The Witcher Season 2: Here’s everything you need to know about the second season of Netflix’s popular fantasy drama ‘The Witcher’.
- Netflix announced the second season of ‘The Witcher’ before the release of the first season on Dec 20, 2019.
- While the second season is close to release, Netflix has also confirmed that season three has already begun production.
Turning a novel into a series is quite a trend these days so that those who don’t read books can enjoy through visual art. Similarly, Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ is based on a series of fantasy novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. Not only books, but the series is also an adaption of a video game developed by CD Projekt Red and published by Atari on Microsoft Windows and CD Projekt on OS X. If you are still not over this series, you can also try the other two options to be fully satisfied.
Season 1 of The Witcher was premiered in December 2019 and since then fans are desperately waiting for another season. The Witcher Season 2 is one of the most anticipated web shows on Netflix. The good news is that the second season release is around the corner and Netflix has also confirmed that season three has already begun production. Here’s everything you need to know about the future of the fantasy drama series.
The Witcher Season 2: Expected Plot
Season 1 was based on ‘The Last Wish’ and ‘Sword of Destiny’ which are the first two collections of short stories both preceding the main ‘The Witcher Saga’. It is expected that the second season will be based on the first official book in The Witcher Saga, ‘Blood of Elves.’
“It’s more streamlined because all the three storylines are now in the same timeline so, I think it makes it a little more straightforward, but in a very good sense. I think it will be a very strong season. We also learned so much on the first one about the world, the characters and about what story we wanted to tell” said Bagiński about the second season.
Schmidt Hissrich tweeted saying “She can’t wait to dig deeper into Cahir and Fringilla in S2…who they are, why Nilfgaard is important to them, and where they’ll go from here…. It’s one of my favourite parts of the new season”.
The Witcher Season 2: Production Details
The Witcher is all about graphics and has pretty amusing scenery. The Redanian Intelligence: The Witcher tweeted in January 2020 that Netflix built an entire town for The Witcher at Arborfield Studios, UK. Other than the UK, it is said that they filmed in many beautiful countries such as Scotland, Hungary and Budapest.
The filming was officially started in February 2020 but was stopped in March 2020 as the entertainment industry was on halt due to the pandemic. They started filming again on Aug 17, 2020.
Posting on Instagram on Nov 3, 2020, Henry Cavill wrote: “England returns to Lockdown on Thursday so it is time for me to depart Yorkshire and The extraordinary North, and head back down South to continue shooting in the studio. Thank you for hosting all of us on season 2 of The Witcher. Hopefully, I shall return to your hills, dales and fells soon. Stay strong and stay safe, my friends.”
Then production took another blow as Henry Cavill injured himself in December 2020. According to Deadline, Cavill suffered a “minor leg muscle injury”, and that the show is adapting and continuing to film. The filming was finally wrapped up in May 2021.
The Witcher Season 2 Release Date
Much to the delight of fans, the official release date for the second season is out. At the WitcherCon virtual event in July 2021, Netflix confirmed that ‘The Witcher’ season two will premiere on Netflix on Dec 17, 2021.
The Witcher Season 2: Cast
Most of the cast members are most probably coming back for the second season. However, we will also see some new faces as plenty of new cast members have been announced. Henry Cavill will be back in season two as the show’s lead character, Gerald of Rivia. His co-stars Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan will also be back. Basil Eidenbenz has been cast as the new Eskel after Thue Ersted Rasmussen had to leave the show due to dates issues.
- Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia
- Anya Chalotra as Yennefer
- Freya Allan as Ciri
- Joey Batey as Jaskier
- Anna Shaffer as Triss Merigold
- Eamon Farren as Cahir
- MyAnna Buring as Tissiana
- Terence Maynard as Artorius
- Royce Pierreson as Istredd
There are a few additions to the ensemble cast. Game of Thrones actor Kristofer Hivju is also joining the cast as Nivellen. There are rumours about Edward Rowe reportedly being cast as King Henselt.
- Paul Bullion as Lambert
- Yasen Atour as Coen
- Joel Adrian as Hemrik
- Mecia Simson as Francesca
- Thue Ersted Rasmussen as Eskel
- Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia
- Agnes Bjorn as Vereena
- Carmel Laniado as Violet
- Kristopher Hijvu as Nivellen
Do we have a trailer yet?
A full two-minute teaser trailer was released at the WitcherCon event in July. In the trailer, we can see Geralt (Henry Cavill) and Ciri (Freya Allan) are finally together after searching for each other throughout the first season. The couple spends time at the Witcher castle ‘Kaer Morhen’ from where Witchers operate and demon-hunters spend the winter. Ciri is now a Witcher in training.
In September, Netflix released one more video trailer which includes clips from season one and glimpses from the new season, including a sneak peek at Kim Bodnia‘s Vesemir. Here’s a video:
On Oct 29, 2021, Netflix released the official trailer. It received a tremendous response. Though some viewers criticized the makers for using a rap song in a medieval fantasy series. Watch the trailer here:
The Witcher franchise
In August, Netflix finally released the anime movie The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, which introduced us to Vesemir. The next feature in the ‘The Witcher’ franchise is the second season of the series.
Meanwhile, a prequel titled The Witcher: Blood Origin is being filmed in various locations throughout the United Kingdom. It is a miniseries set 1200 years before the events of the original series. It will depict the creation of the first Witcher, as well as the events leading to the “Conjunction of the Spheres”. Season 3 of the series is in production.
While we wait for season 2 and the upcoming movie, you can always binge-watch season 1 to keep the memories of this series intact. The Witcher is officially streaming on Netflix. It is Netflix’s answer to Game of Thrones.