Depending on the book collection of the identical name by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, Netflix’s The Witcher follows Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a magic monster hunter who traverses a medieval-inspired world, fighting all manner of creepy mythical creatures. Season 1 introduced audiences to Geralt, in addition to Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), also a quarter-elf sorceress, and Ciri (Freya Allen), a princess with magical abilities. Since the series follows their three distinct storylines, it becomes evident that the characters’ fates are inextricably bound.
With filming for Season two currently underway, details of the next batch of episodes are gradually coming to light. Here’s what we know so far about The Witcher Season 2, including the story, release date and much more.
The Witcher’s Story So Far
Season 1 of The Witcher introduces the protagonists in three distinct timelines:
- In 1206, Yennefer was coaching for a sorceress under Tissaia de Vries.
- At 1231, Geralt is battling outlaws when he learns of a woman in the woods who’ll be his destiny.
- In 1263, the young Princess Cirilla, AKA Ciri, is imposing the kingdom of Cintra as Nilfgaardian forces invade.
Since the storylines gradually converge, a tentative romance between Geralt and Yennefer blossoms, while Ciri has been forced to confront her considerable magical powers since she evaded the Nilfgaardians in 1263.
When it becomes evident that Ciri is the prophesied girl in the forest and Geralt’s fate, the narrative threads quicken toward the eventual assembly of the witcher and princess – and also a climactic clash with all the Nilfgaardians. Following a brutal, magic-infused battle at Sodden Hill – and a run of star-crossed almost-encounters – Geralt and Ciri eventually meet at the Season 1 finale nonetheless, the destiny of Yennefer, who had been last seen conjuring a grisly blaze, remains unclear.
The Witcher Season 2’S Plot
Season two promises to take viewers to Kaer Morhen, a training ground for witchers and Geralt’s childhood home. Netflix has published an official synopsis that gives fans a taste of what they can anticipate in the upcoming episodes:
The Witcher Season 2’S Cast And Crew
Production stills from Season 2 confirm that string leads Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra and Freya Allen will be returning to The Witcher at 2021. Netflix has also announced the return of lots of other characters from Season 1, such as Jaskier (Joey Batey), Triss (Anna Shaffer), Cahir (Eamon Farren) and Tissaia (MyAnna Buring).
An entirely new pair of witchers are reportedly joining the cast in Season 2, played by Paul Bullion, Yasen Atour and Joel Adrian. Killing Eve’s Kim Bodnia is set to look as witcher coach Vesemir, while Kristofer Hivju (better known as Game of Thrones’ Tormund Giantsbane) will carry on the use of the cursed guy Nivellen. Even though Thue Ersted Rasmussen was originally tapped to play the witcher Eskel in Season 2, the Danish actor was forced to leave the series due to coronavirus-related rescheduling problems.
One of the directors helming episodes that year are Ed Bazalgette (The Last Kingdom, Doctor Who’s ), Sarah O’Gorman (Jamestown, Cursed) and Stephen Surjik (Daredevil, The Umbrella Academy).
The Witcher Season 2 Trailer
While Netflix has yet to release a trailer for Season 2 of The Witcher, the streaming service has released a series of character-focused stills that provide insight to the new episodes. While the official images reveal Ciri training at witcher stronghold Kaer Morhen, they also give clues to the fate of Yennefer, who’s revealed in shackles and rags after the Battle of Sodden Hill.
The Witcher Season 2 Release Date
After an extended delay due to COVID-19, Netflix has confirmed that filming for Season 2 of The Witcher resumed on August 17, 2020. Even though there’s still no official launch date as of yet, fans can expect the next season to drop sometime in 2021. TechRadar reports that special effects firm Platige Image is scheduled to turn in all work on the show by July 2021, meaning The Witcher will return as early as August 2021.