Shadow and Bone season 2 is called an "emotional rollercoaster" in positive fan reactions

The Crows in Shadow and Bone
(Image credit: Netflix)

Shadow and Bone season 2 has arrived – and everyone is crying, screaming, and throwing up.

Per Netflix, the new season sees Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) and Mal Oretsev (Archie Renaux) on General Kirigan aka The Darkling (Ben Barnes) and his seemingly indestructible new army by rallying their own powerful new allies and beginning a "continent-spanning journey to find two mythical creatures that will amplify her powers. Back in Ketterdam, a chance at a deadly heist sends the Crows once again on a collision course with the legendary Sun Summoner"  aka Alina.

Based on two bestselling YA fantasy series by Leigh Bardugo that take place in the 'Grishaverse,' the series centers on the story of young Alina Starkov, an orphan and cartographer of the Ravka nation's First Army, as she discovers she is a Grisha, a being with special gifts.

The new season was released Thursday, March 16 and is currently the number-one show on Netflix worldwide.

As is the case with most reaction round-ups, there are some (very) slight spoilers for Shadow and Bone season 2. Proceed with caution.

"Did you finish Shadow and Bone season 2 or did Shadow and Bone season 2 finish you?" one fan tweeted.

"I need a t-shirt saying 'I survived shadow and bone season 2 episode 4,'" joked another.

"Season 2 of Shadow and Bone is making me cry and then smile and then cry. It's an emotional rollercoaster and I don't want it to stop," a Twitter user said.

"Shadow and Bone is a comedy show first and foremost: don’t let me crying fool you into thinking otherwise," mused another.

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Many viewers praised Freddy Carter and Jessie Mei Li's performances.

"Freddy in this season was PURE GOLD. He was really born to play Kaz Brekker," said a viewer.

"The way bloody, beat up, battered Kaz Brekker is SERVING 'brick by brick, I will destroy you – oh Freddy Carter ruined LIVES with his acting and portrayal of Kaz," tweeted another.

"Everyone say thank you to Jessie Mei Li for giving us the best portrayal of Alina Starkov," one fan said. "Her journey from season 1 to the end of season 2 was so powerful."

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Some fans did appear divided on the show's deviation from the books.

"Shadow and Bone season 2 may have only scraps of the original book plot BUT I HAVE BEEN SCREAMING CRYING AND KICKING MY FEET FOR 4 HOURS STRAIGHT and chanting kiss kiss kiss every time Wesper is on the screen so you will hear no complaints from me," one viewer tweeted.

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Shadow and Bone season 2 is now streaming on Netflix. For more, check out our list of the best new TV shows coming in 2023 and beyond, or, check out the best Netflix shows to stream right now.

Lauren Milici
Senior Writer, Tv & Film

Lauren Milici is a Senior Entertainment Writer for GamesRadar+ currently based in the Midwest. She previously reported on breaking news for The Independent's Indy100 and created TV and film listicles for Ranker. Her work has been published in Fandom, Nerdist, Paste Magazine, Vulture, PopSugar, Fangoria, and more.