It took years for The Witcher to get the onscreen adaptation it deserves, and while fans won’t have to wait that long for the anticipated second season of the Netflix drama, the hiatus has still felt far too long for our liking. Luckily, Netflix has tossed us a coin and announced that The Witcher Season 2 is set to resume soon.
The Witcher is inspired by Andrzej Sapkowski‘s Witcher book series, which also spawned the popular video game franchise. Netflix debuted the buzzy first season of the fantasy series in December 2019. The show stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, a witcher whose destiny becomes bound to the sorceress Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) and the powerful princess Ciri (Freya Allan). The first season was told across three timelines, each of which followed one of the three main characters. But now that all three timelines have caught up to each other, we can’t wait for Season 2 so that the series can really delve into the relationships between Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri.
So what can we expect of The Witcher Season 2? Here’s everything we know so far.
It is expected to premiere in 2021. When Netflix renewed The Witcher for a second season in November 2019, it was announced that the series was set to begin production in early 2020 with an anticipated air date in 2021. Production on Season 2 officially kicked off in the U.K. in February 2020. There has been no word yet on whether the premiere date will be pushed back due to production delays.
Production is set to resume this summer. On June 22, The Witcher‘s official Twitter account announced that the series is set to resume production on Season 2 on Aug. 17. Production on the series, which was filming outside London, was previously suspended on March 16 after actor Kirstofer Hivju tested positive for COVID-19, which he later announced on Instagram. The Witcher was the first major TV production in the U.K. to be halted as a result of coronavirus.
Season 2 will introduce another original character. The Witcher Season 1 featured a handful of characters who didn’t originate in the books, and Season 2 will follow suit. In February 2020, it was announced that Carmel Laniado has joined the cast in a recurring role as Violet, “a young girl whose playful and whimsical demeanour is a front for a smarter and more sadistic character,” per Deadline. While Violet wasn’t featured in the books, fans of the popular video game franchise likely can’t help thinking of the violet rose prominently featured in the Hearts of Stone expansion. Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has been very clear that the series isn’t adapting the games, but there’s always the chance this new character Violet may prove to be a subtle nod to them and the tragic violet rose storyline.
It will consist of eight episodes. Keeping form with its freshmen run, Season 2 of The Witcher will once again be made up of eight episodes. Stephen Surjik will direct Episodes 1 and 2, Sarah o”Gorman will direct Episodes 3 and 4, Ed Bazalgette will direct Episodes 5 and 8, and Geeta Patel will direct Episodes 6 and 7.
The timeline won’t be as confusing. Many viewers struggled to keep track of the show’s three separate timelines in Season 1 (which you can find explained here), but these fans will be relieved to know this won’t be as big of an issue in Season 2. During a Reddit AMA in January 2020, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich confirmed that the structure “will definitely change in season two, as they’re [sic] stories have begun to converge.”
Season 2 isn’t the only Witcher content heading our way. In January 2020, Netflix announced that they were making an anime feature film set in The Witcher universe, titled The Witcher: Nightmare of the World. The film will explore a new threat facing the Continent, likely prior to the events of the series.
The Witcher is available on Netflix