|Shadow and Bone|
|Based on||Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows|
by Leigh Bardugo
|Developed by||Eric Heisserer|
|Music by||Joseph Trapanese|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Running time||45–58 minutes|
|Original release||April 23, 2021|
Shadow and Bone is an American fantasy streaming television series developed by Eric Heisserer for Netflix that premiered on April 23, 2021. It is based on the Grisha novel trilogy, the first of which is Shadow and Bone (2012), and the Six of Crows (2015) novel duology by Leigh Bardugo.
Ravka, a fantasy kingdom based on the Tsarist Russian Empire, is set in a war-torn world plagued by the Shadow Fold, a swath of permanent darkness separating East from West Ravka which is inhabited by carnivorous winged creatures known as Volcra. Orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov discovers that she is a Grisha (holds power to manipulate matter) who possesses the power to create light, which could be the key to setting her country free from the Fold. Alina joins an elite army of Grisha serving under General Kirigan, the Shadow Summoner.
But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds that allies and enemies can be 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 magic to survive. 
|No.||Title||Directed by||Teleplay by||Original release date|
|1||"A Searing Burst of Light"||Lee Toland Krieger||Eric Heisserer||April 23, 2021|
|2||"We're All Someone's Monster"||Lee Toland Krieger||Eric Heisserer||April 23, 2021|
|3||"The Making at the Heart of the World"||Dan Liu||Daegan Fryklind||April 23, 2021|
|4||"Otkazat'sya"||Dan Liu||Vanya Asher||April 23, 2021|
|Alina is informed by Genya that she is to go riding with General Kirigan. When offered the choice between a blue or black kefta, Alina decides not to choose black as its Kirigan's color. The two bond over the course of the day and Kirigan tells his first name, Aleksander. They ride to an old fountain that Kirigan used to come to as a child. Kirigan explains the burden of growing up to be the last descendant of the most evil Grisha; The Black Heretic. As a child, he used to visit the fountain every day with a coin, wishing the same every time: “To be anyone else.” As Alina still struggles to summon her power Baghra uses her memories to learn more about her and asks Alina to let go of Mal and the past to become stronger. Mal's group are ambushed on their way whilst finding a stag that will secure them a way into the Little Palace to find Alina. Mal reveals he can sense Alina through a sound that she emits.|
|5||"Show Me Who You Are"||Mairzee Almas||M. Scott Veach & Nick Culbertson||April 23, 2021|
|The Little Palace holds an event to show off Alina as the Sun Summoner. Kaz, Inej, Jasper and Arken infiltrate the Palace to kidnap Alina. Mal, injured by Fjerdans, makes his way to a First Army camp. Here, he reveals that he has found the stag General Kirigan had been looking for. Mal, along with a first army general, make their way to the Little Palace to pass the information on to Kirigan. The palace guard is initially reluctant to let Mal in, believing the stag to be a myth, but gives in and escorts Mal to Kirigan’s room. Kirigan asks Mal to show him exactly where he found the stag. Mal, however, refuses, demanding to see Alina before he shows the General where he found the stag. Kirigan is angry but eventually agrees to allow the two to meet later. Alina learns a secret about Kirigan and attempts to flee The Little Palace. Meanwhile, Nina Zenik,the Heartrender is captured by Grisha Hunters who call them witches.|
|6||"The Heart Is an Arrow"||Mairzee Almas||Shelley Meals||April 23, 2021|
|Arken is captured and interrogated after the attempt to kidnap Alina backfires. Alina manages to leave the Palace but is found and is chased into a forest. She reunites with Mal and they both catch up. After learning about the Stag from Mal, Alina realises she must get to it before Kirigan so she and Mal make their way North. The ship that is holding Nina Zenik sinks during a storm. She bonds with one of the Grisha Hunters, Mattias and the two start to become closer after Nina saves him from freezing to death with her powers.|
|7||"The Unsea"||Jeremy Webb||Christina Strain||April 23, 2021|
Alina and Mal find the Stag and Alina shares a moment with it before Kirigan shows up. He injures Mal and kills the Stag before having parts of its antlers imbued into Alina aswell as his own hand. He shows Alina that he can now control her power and will take her to the Fold. He tells her he will cure Mal if she complies.At the campsite near the Fold, Genya reunites with Alina to get her ready for an event Kirigan is holding; he is going to take some nobles across the Fold and show them his and Alina's new found power. Kaz, Inej and Jasper find a way of getting on a ship to secure a way back home, after the train they took with Arken was blown up.
|8||"No Mourners"||Jeremy Webb||Eric Heisserer & Daegan Fryklind||April 23, 2021|
As the ship starts its journey through the Fold, Alina uses her powers to shield it and the passengers. Kirigan shows his true colours in front of everyone. Kaz and the others find Mal has snuck on board and they hatch a plan.Alina struggles to take back full control of her powers.
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. Author Leigh Bardugo and show creator Eric Heisserer discussed their expectations in Season 2 of the show.
Casting began in April 2019 with calls for Alina. 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. Sujaya Dasgupta, Danielle Galligan, Daisy Head, and Simon Sears would also feature. 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. Prominent book characters Nikolai Lantsov and Wylan Van Eck did not appear in the first season.
Principal photography for the first season began on location in and around Budapest,and Keszthely (Festetics Palace) Hungary in October 2019 and wrapped at the end of February 2020, with post-production following. 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.
Joseph Trapanese is the composer for the series. Heisserer and Bardugo appeared on a panel at New York Comic Con in October 2020, during which they played some of the score. Executive producer Josh Barry reported on December 16, 2020 that the final sound mix was complete.
Trapanese wrote the score over 11 months. In an interview with AwardsDaily, he explained how he put it together in lockdown, between conducting an orchestra over Zoom and incorporating solo recordings. Russian and Slavic music provided the basis of the score's inspiration, Bardugo naming Sergei Prokofiev and folk songs as specific examples. In addition, elements from other musical traditions were used, such as gamelan.
Bardugo answered in a November 2019 interview with SensaCine that the series was expected in late 2020. The series was released on April 23, 2021 on Netflix. On April 24, 2021, Netflix released an aftershow for the series on the service, titled Shadow and Bone – The Afterparty.
Netflix released an announcement teaser in December 2020 followed by promotional stills through Entertainment Weekly as well as main character posters in January 2021. 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. The official trailer was released on March 30, 2021 by Netflix, after having been leaked previously.
Shadow and Bone has received positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 85% based on 52 reviews, with an average rating of 7.14 out of 10. The website's critics consensus reads, "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." Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 70 out of 100 based on 17 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Critics directed praise towards the acting, world-building, and visual effects while saying that it would satisfy fans of the books and newcomer viewers. However, some criticism was directed towards the exposition and "overly confusing" elements. 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." Molly Freeman praised it as a "thrillingly exciting fantasy drama".
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