General Kirigan from Shadow and Bone is a shower bag

Ben Barnes as General Kirigan in the Netflix adaptation of Shadow and Bone.

Ben Barnes as General Kirigan in the Netflix adaptation of Shadow and bone.
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Leigh bardugo The Grishaverse novel series has caused a stir in the YA realm and beyond, so it’s no surprise that Netflix has chosen to adapt Shadow and bone in a series. The question I still ask myself – as an observer, not as a reader – is … what does anyone see in General Kirigan?

Besides the fact that it is played by the conventional allure Ben barnes, of course. Although I haven’t read the books (so please try to keep the book spoilers out of the comments for more than I do – although the entire first season of the Netflix series is fair game!), J ‘ve watched season one over the course of a few days. I didn’t fall head over heels but it was nice and can’t wait to see more of this curious world. But none of my coworkers have watched or finished and frankly I need to talk about it.

I’ve seen so many fans express their love for the characters online (as fans are used to). Now, I see obvious doe eyes for almost everyone in this cast – let’s be honest, this is how Hollywood is throwing – from Archie Renaux’s Evil, Kit Young’s Jesper, and the rest of the Ravens to cheeky Fedyor (Julian Kostov) and Calahan Skogman’s rather bloody Matthias. (As a bisexual cardholder, I can personally attest to getting lost in Nina’s [Danielle Galligan] eyes, but I haven’t seen so much love for women in online distribution yet, weirdly.) But I really don’t understand General Kirigan … I’m sorry, Alexander… the love I see. He is, quite frankly, a crap.

Oh sure, like a lot of bad guys, maybe he was “good” one day in the past and loved pure and true. Yada, yada of great intentions. Here? Well, given that the first season is only eight episodes long, and it’s almost guaranteed that Netflix has more in the bag already, you find out pretty quickly that he’s a vile abuser! I watched TV a lot in my day and I’m not often really surprised, but this one went from your typical YA love triangle pretty quickly to “Oh my god, someone kill this monster immediately” for me. . I asked jokingly on Twitter during the weekend when I was about to get to the “boning” part of Shadow and bone assuming it would be a ‘kissing story’ i had no idea the boning would be literal. What the hell is this?

Am I missing something? Has there been another monster in him since he created the crease and the “real Alexander” is still decent somehow (blah)? Does it get a big redemption arc down the road and book fans are just reading the current adaptation for the future story to tell? Even if it does, buying him back would be like trying to buy Joffrey Baratheon from Game of thrones after all the repellent shit he shot (damn no). No one should romanticize this manipulative abuser and yet …


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