The Witcher season 1 dropped on 20th December 2019, and there is already talk of a second season. The series has taken the world by storm, and it has even been touted as Netflix reply to the wildly successful Game of Thrones.
The series features starring performances from Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, and Anya Chalotra. Somehow, the showrunners knew that The Witcher would be a hit since they announced season 2 even before season 1 arrived. Read through discover what we know about Geralt of Rivia’s next adventure.
When will Netflix release The Witcher season 2?
On 13th November 2019, The Witcher’s showrunner Lauren Hissrich confirmed that we would get a second season of the show. However, she didn’t provide a release date. As such, we can’t provide a specific release date for The Witcher season 2.
However, according to The Witcher blog Redanian Intelligence, filming for season 2 will begin in February 2020 in Budapest and London. According to the site, filming is also set to happen in other Central European locations.
The story for season 2 is already complete, and with filming set to begin soon, we predict that season 2 will drop in early 2021. We will inform you when an official release date is announced.
What happened in The Witcher season 1?
The Witcher season 1 was based on a collection of short stories on The Last Wish. It primarily follows three characters, Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), Princess Ciri (Freya Allan), and Yennefer (Anya Chalotra).
The characters’ stories exist independently and at different times. Geralt is depicted as a superhuman man who slaughters monsters for money. His view of the world is that there is good and evil, and nothing in between. His biggest rule is that he doesn’t kill humans.
On the other hand, Ciri (Freya Allan) is the princess of the Kingdom of Cintra. Ciri’s story is linked to Geralt’s, and she is on a collision course with a Witcher she’s never met. Season 1 portrays Ciri as an important character to the narrative, but she gets lesser screen time compared to the other characters.
Cavill and Freya delivered sterling performances, but it’s Anya’s portrayal of Yennefer that has received the most praise. Yennefer is a deformed farm-hand who suffers harsh abuse that turns her into an embittered sorceress.
The characters’ stories eventually intertwine, but season 1 is primarily about getting to know each character independently.
What to expect in The Witcher season 2
According to executive producer, Tomek Baginski, the show’s production team didn’t manage to incorporate most of the source material from the book in season 1. We expect that season 2 will make use of this extra material.
Lauren Hissrich told Digital Spy that we can expect a more intense season 2;
“When you get to season 2, all of those things start to come to play, which is that characters start meeting each other – sometimes getting along, sometimes not. All those things that we set up – Geralt and Yennefer; Geralt and Ciri; Yennefer and Ciri; all of the different kingdoms that you just barely hear about in season one, start to rise to the surface in season 2.”
In truth, season 1 was a bit hard to understand, considering that you were following three different characters, at different times, and with their stories moving at different speeds. We do not expect such a format in season 2.
Season 2 is set to be the season when The Witcher really begins. Most critics and fans agree that season 1 was brilliant, but the show has more potential. The Witcher season 2 is set to be a blockbuster season.