Toss a coin to your favorite Netflix executives because The Witcher is officially coming back for season two. Back in November 2019, more than a month before the series premiered, Netflix announced plans for a second season, set to air in 2021. Since then, the series—as well as most of the entertainment industry—halted production for several months due to COVID-19 concerns. So what does this mean for The Witcher, which was filming its second season when the shutdown occurred? Here’s everything we know about The Witcher season two.
You can’t have The Witcher without Geralt of Rivia. Henry Cavill is, of course, reprising his role as the titular witcher. Joining him are the rest of the principal quartet: Anya Chalotra as sorceress Yennefer, Freya Allan as Princess Ciri, and Joey Batey as the beloved bard Jaskier.
Other members of the large ensemble cast include MyAnna Buring, Tom Canton, Lilly Cooper, Jeremy Crawford, Eamon Farren, Mahesh Jadu, Terence Maynard, Lars Mikkelson, Mimi Ndiweni, Royce Pierreson, Wilson Radjou-Pujalte, Anna Shaffer, and Therica Wilson Read.
What’s season two about?
While Netflix hasn’t revealed the official season two synopsis, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich teased the introduction of more witchers. The season will take Geralt back to Kaer Morhen, a.k.a. the place witchers are trained, where we’ll meet his mentor and “brothers.” She told The Wrap that season two is about “getting Geralt back to his roots and sort of learning where he came from and what his story is and what his sense of family is.”
One major change in season two is the single timeline, a shift from the multiple timelines used in season one. However, she confirmed the use of flashbacks, flash-fowards, and other “fun challenges with time.” Season two consists of eight episodes, with Stephen Surjik, Sarah O’Gorman, Ed Bazalgette, and Geeta Patel each directing two episodes. In an interview with winteriscoming.net, O’Gorman teased an “exciting” second season for Ciri, Yennifer, and Geralt. She said, “It has the mix of mythical monsters, with those big set pieces, but with the big emotional journeys. Which is what I find appealing.”
Who are these new witchers?
After exclusively focusing on just a single witcher—apologies to Remus—in season one, season two will introduce a bevy of new witchers. Killing Eve star Kim Bodnia has signed on to play Vesemir, legendary witcher and father figure for Geralt.
Netflix described the character in a press release as,
“A charming relic of the witcher Golden Age, Vesemir is the oldest and most experienced witcher in our series, as well as a father figure to Geralt. As one of the survivors of The Massacre at Kaer Morhen, a haunting slaughter that nearly exterminated the Witchers, he is fiercely protective of the remaining few, who he sees as an endangered community who can find glory on “the Path” slaying monsters.”
Actors Paul Bullion and Yasen Atour will play a pair of witchers named Lambert and Coën.
Other New Characters
Game of Thrones alum Kristofer Hivju will play Nivellen, a character featured in Andrzej Sapkowski’s short story “A Grain of Truth.” Other new additions include The Danish Girl’s Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia, Thue Ersted Rasmussen (Fast and Furious 9) as Eskel, Agnes Bjorn as Vereena, and newcomer Mecia Simson will play Francesca.
Unlike many characters previously featured in Andrzej Sapkowski’s books or the video games, Dolittle‘s Carmel Laniado’s Violet is a creation for the Netflix series. The character is described by Deadline as “a young girl whose playful and whimsical demeanour is a front for a smarter and more sadistic character.”
The season two announcement posted to Twitter in November 2019, confirmed the series would return sometime in 2021. Netflix kept things pretty vague, as the streamer is wont to do. It’s a move that has aged very well in this COVID-19 era. The Witcher was only a month into production on season two when coronavirus concerns halted it in mid-March. (Hivju tested positive for the virus soon after production shut down.) According to the series’ official Twitter account, production resumes in the U.K. on August 17.
There’s no word on whether the COVID-19 shutdown will affect the series’ release date. However, a late 2021 release or shift to 2022 would not be surprising.
Any news beyond season two?
Going into the series, viewers knew they’d get at least two seasons of Henry Cavill battling monsters in a gorgeous silver-white wig. Netflix hasn’t said anything yet about season three, but Hissrich hasn’t thought ahead. In November 2019, she told Escapist that she’s mapped out seven seasons worth of storylines.
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Originally published on November 19, 2019, and updated on February 19, February 21, and February 28.