Netflix recently announced that four new actors will be joining the second season of the fantasy series Balls and bonesBased on the Russian-inspired book series of the same name by Leigh Bardugo (and on Six of Crows duology, set in the same world). We’ll be welcoming Lewis Tan as Tolya Yul-Bataar, Anna Leong Brophy as Tamar Kir-Bataar, Jack Wolfe as Wylan Hendriks and Patrick Gibson as Nikolai Lantsov.
While fans of the Grishaverse book series have long been waiting for this announcement, those who just watched the series will likely be wondering who these new characters are. Let us help.
Prince and Privateer Nikolai Lantsov
Prince, privacy and possible concern for Alina, Nikolai was away from home during the events of the first season, meaning that although much of that money was spent at the Ravkan palaces , we have yet to meet the youngest Lantsov.
The youngest son of the royal family and third in line to the throne, Nikolai was superior to both his father the King and his brother and heir to the throne Vasily Lantsov diplomatically and not a bad people. Knowing this, Nikolai wished his brother to abdicate, leaving the path to the throne open to him.
This thirst for power led Nikolai to form an alliance with Alina, the “Saint of the Sun”.
Nikolai Lantsov first appeared in the second book of Balls and bones trilogy, Siege and Storm, where he first met Alina and Mal while they were on the run from Darkling and his minions. Nikolai was probably traveling under an assumed identity when we met him.
Explosives expert and flute player Wylan Hendriks
In the second episode of Darkness and BoneJesper suggests to Kaz that their crew needs a “Performance Man” Kaz replied, “Jesper, you require an explosive expert in every job!” Well… Jesper’s request is about to be fulfilled.
Wylan Hendriks (yes, he has a different surname in the books) is a fugitive living in Ketterdam’s crate. He meets the infamous Kaz Brekker, who adds him to the crew for the Ice Court heist. While season 2 is unlikely to include the Ice Court storyline, Wylan will most likely still prove to be a great addition to the team.
In addition to being an explosives expert, Wylan is also an accomplished artist, flute player, and pianist. Whether these skills will be useful in Ketterdam’s criminal underworld remains to be seen.
With the birth of Wylan, we now have the sixth raven from Six of Crows duology.
Rogue Grisha Twins Tamar and Tolya Bataar
Rogue Grishas Tamar and Tolya were first introduced as members of the crew of the private company Sturmhond, who transported Alina and Mal back to Ravka.
Twins from Shu Han, a country south of Ravka, experimented on Grisha. They tried to hide both the scientists of their country, and General Kirigan of Ravka. Both twins are corporalki heart-controllers, which means they can control their bodies on a molecular level, a skill that’s very useful whether you want to do harm or heal.
Like Inej and Apparat, Tamar and Tolya were very religious. They consider Alina not a powerful Grisha, but a saint. In the books, many believe that Alina is a saint who joins Soldat Sol. While it is yet to be confirmed whether the show will follow this storyline, introducing these two characters seems possible.
Balls and bones Season 2 will release on Netflix in late 2022 or early 2023
Which character are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below.
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