana Hadadi noted the use of clichés in the series found in literary fiction that is focused on the youth audience, adding: “Eric Heisserer’s adaptation transcends this familiarity thanks to the commitment of a perfect cast, well-stylized fight sequences and intentional character development makes these relationships seem full of nuances and loaded with history.” She concluded: “In total, Shadow and Bone maintains a sense of inner place for characters who deal with plot developments as varied as the dynamics of petty girls, geopolitical posture and body horror, and the well-balanced nature of this first emporada contributes to a promising introduction to the fantastic universe of this franchise.”[ 36]
Writing for The Daily Star, Yaameen Al-Muttaqi praised the changes made to the source material, noting that “the years added to the age of each character allow the series to explore darker themes, such as abuse, corruption, propaganda, manipulation and human trafficking without breaking the immersion of the public or forcing the bar, as is the case with many adaptations for the young audience.” He was, however, more critical of the omissions made in the construction of the world, concluding that “a good number of things are also left unexplained or unexplored in the series, which can confuse viewers who have not read the books.”[ 37] Writing for Tell-Tale TV, Allison Nichols also noted that viewers unfamiliar with the source material may feel isolated when the series “threw them into plots that apparently have nothing to do with the show’s main plot — Alina’s journey”.
Awards and nominations
|IFTA Film & Drama Awards
|Ed Bruce and Robert Hartigan
|Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
|Shadow and Bone