Netflix has given the green light to a second season of The Witcher, the adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski's fantasy novels (which is arguably better known for the popular game adaptations).
Despite receiving a mixed reception from fans and critics, the first season of The Witcher still managed to end up one of the most popular series on Netflix at the end of 2019 - we imagine the catchy bard song definitely played a part in that.
We've rounded up everything we know about season 2; including the cast, plot, release date and more. If you want to know what other big streaming shows you have to look forward to, then check out our piece of the best shows coming to Netflix.
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The Witcher season 2 release date
The official WitcherCon event confirmed that season 2 of The Witcher will arrive on 17 December 2021. There are eight episodes in total, and we assume that these will all release at the same time, rather than weekly.
December 17th.— Lauren S. Hissrich (@LHissrich) July 9, 2021
Over two years after opening the writers room for S2, IT'S REALLY HAPPENING! I can't wait. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/sz5Xl7xWDt
The event also revealed the episode titles for the series, bar the last one - which we assume must be rather spoiler-heavy. These names in order are:
- Episode 1 - A Grain of Truth
- Episode 2 - Kaer Morhen
- Episode 3 - What Is Lost
- Episode 4 - Redanian Intelligence
- Episode 5 - Turn Your Back
- Episode 6 - Dear Friend
- Episode 7 - Voleth Meir
- Episode 8 - [REDACTED]
According to LADbible, Hissrich has also stated that she’s got a lot more mapped out beyond season 2. The story could in fact last up to seven seasons, which would equate to around twenty years worth of content when you add in the time for filming, production and post-production.
Games Radar reported that there was an industry listing in the Writer’s Guild of America West for season 3 of The Witcher. The entry listed Lauren Hissrich as an executive producer, and a production date of 2020-2021.
This isn't officially confirmed, but it would make sense considering the restrictions that the pandemic has brought about that the cast and crew would want to plough on with as much as they can whilst they have the opportunity.
How to watch the next series of The Witcher
As this is a Netflix original like Sex Education, it should come as no surprise that it's exclusive to the streaming service. If you’ve not yet got a Netflix subscription, you can sign up on the website and take a look at our list of the best streaming services to see how it stacks up to the competition.
Who's in the cast for season two?
It should come as no surprise that the three main characters will be reprising their roles. Henry Cavill will return as Geralt of Rivia, Freya Allan will return as Princess Ciri, and Anya Chalotra will return as Yennefer.
Other major supporting characters set to come back include Joey Batey as Jaskier (we're already anticipating all the new songs), Anna Shaffer as Triss, and Eamon Farren as Cahir.
Netflix has also announced some new cast members, which features Kristofer Hivju - the actor who played Tormund Giantsbane in Game of Thrones. It's safe to say we're pretty stoked.
The Continent just got a little bigger. Here's the new cast of #TheWitcher Season 2:— NX (@NXOnNetflix) February 21, 2020
Yasen Atour as Coen
Agnes Bjorn as Vereena
Paul Bullion as Lambert
Kristofer Hivju as Nivellen
Thue Ersted Rasmussen as Eskel
Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia
Mecia Simson as Francesca
Since then things have changed a little though, as scheduling conflicts have forced the show to recast Eskel, despite the fact that he'd already shot some scenes. He'll now be played by Swiss actor Basil Eidenbenz.
"Sadly, due to the rescheduling because of Covid-19, I will not be portraying Eskel in The Witcher," Rasmussen said on Instagram. "I'm sure season 2 will be absolutely amazing and now I get to watch it as a fanboy instead of as a Witcher."
Netflix has also confirmed that Killing Eve actor Kim Bodnia will play Vesemir, arguably the biggest character from the books that we haven't properly met yet on the show - he's the mentor who trained Geralt up as a Witcher in the first place. Bodnia seems like good casting, though no doubt it will disappoint fans hoping for a certain Skywalker to take on the role.
In December, some more casting announcements were made. Emily Pollet (best known for Emmerdale) will play a codenamed character, currently listed as Human Mother G. Rebecca Hanssen (best known for Dixi) meanwhile will play Queen Meve of Lyria and Rivia.
Newcomer Cayvan Coates and Peaky Blinders star James Eeles have also been cast in unnamed roles for the season.
The Witcher season 2 trailers
The first teaser trailer for season 2 of The Witcher is here, and we're getting a first look at Ciri - and what she'll experience in training to be a Witcher:
We also have a taking head with showrunner Lauren Hissrich, who discusses how the premiere episode will adapt the Andrzej Sapkowski short story A Grain of Truth.
THE WITCHER Season 2 premiere episode is adapting the Andrzej Sapkowski short story A Grain of Truth. Here’s what you need to know about how @LHissrich is bringing the beloved Witcher tale to life with Geralt and Ciri. pic.twitter.com/Y0J11I3UMx— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) August 5, 2021
What will the plot of season 2 be?
Whilst the first season drew inspiration mainly from the short stories The Last Wish and The Sword of Destiny, the second season will continue to combine elements from these stories, mixed in with parts of the novel Blood of Elves.
The official synopsis is as follows:
"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."
This means that we’re likely to see Geralt and Ciri’s father-daughter like bond develop as he begins training her, and we’ll likely explore the princesses elven heritage, her hidden powers and magical abilities that were all hinted at in the first season.
The training will take place in Kaer Morhen, Geralt's childhood home - so we'll be meeting more Witchers.
We’ll also see a continuation of the battle between the two kingdoms, and the repercussions that this has on the rest of the continent.
One major change that's planned for the next season is the structure of the narrative, as Hissrich confirmed in an interview with The Wrap that the multiple timelines will no longer be present now that the storylines have confirmed.
In addition, the same interview confirmed that this season will focus more on the family bond between the characters. Hissrich discussed how we can expect the dynamic between Geralt and Ciri to unfold; "They will argue. They will fight. It will be two strangers coming together for the first time and being told, ‘Nope, you’re gonna be together forever.’ I think that their growth together into being a father and daughter is one of my favourite parts of the series.”
The first season also briefly introduced us to Triss, who in the games is one of the possible love interests for Geralt - the other being Yennefer. During the storyline of the games, players are forced to choose between the two to pursue a romance, so it could be possible that we’ll see Geralt face a similar dilemma in season 2.
Yennefer and Ciri will both undergo significant changes to their characters in season 2. Yennefer will be captured as a prisoner of war, and will make unlikely alliances (via Den of Geek). In addition, the two characters will meet for the first time - which will have an impact on the choices that Yennefer makes.
The Witcher: Nightmare Of The Wolf movie tie-in
If waiting until December for more content from The Witcher seems like your personal version of hell, then you're in luck. An anime movie called The Witcher: Nightmare Of The Wolf will release this August.
Beau DeMayo is writing the screenplay - the same writer who also worked on episode three of The Witcher on Netflix, Betrayer Moon, alongside Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. This feature will also be developed by the Korean company Mir animation studio, the studio behind Voltron: Legendary Defender on Netflix.