Let’s get the most important question out of the way first: when exactly does The Witcher season 2 come out on Netflix? December 17th. Just in time for some Xmas binge-watching!
The Witcher season 1 brought many of the book’s best bits to the big screen, from Foltest’s Striga to Geralt’s Last Wish. Let’s not forget the fantastic Witcher games that have built a large following since ‘The Witcher’ (the first one) was released all the way back in 2007. You could say that a TV series was long overdue.
It’s been a while since the first season ended, with many of us still in lockdown from the cursed pandemic, so perhaps you need a refresher on where it left off. Season 1 of The Witcher culminated with a bloody battle that saw the Nilfgaard army defeated, at least for the moment. Geralt (Henry Cavill) sustained a dangerous injury and was rescued from near-death by Zola’s husband, Yurgia, missing Ciri in mere moments. The pair are eventually reunited, fulfilling their destiny, and (surprise!) they are related. Father and daughter.
Netflix recently shared a behind-the-scenes video teasing what’s in store: “None of us has ever experienced a television season like this before, I’m sure. We cannot wait to show you what Geralt and Ciri, and Yennefer and Jaskir, and all of your favorites have been up to since we left them at the Battle of Sodden Hill.”
So, who are the returning faces, and who’s new?
Returning characters are:
Geralt (Henry Cavill), Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), and Ciri (Freya Allan), Jaskier (Joey Batey). Also returning are Tissaia (MyAnna Buring), Filavandrel (Tom Canton), Murta (Lilly Cooper), Yarpin Zigrin (Jeremy Crawford), Cahir (Eamon Farren), Vilgefortz (Mahesh Jadu), Artorius (Terence Maynard), Stregobor (Lars Mikkelsen), Fringilla Vigo (Mimi Ndiweni), Istredd (Royce Pierreson), Dara (Wilson Radjou-Pujalte), Triss Merigold (Anna Shaffer), and Sabrina (Therica Wilson Read).
And the new characters have been revealed as follows:
Coen (Yasen Atour), Vereena (Agnes Bjorn), Lambert (Paul Bullion), Eskel (Basil Eidenbenz), Lydia (Aisha Fabienne Ross), Francesca (Mecia Simson), Vesemir (Kim Bodnia), and last but by no means least, Nivellen, the monster of a man (played by Kristofer Hivju. Best known for his role as Tormund Giantsbane in GOT).
The Witcher Season 2: Story (Potential Spoilers)
At the time of writing, we know seven of the eight-episode titles for season two.
- A Grain of Truth
- Kaer Morhen
- What is Lost
- Redanian Intelligence
- Turn Your Back
- Dear Friend
- Voleth Meir (Deathless Mother)
Fortunately, Netflix has recently revealed a teaser of what we can come to expect from season 2 of The Witcher.
“Convinced that Yennefer’s life was lost at the Battle of Sodden, Geralt of Rivia brings Princess Cirilla to the safest place he knows, his childhood home of Kaer Morhen. While the Continent’s kings, elves, humans, and demons strive for supremacy outside its walls, he must protect the girl from something far more dangerous: the mysterious power she possesses inside.”
Lauren Hissrich, The Witcher boss, gave an exclusive interview to Digital Spy, and was quoted as saying:
“What I would say is that season one is very much about building blocks. It’s about constructing the world, and setting up these characters, and putting them on paths, and knocking those dominoes over.”
“When you get to season two, all of those things start to come to play, which is that characters start meeting each other – sometimes getting along, sometimes not. All those things that we set up – Geralt and Yennefer, Geralt and Ciri, Yennefer and Ciri – all of the different kingdoms that you just barely hear about in season one, start rising to the surface in season two.
“So the storytelling is a little more intense in a way, and maybe a little more focused and driven in the journeys that we’re telling in season two.”
Then, speaking directly to fans on Reddit, Hissrich said: “Their stories don’t happen simultaneously, so we knew we needed to play with time a bit. This will definitely change in season two, as their stories have begun to converge.”
And also when talking to Vulture: “The stories will be told in a much more linear fashion. They won’t all be one story. It’s not like all three are together and happy all the time. But I do want to employ some different ways to look at time series-wide. I think that there is a lot that we couldn’t fit into season one. There are different short stories that I would love to highlight and focus on. We may end up doing those in the future, via flashback, for instance. But no, we won’t have things happening across 100 years at the same time anymore.
“One of the biggest changes we’ve made is to make sure that the scripts aren’t too long. It’s a terrible thing when you shoot a story that you’re proud of, and then it’s 95 minutes long and you’re trying to fit it into 60 minutes of television.”
Finally, when speaking to TV Guide, the Witcher boss said:
“One of the things that of course happens, when you are adapting material, is that you have these eight episodes, they’re an hour long each, [and] we had much more of Ciri’s story in season one that we ended up having to trim down. And it’s one of the things that when I look at the season, I see she’s not as present, Ciri’s not as present as I would have liked her to be.
“So in season two, we’re really digging in with her character and we’re going to understand her a lot more… where she starts training, where she actually becomes the character that we know from the books and later from the video games, we will see her become that person. But she doesn’t change on a dime. What we don’t want to do is forget where she came from.”