Everything you need to know about the second season of The Witcher, the Netflix phenomenon series!
The Witcher, a Netflix series that adapts the books of Andrzej Sapkowski, was a true platform phenomenon when it debuted, still in 2019. With a first cast, which included Henry Cavill as wizard Geralt, the Witcher Attraction has exploded onto the internet, making the franchise more popular than ever and, of course, making everyone look forward to the second season already.
Then came 2020 bringing the COVID-19 pandemic, which crippled and postponed countless film and television projects, including The Witcher. Fans had to agree not to see any new episodes during the year, settling only for photos of the production and small plot details leaked in interviews with the cast and production. But it’s 2021, and it looks like this time around it will. So stay up to date with everything we already know about Year Two of the series!
What will the plot of the second season be?
At the end of the first year, Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) finally found Ciri (Freya Allan), whose creation and protection he became responsible for after invoking the “law of surprise”, a promise of magical properties which can have catastrophic consequences if not met. Now he must honor his oath and prepare her for the cruel world she has already begun to experience after fleeing the walls of her castle.
More than that: Kaer Morhen, seat of the Escola do Lobo, where Geralt has been trained his entire life to be a wizard, will also be shown in future episodes, and that in itself may mean that we will already see the start of the training Ciri to become a warrior as powerful as her protector. The new location also sets a precedent for us to get to know Geralt himself and his past better.
The official synopsis for the second season says:
“Convinced that Yennefer’s life was lost in the Battle of Sodden, Geralt of Rivia takes Princess Cirilla to the safest place he knows: his childhood home, Kaer Morhen. As the kings, elves, humans and demons of the continent strive for supremacy within its walls, it must protect the girl from something much more dangerous: the mysterious power she possesses within her.
The core of the Northern Kingdoms also needs to be further explored, most notably the Kingdom of Niflgaard, which is becoming increasingly powerful and advancing into other areas of the continent. Your soldiers, by the way, will receive new armor, very different from those seen in the first season and even remembering the look seen in the games. Separately, a short story beloved by fans of the books, “A Fragment of Ice”, which showed a love triangle between Geralt, Yennefer and Istredd, also needs to be adapted.
It’s worth noting that all the characters are now in the same timeline and their stories will be told simultaneously, leaving behind the somewhat confusing tale of the first season.
Who will be in the cast for the second season?
Henry Cavill (Geralt), Anya Chalotra (Yennefer) and Freya Allan (Ciri) are already guaranteed in the second season, but they won’t be the only ones to return. Along with the main trio, we’ll also have the return of Bard Dandelion (Joey Batey) and Witch Triss (Anna Shaffer). Eamon Farren will return to live the assassin of Nilfgaard Cahir.
Other characters from the first season to appear in the second are Tissaia (MyAnna Buring), Filavandrel (Tom Canton), Stregobor (Lars Mikkelsen), Artorius (Terence Maynard), Sabrina (Therica Wilson Read), Myrtle (Lilly Cooper), Yarpen Zigrin (Jeremy Crawford) and Istredd (Royce Pierreson).
The wizarding core has also gained reinforcements and we will meet more warriors from the school of the wolf, the companions of Geralt: Lambert (Paul Bullion), Coën (Yasen Atour) and Vesemir (Kim Bodnia), the latter being the master of Geralt and the closest. that he ever had of a father figure. Eskel, who will be played by Swiss actor Basil Eidenbenz, will also appear.
It’s not over yet: Kristofer Hivju, best known for playing Tormund in Game of Thrones, will play Nivellen, while Mecia Simson will play Francesca, Aisha Fabienne Ross will play Lydia, and Agnes Bjorn will play Vereena. Rebecca Hanssen of Enola Holmes will be Queen Maeve of Lyria.
Who is part of the creative team?
In the creative part of the series we will have the return of Lauren S. Hissrich as the showrunner, that is, the main producer and decision maker. The team of writers has yet to be released, but when asked on Twitter if she had only chosen professionals who already had prior knowledge of the series’ mythology, she replied, “Yes. and no ”, and explained:
“When you write an adaptation, of course you have to be familiar with the original work. The Witcher writers have read all the books and need to appreciate the genre. But I’m not specifically looking for 10 experts. Instead, I found several screenwriters who were intimately familiar with the characters, themes, and politics of the continent.
Some have grown up with these stories and have provided us with very rich details that are not in the books but in the story behind them. Equally important is having screenwriters who can question what the books look like, who might say, “Why do people hate elves so much?” or “I don’t understand Ciri’s lineage, how can we look at her more clearly to the public?
The second season of The Witcher will also feature a whole new team of directors. They are Ed Bazalgette (The Last Kingdom, Doctor Who), Sarah O’Gorman (Jamestown, Cursed), Geeta Patel (Santa Clarita Diet, Meet the Patels) and Stephen Surjik (Daredevil, The Umbrella Academy).
When is the second season premiere?
There, my friends, is the million dollar question. The production of the second season has been badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which crippled work for months and left the series in a stagnant state. Recordings resumed on August 17, 2020, according to the show’s own Twitter, but stopped again in November of the same year after cases of the disease were detected on the London set.
In December, the recordings suffered another blow: Henry Cavill injured his leg during filming in December, and although they continued without him, a brief delay occurred, followed by a hiatus. year-end, further delaying the already tight series development program.
Netflix has yet to give a preview of the second year of The Witcher, but according to Lauren S. Hissrich, “there is no release window planned after 2021”, which confirms that the next episodes will arrive this year. . With filming still in progress, we’ll likely not see the series return until late 2021.
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