Toss a coin to your Witcher, as a result of The Witcher season 2 will likely be right here earlier than the top of the 12 months. And The Witcher season three is formally on the best way, too, as Netflix secures the way forward for its huge new fantasy franchise.
After the destiny of the Iron Throne was determined within the Sport of Thrones finale, we had mere months to attend for our subsequent epic fantasy repair to reach, within the type of Netflix’s hit adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s bestselling novels. Though The Witcher season 2 has taken its time coming, the streaming big has now confirmed that the brand new run of eight episodes will debut on December 17, an entire two years after its predecessor.
As anticipated, film Superman Henry Cavill returns because the eponymous monster-hunting Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, persevering with his adventures throughout the huge world of the Continent. With the advanced a number of timelines of the primary season now aligned, The Witcher season 2 unites Geralt with orphaned princess Ciri (Freya Allan), and you’ll assure it received’t be too lengthy earlier than they cross paths with the present’s third viewpoint character, the mage referred to as Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra).
We’ve been on an intensive fact-finding mission via Geralt’s world, to seek out out what’s in retailer in The Witcher season 2 – from launch date and first trailer, to plot particulars, episode titles and new characters. With extra Witchers, extra magic, extra double-crossing and extra political intrigue on the menu, this sophomore 12 months is ready to be simply as important as the primary…
The Witcher season 2 launch date: December 17, 2021
The Witcher Season 2 premieres December 17! pic.twitter.com/8GXtt6adT7July 9, 2021
The Witcher season 2 will likely be launched on December 17, 2021, as revealed by Netflix in the course of the WitcherCon digital occasion in July 2021. The wait is nearly over!
The Witcher season 2 trailer: see all of them to date
Netflix launched the complete two-minute teaser trailer for The Witcher season 2 in July 2021, as a part of the WitcherCon occasion – test it out above.
Seeing as a lot of the primary season centered on Geralt’s efforts to fulfil the Regulation of Shock binding him to Ciri, the younger, orphaned inheritor/Lion Cub of Cintra, it is no shock that this primary The Witcher season 2 trailer picks issues up with them.
Now that Geralt has made contact with Ciri, he takes her underneath his wing, taking her to Kaer Morhen – the citadel the place he discovered his Witcher abilities. Presumably he is planning to coach her within the methods of the Witcher, whereas she works out her place within the Continent after the deaths of her household and lack of her kingdom – she admits that “generally I really feel so afraid, I really feel like I might burn the entire world.”
There’s additionally a quick sighting of the ultimate member of The Witcher’s central triumvirate, Yennefer of Vengerberg, within the aftermath of season 1’s climactic Battle of Sodden Hill. She’s been discovered by Fringilla, the Nilfgaardian mage who was pivotal within the downfall of Cintra, who merely tells her: “Welcome again…” Does this imply Yennefer will begin The Witcher season 2 in Nilfgaardian custody? Certainly Fringilla and Yennefer aren’t about to change into buddies…
“We’re digging deeper into [Fringilla’s] previous and the way she ended up at Nilfgaard,” showrunner Lauren S Hissrich advised Vulture. “Who she is as an individual, and the way she and Yennefer ended up on such completely different paths.”
In September 2021, Netflix launched a brand new trailer that minimize collectively clips from season 1 with a ton of recent footage from season 2 – together with a primary correct take a look at Kim Bodnia’s Vesemir. Examine that out under:
There are two new clips for the present, too, which concentrate on Geralt’s relationship with new character Nivellen (Kristofer Hivju), which you can watch here, and one other the place Geralt is averting a monster to guard Ciri. Find that one here.
The Witcher season 2 episode titles have been revealed
The episode titles for season 2 had been revealed as a part of WitcherCon. They’re:
- A Grain of Fact
- Kaer Morhen
- What’s Misplaced
- Redanian Intelligence
- Flip Your Again
- Pricey Pal
- Voleth Meir
The eighth and remaining episode’s title is seemingly so secret we’ll have to attend to be taught what it’s.
The episode titles supply up just a few clues about The Witcher season 2. ‘A Grain of Fact’ takes its identify from a brief story in Andrzej Sapkowki’s ebook The Final Want, which options Nivellen, the character performed by Sport of Thrones’ Kristofer Hivju in The Witcher season 2. ‘Kaer Morhen’ is the identify of a fortress the place Witchers are skilled. ‘Redanian Intelligence’ refers to Redania, a rustic on the Continent that possesses an distinctive spy community – Redanian Intelligence can be the identify of a information website dedicated to The Witcher. ‘Pricey Pal’ presumably refers to a letter Geralt wrote to Yennefer within the Witcher books. And ‘Voleth Meir’ refers to a brand new character performed by Ania Marson. Voleth Meir is reportedly elven for ‘Deathless Mom’, and it appears the character has an vital function to play in Ciri’s arc.
The Witcher season 2 solid: new and returning solid members, together with Vesemir
Netflix has introduced most of The Witcher season 2 solid – together with confirmations of who’ll be enjoying some main new characters from the books.
The record of returning characters is as follows:
- Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia
- Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg
- Freya Allan as Ciri, the Lion Cub of Cintra
- Joey Batey as Jaskier
- Anna Shaffer as Triss
- Eamon Farren as Cahir
- MyAnna Buring as Tissaia
- Tom Canton as Filvandrel
- Lars Mikkelsen as Stregobor
- Terence Maynard as Artorius
- Therica Wilson Learn as Sabrina
- Lilly Cooper as Murta
- Jeremy Crawford as Yarpen Zigrin
- Royce Pierreson as Istredd
- Mimî M Khayisa as Fringilla Vigo
The record of recent characters becoming a member of The Witcher season 2 solid seems to be like this:
- Kim Bodnia as Vesemir
- Kristofer Hivju as Nivellen
- Adjoa Andoh as Nenneke
- Liz Carr as Fenn
- Simon Callow as Codringher
- Graham McTavish as Dijkstra
- Kevin Doyle as Ba’Lian
- Chris Fulton as Rience
- Cassie Clare as Philippa Eilhart
- Paul Bullion as Lambert
- Yasen Atour as Coën
- Basil Eidenbenz as Eskel
- Joel Adrian as Hemrik
- Mecia Simson as Francesca
- Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia
- Agnes Bjorn as Vereena
- Carmel Laniado as Violet
- Rebecca Hanssen as Queen Meve
- Alastair Parker as TBC
Whereas Geralt was one thing of a lone (White) wolf in season 1, we’ll be assembly just a few extra Witchers in season 2.
We all know that Killing Eve’s Kim Bodnia is enjoying Witcher coach Vesemir – who seems as the main target in animated Witcher prequel film Nightmare of the Wolf – and that we’ll be visiting the Witcher college at Kaer Morhen.
Paul Bullion, Yasen Atour and Basil Eidenbenz are additionally becoming a member of the solid as fellow Witchers Lambert, Coën and Eskel, respectively, whereas Redanian Intelligence has reported that Joel Adrian will play one other Witcher named Hemrik.
Followers of the ebook and videogames will already be conversant in Lambert and Eskel, each of whom belong to the Geralt and Vesemir’s Faculty of the Wolf. It is attention-grabbing that the producers are seemingly throwing in further Witchers for season 2, seeing as these monster-slaying professionals are usually thought-about to be a dying breed. Whereas there are references to different Witcher faculties just like the Cat and Bear within the books, Geralt’s faction appears to be one of many few Witcher teams actively doing something to battle the monster risk dealing with the Continent.
When it comes to different official bulletins for the solid, Kristofer Hivju – finest referred to as Sport of Thrones’ Tormund Giantsbane – will play Nivellen, a person cursed with the physique of a monster. (We’re guessing we’ll see him within the first episode of The Witcher season 2, ‘A Grain of Fact’, seeing as that’s additionally the identify of the Andrzej Sapkowski quick story the place he seems.)
In March 2021, Netflix revealed seven extra characters who had been added to the solid. They had been: Bridgerton’s Adjoa Andoh as Nenneke, a priestess of Melitele within the books; Silent Witness’s Liz Carr as Fenn; 4 Weddings and a Funeral’s Simon Callow as Fenn’s accomplice, Codringher; Outlander’s Graham McTavish as Redanian armed forces head Dijkstra; Clique’s Chris Fulton because the mage Rience; Cassie Clare as Redanian royal advisor Philippa Eilhart; and Downton Abbey’s Kevin Doyle as Ba’Lian, a brand new character.
Different castings embody Mecia Simson as Francesca, Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia and Agnes Bjorn as Vereena. Deadline has additionally reported that Carmel Laniado has joined the solid as a younger character known as Violet for a minimum of three episodes.
A minimum of one character from The Witcher video games is destined for The Witcher season 2, too. In accordance with Redanian Intelligence, the witty, highly effective Queen Meve of Lyria and Rivia, launched within the sport Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, is to be performed by Rebecca Hanssen (Enola Holmes). The videogame connections are additionally set to proceed with actor Alastair Parker, who performed Cleaver in The Witcher three sport (additionally by way of Redanian Intelligence), who’ll seem in an as-yet unrevealed function.
The Witcher season 2 can have fully completely different administrators to season 1, and Netflix has confirmed their identities:
- Ed Bazalgette (The Final Kingdom, Physician Who)
- Sarah O’Gorman (Jamestown, Cursed)
- Geeta Patel (Santa Clarita Food plan, Meet the Patels)
- Stephen Surjik (Daredevil, The Umbrella Academy, Wayne’s World 2)
The Witcher season 2 story: what we all know to date
Now that we have seen the trailer and browse the official synopsis for The Witcher season 2, it is confirmed that, as anticipated, Ciri will take heart stage.
Here is Netflix’s official logline on the present’s return:
“Satisfied Yennefer’s life was misplaced on the Battle of Sodden, Geralt of Rivia brings Princess Cirilla to the most secure place he is aware of, his childhood dwelling of Kaer Morhen. Whereas the Continent’s kings, elves, people and demons try for supremacy outdoors its partitions, he should shield the woman from one thing much more harmful: the mysterious energy she possesses inside.”
It is a season about Geralt turning into a father determine to Ciri, in keeping with showrunner Lauren S Hissrich, so count on that relationship to drive season 2. Geralt – a person who not often makes use of phrases when a grunt will do – would possibly even change into a bit extra talkative in his new paternal function.
“For me, it was crucial to deliver Geralt as near the books because the imaginative and prescient and plot would permit,” mentioned Henry Cavill at WitcherCon (by way of Redanian Intelligence). “I needed him to be extra verbose and extra mental and extra consultant of a person who has lived 70 years and has a philosophical lean. He could be mopey at instances however he’s additionally clever. He has been round. He’s a pleasant man regardless of having moments of unpleasantness, and able to extraordinary violence, however his intentions are pure. I needed to replicate that as a lot as doable.”
A giant speaking level of The Witcher season 1 was the way it advised tales in a number of locations and throughout a non-linear timeline – the now-released official Witcher map and Witcher timeline actually assist make sense of the present – leading to a multi-tale anthology of kinds.
In an interview with Vulture discussing the odd construction of season 1, Hissrich mentioned that whereas she believes “the viewers is extremely good”, she had “misunderstood what everybody was in search of of their leisure”. She mentioned “I like to be challenged once I’m watching TV,” however conceded that that wasn’t the case for everybody.
Nonetheless, season 1’s climax introduced all of the separate threads collectively properly, priming The Witcher season 2 for an easier plot and construction. Hissrich has confirmed that Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer exist in the identical timeline now, so their tales will likely be advised concurrently. Certainly, this season will mark the primary time Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra have really acted collectively, which ought to make issues simpler to observe.
“That’s the place we ended season 1. That’s completely the place we are going to choose up in season two. The tales will likely be advised in a way more linear style. They received’t all be one story. It’s not like all three are collectively and pleased on a regular basis. However, I do wish to make use of some alternative ways to take a look at time series-wide.”
That does not imply we cannot see any of the episodic Geralt monster-hunting adventures that we liked in season 1. Hissrich will likely be mining “completely different quick tales” for The Witcher season 2 – such because the aforementioned ‘A Grain of Fact’ – and suggests there’s a possibility for flashback scenes.
Another adjustments are coming subsequent 12 months, too. The wrinkly Nilfgaardian armor, which some followers on the web did not like, will likely be upgraded in The Witcher season 2. Hissrich advised Flickering Fantasy’s Writer Experience podcast that, “the Nilfgaard armor will likely be completely completely different. You’ve that chance [in season 2] to return and course appropriate if you wish to.”
And when requested by Pure Fandom for a teaser about The Witcher season 2, Hissrich merely had this to say: “With out spoilers, I’ll say that there’s a crop of recent monsters, a brand new value to magic, and new and sudden pairings of our favourite characters.”
The Witcher season three is confirmed – and extra seasons could observe
The primary season of The Witcher shrugged off the concept it was simply right here to fill a Sport of Thrones-shaped gap in our lives. It confidently advised tales in its personal manner and offered a fantasy world that has already captured individuals’s imaginations on their Xboxes and PlayStations. And, whereas we’re unlikely to see a lot spillover from the video games within the Netflix present – they aren’t actually canon according to author Sapkowski however moderately a “free adaptation containing components of [his] work” – we all know followers will get pleasure from varied refined references to the video games, as they did in season 1.
The Witcher might run on Netflix for a very long time, too. Lauren S Hissrich claims to have thought out concepts for a large seven seasons. And we’re fairly sure there’s sufficient supply materials left for that to be viable.
We have the whole lot of Geralt, Ciri and Yennefer’s tales to play out. It takes them throughout the Continent to a wealthy number of areas and introduces us to among the finest fantasy characters round. Ciri’s improvement is a superb foundation for future tales in The Witcher universe that mix themes of household and love, and thriller and magic. There’s additionally prequel collection The Witcher: Blood Origin within the offing.
The Witcher season three was confirmed in September 2021.
Carry it on. We’re in for the lengthy haul.