Fantasy drama ‘The Witcher’ is based on a series of short stories and novels written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, which also inspired a hugely popular video game series of the same name. Set in a magical world where witchers – genetically enhanced humans – have special monster-slaying powers, the show follows a solitary monster hunter named Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), the last of his kind, who struggles to find his place in a world, endure, and survive as simply as possible.
With its medieval magical vibe, along with intricate and fantastical storytelling, the drama series quickly arrested the attention of critics and viewers alike as soon as it was released in December 2019. If you are curious about the upcoming installment and are looking for the details, here’s everything we know about ‘The Witcher’ season 2!
The Witcher Season 2 Release Date
‘The Witcher’ season 1 hit Netflix on December 20, 2019. The streamer showed immense faith and confidence in the series as it scored a pre-emptive season 2 renewal, more than a month before its breakthrough release. In a similar vein to season 1, the second season would be eight episodes long.
Thanking fans for their enormous support, lead actor Henry Cavill took to his Instagram to share his gratitude while confirming that filming for season 2 had already started in January 2020. However, production was halted in mid-march due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and didn’t resume until mid-August 2020. Taking the post-production time period into account, fans can expect ‘The Witcher’ season 2 to premiere sometime in 2021.
The Witcher Season 2 Cast: Who is in it?
The cast members who will most likely reprise their roles for season 2 includes Henry Cavill as Gerald of Rivia, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, Freya Allan as Cirilla “Ciri,” Joey Batey as Jaskier, MyAnna Buring as Tissaia, Anna Shaffer as Triss Merigold, Tom Canton as Filavandrel, Eamon Farren as Cahir, Mimi Ndiweni as Fringilla Vigo, and Mahesh Jadu as Vilgefortz.
Season 2 of ‘The Witcher’ is all set to add some truly stellar actors into the mix. New cast members include Kristofer Hivju (‘Game of Thrones’) as Nivellen, Paul Bullion (‘Peaky Blinders’) as Lambert, Yasen Atour (‘Young Wallander’) as Coën, Agnes Bjorn (‘Monster’) as Vereena, Aisha Fabienne Ross (‘The Danish Girl’) as Lydia, Kim Bodnia (‘Killing Eve’) as Vesemir, and Mecia Simson as Francesca.
Thue Ersted Rasmussen (‘Fast and Furious 9’) was originally cast as Eskel. However, according to Variety, the role was recast due to the “reschedule conflicts caused by the coronavirus pandemic”. Thue also shared the news on his Instagram handle. He has been replaced by a Swiss actor, Basil Eidenbenz, who you might recognize from ‘Victoria’, or ‘The Favourite’.
The Witcher Season 2 Plot: What can it be About?
Season 1 loosely adapts two ‘The Witcher’ short story collections, namely ‘The Last Wish’ and ‘The Sword of Destiny.’ The finale sees Geralt heading into the forest, where he encounters a merchant named Yurga, and both are attacked by undead humanoids whose bites are fatal. While Geralt fends them off, one of them chomps off on his leg, causing him to collapse. While unconscious, the Witcher has visions of his childhood where he remembers being a boy in his house with his mother Visenna.
This is followed by another moment where Visenna leaves him by the side of the road for Vesemir – a mysterious figure who’s undoubtedly responsible for turning Geralt into a witcher. Yurga feels indebted to Geralt for saving his life in the woods and offers him the Law of Surprise as a token of gratitude. However, Geralt rejects the offer, saying he’ll rather accept an ale. The final moments of season 1 see Geralt and Ciri facing each other as the latter asks, “Who’s Yennefer?” much to Geralt’s own surprise.
Season 2 might delve deeper into the true nature of Ciri’s sought-after power and Geralt’s traumatic origin story involving Vesemir. On this journey, we might meet more Witchers alongside Geralt and explore the depth of the Nilfgaardian villains. Based on where season 1 ends, season 2 should mine from the source material ‘Blood of Elves.’ We can expect to see more on the war with Nilgaard and the elvish insurgence. Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich has confirmed that the story of season 2 will be much more linear now that the three characters’ – Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer – stories have started to intersect.
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