The Witcher became one of the biggest shows on Netflix after its massive success with season 1. And while it may have been a little hasty in its storytelling, the problem seems to have been fixed. The streaming giant confirms plans for The Witcher season 3, which gives the upcoming season 2 more scope to gradually and effortlessly built its characters and their individual equations.
Netflix has established its plans for The Witcher season 3, and the announcement seems to be rectifying a tiny hiccup with its first season. The Witcher series has been adapted from books and short stories written by the Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The story revolves around its lead character Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) whose destiny is closely connected with Princess Cirilla (Freya Allan).
Geralt is an excellent, trained Witcher who hunts and kills monsters tormenting the people by using his unmatched power, strength and the potential of magic. Another fascinating character introduced in season 1 was that of Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) who is seen to be on a journey of self-discovery and setting a place for herself in the world. The season follows these primary characters’ stories very closely as they evolve and as their paths intertwine throughout the season, telling a more compelling tale.
The Witcher season 2 is set to premiere on Netflix on December 17, 2021. Season 2 will follow Geralt and Ciri after they meet each other in the season 1 finale as they are bound by the Law of Surprise. Geralt will be seen mentoring Ciri as he trains her in combat and teaches her to control her new-found powers, as well as taking shelter in Kaer Morhen in order to keep her safe from the armies of men hunting her. Before The Witcher season 2 even mentioned its release date, Netflix had already made an official announcement at the TUDUM event with respect to its plans for season 3. This confirmation has raised our hopes of the brand mending a mistake made in season 1.
While season 1 of The Witcher made an outstanding debut, the story exerted too much effort in establishing its characters and plot by revealing too much too soon. Even after the early announcement for a potential season 2, the first season spent a huge chunk of its run time in going over the characters’ storylines and their connections with each other’s destinies, and also in establishing some significant aspects of the overall plot.
Being the first installment, season 1 had the responsibility of attracting audiences’ attention with the first few episodes itself, or it could just as easily risk the brand’s future if it failed to grab the interest of the viewers. In order to do that, the creators may have gotten a little careless. Since the plot included a lot of dynamics, which made it difficult for the audience to keep up. Hence, some viewers did feel that the show was rushed and had confusing timelines, and some arcs were not given the time to slowly unravel. However, season 2 might not face the same issue.
Ever since season 1’s success, audiences have been eagerly waiting to see more from the witcher universe. After already having established its key characters, The Witcher season 1 can prioritize exploring the relationships of these characters with each other, and also offer the audiences with smooth developments in their bonds. Season 2 need not put any efforts into setting up a plot since all the elements have already received enough attention.
All that is needed is brushing up some arcs like Geralt’s relationship with Yennefer could take a deeper turn, or he gives the Jaskier (Joey Batey) the apology which is long due. The Witcher Season 2 could also pick on developing some smaller characters like Geralt’s mother (Frida Gustavsson), who was only momentarily introduced in season one final episode. While season 1 established amazing grounds for its plot, there are still a number of questions raised that season 2 could clear up as the story fleshes out.
Dystopian movies as well as fantasy shows have time and again proved to have been loved by audiences, and The Witcher has already shown its potential with season 1. Now season 2’s Geralt will be seen as a father figure to Ciri as he is tasked with keeping her safe against all odds. The stories revolving around this father-daughter relationship dynamic have always been popular in series, take for instance The Mandalorian.
Audience swoon over scarred characters who are destined to take up a more mature role that pushes them to be kinder, which is why The Witcher season 2 is bound to be a hit. Netflix’s early announcement at its TUDUM event of The Witcher season 3 only means that the upcoming season will not be burdened with the responsibility of resolving the plot, but will only have to focus on mending relationships and fleshing out their stories. With the hopes that the story won’t be as fast-paced as the first, and that the show will take its sweet time exploring all its dynamics, season 2 of The Witcher is out for leaving a stronger mark than its predecessor.