Following the premiere weekend of season two of Shadow and Bone, fans of the fantasy Netflix series based on the popular Grishaverse novels by Leigh Bardugo will be pleased to hear of a potential spin-off series about everyone’s favorite thieves, the Crows of Ketterdam. Spoilers ahead for the end of season two, so read at your own risk!
According to Entertainment Weekly, Shadow and Bone showrunner Eric Heisserer has been working on a spin-off based on the events of the Six of Crows duology, including the jurda parem drug plot and Ice Court Heist. Up until this point in the show, the majority of the Crows’ action has been show-created as characters from the original trilogy and spin-off duology were included in the same narrative. Since the Ice Court Heist is the introductory plot for the Crows in the novels, seeing this adapted on the small screen would be a dream come true for book and show fans alike.
During the first season of Shadow and Bone, Heisserer was the main showrunner of the series. However, in order to be in the writer’s room for the spin-off, Heisserer took on a co-showrunner position with Daegan Fryklind for Shadow and Bone’s second season. In his interview with EW, Heisserer plans to have both Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows run simultaneously, with various character crossovers occurring through both series. He would be the showrunner for Six of Crows while Fryklind would take over for Shadow and Bone.
According to Variety, one of the main reasons Heisserer signed on to season one of the show was because Netflix had acquired the rights for the Six of Crows characters as well as those of the original Grishaverse trilogy. Having a spin-off in addition to the parent show would not only expand the world of Bardugo’s books, but also give fans more time with the characters they love.
Heisserer plans to have the spin-off series feature more content around the finale of Shadow and Bone’s season two, with more time spent with certain characters. Since season two already ends with Kaz Brekker (played by Freddy Carter) introducing the jurda parem plot to the Crows while an unexpected attack occurs in Ravka, we wait with bated breath for what will happen next. As Heisserer says in the EW interview, the spin-off “would be its own little season of fun that our characters would get to be a part of.”
Heisserer claims that despite working diligently on the spin-off, it has not yet been green-lit and its creation depends on the success of Shadow and Bone’s second season. In other words, if Shadow and Bone has poor viewership and is not renewed for another season, the spin-off will most likely not happen.
Therefore, if you are as big a fan of this series as we are, put on your favorite kefta, make some waffles, and pray to your favorite Sankta for season two of Shadow and Bone to succeed!
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