It’s usually a good sign for a television series to be extended for a second season before the first episode of the show’s premiere. This was certainly the case with the Netflix series The witcher, reputedly the world’s most popular streaming show at any given time, and the second most popular series of 2019 on the industry’s leading streamer (after that) Strange things).
We have some clues as to when Season 2 of The witcher Premiere and the first photo from the season, the question now becomes: What comes next for Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri? Here’s everything we know about season two of The witcher so far.
In October, Netflix revealed the first photo of Henry Cavill as Geralt in season 2 of The witcher.
New armor, same sorcerer. Here̵7;s your first look at Henry Cavill as Geralt in @witchernetflix season 2. pic.twitter.com/Hx7UCpzrTW
– Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) October 5, 2020
The eponymous monster hunter wears new armor in the photo, but looks as stoic as ever.
One of the most important additions to the cast of The witcher was announced at the end of February Kill Eve Actor Kim Bodnia (below) cast as Vesemir.
As fans of the Witcher franchise know well, Vesemir is one of the oldest living witchers and a father figure to Geralt. As one of the few survivors of the notorious massacre in Kaer Morhen, in which almost all of the witchers were eliminated from the school where Geralt was trained and raised, Vesemir protects the few remaining sorcerers as fiercely as possible and also mentors them in her early years Ciri Geralt.
A week earlier, Netflix confirmed a group of new performers would join The witcher in season 2.
The continent just got bigger. Here are the new cast of #TheWitcher Season 2:
Yasen Atour as Coen
Agnes Björn as Vereena
Paul Bullion as Lambert
Christopher Hivju as levels
Thue Ersted Rasmussen as a donkey
Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia
Mecia Simson as Francesca
– ⚰️ ???? The NXorcist ???????? (@NXOnNetflix) February 21, 2020
The second season of The witcher is ready for a game of Thrones Crossover when actor Kristofer Hivju (below) joined the cast. Hivju portrayed fan-favorite character, Tormund Giantsbane, on the hit HBO series and will star in Season 2 of The Cursed Nobles Nivellen The witcher.
Agnes Björn will portray Vereena, a woman with close ties to Nivellen, in Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels “Witcher Saga”. Both Aisha Fabienne Ross and Mecia Simson will play sorceresses in the second season, with Ross Lydia and Simson playing the elf Francesca.
Thue Ersted Rasmussen was originally cast as Eskel, a witch colleague from the wolf school where Geralt trained. However, due to planning issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rasmussen was forced to step down from that role. He was quickly replaced by Basil Eidenbenz, according to a Den of Geek report. Eskel is a key figure in both the novels and the popular video game franchise that inspired them, and one of Geralt’s closest friends.
It was first reported that the two remaining characters on the list were added to the series a few weeks before Rasmussen’s first announcement.
Peaky Blinders and The Bastard executioner Actor Paul Bullion (above) will portray Lambert, another sorcerer from the School of the Wolf. Lambert’s presence in Season 2 suggests fans will learn more about Geralt’s early years and training to be a witcher.
The cast of the second season is also there Strike back Actor Yasen Atour, who will portray the witcher Coën. Coën, a lesser known sorcerer from the School of the Griffin, played a major role in Ciri’s formative years in The Witcher novels.
Production in season 2 of The witcher Resumption on August 17th. To make the announcement, Netflix channeled the poetic skills of Geralt’s favorite bard, Jaskier, on Twitter.
I wipe my lute and pen
I have news of spilling mead:
After all these months we were apart
It’s time to restart production.
The witcher and his bard – who is flawless,
Will reunite on the set August 17th.
– The Witcher (@witchernetflix) June 22, 2020
In the UK, Arborfield / Longcross Studios opened in late summer after being among the first UK studios to close due to the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic took a toll on Hollywood, causing numerous production delays and forcing studios to postpone premieres. The witcher was no exception, as Netflix reportedly stopped production for the show’s second season in mid-March because of the outbreak.
The decision was particularly remarkable The witcher The first major TV show in the UK to be discontinued due to the pandemic.
A month before The witcher The series, which premiered on Netflix, has been extended for a second season on the streaming service.
Geralt’s adventure is only just beginning …
The Witcher has been renewed for season 2! pic.twitter.com/6iPrUFeujI
– Netflix (@netflix) November 13, 2019
During a Reddit AMA on Jan. 7, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich stated that the series is aiming for a return in 2021 for season two but was unable to offer more specific details on the schedule. At this point in time, no official premiere date has been announced.
Family comes first in Season 2
After introducing Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri (below) in the show’s first season, season two explores the strong bond they share.
According to showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, her unconventional family dynamics will be a central theme in Season 2.
“I think Geralt and Ciri are really fun, they are the most unexpected family you can imagine. You have a witcher whose only job is to kill things for money and you have a little girl who is trying to escape her past, ”Hissrich told The Wrap. “When you come out of season one, you have a pretty good sense of who Ciri is. You have a pretty good sense of who Geralt is. And now we can throw it all in a blender and see what happens when two completely different people may have to be pushed together. “
“It will be two strangers who get together for the first time and experience, ‘No, you will be together forever,'” she added. “I think their growing together to become dad and daughter is one of my favorite parts of the show.”
But Geralt’s relationship with Ciri won’t be the only family dynamic that will be explored.
“When you think of someone’s family, you need to understand their family of origin. Sometimes these are mother and father, sometimes blood relatives. For Geralt it is his brothers, it is the brotherhood of witchers, ”explained Hissrich. “So I’m really looking forward to getting back on track and meeting Vesemir, his father figure, for the first time and all of these men he has grown up with since he was seven.”
Set the first photo
Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich provided fans with her first official photo from the set of The witcher Season 2 in April. While the picture didn’t reveal any details about the season, it made it clear that the next season of the series rests on the minds of the creative team as well as the fans.
#tbt on the set of @witchernetflix a month ago.
The sun will rise again. Until then, stay home and stay safe. pic.twitter.com/1PbeUa9YaO
– Lauren S. Hissrich (@LHissrich) April 10, 2020
The story goes on
Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich said in early January that the season will likely unfold into a simpler narrative, as opposed to the multiple parallel timelines that spanned most of the first season’s storyline.
“The story will be much more linear [in season 2]Now that the stories of the three characters are starting to overlap, ”she explained.
The first season of The witcher was primarily adapted from The last wish and Sword of fate, two collections of short stories that preceded the events of the author Andrzej Sapkowski Witcher saga. Serving as precursors to the events recorded in Sapkowski’s main series, these stories examined the early years of the three main characters – Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri – and how their paths originally crossed.
In an interview with ComicBook.com in December 2019, the series’ executive producer Tomek Baginski stated that the series could not include all of the content from these collections in the first season of The witcher. This has led to speculation that season two will deliver the rest of these groundbreaking adventures as the events of the primary saga are investigated.
Nothing official has been confirmed so far, however, and Season 2 may actually take the trio’s story in unexpected directions.
Who is back
Series stars Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan all return for the second season of The witcherand repeat their roles as Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri.
The confirmation of the return of the trio accompanied the announcement of the second season of Netflix The witcher Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich said of Deadline: “I’m so excited that before the fans have even seen our first season, we can confirm that we will be returning to the continent to continue telling the stories of Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri . ”
Updated October 5, 2020: The first photo from season 2 has been added.