Today, Netflix dropped the first season of Shadow and Bone, it’s new fantasy epic based on the novels by Leigh Bardugo.
The show is getting a good response, including from us, but does that mean it’ll find an audience? Will people be clamoring to see more after they finish watching the inaugural season? I know it seems early to be talking a potential extension for the series, but considering how much time big SFX-driven shows like this need to make new episodes, and the fact that Netflix dumps whole seasons of TV at once, it’s worth wondering about.
Obviously, the cast wants to return and adapt more of Bardugo’s work, with star Archie Renaux (Mal) telling PopCulture.com that he’s “fairly confident” the show will be embraced by fans and renewed by Netflix.
Game of Thrones star gives fantasy advice to Shadow and Bone star
When it comes to fantasy series with long lives, you can’t really do better than Game of Thrones, which Shadow and Bone has already been compared (along with every other fantasy show in the hopper). “We do hear ‘Game of Thrones’ quite a bit,” Renaux said. “That’d be amazing if it had the same success as that, and I really hope that it does.”
Renaux has some unique insight into this experience on account of the fact that he recently starred in the sci-fi flick Voyagers alongside Isaac Hempstead Wright, who played Bran Stark on Game of Thrones. “He knows about the show, I remember speaking to him about it, and he was like ‘wow, it sounds very good.’ That made me really excited about it all.”
"He’s seen how it’s going to look in the trailer and stuff, and I think he’s pretty impressed by it all…I’ll have to ask him [for tips on being in a fantasy franchise] because I mean, he did that for like, 10 years. He was doing that for a long time. So yeah, he is I guess the guy to go-to about fantasy."
We’ll see what happens as the responses to Shadow and Bone roll in! Fingers crossed.