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Does Mal die in Shadow and Bone Season 2?

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Shadow and Bone Season 2 is finally here, and it actually covers the last two books in the Grishaverse trilogy. What happens to Mal in the season? Does he die in the season finale?

Caution: This post contains major spoilers from Shadow and Bone Season 2.

We thought the second season would cover the second book in the Grishaverse trilogy. In the end, it covered the second and third books*. After getting the second amplifier, Alina realized she needed the third if she wanted to take down The Fold once and for all.

That led to the reveal that Mal wasn’t just some random orphan. He was a descendant of Baghra’s sister, and that made him the Firebird, the third amplifier. Of course, Alina didn’t want to kill him to take his power, but would she have to in the end?

Did Mal survive Shadow and Bone Season 2?

Alina tried to avoid killing Mal. In the end, The Darkling was too strong and Mal was killed accidentally anyway. Alina took his power as the amplifier to use the cut against The Darkling and take down The Fold. She then used Inej’s sword to kill The Darkling for good.

What about Mal? She asked Nina for help to revive Mal. When that didn’t work, Alina used merzost secretly to bring him back from the dead. That does suggest that Mal isn’t everything he used to be, but for now, he’s Mal and he’s alive again.

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What did you think of the way Shadow and Bone Season 2 ended? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Shadow and Bone Season 2 is now on Netflix.