It has been nearly a month since Netflix premiered the most awaited second season of The Witcher. And immediately the one-of-its-kind fantasy drama series became the streaming giant’s most watched TV shows of all time. The Witcher is its first English TV adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s series of novels and short stories. Both the books and the show revolve around its lead character, Geralt of Rivia, who is a monster hunter by profession.
Geralt journeys the Continent, facing many perils on his way, to eventually learn that his destiny is linked to the Cintran Princess Cirilla by the Law of Surprise. The show comprises Henry Cavill playing the lead role in The Witcher as Geralt alongside Freya Allan as Ciri, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg and Kim Bodnia as Vesemir.
The Witcher Season 1 ends its finale with a major cliffhanger as we see Geralt and Ciri finally find their way to each other. Season 2 continues their stories after the fateful Battle of Sodden Hill. Now Geralt has sworn to protect Ciri from all the dangers lurking on the Continent. The pair travel to the monster slayer’s childhood home and the Witchers’ refuge, Kaer Morhen.
Meanwhile, Geralt is dismayed about Yennefer’s disappearance and assumes he has lost her. But the quarter-elf sorceress survived Sodden’s battle and is kidnapped by Fringilla and the Nilfgaardians. And after that, the Elven forces get their hands on her. All the while, she plots her escape while figuring out a way to regain her lost magical abilities.
The Witcher fans went through a two year long wait for another season of their favorite dystopian drama setting. The show finally debuted on Netflix this past December. And needless to say, it was met with massive accolades from fans and critics alike. This in turn paved the way for a brighter future for its run-on streaming networks.
The Witcher Season 2 has been streaming on Netflix for less than a month now. And recently the platform declared the much-anticipated debut as one of the streaming giant’s most-watched TV shows of all time. The latest season of Netflix’s popular fantasy drama series brought in a whopping 462 million hours viewed in its first 28 days of its premiere. Thus, ranking as No. 8 on the platform’s Top 10 most-watched English TV shows of all-time.
However, the numbers fall behind with The Witcher Season 1’s 541 million viewers. Still, it’s a splendid figure when put alongside other shows in the ranking. The Witcher Season 2 proudly stands above both You and Stranger Things’ second seasons and falls just a little behind You Season 3.
The news about The Witcher Season 2’s streaming triumph is not very surprising. This is because of how remarkably its first installment performed on Netflix. Soon after its debut, The Witcher Season 1 became the network’s third most-watched series of all time. It was sitting close behind Bridgerton Season 1 and Stranger Things Season 3.
Not only that, the season became the third most-watched streaming series of 2019. Falling short behind Netflix’s hit sci-fi title and Disney+’s The Mandalorian Season 1. The show gained over 76 million viewers within the first month of its December release. And yet, there is a little bit of intrigue arising from the reveal of these viewership success. More so because the audience had mixed views regarding the latest chapter.
The Witcher Season 2 received an amazing response from critics. In fact, it won a 94 percent “Certified Fresh” approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, in contrast to Season 1’s 68 percent. However, the audience’s reviews were a little divided.
The audience’s approval rating switched from 91 percent to a shocking 61 percent for Season 2. This is because so many reviews have blamed the show for diverting the narrative from The Witcher novels. There were particular mentions of the show’s new introductions; namely the Wild Hunt and White Flame.
Despite mixed response, The Witcher Season 2 has won the title for Netflix’s most popular show. Thus, ensuring a profitable future for both the network and the fantasy franchise.