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Does The Darkling die in Shadow and Bone Season 2?

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The Darkling eventually dies in the Grishverse trilogy, but what about Shadow and Bone Season 2? Does he die in the season finale?

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

As the villain, we have been ready for The Darkling to die. Eventually, all the villains need to be killed off in the world of TV. This isn’t real life where, for some reason, the bad guys seem to live forever to cause torment and misery.

The question was always going to be when that would happen. It takes three books to see the ending to The Darkling in the main trilogy. Would it take until Season 3 for his death to happen?

What happened to The Darkling in Shadow and Bone Season 2?

It turns out that the series opted to tell the story of Ruin and Rising* as well as Siege and Storm during the second season. That has taken us to the end of the Grishaverse trilogy.

At the end, we saw Alina face The Darkling in The Fold. She found out she had to kill Mal and take his power as the third amplifier if she wanted to take down The Darkling, but she didn’t want to do that. When Mal is killed anyway, she does that, using the cut against The Darkling to take him down and remove The Fold for good.

That didn’t kill The Darkling, though. Alina had to use Inej’s sword to kill him once and for all.

His body was then burned. Alina and the others refused to allow his body to be taken by other Grisha to use for their own needs.

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Shadow and Bone Season 2 is now streaming on Netflix.