Netflix has embraced the fantasy epic genre with its TV adaptation of The Witcher, and after the climactic end to the eight-episode first season, fans are already looking forward to season 2. Starring Henry Cavill in the lead role as Geralt of Rivia, a monster slayer for hire, The Witcher is based on a series of books by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, and was adapted for TV by Lauren S. Hissrich (The Defenders).
Set in a fantasy world referred to as the Continent, season 1 of The Witcher divides its focus between Geralt, a sorceress called Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra), and Ciri (Freya Allan), a young princess with an important destiny. All three become swept up in politics and war as the kingdom of Nilfgaard advances across the land, aiming to conquer the entire Continent. Though Geralt attempts to keep his focus on killing monsters for coin, the world is full of people trying to sway him to their cause.
With its lavish budget and a big star leading the cast, The Witcher is clearly a major priority for Netflix, so it’s no surprise that a second season was green lit before the first was even released. Here’s everything we know so far about The Witcher season 2.
The Witcher Has Already Been Renewed For Season 2
Netflix officially announced season 2 of The Witcher in November 2019, with an image of Geralt’s two swords (steel for killing humans, silver for killing monsters). Hissrich responded to the news with elation, saying, “I could not be more proud of what the amazing cast and crew of The Witcher have accomplished, and can’t wait for the world to dig in and enjoy these stories with us.”
The Witcher Season 2’S Release Date
The announcement of The Witcher season 2 also came with the news that we can look forward to more episodes in 2021. Principal photography for season 1 began in October 2018, and the episodes released in December 2019, so we can expect a similar time scale for season 2’s production. The Witcher season 2 began filming in early 2020, and will likely resume doing so now that Coronavirus productions restrictions are beginning to lift, so expect to see new episodes in mid-to-late 2021. That’s assuming the delay doesn’t set things back too far.
The Witcher Season 2 Story Details
The Witcher is closely based on Sapkowski’s books, and season 1 concludes with the Battle of Sodden Hill, which marks the end of the first Northern War. The first season is primarily based on the first two collections of Witcher stories: The Sword of Destiny and The Last Wish, and also partly on the first novel, Blood of Elves. Notably, season 1 is split into three different timelines: Yennefer’s, Geralt’s, and Ciri’s. Geralt and Yennefer’s paths cross twice in the first season, and Geralt and Ciri finally meet each other at the end, where the three timelines converge. It’s likely, now that the characters are all caught up to one another, that The Witcher season 2 will have a more linear approach.
Now that Ciri is in Geralt’s care, we may see him take her to Kaer Morhen to train as a witcher – though based on his conversation with his mother, it seems Geralt may not be keen to inflict that kind of brutal training on his own child. Yennefer’s fate was left uncertain after she used her magic to defeat Nilfgaard’s army, and she may be weakened when The Witcher season 2 begins. In the books, Yennefer develops a close relationship with Ciri, so hopefully we’ll get to see the two of them interact in the next season.
The Witcher Season 2 Cast
Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri are the only regular cast members in The Witcher season 1 (appearing in every episode), but there are a large number of recurring cast members set to return for season 2, including Joey Batey as Geralt’s bard friend, Jaskier, MyAnna Buring as Tissaia, Tom Canton as Filavandrel, Lilly Cooper as Murta, Jeremy Crawford as Yarpin Zigrin, Eamon Farren as Cahir, Mahesh Jadu as Vilgefortz, Terence Maynard as Artorius, Lars Mikkelson as Stregobor, Mimi Ndiweni as Fringilla Vigo, Royce Pierrseson as Istredd, Wilson Radjou-Pujalte as Dara, Anna Shaffer as Triss Merigold, and Therica Wilson Read as Sabrina.
As if that wasn’t enough characters to populate a series, The Witcher season 2 has also cast lots of new additions to the ensemble. Kim Bodnia (Killing Eve) will play Geralt’s mentor Vesemir, despite a fan push to cast Mark Hamill in the role. Game of Thrones veteran Kristofer Hivju has been cast as Nivellen, while three more Witchers are headed into the fray, Yasen Atour (Robin Hood) as Coën, Paul Bullion (Peaky Blinders) as Lambert, and Thue Ersted Rasmussen (Fast and Furious 9) as Eskel. Finally, Carmel Laniado plays Violet, Aisha Fabienne Ross (The Danish Girl) plays Lydia, and newcomers Agnes Bjorn and Mecia Simson play Vereena and Francesca, respectively.
The Witcher Anime Movie Is Coming
In addition to The Witcher season 2, Netflix and the show’s creative team are creating an original anime movie called The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, which will focus on a young version Vesemir. It’s unclear who will voice Vesemir, although the season 1 finale featured a brief voiceover of Young Vesemir, credited to Theo James (known for his role in the Divergent movies).