SPOILER ALERT! Do not learn the next article until you’ve got completed bingeing season 1 of Netflix’s Shadow and Bone…

It’s time to interrupt down Shadow and Bone‘s largest ebook adjustments!

If you have been already a fan of Leigh Bardugo‘s best-selling ebook collection, likelihood is you observed fairly a number of on-screen alterations and changes throughout the eight-episode season of Netflix’s latest fantasy drama.

For instance, did you occur to catch that epic Shadow and Bone ebook cameo in episode six? Or perhaps you gasped out loud whenever you noticed Alina’s amplifier in episode seven? What about the truth that we by no means obtained to discover the explanation behind Kaz’s gloves?

Well, now it is time to spill all of the Ravkan tea on Shadow and Bone‘s largest transformations and modifications. ET spoke with Bardugo, showrunner Eric Heisserer and stars Jessie Mei Li, Freddy Carter, Kit Young and Ben Barnes to get their unique behind-the-scenes explanations from season 1’s largest moments!


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In the Shadow and Bone books, Alina Starkov wears a highly effective amplifier produced from the antlers of a legendary white stag. The “collar” is described to be like a really intricate necklace that Alina may by no means take away. However, within the Shadow and Bone TV collection, the creators took issues a step additional. In a ugly scene in episode seven, David fuses the stag’s antlers straight into Alina’s collarbone. 

When ET requested Shadow and Bone‘s main girl her response to this big change, Mei Li revealed that she was “so excited” for Alina’s new amplifier. “They told me this and this was the first week we got to Budapest and they had a couple of drawings and things to show me,” she defined. “And I just felt it added so much, especially given the fact the scene where we see it happening is horrible. It’s really horrible.”

“Ivan slows her heart rate, so she’s not even really conscious and her body is taken advantage of in that moment, and it felt really raw and really horrible,” the 25-year-old actress continued. “And I think it adds so much to Alina and Kirigan’s characters and their relationship. Nothing will ever be the same for them after that. And I think it was a really smart choice because it’s so invasive and it’s so horrifying for her that it really gave me a lot to work with basically.”

Heisserer, who serves as the author, showrunner and govt producer on Shadow and Bone, revealed that this variation was first pitched by the props division. 

“Part of that was an early discussion with our props team, including our prosthetics guy,” Heisserer stated. “And their concern was, ‘We don’t like the idea that anybody could steal your amplifier’ … And then we had some practical questions from our costume designer of if we’re going to have Jessie with an antler collar for the rest of the show, it’s going to create a bunch of other problems in terms of just costuming and whatnot. So that came out of the rigors of adapting something.”

Bardugo confessed that she additionally loves this new, “brutal” change from what she initially wrote within the novels. “When I first saw that scene with the VFX of the Darkling putting that collar on her, it was so powerful and so horrifying. It conveys the message of this, what is a very brutal and dominating act, and I thought it was just extraordinary,” she stated. “And I think it also speaks to things that happen later in the book series when you find out where the idea of amplifiers came from, and that it’s really a corruption of something that Grisha used to do. So to me, it was incredibly visceral and powerful.”


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In episode six, Jesper, Kaz and Inej determine to hijack General Kirigan’s carriage, and through their scuffle with the guards, David finally ends up throwing a ebook at Jesper to defend himself. But do you know that was really a large Shadow and Bone Easter egg? That’s proper. A duplicate of Bardugo’s ebook made it into the present!

“Apparently Leigh Bardugo said that was her favorite moment because we did a read-through and she laughed out loud just at the reading of the scene, because the only line in the scene is ‘Hello,’ and then he hit me with a book,” Kit Young, who performs Jesper, stated with fun. 

“But she loves the idea of these two characters meeting who don’t meet beforehand,” he added. “And that book was a copy of Shadow and Bone, the first book, in Ravkan and every page was the whole book in Ravkan. So it was this kind of legend prop, so it’s probably worth quite a lot I imagine.”

“That is my favorite scene in the whole series,” Bardugo gushed. “I do in fact have that book. They asked me, ‘Would you like something?’ And I was like, ‘I know exactly what I want.’ And in fact, I had suggested that be the book. So I absolutely adore it. I love the moment.”


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Throughout Bardugo’s books, readers are consistently studying about “The Darkling” and his mysterious, shadow-filled methods, however within the collection, the character is mostly known as General Kirigan. So why did they determine to vary up his identify?

“I think it really helped to keep him grounded for viewers,” Bardugo answered. “When you have his troops replying to him and talking about him, when you have foreign dignitaries talking about him, it telegraphed too quickly and too fully what his true history and the extent of his powers are. So for me, that was a smart move to keep him shrouded in a little more mystery before the big reveal.”

The Darkling himself, actor Ben Barnes, revealed that he was pleased with this identify change and the truth that in episode seven we obtained to see a model new peek into Kirigan’s historic previous.

“We actually do hear him called The Darkling, but it’s in a little bit more of a derogatory kind of a way. And I think the choice was that actually The Darkling just sounds like a villain,” Barnes stated. “And so that backstory that we see is not actually the backstory from the demon in the woods, which is one of the short stories about him. It’s something that’s fresh for the show in order to be able to understand a little bit where the Fold has come from.”

Barnes continued, “This is a man who’s lived many lives and probably lost many loves and tried every way that he can think of to protect the Grisha and the people that he cares about. So I think it sort of toys with your sympathies for him in that way, even though the behavior that he’s displaying now in this series sort of feels a bit more unforgivable.”


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In the Six of Crows duology, Kaz Brekker is a infamous thief residing in Ketterdam who leads a crew of the perfect criminals he can discover. He all the time wears a pair of black leather-based gloves and readers finally uncover that it is because Kaz hates the texture of human flesh. However, this character reveal was not even hinted at on this first season of TV. 

Freddy Carter, who performs Kaz, admitted that he was a bit bummed to see this a part of his storyline ignored of the primary eight episodes. “I sort of kept waiting, because we were getting the script as we were going, so I sort of kept waiting for the big reveal — or just like a little tease, as to why he needs the gloves or why he feels like he can never take them off,” he stated.

“So, yes, I hope that we get to find out a little bit more about that, but I love [the gloves],” Carter continued, “Initially, I didn’t love them. The guys will know that I found it really difficult to do anything with them on initially. I’m meant to be the sort of master of sleight of hand and magic, but I’m not quite, but by the end, it softened up really beautifully and they fit like a glove by the end.”

Shadow and Bone is streaming now on Netflix.

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