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Everything We Know About The Witcher Season 2 From Release Date To New Cast

The Witcher Season 2 official posters are out, and we can now glimpse Geralt and Yennefer. The filming for Netflix’s The Witcher season 2 has finished, but the show still has a few weeks before its worldwide release. Fans are more than excited to delve into the show as soon as it premieres on Netflix. Henry Cavill, who plays the role of the show’s titular character, Geralt of Rivia, will return with the rest of the crew.

Netflix has been promoting the show for months now, and in the event of doing so, has released a lot about the new season. With the release date to the new cast members to plans regarding the expansion of the Witcher universe, we have all the information regarding The Witcher season 2.

Adapted from the Witcher books and short stories created by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, the franchise was first seen in light with CD Projekt Red video games. The Netflix adaptation stars Henry Cavill as the monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, who is a Witcher. His destiny is closely attached to the sorceress Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) and the powerful princess Ciri (Freya Allan).

Freya Allen as Ciri in The Witcher Season 2

Season one of The Witcher kept switching between three different timelines, telling the tale of its three lead characters. However, after the season finale, the three characters cross paths, bringing them all into a similar timeline. In Season 2, we will see the three characters Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer exploring their relationships with each other. 

So what are the things to look forward to in The Witcher Season 2? Here’s everything that has been revealed by Netflix so far. 

Latest News about Season 2

The official Season 2 posters have been released, and the characters look exquisite. Geralt and Yennefer steal the show with their appearance in Season 2.

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Anya Chalotra as Yennefer in The Witcher Season 2

Premiere Date

Netflix had revealed the premiere date for its upcoming season of the popular series The Witcher at WitcherCon in July 2021. The Witcher Season 2 will officially be available worldwide to stream on Netflix on December 17, 2021.

 

The show will consist of eight episodes. Just like Season 1 of The Witcher, Season 2 will also consist of eight one-hour-long episodes. We also know that Stephen Surjik will direct Episodes 1 and 2, Sarah O’Gorman will direct Episodes 3 and 4, Ed Bazalgette will direct Episodes 5 and 8, and Geeta Patel will direct Episodes 6 and 7.

Netflix also announced the titles of seven out of this eight-episode for Season 2 during July’s WitcherCon. 

THE WITCHER SEASON 2 EPISODE TITLES:

Episode 1 – A Grain of Truth

Episode 2 – Kaer Morhen

Episode 3 – What Is Lost

Episode 4 – Redanian Intelligence

Episode 5 – Turn Your Back

Episode 6 – Dear Friend

Episode 7 – Voleth Meir

Episode 8 – [REDACTED]

— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) July 9, 2021

Production has wrapped

The filming for Season 2 of The Witcher has officially been wrapped. The streaming giant established earlier in April that the production was complete. This was done with a video of Henry Cavill appreciating the cast and crew for their hard work and featured Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich elaborating on how the shoot went. The show was shot in 15 different locations and included an expensive cast of 89 members and a crew of 1200 people. 

Official Full-Length Trailer

Netflix first released a full-length trailer for The Witcher Season 2 in September at its global fan event, TUDUM. The trailer was spectacular, giving the viewers a glimpse of the upcoming Witcherverse in a different light. Along with the full trailer, two exclusive teaser clips were also released by the platform.

The first clip introduces Geralt and his old friend Nivellen, who will be seen for the first time in Season 2. 

In the second clip, though, Geralt is seen fighting a monster to protect Ciri in his house, and things get intense. 

Apart from these, a teaser for Season 2 had also been released by Netflix in the WitcherCon. The teaser mainly features the two lead characters Geralt and Ciri, spending time together on the premises of Season 2.

Cast Photos

A few intriguing shots from season 2 have been released, and these feature some of our favorite characters. The beloved bard Jaskier (Joey Batey) makes a reappearance in Season 2. Another picture of Ciri training with Lambert (Paul Bullion) at Kaer Morhen has caught our eye. 

Joey Batey, The Witcher
Freya Allan and Paul Bullion, The Witcher

The first photos released from the season feature Henry Cavill’s monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia, and Freya Allan’s Princess Cirilla.

Henry Cavill, The Witcher

Season 2 Cast Members

The original cast from Season 1 will be back. Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, and Freya Allen will all be seen carrying on with their roles as Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri, respectively. Other returning cast members include Joey Batey (Jaskier), MyAnna Buring (Tissaia), Tom Canton (Filavandrel), Lilly Cooper (Murta), Jeremy Crawford (Yarpin Zigrin), Eamon Farren (Cahir), Mahesh Jadu (Vilgefortz), Terence Maynard (Artorius), Lars Mikkelsen (Stregobor), Mimi Ndiweni (Fringilla Vigo), Royce Pierreson (Istredd), Wilson Radjou-Pujalte (Dara), Anna Shaffer (Triss Merigold), and Theresa Wilson Read (Sabrina).

The cast will include a plethora of new members. Reportedly, seven new additions were confirmed in March 2021 in a “Welcome to the Continent” announcement from Netflix. Among these, Adjoa Andoh will be seen playing Nenneke and accompanied by Cassie Claire as Phillippa Eilhart, Liz Carr as Fenn, Netflix’s show Outlander’s Graham McTavish as Dijkstra, Kevin Doyle as Ba’lian, Simon Callow as Codringher, and Chris Fulton as Rience. 

The Witcher Season 2 New Cast Members

Other than these tertiary characters, Netflix also announced some of the significant additions to the show. Sometime in 2020, the franchise confirmed tapping Game of Thrones’ Kristofer Hivju in the role of Nivelles in The Witcher Season 2. Agnes Bjorn will take up the part of Verena, who is an essential element in the Nivellen storyline.

Aisha Fabienne Ross will play Lydia, who is a sorceress and assistant to Vilgefortz. Also, Mecia Simson has been cast as Francesa. While the production has kept the character’s last name as a secret, we can figure from the books that the actress will be playing Francesca Findabair, aka Enid and Glenna, a powerful elven ruler. 

The initial installment strayed from its source material a little and included some characters that were not initially seen in the books. Season 2 might follow the lead and do the same. In February 2020, an official statement from the creators to Deadline confirmed that Carmel Laniado would be seen with the cast in a recurring role as Violet.

According to Deadline, Violet is “a young girl whose playful and whimsical demeanor is a front for a smarter and more sadistic character.” Violet was nowhere mentioned in the books. But was a titular character for the video games fans as they saw the Violet rose as a significant one in the Hearts of Stone expansion? While Lauren has distinctly mentioned how the games do not inspire the show, the inclusion of Violet into the series might be like an acknowledgment of the games and its heartbreaking Violet rose storyline. 

Other new cast members coming to The Witcher Season 2 include Lesley Ewen as Meena Coppercloth and Andrew Paul and Colin Coppercloth, per Redanian Intelligence.

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

Not long ago, the streaming giant opened up about its biggest upcoming season’s primary storyline. The logline for The Witcher Season 2 goes something like, “Convinced Yennefer’s life was lost at the Battle of Sodden, Geralt of Rivia brings Princess Cirilla to the safest place he knows, his childhood home of Kaer Morhen. While the Continent’s kings, elves, humans and demons strive for supremacy outside its walls, he must protect the girl from something far more dangerous: the mysterious power she possesses inside.” 

The season 2 timeline would hopefully be more straightforward. While Season 1 traveled through three different timelines, the audiences were a little confused about where the story was going. But this does not seem to be a problem for Season 2. During a Reddit AMA in January 2020, Hissrich confirmed that the basic structure of the storyline “will change” in Season 2, as the lead characters’ “stories have begun to converge.”

Although Hissrich did tease the audiences a little sometime in the spring, saying that the show will still be “playing with time a little bit still, in a different way, an easier, I think, to swallow way.”

Blood Origin is expected to focus heavily on the elven civilization prior to the Conjunction of the Spheres. Artwork for GWENT

Other than this, Season 2 is believed to be inspired by Blood of Elves. We know that The Witcher Season 1 was heavily based on Sapkowski’s two short story collections, The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny. However, Season 2 will be moving forward in time in the Witcher universe and adapt the first novel in The Witcher Saga, Blood of Elves.

The books differ from the short stories as they do not travel from one timeline to another but focus mainly on Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri. The three characters will be seen navigating through their journeys to protect Ciri from everyone hunting her for her powers.  

The storyline gets even more interesting when Geralt’s witcher family is introduced into the mix. Blood of Elves starts with Geralt and Ciri arriving at Kaer Morhen. An old fortress is a place where witchers have been trained for ages now. From what we know, several actors have been cast to play various witchers, so the show will likely begin with Geralt and Ciri traveling to the castle. Kaer Morhen is also where Ciri will start her training and learn to control her magical powers and fight.

Season 2 has already announced castings for Coen (Yasen Atour) and Lambert (Paul Bullion). Reports are that Thue Posted Rasmussen was initially to play the role of Eskel, but because of the production delay, the part was recast with Basil Eidenbenz. In May, Iranian Intelligence reported that Joel Adrian would also be seen as a new witcher character, Henrik.

Season 2 will introduce the audience to Vesemir, played by Kim Bodnia. Vesemir is the oldest and the most respected witcher in the universe, and Geralt looks up to him as a father figure. In an interview with the TV Guide, Hissrich opened up about the relationship and said, “And what a better time to meet Vesemir, his father, than when he’s raising a daughter of his own.

So we start to look back at who were Geralt’s parenting models. What did his family look like? And what Season 2 becomes, to an extent, is what we got to do with Yennefer and Ciri in Season 1, which explores where these characters came from.” 

Kim Bodnia – Vesemir

Apart from this, it is also true that Season 2 is not solely based on the novels. Some of the very notable characters of The Witcher Season 2, like Nivellen and Verena, have been born from the short story “A Grain of Truth” from the first book, The Last Wish. “A Grain of Truth,” tells a tale about a romantic relationship of a man who was cursed to look like a beast. But the story is only one of the others that were not included in Season 1. 

From what we know so far, there has not been any announcement that supports the fact that Season 2 will directly or indirectly be based on the short stories from Sword of Destiny. Since parts of the two stories have already been adapted in “Eternal Flame” or “A Little Sacrifice.” But it would still be a stretch to entirely dismiss the opportunity as the franchise’s future could very well draw inspiration from the short stories.

Ciri And Witcher In Games

The show will be honoring the video games a little too nicely. Hissrich has confirmed that the show intends to acknowledge the massive success of the CD Projekt Red video games and that the audiences must watch out for some hidden Easter eggs in Season 2. “Obviously, what we wanted to do is go back to the source material, not to do an adaptation of an adaptation,” Hissrich said. “But it doesn’t mean that we’re not fans of the games ourselves, that we don’t play them ourselves, and that we know that a huge part of our audience has only heard of The Witcher because of the video games. So we do, we want to pay homage to it, to them as often as possible.”

Not only this, Nilfgaard’s most formidable fighters will be featured in a different, softer light. While Season 1 showed the attack of Nilfgaard on Cintra and portrayed the former as the villains, Season 2 might have a different take. Season 2 revolved around Cahir and Fringilla, and the two characters might lead us to believe that the Nilfgaardians are not as bad as Ciri and Yennefer think them to be.

“One of the things that we worked hard at in Season 1 was to establish that Nilfgaard seems like our bad guys. They seem like our villains. What’s fun in Season 2 is we start peeling back those layers a little bit more,” creator Lauren Schmidt Hissrich teased. “We start digging into what Nilfgaard actually wants and why Cahir and Fringilla, these characters that we love, feel like they are best served in this kingdom. And I think both of them get to show really surprising things this season.”

The audiences will be thrilled because Season 2 plans on delivering more savage, more terrifying monsters. While there is no official news about the monsters that Geralt and other witchers will be seen fighting in Season 2, Redanian Intelligence is making an assumption based on The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt that we might know a leshy.

Other than this, we may see a myriapod, a creature who was remarkably depicted in the short story at the time when Geralt and Ciri unite. The creature closely resembles the giant centipedes in The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine. Redanian Intelligence also believes that we might see more of Aretuza’s eels, despite their polarizing reception in Season 1.

Lastly, we have grounds to believe that Season 2 is not even close to an end to the Witcherverse. Netflix, in 2020, released its first animation film in The Witcher series, titled The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. The streaming giant has acknowledged its plans about a live-action prequel series, The Witcher: Blood Origin.

Made of six parts, the prequel will be featuring an older time. Almost 1200 years before its flagship series, the story will show the elven world and tell the tale of the origin of the first witcher. The show will feature the events that draw towards the Conjunction of the Spheres to make it more intriguing.

Where to Watch The Witcher

The Witcher Season 1 is currently available to stream on Netflix. And The Witcher Season 2 is all set for its worldwide release on Friday, December 17, 2021, only on Netflix.