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Shadow and Bone (TV series)

2020 American fantasy television series

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Shadow and Bone
Based onShadow and Bone and Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo
Developed byEric Heisserer
Music byJoseph Trapanese
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Executive producers
Production locations
  • David Lanzenberg
  • Owen McPolin
  • Tyler Nelson
  • David Trachtenberg
Running time45–58 minutes
Production companies
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseApril 23, 2021 (2021-04-23)

Shadow and Bone is an American fantasy streaming television series developed by Eric Heisserer for Netflix that premiered on April 23, 2021.[1] It is based on the Grisha trilogy, the first of which is Shadow and Bone, and the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo.

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Based on Leigh Bardugo's worldwide bestselling Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone finds its characters in a war-torn world where orphan mapmaker, Alina Starkov, discovers she has an extraordinary power that could be the key to setting her country free from the darkness plaguing it. With the monstrous threat of the Shadow Fold looming, Alina is torn from everything she knows to train as part of an elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha. But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds that allies and enemies can be one and the same and that nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. There are dangerous forces at play, including a crew of charismatic criminals, and it will take more than her new powers to survive it.



  • Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov, an orphan former assistant cartographer of the Royal Corps of Surveyors in the First Army and the Sun Summoner
    • Kaylan Teague as Young Alina
  • Archie Renaux as Malyen "Mal" Oretsev, an orphan tracker in the First Army and Alina's childhood best friend
    • Cody Molko as Young Mal
  • Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker, leader of the Dregs, known as Dirtyhands
  • Amita Suman as Inej Ghafa, member of the Dregs, known as the Wraith
  • Kit Young as Jesper Fahey, member of the Dregs, a skilled sharp shooter
  • Ben Barnes as General Kirigan / The Darkling, General of the Second Army, the Shadow Summoner
  • Zoë Wanamaker as Baghra, Grisha trainer



No.TitleDirected byTeleplay byOriginal release date
1"A Searing Burst of Light"Lee Toland KriegerEric HeissererApril 23, 2021 (2021-04-23)
In the Kingdom of Ravka, where there are people called Grisha who use various forms of power to fight in the Second Army, Alina Starkov, a mapmaker, reunites with her childhood friend and fellow orphan Mal Oryetsev while serving in the First Army. When Mal is chosen to be part of a team to cross the Shadow Fold, a swath of darkness separating East from West Ravka, Alina sabotages the existing maps so that she can go with him. A crew of Grisha and non-Grisha enter the Fold while they are overlooked by the arrival of General Kirigan, a Grisha with the rare ability to control darkness. They are attacked by ravenous creatures called Volcra who kill most of the crew when alerted by the presence of their light. Alexei, a fellow cartographer, escapes from the skiff and runs towards the other side of the Fold. When Alina is taken by a Volcra, she uses an ancient ability called Sun Summoning to scare the Volcra off so they can finish their mission. Meanwhile, in the trade hub city of Ketterdam, members of the Dregs gang Kaz Brekker, Inej Ghafa, and Jesper Fahey compete with Pekka Rollins, a crime boss, to gain a job that can make get them 1 million kruge making them rich. They bring a Heartrender to Dreesen, the man who set the job, in order to win him over. He is looking for the powerful light that allows people to go through the Fold and has the Heartrender use her powers on a kidnapped Alexei, who reveals Alina's name before being killed. Dreesen tells the trio that they can have the job if they can find a way through the Fold and bring him the Sun Summoner.
2"We're All Someone's Monster"Lee Toland KriegerEric HeissererApril 23, 2021 (2021-04-23)
In East Ravka, Alina is taken to General Kirigan, who proves she is the Sun Summoner when she leaks light after he cuts her. She is taken away to the Ravkan capital Os Alta, where she will be given to the king and queen. Her convoy is attacked by Fjerdan drüskelle, warriors who hunt down and exterminate Grisha. Most of her Grisha guard is killed but she is rescued when Kirigan arrives and uses his shadows in a "Cut" that disemebers her captor. They make it to Os Alta on horseback and Alina is put into captivity, though she promises to find and reunite with Mal after he was left behind with the First Army. In Ketterdam, Kaz is threatened by Pekka Rollins to drop the job, but he refuses. Inej meets with Tante Heleen, the owner of a brothel where Inej had been forced to work before Kaz paid her off. Heleen promises to drop Kaz's outstanding debts on her if she will kill a human trafficker named Arken. Kaz searches for someone known as The Conductor, who can safely lead them through the Fold and discovers it is Arken, who Inej grudgingly lets live. Kaz, Jesper, and Inej set off to find Alina.
3"The Making at the Heart of the World"Dan LiuDaegan FryklindApril 23, 2021 (2021-04-23)
4"Otkazat'sya"Dan LiuVanya AsherApril 23, 2021 (2021-04-23)
5"Show Me Who You Are"Mairzee AlmasM. Scott Veach & Nick CulbertsonApril 23, 2021 (2021-04-23)
6"The Heart is an Arrow"Mairzee AlmasShelley MealsApril 23, 2021 (2021-04-23)
7"The Unsea"Jeremy WebbChristina StrainApril 23, 2021 (2021-04-23)
8"No Mourners"Jeremy WebbEric Heisserer & Daegan FryklindApril 23, 2021 (2021-04-23)



In January 2019, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for an eight-episode first season with Eric Heisserer as showrunner, creator, head-writer, and executive producer. The project falls under Netflix's deal with 21 Laps Entertainment with Shawn Levy executive producing. Also set to executive produce are Leigh Bardugo herself as well as Pouya Shahbazian, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen, and Josh Barry.[2]


Casting began in April 2019 with calls for Alina.[3] On October 2, 2019, it was announced Lee Toland Krieger would direct the pilot with Jessie Mei Li, Ben Barnes, Freddy Carter, Archie Renaux, Amita Suman, and Kit Young starring.[4] Sujaya Dasgupta, Danielle Galligan, Daisy Head, and Simon Sears would also feature.[5] The second round of casting was announced on December 18, 2019 with Calahan Skogman, Zoë Wanamaker, Kevin Eldon, Julian Kostov, Luke Pasqualino, Jasmine Blackborow, and Gabrielle Brooks in the recurring cast.[6] Prominent book characters Nikolai Lantsov and Wylan Van Eck did not appear in the first season.[7]


Principal photography for the first season began on location in and around Budapest, Hungary in October 2019 and wrapped at the end of February 2020, with post-production following.[8][9][10] Additional shoots took place in Vancouver. Bardugo reported through Twitter in June 2020 that working remotely in light of COVID-19 had slowed post-production down, rendering the release date less certain.[11] The first season was released on 23 April 2021.


Joseph Trapanese is the composer for the series.[12] Heisserer and Bardugo appeared on a panel at New York Comic Con in October 2020,[13] during which they played some of the score.[14] Executive producer Josh Barry reported on December 16, 2020 that the final sound mix was complete.[15]

Trapanese wrote the score over 11 months.[16] In an interview with AwardsDaily, he explained how he put it together in lockdown, between conducting an orchestra over Zoom and incorporating solo recordings.[17] Russian and Slavic music provided the basis of the score's inspiration, Bardugo naming Sergei Prokofiev and folk songs as specific examples.[18] In addition, elements from other musical traditions were used, such as gamelan.[17]


David J. Peterson and Christian Thalmann are behind the Grishaverse's fictional languages.[19]

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Bardugo answered in a November 2019 interview with SensaCine that the series was expected in late 2020.[20] The series was released on April 23, 2021 on Netflix.[1]


Netflix released an announcement teaser in December 2020 followed by promotional stills through Entertainment Weekly as well as main character posters in January 2021.[21][22] Bardugo, Heisserer, and the six main cast members appeared on a panel at the IGN Fan Fest in February 2021, during which a teaser trailer was released in addition to more stills. Netflix also posted a poster featuring the Shadow Fold the day before.[23][24] The official trailer was released on March 30, 2021 by Netflix, after having been leaked previously.

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Shadow and Bone has received positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 91% approval rating based on 46 reviews with an average rating of 7.24/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "From gorgeous costumes to impressive—if intimidating—world-building, Shadow and Bone is certainly as meticulous as its source material, but by folding in unexpected stories it expands the novel's scope to craft an exciting new adventure for fans and newcomers alike."[25] Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 71 out of 100 based on 16 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[26]

Critics directed praise towards the acting, worldbuilding, and visual effects while saying it would satisfy fans of the books and newcomer viewers. However, some criticism was directed towards the exposition and "overly confusing" elements.[27] Nicole Clark of IGN wrote that "the first season manages to capture much of the darker magic...while being unafraid to make smart changes to certain characters’ origin stories and even the sequence of events—even if the storylines from the two series of books don’t always easily mesh."[28] Molly Freeman, writing for Screen Rant, praised it as a "thrillingly exciting fantasy drama...because the first season is a mixture of new and known stories, there's something for fans and Grishaverse newcomers alike...this is just the beginning of what could be another fantasy hit for Netflix" noting the "charming characters, compelling actors and well-crafted world" as a positive element.[29]

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  1. ^ a b Del Rosario, Alexandra (January 27, 2021). "'Shadow And Bone': Netflix Sets Official Premiere Date, Unveils First-Look Images". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (January 10, 2019). "Netflix Orders Shadow And Bone Series Based On Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse Novels From Eric Heisserer & Shawn Levy". Deadline. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  3. ^ "Pre-Production on SHADOW AND BONE Series Begins Casting Calls". The Fandom. April 16, 2019. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  4. ^ Jones, Marcus (October 2, 2019). "Netflix announces Shadow and Bone cast and fans are excited to see Ben Barnes as the Darkling". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  5. ^ Harris, Latesha (October 2, 2019). "TV News Roundup: Netflix Reveals Cast of New Series Shadow and Bone". Variety. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (December 18, 2019). "'Shadow And Bone': Netflix Series Adds Seven To Cast". Deadline. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  7. ^ Dempsey, Mary (December 23, 2019). "'Shadow and Bone' series reveals additional cast". BookStacked. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  8. ^ Daniels, Nia (July 12, 2019). "Shadow and Bone to film in Budapest for Netflix". KFTV. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "Netflix's Shadow and Bone Sets Cast as Production begins in Budapest". Broadway World. October 2, 2019. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  10. ^ Freeman, Molly (February 18, 2020). "Netflix's Shadow & Bone Video Introduces Main Cast As Filming Wraps". ScreenRant. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  11. ^ Leigh Bardugo (away for a while) [@LBardugo] (June 30, 2020). "No, we'll have a longer wait for the show. I know it's frustrating, but covid has slowed down post-production and we want to keep people safe while they work. Please be patient and I hope we can share more soon 🖤" (Tweet). Archived from the original on June 30, 2020. Retrieved July 19, 2020 – via Twitter.
  12. ^ Chitwood, Adam (June 11, 2020). "Netflix's Shadow and Bone Series Lands Composer Joseph Trapanese". Collider. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  13. ^ Polo, Susana (September 17, 2020). "New York Comic Con 2020 unveils more panels from its all-digital con". Polygon. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  14. ^ Templeton, Molly (October 10, 2020). "Leigh Bardugo and Eric Heisserer Talk Shadow and Bone". Tor. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  15. ^ Barry, Josh [@JoshBarryLA] (December 16, 2020). "Finished our last @shadowandbone_ sound mix!!! It's coming..." (Tweet). Archived from the original on December 17, 2020. Retrieved December 17, 2020 – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Burlingame, Jon (April 22, 2021). "How 'Shadow and Bone' Composer Joseph Trapanese Created Fantastical Music for Netflix's Take on the Grishaverse". Variety. Retrieved April 22, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  18. ^ Lane, Carly (April 19, 2021). "Exclusive: Hear Alina's Theme From the 'Shadow and Bone' Soundtrack". Collider. Retrieved April 22, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ "Leigh Bardugo and Erin Morgenstern Reveal New Details About Shadow and Bone TV Show, The Starless Sea at SDCC Panel". Tor. July 18, 2019. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  20. ^ Guerrero, Custodio (November 27, 2019). "Entrevista a Leigh Bardugo, autora de 'Sombra y Hueso': "La serie se espera que se estrene a finales de 2020"". SensaCine (in Spanish). Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  21. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (December 17, 2020). "'Shadow And Bone' Teaser, Netflix Sets April 2021 Release Date For Fantasy Series From 'Stranger Things' Outfit 21 Laps". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  22. ^ Hibberd, James (January 27, 2021). "Shadow and Bone exclusive: 7 photos from new Netflix fantasy series". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  23. ^ "IGN Fan Fest 2021: New Virtual Event Lineup Revealed". IGN. February 10, 2021. Retrieved February 20, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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