The Witcher Season 2 is undergoing production and will soon be there to bewitch us with its fantasy world. The Netflix original was renewed for a second season weeks before its first season was aired. The Witcher Season 1 was a massive success and the audience have high expectations from season 2.
The fantasy series is based on the books by Andrzej Sapkowski. It follows the stories of Geralt of Rivia, Ciri and Yennefer. There are many rumours surrounding the second season which have been answered to the best of our knowledge. Carry on to know more.
The Witcher Season 2 Release date: Is it coming soon?
The Witcher Season 2 release date is expected to be 2021, though nothing else has been specified. The first season’s confounding timeframe jumps took the audience off guard and it was hard for them to decipher it. But the second season will follow a much more linear fashion of storytelling.
Season 2 began filming in 2020 but the production is stalled for obvious reasons. The official date of release has not been revealed yet but according to recent news it’s sometime in August 2021. This is based on the reports by Platige Image, a special effects company behind season 1 and 2. The report from April 27 said its work on all eight episodes of The Witcher season 2 is due July 2021. Their work for season 1 was due November 2019, and the show launched a month later. So, we expected season 2 to follow suite.
Production was put on hold after ex-GOT star Kristofer Hivju tested positive for Covid-19 – he’s now recovered, thankfully. The shooting has not restarted yet, though work is expected to resume in late summer 2020.
An animated movie of The Witcher?
The Witcher Season 2 will be accompanied by an anime style movie, as announced by netflix. The name of the movie has also been revealed: The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. Although no release date has been announced yet but we expect it to hit the screens before the season 2 of the series.
Beau DeMayo has been confirmed as the writer of the movie. The movie will focus on Vesemir, Geralt’s mentor. It will cover the stories about the journey of a young Vesemir while new threats were facing The Continent.
The Witcher Season 2 cast: New and returning members
Netflix has revealed the full cast for the show. Henry Cavill (Geralt), Anya Chalotra (Yennefer) and Freya Allan (Ciri) are the obvious constants.
Apart from these, three new witchers have been confirmed: Lambert, played by Paul Bullion, Coën, played by Yasen Atour and Hemrik, played by Joel Adrian.This gives rise to the speculations that season 2 will take us to the place where witchers are trained, Kaer Morhen. Will Ciri be completing her training here too?
Kim Bodnia will return as Vesemir, the witcher trainer, and Kristofer Hivju will play Nivellen. Other new castings include Mecia Simson as Francesca, Thue Ersted Rasmussen as Eskel, Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia and Agnes Bjorn as Vereena. There are reports suggesting Carmel Laniado has joined the cast to play a young character called Violet for at least three episodes.
In addition to this, a majority of season 1 characters will be back. Eamon Farren will be back as Cahir. Joey Batey and Anna Shaffer will return as Jaskier and Triss respectively. Other familiar characters will also return.
It is to be noted that the directing team is completely different from season 1. This has been confirmed by Netflix, which has also revealed their names: Ed Bazalgette, Sarah O’Gorman, Geeta Patel and Stephen Surjik.
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The Witcher Season 2 Plot: What story the books say
The Witcher Season 1 was a subject of discussion for the non-linear timeframe of storytelling that it followed. This often left the audience confused. Even the creators give credit to the audience for understanding such a daunting style of storytelling. However they have realised for good that this is not the case for everyone.
Although season 1’s climax made all ends meet but the creators have decided to go easy this time by following a simpler plot. It has been confirmed that the stories of Geralt, Ciri and Yennefer will follow the same timeline and told simultaneously.
The monster hunting adventures will begin from where it was left in the previous season. Different short stories from The Witcher series will taken as source material for the episodes and some flashback scenes can be expected. In the books, Ciri makes up the central plot of the saga. This makes us consider that Ciri will be the center of attention in this season.
The saga covers five books, starting with Blood of Elves, and centers on Ciri, her importance as a magical royal with Elven heritage, her relationship with Geralt, her ongoing efforts to survive, and how all this shapes events on The Continent. The setup for this had begun in season 1 itself by the siege and downfall of Cintra, and Ciri’s subsequent escape. More action is expected under Nilfgaardian rule due to rise in tensions between humans and non-humans. The ancestral home and stronghold of the witchers shall be revealed, and Geralt is required to take Ciri to the fortress for protection and training.
Needless to say, there will be some more war, prophecy, dark magic and, of course, monster hunting in The Witcher Season 2. A mysterious and powerful wizard is looking for Ciri.
Hush hush! Any more and the mystery will fade.