Netflix launched another major new fantasy series a couple of weeks ago in Shadow and Bone, as based on the hit YA novels by Leigh Bardugo. Thanks to a combination of its pre-existing fanbase, a massive marketing push and a great cast led by The Punisher‘s Ben Barnes, Shadow and Bone immediately soared to the top of the charts to become of the streamer’s biggest hits of April. A second season has yet to be announced, but it feels like a very safe bet.
And, after that, it’s possible the show could last for at least another couple of years. We’ve heard from our reliable sources – the same ones who told us The Witcher was getting a spinoff before that was announced – that Netflix is planning for Shadow and Bone to continue on until season 4, with the potential for it to extend even further. This is good news for fans, then, as it seems that the studio is willing to commit to this franchise for the long-term.
According to what we’ve been told, there may be more than four seasons, but even that could be enough to adapt all seven books. Season 1 was based off book 1 (also called Shadow and Bone) and acted as a prequel to Six of Crows. Season 2 is expected to follow Siege and Storm and Six of Crows itself. We can guess that season 3 would then tackle Ruin and Rising and Crooked Kingdom. That leaves The King of Scars and The Rule of Wolves to be covered in season 4. There is The Language of Thorns anthology, as well, though that would be trickier to integrate into the series.
Bridgerton was recently renewed through season 4 as season 2 started filming. While it doesn’t appear to have had the same meteoric success as that period drama, it seems feasible that Shadow and Bone could receive a similarly stacked renewal when Netflix eventually makes a public decision about its future. In the meantime, all eight episodes of its first season are available to stream right now.