The Witcher has yet to premiere, but we’re already being primed for more. In a rare move for the streamer, Netflix has picked the Henry Cavill-led series for a second season, more than a month before the series is set to debut. Netflix confirmed the news, which we first heard at The Hollywood Reporter, on Twitter, revealing season two will premiere in 2021.
According to the books The Witcher carries his second season on Roach. Coming 2021. pic.twitter.com/48BChOOUE1
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) November 13, 2019
In a statement, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich expressed her excitement for the season two pick-up.
“I am so excited that before viewers dive into season one, we are already able to confirm that we’ll be returning to The Continent again to continue telling the stories of Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri, and to showcase more of the amazing work that our cast and crew have delivered.”
The Netflix series is based on the popular fantasy series of novels and short stories by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. The books follow beast hunters known as “witchers” who develop supernatural powers as children and go on to fight monsters and beasts. While the best-selling novel series has also inspired a beloved video game series (which, in turn, inspired a series of comics), the Netflix show will specifically follow the books.
The series stars Cavill as the platinum-haired protagonist, Geralt of Rivia.
Based on the best-selling fantasy series, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
Starring alongside Cavill are Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, Geralt’s true love; and Freya Allan as Ciri, a princess whom Geralt is determined to protect. Among the other members of the series’ large ensemble cast are Jodhi May, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Adam Levy, MyAnna Buring, Mimi Ndiweni, Therica Wilson-Read, and Emma Appleton.
While this news guarantees we’ll see at least two seasons of The Witcher, it appears Hissrich is looking even further ahead. Per Escapist magazine, Hissrich revealed to SFX Magazine that she has the series mapped out for seven seasons. “I’ve [mapped out stories] for seven seasons. Right now, it’s just about, ‘how do you set up stories that really capture audiences for years at a time?’” she reportedly teased.
While the early renewal indicates that Netflix has a lot of faith in The Witcher, reaching seven seasons will be remarkable feat. While a handful of Netflix original series have reached six seasons, including Bojack Horseman, Orange Is the New Black, and House of Cards, only one series has ever been given a season seven green light: the Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin-led series Grace and Frankie will end with its seventh season in 2020, making it Netflix’s longest running show.
With Game of Thrones formally over and Amazon’s Lord of the Rings firmly far on the horizon, The Witcher is certainly making a compelling case to become a new go-to hit saga. At the very least, when speaking with SFX Magazine, Hissrich teased one thing The Witcher will have in common with the HBO mega-hit series in season one: not everyone is going to make it out alive.
The eight-episode first season of The Witcher will begin streaming on December 20.
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