The second season of Shadow and Bone has wrapped filming, and is said to premiere in 2023, according to Us Weekly; this article also predicts that Season 2 will focus on events from the books Siege and Storm and Six of Crows. Of course, lovers of the Grishaverse are thrilled to see the beloved characters from Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone trilogy and Six of Crows duology back on the screen.
Personally, my favorite part of the first season and of the novels were the Crows–Kaz Brekker, Inej Ghafa, Jesper Fahey, Nina Zenik, Matthias Helvar, and–now played by Jack Wolfe, according to TVLine— Wylan Van Eck. Now that these unique and complex characters are returning in Season 2 of the TV adaptation, here are some scenes from the Six of Crows novel that I need to see on the screen.
1. Treasure of my heart
“Oh, and put in an order for a new hat.”
Kaz heaved a sigh as he braced himself for three painful flights of stairs. He looked over his shoulder and said, “Please, my darling Inej, treasure of my heart, won’t you do me the honor of acquiring me a new hat?”Chapter 4
If I have one obsession in this book, it’s the banter between characters. Jokes are rare when it comes to Kaz, whose cold, calculating mind usually doesn’t turn to playful conversation. Yes, this quote may be incredibly sarcastic and a little mean, but that’s Kaz for you. Besides, Kaz saying the words “my darling Inej, treasure of my heart” turns my insides to goo– sarcastic or not.
2. Crime lessons
Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.Chapter 8
Again with the banter. I love this moment, because not only does it individualize each of the crows, it shows the difference between their morals and Matthias’s, and shows how much Matthias develops over the course of the novel. My cute, sheltered Drüskelle was so corrupted by criminals– and I mean that in a good way.
“Talk to me, Wraith.”
“You came back for me.”
“I protect my investments.”
Investments. “I’m glad I’m bleeding all over your shirt.”Chapter 12
In case you forgot, this dialogue happened after Inej was stabbed, and Kaz lifted her up, jumped down from a cargo container, and ran with her in his arms–on his bad leg, with no cane. Inej kept slipping from consciousness, and Kaz was trying to get her to focus and stay awake in the most Kaz way possible. Ugh, I love when he shows how much he cares for his . . . investments.
4. Little Kaz
Killing Pekka Rollins had always been tempting, but that wasn’t enough. Kaz wanted Rollins brought low. He wanted him to suffer the way Kaz had, the way Jordie had.Chapter 13
Pieces of Kaz’s history are sprinkled into the Six of Crows novel. Why he hates Pekka Rollins so much, why he can’t bear human touch, why he needs a cane–all of this is absolutely essential for understanding the complexity of his character, and if it isn’t included in Season 2 of the TV adaptation, I will cry. Let’s face it, I’ll probably cry even harder if I do see it on screen.
Jesper knocked his head against the hull and cast his eyes heavenward. “Fine. But if Pekka Rollins kills us all, I’m going to get Wylan’s ghost to teach my ghost how to play the flute just so that I can annoy the hell out of your ghost.”
Brekker’s lips quirked. “I’ll just hire Matthias’s ghost to kick your ghost’s ass.”
“My ghost won’t associate with your ghost,” Matthias said primly, and then wondered if the sea air was rotting his brain.Chapter 15
The. Banter. Never. Gets. Old. This iconic ghost conversation needs to be in the TV show. No, I will not negotiate.
Besides, this illustrates Matthias’s slow character development. Despite his supposed hatred for the criminals, he starts to joke around with them. It’s a slippery slope, Helvar.
6. Inej’s incinerator climb
She clung to the wall, but it was purpose she grasped at long last, and that carried her upwards.
She was not a lynx or a spider or even the Wraith. She was Inej Ghafa, and her future was waiting above.Chapter 25
This was such a turning point for Inej. As she climbed the blazing hot incinerator, a deadly challenge even for the Wraith, she reflected on how she ended up at the Menagerie, her terrible experiences there, and how she joined the Dregs. Her anger helps her focus on a purpose: hunting down slavers. She has a goal now, her own reason for wanting the reward. It’s such a powerful moment, and could be executed so well on screen.
7. Nina takes the jurda parem
Matthias saw Nina’s pupils dilate. Her lips parted, and she pushed past him, stepping down from the tank. The air around her seemed to crackle, her skin glowing as if lit from within by something miraculous. As if she’d tapped a vein of Djel directly, and now the god’s power flowed through her.Chapter 41
Like Inej’s pivotal moment, this was Nina’s. This is when she decided to sacrifice everything for the Crows, for her friends. She accepts the fact that she might never see Ravka again, and risks it all for the people she loves. Nina is a hero, and it would be a crime to leave this act out of the show.
8. Inej, the independent Queen
“How will you have me?” she repeated. “Fully clothed, gloves on, your head turned away so our lips can never touch?”
He released her hand, his shoulders bunching, his gaze angry and ashamed as he turned his face to the sea.
Maybe it was because his back was to her that she could finally speak the words. “I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.”Chapter 42
Yes, there’s another Kanej one. I’m obsessed, okay? Their love is so beautiful because of that lack of contact, that emotional pining and buried ache to touch even when they can’t.
Also, Inej is possibly the only character that fully holds Kaz accountable and challenges him. She makes him want to be a better man, inspiration that is rare in his life. She communicated her own needs, too, which is such an important lesson to teach young women.
9. Little red bird
“Stay,” she panted. Tears leaked from her eyes. “Stay till the end.”
“And after,” he said. “And always.”
“I want to feel safe again. I want to go home to Ravka.”
“Then I’ll take you there. We’ll set fire to raisins or whatever you heathens do for fun.”
“Zealot,” she said weakly.
“Nina,” he whispered, “little red bird. Don’t go.”Chapter 43
Ugh, this scene rips my heart out of my chest and stomps on it. I love it.
The words that were once brutal insults toward each other, turned into gentle jokes? Matthias calling Nina “little red bird”? Every time I imagine this scene with Danielle Calligan (Nina) and Calahan Skogman (Matthias), I am even more desperate to get my hands on the next season.
10. Stupid face
“Nina might not be able to put you back, you know. Not without another dose of parem. You could be stuck like this.”
“Why does it matter?”
“I don’t know!” Jesper said angrily. “Maybe I liked your stupid face.”Chapter 45
This list simply would not be complete without Jesper and Wylan. Honestly, any and every scene of them in the book needs to be in the show. Six of Crows doesn’t have as much of the two as Crooked Kingdom, so we’ll probably see more of their relationship in later seasons. But it’s teasing and hints like this that build their relationship throughout the first book, and I need all of those small moments to make them getting together as epic in the show as it was in the book. And if the show includes more Jesper and Wylan content in this season, well . . . I certainly would not complain.
11. Kaz’s girl
I’m going to get my money, Kaz vowed. And I’m going to get my girl.Chapter 45
Okay, I know Kaz didn’t say this out loud, so it would be a little difficult to include it in the show. But, if the writers found some way to include Kaz calling Inej “my girl” in the show, I would probably kiss my TV screen.
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