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'd ever wanted. Meanwhile, one con was that production on our favourite TV series was put on hold, meaning we've had to wait longer until they eventually return. That includes Netflix series The Witcher, which was in production when the pandemic hit back in March 2020.
However, Netflix confirmed filming on the fantasy epic resumed in August 2020: "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 the release date.
Do we have a trailer for The Witcher season 2?
Yes! Our first look at the show dropped on 29 October 2021, and there are so many things to unpack.
When will The Witcher season 2 be released on Netflix?
Season 2 was aways slated for a 2021 release, and in September, Netflix revealed we can expect it in full on December 17. YAY.
– LUCIFER: The Final Season = 4
– TRAVELS WITH MY FATHER S5 = 8
– SEX EDUCATION S3 = 11
– MIDNIGHT MASS = 18
– SEINFELD (all eps) = 25
– YOU S3 = 39
– COWBOY BEBOP = 74
– MONEY HEIST Pt 5 Vol. 2 = 88
– THE WITCHER S2 = 102
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) September 6, 2021
Filming started in February 2020 and was due to last five and a half months, The Hook previously reported. But given the halt on production due to the pandemic, everything was pushed back.
According to the books The Witcher carries his second season on Roach. Coming 2021. pic.twitter.com/48BChOOUE1
— Netflix EEK-ed 🎃 (@NetflixGeeked) 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:
— Lauren S. Hissrich (@LHissrich) April 10, 2020
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."
Meanwhile, the official Netflix logline reads: "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."
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?
Over the following days, they treated fans to a picture of Ciri portrayed by Freya Allan, in a fierce new look for her character:
And a picture of Anya Chalotra in her role as Yennefer of Vengerber:
On March 22, Netflix revealed seven more cast members had signed up to the second season including Bridgerton and Silent Witness star Adjoa Andoh, who will be playing Nenneke. Brave New World's Cassie Clare has been cast in the role of Phillippa Eilhart, Silent Witness star Liz Carr will play Fenn, Outlander and The Hobbit's Graham McTavish will play Dijkstra and Downton Abbey's Kevin Doyle will play Ba’lian.
Chris Fulton ~ who played a small role in Bridgerton as Sir George Crane's brother ~ will play Rience and A Room With A View actor Simon Callow will play Codringher.
The Witcher Season 2 — meet the latest cast additions:
Adjoa Andoh as Nenneke
Cassie Clare as Phillippa Eilhart
Liz Carr as Fenn
Graham McTavish as Dijkstra
Kevin Doyle as Ba’lian
Simon Callow as Codringher
Chris Fulton as Rience pic.twitter.com/jkvgTYMfVv
— Netflix (@netflix) March 22, 2021
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