Netflix canceled Shadow and Bone and decided not to move forward with plans for a Six crows spin off.
According to Deadline, Shadow and Bone will not return for a third season. This outlet reports that the show’s big-budget second season didn’t achieve the same success as the first. Deadline points out that this factor, combined with delays caused by the SAG-AFTRA strike, likely led to the cancellation.
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Based on the Grishaverse book series by Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone followed Alina Starkov, a young woman from the land of Ravka who discovers that she is a powerful person known as the Sun Summoner. This leads her into a life of privilege, fame and immense danger. She faces the old and dangerous General Kirigan/Darkling and finds herself in a romantic entanglement with him.
Prior to this news, there were plans to also make a spin-off centered around the Crows, a criminal gang that plays an important role Shadow and Bone. Deadline’s reporting made no mention of this project, tentatively referred to as “…” Six crows. However, EW’s reporting claims that the project is also dead, and Bardugo has confirmed the news online, describing himself as “heartbroken” in an Instagram post, which you can read below.
During both seasons of Shadow and Bone were well received, the second had some pacing issues due to the decision to adapt several books at once. In the season two finale, an assassin carried out an attack on a coronation ceremony for Alina and Ravkan Prince Nikolai Lantsov, killing many. In the end, Alina foiled the attack, but the ending was something of a cliffhanger and brought a major change to her powers.
The first two seasons of Shadow and Bone are now available to stream on Netflix.