Shadow and Bone Fans Won’t Get to See the Best Part Now

With Shadow and Bone’s cancelation, Grishaverse fans are now going to miss out on this thrilling moment from Six of Crows.

Shadow and Bone. (L to R) Kit Young as Jesper Fahey, Danielle Galligan as Nina Zenik, Jack Wolfe as Wylan, Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker in episode 205 of Shadow and Bone. Cr. Timea Saghy/Netflix © 2023
Photo: Timea Saghy | Netflix

This article contains spoilers from the Grishaverse books.

The cancellation of Netflix’s Shadow and Bone is upsetting for many reasons. The series’ second season ends with several major cliffhangers. The fates of multiple characters are now eternally left up in the air. But mostly it’s because the world of Shadow and Bone has such potential, and it doesn’t feel like we were (or ought to have been) done with it yet. An excellent example of how to do a YA fantasy adaptation right, the series managed to stay remarkably faithful to the spirit of author Leigh Bardugo’s “Grishaverse” series of novels even as it made big changes from the source material.

Combining characters and storylines from multiple books was always going to be an unwieldy task—and the show admittedly did stumble under the weight of its many competing plots in its second season, which wasn’t as good as its first—but the series’ unapologetic embrace of both high fantasy elements and the complex emotional stakes of young adulthood is something that should be embraced and celebrated. It deserved a chance to go out on its own terms and finish the story it started to tell. 

But the cancellation of Shadow and Bone is particularly devastating for fans because it means we’re never going to get to see the best thing that happens in Bardugo’s story play out on screen: The Ice Court heist.


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