Shadow and Bone Season 1 Episode 5 Evaluation: Present Me Who You Are


The winter fete is lastly right here on Shadow and Bone Season 1 Episode 5, and it’s Alina’s large debut evening.

She summons gentle in a elaborate ceremony with company that embrace royalty from overseas soil. Consequently, Alina has by no means been extra uncovered. She is at risk that she will think about solely in her wildest goals.

“Present Me Who You Are” is a wild experience with jam-packed motion, together with steamy romances, surprising twists, and tragic deaths.

The Winter Fete - Shadow and Bone Season 1 Episode 5

And essentially the most surprising twist of all of them? Normal Kirigan, The Darkling, is the Black Heretic. He has been mendacity to Alina about his true intentions relating to the Shadow Fold.

And, in fact, our hearts break for her. We must always have seen this coming, however identical to Alina, Kirigan’s appeal and vulnerability blinded us. He made her really feel highly effective till Alina discovers he solely did that to say her energy for himself finally.

Her title is Alina Starkov, and she’s going to convey liberation to us all.


Shadow and Bone does a superb job revealing the reality. Even those that have learn the books really feel duped once more. We fell for Kirigan’s act, hook, line, and sinker, regardless that we already knew the reality.

Storytelling ought to all the time be like that — it ought to make you are feeling the identical heightened feelings each time, no matter what number of occasions you have got watched or learn one thing. We applaud the writers for pulling this off effortlessly.

Are You Sure? - Shadow and Bone Season 1 Episode 5

A lot of “Present Me Who You Are” takes place by Alina’s eyes. We really feel the identical issues she does. When Alina is bound Kirigan has intensely passionate emotions for her, we expect so, too. When Baghra reveals the reality about Kirigan, we really feel simply as betrayed. Identical to Alina, we need to plead with Baghra desperately to cease Kirigan.

However Baghra is Kirigan’s mom. If anybody is aware of the reality, she does, so Alina has to consider her.

Not less than Alina has the great sense to take heed to Baghra and run away earlier than Kirigan returns. Now, Alina is actually on her personal. She has no concept the place Mal is, and he or she has to go away her life behind as she stows away within the trunk of a coach, determined to flee.

The truth that this reveal happens virtually instantly after Alina looks like she belongs on the Little Palace, her house, makes it a lot worse. Alina labored so onerous to slot in together with her new life on the Little Palace. She believed she was working towards one thing for the larger good, solely to comprehend Kirigan supported Alina for his personal agenda. 

We hope Alina realizes that no matter what Kirigan has stated or completed, she alone manifests her powers and summons gentle. She turns into so highly effective that she doesn’t even want the gloves Kirigan ordered David to make if Alina was not able to carry out.

The Sun Summoner's Show - Shadow and Bone Season 1 Episode 5

However she was as a result of Alina is the Solar Summoner. Others would possibly need to kill or exploit her, however she alone can summon gentle. Nobody can do it for her, no matter what Kirigan’s plans are. Alina turned the Solar Summoner as a result of she was dedicated and decided to tackle this duty and nobody else.

Kirigan could attempt to take Alina’s powers away, however we think about she shall be sturdy sufficient to combat again. And we can not wait to see when she lastly does. 

Alina: I used to be nervous at first. However speaking to Genya, I’ve realized what this demonstration represents. I’ve all the time felt like an outsider, particularly after I first acquired right here. However now, I lastly really feel like I belong. And never that I simply belong right here, however to one thing larger. That we will supply Grisha and Ravkans hope for the long run.
Kirigan: Which means lots to me, Alina. You imply lots… to everybody.

However the reality about The Darkling is just one of many surprises on Shadow and Bone Season 1 Episode 5. He would be the largest shock of all of them, however there are nonetheless different twists that make our hearts fall out of our chests. Notably, when Arken activates the Crows, revealing he has his personal agenda.

It seems that Arken has been working with Normal Zlatan, the particular person main West Ravka’s motion for independence. The Solar Summoner destroying the Fold would damage any likelihood of independence, so in fact, Zlatan needs Alina lifeless.

Centuries of Practice - Shadow and Bone Season 1 Episode 5

However we all the time stated that the Crows are clever, particularly Kaz. He’s observant of the whole lot, whatever the circumstances. And when Kaz noticed Zlatan and Arken conversing earlier than they crossed the Fold, Kaz realized Arken had his personal plans. 

It’s horrifying to see Arken all of a sudden activate the Crows, and we’re grateful for Kaz’s impeccable remark expertise.

Inej: You need the brand new man to seize the million-kruge package deal?
Kaz: The brand new man is aware of his method round Grisha locks. Our futures depend upon this.

Our hearts stopped for a couple of moments when Arken unexpectedly slits Alina’s throat. How might Alina die? She is the primary character, in any case. There could be no Shadow and Bone with out her.

We expect Arken had missed a deadly wound, however as soon as Genya cradles Alina after the assault, we understand one thing just isn’t proper. Alina’s harm seems to be deadly, so what on earth is occurring?

A Party Trick - Shadow and Bone Season 1 Episode 5

Nicely, Kirigan anticipated a possible assault on Alina’s life. So, with Genya’s assist, they set up a backup plan — Alina will carry out her gentle present, and afterward, she’s going to safely retire for the night, and at that time, Marie will take over as Alina.

Marie’s premature demise is definitely a shock, no matter whether or not you have got learn the books or not. Readers already know Marie will die, however this happens far earlier within the narrative than we anticipated, efficiently rendering her demise a brutal shock for all of us. 

We’re considerably unhappy to see her go, however it isn’t such a major loss since she didn’t have a lot display time. Nonetheless, we can not assist however really feel a twinge of ache as Marie takes her remaining breaths.

The Apparat: I need to say, Sol Koroleva, you’re changing into fairly harmful.
Alina: I am sorry?
The Apparat: You’ll turn into much more harmful nonetheless. You haven’t any concept how a lot bigger a job you need to play, do you? The individuals are erecting altars to Sankta Alina.
Alina: Why would they do this?
The Apparat: As a result of there’s something far larger than armies, one thing sturdy sufficient to topple kings and generals, to crumble nations and beginning empires. Religion, Alina.

We surprise if Alina will ever discover out what occurred, however then once more, many issues are up within the air proper now. Alina doesn’t even know that Mal is in search of her, which makes us surprise if they’ll lastly reunite quickly. We must maintain watching to search out out.

We need to hear from you, Fanatics!

What did you consider Shadow and Bone Season 1 Episode 5? Had been you stunned to be taught the reality about The Darkling? Do you suppose he’ll discover Alina? Will Mal discover Alina? Do you suppose Alina will go to Ketterdam with Kaz, Inej, and Jesper?

Tell us your ideas within the feedback beneath!

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