Shadow and Bone’s Kaz Brekker really tried, y’all.
In the Season 2 finale, which is now streaming on Netflix, he worked up the courage to tell his fellow Crow Inej that he wanted to be with her. He struggled just to even say what he felt, and Inej knew she needed more than what he could offer her romantically in that moment.
“I will have you without your armor, Kaz Brekker, or I will not have you at all,” she told him before walking away to find her family.
It’s the most movement we’ve seen between the pair, who’ve spent Seasons 1 and 2 exchanging small glances, lingering touches and unique banter. “You can really, really feel the yearning and the pain that they’re both in trying to make this work, and it’s just not going to work,” co-showrunner Daegan Fryklind tells TVLine. “Like, he’s damaged.”
Co-showrunner Eric Heisserer adds, “The tension will be palpable the next time those two are in the same room together.”
They aren’t the only ones caught up in a tormented romance. Mattias, a Drüskelle, and Nina, a Grisha, quickly fell for each other before Nina had him sent to Hell Gate (a harsh Kerch prison) to save his life. Nina returned with the papers to free him in the finale, only for nefarious gang leader Pekka Rollins to disregard them and keep Mattias imprisoned — once again separating the pair. For those hoping they’ll find their way back to each other, Heisserer says you’ll be in for a wait. (Note: Shadow and Bone has not yet been renewed for Season 3.)
“Love in the Grishaverse is hard-earned. If you manage to luck into it and realize what you have, then you’re going to be one of the few happy, healthy relationships, and then everybody else will be gunning for you,” Heisserer explains. “Nina and Mattias do have their day in the sun [in the books], but they have to go through a lot of pain and torture to get there. It will remain unrequited for a while.”
Plus, Mattias will have to work on “finding a way towards forgiveness,” Fryklind notes. “She did betray him, from his perspective, and she did what she had to do, from her perspective, to save him. It’s hard for him to see that through the rage.”
Here is my thing about this…, what Kaz went through is horrendous, just awful. At the same time Inej’s body was sold and traded after she was stolen. It’s implied in the show but explained in the books. Both of them have been through unspeakable trauma. So in that way only they can understand the unspeakable pain of having your innocence stolen, and that is why they are so good together, they get each other’s pain…. But they know how to tread carefully. It’s why they are such a deep and important partnership.
I think it’s pretty well told as a story of trauma both in the books and in the show, but given that Inej is basically trafficked from age 14, I sometimes felt as if both the books and the show give a bit too much space to Kaz’s PTSD compared to hers.
Sure hope there is a Season 3. Great series. I’ll look for the books.
Start with “The 6 of Crows”. The duology is fantastic!!
This is all great and good… is Shadow and Bone reupped for s3?. Can we trust Netflix not to cancel it at this point?
I think the season 2 finale felt like it went on and on unnecessary. They would have better served fans to have ended a few scenes sooner providing a good stopping point and just enough closure in case the show is canceled. The other scenes should have been held for the start of a potential season 3, if renewed. Netflix has canceled better.
I am here because I just can’t with Nina and Mattias. I know what’s about to happen to Mattias but I just can’t let go of these two. Please change it in the series.
I second this!
Please please change the Matthias/Nina arc from the books!!!
I third this!
Butts will be kicked if this show gets canceled, I swear to god I’ll cancel my Netflix subscription if it does end up getting canceled….