There's no denying lockdown had its pros and cons. One pro, for example, is that we had the time to watch every TV series we've ever wanted. Meanwhile, one con is that production on our favourite TV series was put on hold, meaning we'll have to wait longer until they eventually return. That includes Netflix series The Witcher, which was in production when the pandemic hit in March.
However, Netflix confirmed filming on the fantasy epic resumed on 17 August. "I’m dusting off my lute and quill, I have some news, some mead to spill: After all the months we’ve been apart, It’s time for production to restart," the show's official Twitter account shared. "The Witcher and his bard – who’s flawless, Will reunite on set 17 August."
Here's everything else we know about The Witcher season 2, including cast, plot and (new) rumoured release date:
What will The Witcher season 2 be about?
Showrunner Lauren Schmidt said season two will take more material from The Last Wish and The Sword of Destiny, which are short stories set before the Witcher saga, as well as Blood of Elves, which is the first book in the saga.
"A lot of what we’ve set up in season one will come into play in season two," Lauren told the Radio Times. "We will get into some stuff from Blood of Elves. But I also think there are things that we wanted to adapt from The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny that we didn’t have time to do."
Lauren continued: "So to be blessed with a season two, and to know that we can go back and revisit some of those things, is really exciting. There will be a big mix of things."
Who is in The Witcher season 2 cast?
Henry Cavill will be back as Geralt of Rivia alongside Anya Chalotra as sorceress Yennefer and Freya Allan as Princess Ciri. A number of new faces will also be joining the cast for season 2, including Killing Eve's Konstantin as Vesemir, Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju as Nivellen, Peaky Blinders and Agatha Raisin actor Paul Bullion as Lambert and Ben-Hur star Yasen Atour, who will be playing Coën.
On October 5th, Netflix shared the first look at Henry as Geralt in the second season, and doesn't he look rather splendid?
When will The Witcher season 2 be released on Netflix?
While Netflix never announced a confirmed release date, we did know season 2 was aways slated for a 2021 release. Filming started in February 2020 and was due to last five and a half months, The Hook previously reported, which means we can assume that it was likely to drop in the first half of 2021. But given the halt on production, it will now be a little later into 2021 than expected.
According to the books The Witcher carries his second season on Roach. Coming 2021. pic.twitter.com/48BChOOUE1— ⚰️😈 The NXorcist 👻🔪 (@NXOnNetflix) November 13, 2019
Speaking about the shut down, showrunner Lauren previously told The Wrap they were just about to film a big scene when filming stopped.
"We were shooting in the UK and were about six weeks into our season when we shut down. We were literally in the middle of a big sequence we had been preparing for months," she said.
She also shared the very first picture from set, which ~along with the first look at Henry as Geralt~ will have to keep fans going until we're treated to teasers, trailers and all that good stuff:
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