9 and a half questions we have for Shadow and Bone season 3

Season of Shadow and Bone didn’t just adapt the next book in the main trilogy — it finished up Alina’s main story, and You can also see it hereSome plotlines were taken directly from Crows books and incorporated into this story. You can also see it hereYou can also find the short story book companion. As you may have guessed, it was quite a bit. Are there still any plans for the third season?

Just kidding! You’re probably not wondering that, because Shadow and Bone season 2 ended with a lot of loose ends that weren’t actually there in the books. And even if it didn’t, there are two separate sequel series that follow different sets of characters and dive into the ramifications of the Ravkan Civil War. Some of these threads, however, are foreshadowed way more in season 2 than others — and some might actually be addressed in a possible Six Crows spinoff instead.

[Ed. note: This post contains major spoilers for the finale of Shadow and Bone season 2, as well as the Grishaverse books.]

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What’s next for the Six of Crows characters?

Finally, we are up to date with the Crows books. Kinda. Technically speaking, it is theSix CrowsBooks take place two years later than the main trilogy. However, the series has been loosely following the timeline. Technically, the biggest pivotal moment in the books was actually this season (getting revenge against Pekka Rolleins), but it happened in the final Crows book. But, there is more. Lot more happens in the Crows books — and the last episode of this season readies the runaway for it all.

The gang frees Matthias from prison. This is likely to occur sooner than expected next season or in the Six of Crows spinoff. They are SixCrows. Infiltrating a Fjerdan military fortress known as The Ice Court to free a Shu scientist who had developed a drug called “The Ice Court”, they also managed to infiltrate the compounding laboratory of “The Crows”. jurda parem That heightens Grisha’s powers — yes, that drug that Kaz mentions in the last episode and the one that the Fjerdan agent uses to massacre a ton of people all at once at Nikolai’s coronation.

So, what’s up with that drug?

It jurda parem — and the implications that weaponizing it has on the rest of the world — becomes a driving force in the Crows books and beyond. We already saw how devastating its effects are in the final scene of season 2, so it’s definitely going to play as pivotal a role in the hypothetical future seasons or spinoffs as it did in the books. Not only does the drug increase a Grisha’s powers to deadly effects, it also is highly addictive and weakens the body of its user. The withdrawal symptoms are devastating and only one person (spoiler) has been able to survive it — and their powers were completely altered afterward.

Speaking of Matthias, what’s happening with him in wolf-fighting hell?

Matthias, a handsome, broad, blonde man, presses his face against the bars of a jail cell

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Now, this is something that doesn’t really have a book precedent! Pekka rollins is given his due at the conclusion of, as previously stated. Crooked Kingdom — which means that he and Matthias are never really in jail at the same time in the book timeline. This could introduce some juicy obstacles for the eventual “break Matthias out of prison” storyline, and also pit Kaz against his archnemesis again. Matthias should survive the wolf fight.

Is Alina still with Nikolai?

You know… we just do not know. They never officially dissolve their engagement, and during Nikolai’s coronation, she is wearing a big crown and standing beside Nikolai, so it seems very likely. It is in stark contrast to the novels, which show her officially ending the engagement (especially since she married Mal and faked her death). However, we do know that they are still engaged. This might add some angst for Alina, who pines for Mal, and add some complexities to Nikolai’s future romantic arc.

Is Mal and Inej receiving a seafaring arch?

mal aboard a ship, looking longingly at the rigging

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This sure seems like the real thing! Even though it’s sad seeing Nikolai part with his dual identity of Sturmhond, we can’t deny that Archie Renaux rocks that pirate coat. Inej appears in the book. Does get a boat and sail off, but only after all the Crows’ missions are done. Considering the big Crows exploits are only just kicking off, it’s likely that Inej will return to Ketterdam at least for a bit. Mal’s arc, meanwhile, is a blank slate, so he is free to sail off into the horizon and find his true north or whatever.

Are the Darklings gone?!

Alina ends the season by killing General Kirigan. The burnt his corpse and destroyed everything. His body and everything seem to be completely burned.

But this is not the final time we’ll see the Darkling. It’s hard for a sexy, all-powerful, (and most importantly) fan-favorite shadow summoner to stay dead, after all! The Nikolai duology is the book that occurs most recently in Grishaverse timeline. A few characters get tricked to perform a ritual to restore the Darkling. One of his most zealous supporters, Yuri is possessed by his soul. They have a bit of a two-souls-in-one-body Ghost Rider thing going on. So, it is very likely that we might see Kirigan return… just not in the way we know him.

But I love Ben Barnes!

ben barnes as the darkling, screaming and throwing a temper tantrum

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So do we! I wouldn’t put it above Netflix to integrate Barnes in some way, shape, or form, be it through flashbacks or the physical manifestation of the voice inside Yuri’s head. Perhaps Barnes might finally be able to get his rom-com. All we can do is hope.

What happens if David dies?

Alina nominates Zoya as an Etheralki, Genya as a Corporalki, and David, the Materialki, to the Grisha Triumvirate. They will be responsible for overseeing the Second Army. Each one represents a distinct faction of Grisha. However, the goal of each leader is to provide each faction with a voice and end any differences.

Two major differences exist in this show, however: David has died and Alina is alive. It is notPretending to be dead. Alina, Zoya, and Genya are presumably her third-placed companions. They call their new alliance a triumvirate, though it’s definitely lacking the Materialki presence. However, class differences among Grisha weren’t as significant a tension point.

What’s up with those bees on Zoya in the Fold?

It’s a very small moment in the final episode, but something that people who read King of ScarsYou might be tempted to grab onto it. While everyone gathers in the barren remnants of the Fold to watch Kirigan’s funeral pyre, Zoya swats at a bee that won’t leave her alone. Perhaps this is a hint at her future arc. King of Scars, where she and Nikolai trek into the Fold and encounter three mystical saints — one of whom is associated with bees and has a whole swarm of them that follows her around.

Is Nikolai… OK?

nikolai in his military uniform, getting an encouraging shoulder pat from another uniformed lad

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Well! If you are wondering, he is still alive. But he is definitely feeling the effects of being attacked by one of the Darkling’s nichevo’ya. While the battle is not as intense as the books, where the Darkling’s merzost ends up transforming Nikolai into a monstrous flesh-eating demon bird creature, judging by the eerie shadow creature that Nikolai sees in the mirror, it definitely infuses him with Something.

Nikolai, according to the books, will be spending a lot time wrestling with his inner demon and trying to find a way out. So, we can certainly expect more of Nikolai’s hidden darkness and flesh-eating demon transformation, while he also figures out how to repair his kingdom and move forward. The Crows may also fall for Zoya, which would be a good thing (Zoyalai rights). It would be a good idea to have a spinoff series for The Crows, so that they can continue the show’s next season. Shadow and Bone to focus on the characters still in Ravka — most notably Nikolai and his little flesh-eating demon problem.

Shadow and BoneNetflix has season 2 available.

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