Netflix’s The Witcher series stars Henry Cavill as a lonely, mutated monster hunter called Geralt of Rivia as he wanders around the dangerous "Continent" looking for his next opportunity to earn more coin. For all his attempts to avoid destiny and remain morally neutral, Geralt is swept into a massive political conflict that involves sorcerers, elves, and the kind of sinister evil that only happens in dark fantasy.
Here's everything we know about the upcoming second season of Netflix's hit series..
What is The Witcher about?
Like the hugely popular video game series of the same name, Netflix's show is based on a series of short stories and novels written by Polish fantasy author Andrzej Sapkowski. "Witchers" are an order of monster hunters exposed to mutagens that give them augmented magical abilities, but they also brew potions that enhance their physical attributes even further. Over time, the knowledge to create new Witchers was lost, so Geralt has become something of a legend by the time the series kicks off because he's one of the very last Witchers around.
For reasons that aren’t immediately revealed in Season 1, Geralt is bound to protect a young princess named Ciri (Freya Allan), but on his travels, he also becomes intimately connected with a sorceress named Yennefer (Anya Chalotra). Most of Season 1 follows these three separate plot threads before converging closer to the finale.
Shortly after its release, The Witcher outpaced even The Mandalorian in terms of sheer demand, and it become the biggest TV series in the world. There’s even data to suggest that it became more popular than even Stranger Things Season 3.
With the fate of the Continent hanging in the balance, Season 2 is sure to deliver on more epic stories
Has The Witcher been renewed for Season 2?
Variety reported in November 2019 — more than a month before Season 1 even hit the platform — that The Witcher had received a pre-emptive Season 2 renewal. That’s always a strong indication that Netflix has a lot of confidence in the series, and it’s with good reason.
Henry Cavill thanked fans for their support in a January 10, 2020 Instagram post and confirmed they were already working on Season 2. Production was halted in mid-March due to the coronavirus and didn't resume until mid-August. As of late September, production remains ongoing.
When is The Witcher Season 2 release date?
In a January 2020 Reddit AMA, showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich confirmed Season 2 wouldn’t be released until 2021. “We don’t yet have a target launch date for S2, past 2021,” she wrote. “We don’t want to rush the product. That doesn’t benefit anyone.”
The Hollywood Reporter did report back in November 2019 that Season 2 wouldn’t be released until fall 2021, but due to the aforementioned production delays related to Covid-19, it's all but certain that the season won't be released until sometime later.
Production for Season 1 lasted from October 2018 to May 2019 and the season was released seven months later. Production on Season 2 kicked off in January 2020, which means it would have wrapped in August or September 2020. That could have meant a February or March 2021 release date for The Witcher Season 2, but production was halted for five months or so. What does that tell us?
It really depends on when production is complete. By all accounts, it seems like Season 2 production lasted about two months before it was halted. Realistically, it won't wrap until January 2021 at the absolute earliest, and then it'll take seven months or more in post-production.
The absolute best-case scenario puts a Season 2 release date in August or September 2021. However, Netflix may wind up releasing it in December, exactly two years after the first season.
How many episodes will The Witcher Season 2 have?
The Hollywood Reporter reported with the Season 2 renewal announcement in November 2019 that the second season would be eight episodes long, just like Season 1.
In theory, this means that production and post-production should take roughly the same amount of time.
What is the plot of The Witcher Season 2?
In the aforementioned Reddit AMA, showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich confirmed that in Season 2, “the story will be much more linear now that the three characters’ stories have started to intersect.” In other comments, she implied we might “meet more Witchers” and explore the depth of the Nilfgaardian villains.
Season 1 loosely adapted two Witcher short story collections: The Last Wish and the Sword of Destiny. Based on where Season 1 ends, Season 2 should adapt the novel Blood of Elves.
In that story, Ciri becomes the target of political assassinations from Nilfgaard and other nations as well. Geralt takes her to Kaer Morhen, the castle kept by the order of Witchers. There, Geralt trains her with other Witchers, including the ancient Vesemir. The mage Triss (who seemed gravely injured in the Season 1 finale) also arrives and helps instruct Ciri in the use of magic.
Eventually, all of these characters, including Yennefer, form an unlikely adoptive family, with Yennefer and Geralt acting as parents and teachers to Ciri, whose immense magical power is unlike anyone else’s in existence.
Season 2 of The Witcher already sounds wild.
Who is in The Witcher Season 2 cast?
The Witcher Season 2 has added some truly stellar actors into the mix. In February, Deadline revealed Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju would appear in the upcoming season as Nivellen. Hivju's character confirms a popular Witcher tale will be woven into the Season 2 premiere episode focusing on Nivellen, a character cursed for the crimes he's committed in the past.
Additional new cast members include Yasen Atour (Young Wallander) as Coen and Paul Bullion (Peaky Blinders) as Lambert, both of whom are Witchers like Geralt. Thue Ersted Rasmussen (Fast and Furious 9) was originally cast as Eskel, however, Variety reported in late September that the role was recast due to "rescheduling conflicts caused by the coronavirus pandemic." Basil Eidenbenz will now play the role.
New castmembers also Aisha Fabienne Ross (The Danish Girl) as Lydia, who is Vilgefortz's assistant and personal secretary and Agnes Bjorn as Vereena, a powerful vampire. There's also Mecia Simson as Francesca, presumably the elf queen and sorceress Francesca Findabair.
The new cast members will join lead cast Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, Freya Allan, and Joey Batey, a.k.a. our beloved bard Jaskier. Additional returning cast members include MyAnna Buring as Tissaia, Anna Shaffer as Triss Merigold, Tom Canton as Filavandrel, Eamon Farren as Cahir, Mimi Ndiweni as Fringilla Vigo, and Mahesh Jadu as Vilgefortz.
The Witcher Season 1 is now available to stream on Netflix.