Even before The Witcher became a massive hit at the end of 2019, Netflix had already greenlit a second season of it. But filming for the next installment was derailed by the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, which is why, a full year later, principal photography finally wrapped up in early April 2020. Although the interruptions mean fans will have to wait a while still for the release, the details coming out about The Witcher Season 2 are sure to get everyone excited in the meantime.
The Witcher Season 1 was an interesting experiment in mixing different kinds of media into a single adaptation. The world of The Witcher started as short stories, then moved to full-length novels before being adapted into video games. Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich used all of these in creating the Continent for Netflix. Geralt's short stories and video game adventures were utilized as "monster of the week" adventures, while on separate timelines, the series expanded Yennefer's backstory and Ciri's importance to the mythos.
Season 2 will be the more straightforward adaptation of the full-length novels. But while the story might be easier to follow, it also means an entirely new set of characters from the books will arrive in the new season.
'The Witcher' Teaser
There's no official "teaser" as of yet. But fans got a look at behind-the-scenes footage in Netflix's first official Season 2 video commemorating the end of filming.
The Witcher was one of the hardest hit of Netflix's big shows by the coronavirus pandemic shutdown of Hollywood. The series had only just begun work on Season 2 in March 2020 when it shut down the first time. After months of delay, the series picked back up in August but faced several unplanned breaks due to coronavirus outbreaks and injuries. But fans can rejoice that the new season is complete and should arrive sometime later this year.
'The Witcher' Season 2 First Look
But even before fans get to the new faces, there are the returning leads from Season 1. As early images show, Henry Cavill will return as the titular Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, as will Freya Allan as Ciri. The most significant change between seasons shows Ciri's "lost princess in the woods" look will give way to a more realistic warrior look for her training.
'The Witcher' Season 2 Cast
Cavill and Allan will be joined by Anya Chalotra, who is returning as Yennefer. Despite her disappearance at the end of Season 1, photos promise Yennefer will be back. She's not the only sorceress returning either. MyAnna Buring will return as Yennefer's old mentor, Tissaia de Vries, Mimi Ndiweni as Fringilla Vigo, Anna Shaffer as Triss Merigold, and Therica Wilson Read as Sabrina. Also returning this season: Lars Mikkelson as Stregobor, Royce Pierrseson as Istredd, and Wilson Mbomio as Dara. Finally, fan-favorite Joey Batey will return as the bard, Jaskier.
But the big announcements have been about the new arrivals. Fans will recognize Adjoa Andoh, who starred in Bridgerton as Lady Danbury. She'll play Nenneke, a priestess and head of the Temple of Melitele. Andoh's joined by fellow Bridgerton alum, Chris Fulton (Sir Philip, who married Marina), who'll be playing Rience, one of the mages chasing Ciri.
Other additions include Cassie Clare (Brave New World) as Phillippa Eilhart, Redania's court sorceress, and Graham McTavish (Outlander) as Dijkstra, the head of Redanian Intelligence. Simon Callow (Midsomer Murders) and Liz Carr (Silent Witness) join the cast as Codringher and Fenn, who run a detective agency. Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey) as Ba'lian, a writer and map maker.
These characters join the already announced new cast that includes Basil Eidenbenz (Victoria) as Eskel, Paul Bullion (Peaky Blinders) as Lambert, and Yasen Atour (Young Wallander) as Coën, fellow Witchers who fight alongside Geralt. Mecia Simson (Brave New World) plays Francesca, another sorceress who works with Tissaia.
'The Witcher' Season 2 Plot
After binding several source materials together in Season 1, The Witcher Season 2 will mostly follow the novels starting with Season 2. In Blood of Elves, the first novel, Geralt, who is protecting Ciri, takes her to the witchers' keep, Kaer Morhen, to be educated and keep her safe. But as fans saw in Season 1, Ciri's abilities are far greater than Geralt suspects. Vesemir, the head of the Witcher order, asks sorceress Triss Merigold to check out Ciri and work with her to help control these odd abilities. Triss discovers Ciri is a "Source," which is beyond her abilities to teach. She tells Geralt to seek out Yennefer to train the girl.
It's not clear how much of this will make it into Season 2. As fans have noted, quite a few short stories remain unused. Moreover, some of the cast, like Kristofer Hivju (Game of Thrones) as Nivellen, Agnes Bjorn (Monster) as his lover Vereena, and Aisha Fabienne Ross (The Danish Girl) as Lydia, are directly pulled from the short stories. That suggests the series will still weave in some of the remaining stories
'The Witcher' Season 2 Release Date
The Witcher Season 2 does not yet have a release date but is expected to arrive toward the end of 2021.
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