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Netflix's The Witcher, starring Henry Cavill, has been renewed for a second season.
The season will introduce three more Witchers, and also star Kristofer Hivju of Game of Thrones fame.
Its official release date is December 17, 2021.
Here's everything else we know about the upcoming season.
Just ahead of its first season launch—which by now you've probably binged, gotten confused about timelines, forever implanted the catchiest song in the history of TV music in your head, and has forced you to look at yourself naked in the mirror and realize that you are in fact not Henry Cavill—Netflix's The Witcher was picked up for a second season. So toss a coin to that special person in your life who actually pays for Netflix. Monster killing awaits.
The series, based on the books by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, was rumored to cost about $10 million per episode, putting it about even with Game of Thrones' final season—a similar show the series has been trying to emulate.
While The Witcher's first season certainly wasn't a smooth, methodical entry into the series like Game of Thrones' first (and arguably best) season proved to be, it did manage to show promise for bigger and more exciting battles to come. Here's hoping The Witcher sticks to its serio-comic tone—bard songs, side quests, and audience-winks—and doesn't go full no-fun Jon Snow for season 2.
Here's what we know so far.
When is The Witcher's Season 2 release date?
Netflix announced the second season of The Witcher is coming December 17, 2021. That would make the gap between seasons almost two years.
Filming on season 2 had paused in March 2020 along with everything that is good and fun in this world. In August of that year, Cavill and company resumed filming.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Cavill discussed some of the structural changes to the second season. Unlike the first, which made use of—at times—severe temporal shifts between scenes, Cavill says season 2 won’t have multiple timelines. He said that there will instead be something closer to a mystery box structure with “multiple cliffhangers throughout a [single] episode.”
Like season 1, there are eight episodes planned, with Cavill joined by some new faces for the fun of the new season.
Is there a The Witcher Season 2 trailer yet?
Yes—we now have a trailer to show us a little bit more of what's to come.
In the clip, Geralt takes Ciri to Kaer Morhen, the Witcher's School of the Wolf, where first learned to hunt monsters. They're also looking for the mage Yennefer still, and beginning to understand the magical power Ciri herself holds.
There's also a first look video in case you want just a little bit more to get excited about.
Back in June 2021, Netflix also posted a brief teaser. So brief you'll almost miss half the shots.
— The Witcher (@witchernetflix) June 11, 2021
What will Season 2 of The Witcher be about?
The first season covered only the first novel of The Witcher series, so we can assume the second will follow the next book.
Most likely the next season will pick up right where season 1 left off, when Ciri manages to make contact with Geralt.
Cavill recently confirmed this narrative focus, saying that Geralt’s relationship with Ciri will anchor the character throughout the season.
“He's got this deep down White Knight Syndrome, even though every time he acts upon it, it gets him into some serious,” Cavill explained. “With Ciri, she’s definitely bringing out the paternal side of Geralt. While he hasn't necessarily been someone who craved children, he does take quite naturally to being a protector.”
Cavill says this paternal side will help tease out other dimensions of the Geralt character, some of which Cavill felt may have been lacking in season 1—when Geralt was “a bit of a grumpy, dark, mysterious hero.” Season 2 will find a more “intellectual, philosophical, wise Geralt,” Cavill said.
“Even though he may be dark and mysterious at times, I wanted him to come across as this incredible character that [Sapkowski] wrote.”
Who’s in the cast?
In season 1, Geralt inferred that he was one of the last of his kind. He even found the body of another witcher, suggesting that they are in fact mortal. All that said, season 2 will give us three (!) more witchers: Coen (played by Yasen Atour), Lambert (played by Paul Bullion of Peaky Blinders), and Eskel (played by Thue Ersten Rasmussen of Fast and Furious 9).
Also joining the cast are Agnes Bjorn and Aisha Fabienne Ross.
The latest to join the cast is a name you might not recognize—Kristofer Hivju—but a face you certainly will. He played Tormund Giantsbane in Game of Thrones, and will be a big part of the second Witcher season.
How many more seasons of The Witcher can we expect?
After a weekend announcing a bunch of new trailers for upcoming shows including Stranger Things and Cobra Kai, The Witcher is officially renewed for season 3. And that's before the second season has even aired.
In case you wanted to introduce your whole family to Geralt's word, a new kids show spin-off is also coming? And Netflix greenlit an animated spin-off movie.
Oh, and if you're looking for more live-action The Witcher content, there's also a prequel series in the works called The Witcher: Blood Origins, starring the very talented Michelle Yeoh. There's even a behind the scenes set tour.
Michelle Yeoh is joining the cast of THE WITCHER: BLOOD ORIGIN as the sword-elf Scian, whose deadly quest to retrieve a stolen sacred sword will lead her on a journey that will change the outcome of the Continent. pic.twitter.com/YzTo3yvTic
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) July 6, 2021
The entire story of The Witcher comprises six full-length books and two short story collections. It sounds like we'll have enough content for years to come.
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