The Netflix series Shadow and Bone has been cancelled by Netflix, making it one of five shows, also including Agent Elvis and Captain Fall, to have been given the chop by the streaming service following the end of the writers and actors strikes.
Of the five series, Shadow and Bone is the most prominent, with a big fanbase and even a video game adaptation. It’s based on the Grishaverse novels by Leigh Bardugo, who has recently responded to the show’s end on her social media.
Bardugo began, “Friends, by now you’ve probably heard that there will be no season 3 for Shadow and Bone and no Six of Crows spinoff. The news hit me hard. I’m heartbroken and deeply disappointed, but I’m also trying to hold onto my very real gratitude.”
She continued, “Most authors never get to see their work adapted. Many who do end up regretting the experience. I’m one of the lucky few who can look at an adaptation with pride and tremendous joy. I am so grateful to our writers, our crew, and our extraordinary cast who are not just wildly talented, but genuinely good people.”
Shadow and Bone tells the story of Alina Stakov, an orphan and cartographer from the Ravka nation’s First Army. Alina finds that she is a Grisha, imbued with special gifts, and has been long awaited to attend to a desperate need in her universe.
Bardugo then noted, “Most of all I want to say how grateful I am to the folks reading this-whether you found your way to the books first or discovered them through the show. The Grishaverse is a better place because of you and I am so thankful for every tweet, post, comment, review, artwork, fic, tattoo, and cosplay that helped to make all of this possible.”
She signed off, “We’re book people and that means we never stop imagining that magic can be made real. You are proof of that. Now, I’m going to go have a cry, and maybe a drink, and then see where the story takes us next. No mourners, Leigh.”