The Witcher Season 2: Release Date, Cast, Story, and News
It’s usually a good sign for a television series to be extended for a second season before the first episode of the show’s premiere. This was certainly the case with the Netflix series The Witcher, which at one point was the most popular streaming show in the world, and the second most popular series of 2019 on the industry’s leading streamer (after Stranger Things).
We have some clues as to when Season 2 of The Witcher will premiere, as well as the first photo from the season. The question now is: what’s next for Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri? Here’s everything we know about The Witcher’s second season so far.
Choose your own adventure
The Witcher season two production has resumed, and the show’s official Twitter page is for fans to have some fun. They recently started distributing set photos based on a “Choose Your Own Adventure” -style poll.
Today you chose fate.
Honor the wizards who came before, look around now and let your curiosity explore. pic.twitter.com/DIKddBNY72
– The Witcher (@witchernetflix) December 16, 2020
Production was temporarily stopped
According to / Film, filming of The Witcher Season 2 will be temporarily suspended after several crew members test positive for COVID-19. No word yet on whether this will affect a release date (yet to be determined).
In October, Netflix revealed the first photo of Henry Cavill as Geralt in season 2 of The Witcher.
New armor, same sorcerer. Here’s your first look at Henry Cavill as Geralt in @witchernetflix season 2. pic.twitter.com/Hx7UCpzrTW
– Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) October 5, 2020
The eponymous monster hunter wears new armor in the photo, but looks as stoic as ever.
In November, set photos caught wizards Yennefer, Cahir, Stegobor and Vilgefortz hanging around between shots.
Wizards and Sorceresses were discovered on the set of The Witcher by Peter Lau (via Facebook) today. Pic.twitter.com/U4iKkPS5Kc
– r / NetflixWitcher (@netflixwitcher) November 2, 2020
One of the key additions to The Witcher’s cast was announced in late February. Killing Eve actor Kim Bodnia (below) has been cast as Vesemir.
As fans of the Witcher franchise know well, Vesemir is one of the oldest living witchers and a father figure to Geralt. As one of the few survivors of the notorious massacre in Kaer Morhen, in which almost all of the sorcerers were eliminated from the school where Geralt was trained and raised, Vesemir protects the few remaining sorcerers as fiercely as possible and in her early years also mentors Ciri Geralt.
A week earlier, Netflix confirmed a group of new cast members who came to The Witcher in Season 2.
The continent just got bigger. Here are the new cast of #TheWitcher Season 2:
Yasen Atour as Coen
Agnes Björn as Vereena
Paul Bullion as Lambert
Christopher Hivju as levels
Thue Ersted Rasmussen as a donkey
Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia
Mecia Simson as Francesca
– NX (@NXOnNetflix) February 21, 2020
Season two of The Witcher is facing some sort of Game of Thrones crossover as actor Kristofer Hivju (below) has joined the cast. Hivju portrayed fan-favorite character, Tormund Giantsbane, on the HBO hit series and will play cursed noble Nivellen in Season 2 of The Witcher.
Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) Helen Sloan / HBO
Agnes Björn will portray Vereena, a woman with close ties to Nivellen, in Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels “Witcher Saga”. Both Aisha Fabienne Ross and Mecia Simson will play sorceresses in the second season, with Ross Lydia and Simson playing the elf Francesca.
Thue Ersted Rasmussen was originally cast as Eskel, a witch colleague from the wolf school where Geralt trained. However, due to planning issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rasmussen was forced to step down from that role. He was quickly replaced by Basil Eidenbenz, according to a Den of Geek report. Eskel is a key figure in both the novels and the popular video game franchise that inspired them, and one of Geralt’s closest friends.
It was first reported that the two remaining characters on the list were added to the series a few weeks before Rasmussen’s first announcement.
Peaky Blinders and The Bastard Executioner’s actor Paul Bullion (above) will portray Lambert, another witcher from the School of the Wolf. Lambert’s presence in Season 2 suggests fans will learn more about Geralt’s early years and training to be a witcher.
Also there is the Strike Back actor Yasen Atour, who portrays the witcher Coën. Coën, a lesser known sorcerer from the School of the Griffin, played a major role in Ciri’s founding years in The Witcher novels.
Production of the second season of The Witcher resumed on August 17th. To make the announcement, Netflix channeled the poetic skills of Geralt’s favorite bard, Jaskier, on Twitter.
I wipe my lute and pen
I have news of spilling mead:
After all these months we were apart
It’s time to restart production.
The witcher and his bard – who is flawless,
Will reunite on the set August 17th.
– The Witcher (@witchernetflix) June 22, 2020
In the UK, Arborfield / Longcross Studios opened in late summer after being among the first UK studios to close due to the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic took a toll on Hollywood, causing numerous production delays and forcing studios to postpone premieres. The Witcher was no exception, as Netflix reportedly stopped production for the series’ second season in mid-March because of the outbreak.
The decision was particularly noteworthy in making The Witcher the first major TV show in the UK to cease production due to the pandemic.
A month before The Witcher premiered on Netflix, the series was extended for a second season on the streaming service.
Geralt’s adventure is only just beginning …
The Witcher has been renewed for season 2! pic.twitter.com/6iPrUFeujI
– Netflix (@netflix) November 13, 2019
During a Reddit AMA on Jan. 7, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich stated that the series is aiming for a return in 2021 for season two but was unable to offer more specific details on the schedule. At this point in time, no official premiere date has been announced.
Family comes first in Season 2
After introducing Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri (below) in the show’s first season, season two explores the strong bond they share.
According to showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, her unconventional family dynamics will be a central theme in Season 2.
“I think Geralt and Ciri are really fun, they are the most unexpected family you can imagine. You have a witcher whose only job is to kill things for money and you have a little girl who is trying to escape her past, ”Hissrich told The Wrap. “When you come out of season one, you have a pretty good sense of who Ciri is. You have a pretty good sense of who Geralt is. And now we can throw it all in a blender and see what happens when two completely different people may have to be pushed together. “
“It will be two strangers who get together for the first time and learn that they will be together forever,” she added. “I think their growing together to become dad and daughter is one of my favorite parts of the show.”
But Geralt’s relationship with Ciri won’t be the only family dynamic that will be explored.
“When you think of someone’s family, you need to understand their family of origin. Sometimes these are mother and father, sometimes blood relatives. For Geralt it is his brothers, it is the brotherhood of witchers, ”explained Hissrich. “So I’m really looking forward to coming back and meeting Vesemir, his father figure, for the first time and all these men he has grown up with since he was seven.”
Set the first photo
Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich shared her first official photo from the set of season two of The Witcher with fans in April. While the picture didn’t reveal any details about the season, it made it clear that the next season of the series rests on the minds of the creative team as well as the fans.
#tbt on the set of @witchernetflix a month ago.
The sun will rise again. Until then, stay home and stay safe. pic.twitter.com/1PbeUa9YaO
– Lauren S. Hissrich (@LHissrich) April 10, 2020
The story goes on
Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich said in early January that the season will likely unfold into a simpler narrative, as opposed to the multiple parallel timelines that spanned most of the first season’s storyline.
“The story will be much more linear [in season 2]Now that the stories of the three characters are starting to overlap, ”she explained.
The first season of The Witcher was mainly adapted from The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, two collections of short stories set before the events of Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher saga. These stories served as precursors to the events recorded in Sapkowski’s main series and explored the early years of the three main characters – Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri – and how their paths originally crossed.
In an interview with ComicBook.com in December 2019, the series’ executive producer, Tomek Baginski, pointed out that the series could not fit all of the contents of these collections into the first season of The Witcher. This has led to speculation that season two will deliver the rest of these groundbreaking adventures as the events of the primary saga are investigated.
Nothing official has been confirmed so far, however, and Season 2 may actually take the trio’s story in unexpected directions.
Who is back
Series stars Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan all return for The Witcher’s second season, repeating their roles as Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri.
Confirmation of the trio’s return came along with Netflix’s announcement in season two. Lauren Wit Hissrich, the showrunner of The Witcher, told Deadline, “I’m so excited we can confirm we’ll be returning before fans have even seen our first season The Continent retells the stories of Geralt, Yennefer and The Continent Ciri. “