After two years of anticipation, The Witcher will return just before Christmas on the 17th of December this year.
Netflix has a lot of confidence in the series and greenlit its second 2 weeks before the first as was even released. The platform’s faith in the series had a giant pay off with the show becoming the second most-watched series of 2019.
Season 2 will drop on Netflix for Christmas and will follow a more linear timeline compared to the first season, which jumped back and forth in time, and could get somewhat confusing. It will continue its central focus on our three main characters: Geralt (Henry Cavill), Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) and Ciri (Freya Allan).
Who will return?
Of course, Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan will all return as our main characters. As well as Anna Shaffer (Triss), Joey Batey (Jaskier), Eamon Farren (Cahir), MyAnna Buring (Tissaia), Lars Mikkelson (Stregobor), Terence Maynard (Artorius), Tom Canton (Filavandrel), Lilly Cooper (Murta), Therica Wilson Read (Sabrina), Jeremy Crawford (Yarpen Zigrin), and Royce Pierreson (Istredd).
According to Vulture, we can expect to see more from Mimi Ndiweni. Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich commented, “Fringilla is one of those characters that we’re going to delve into even more. We’re digging deeper into her past and how she ended up at Nilfgaard, who she is as a person, and how she and Yennefer ended up on such different paths. She gets to do a lot more.”
Netflix has also announced a number of new cast members to join season 2. One of the most notable additions being Adjoa Andoh. Best known for her role as Bridgerton’s Lady Danbury, she will appear as character Nenneke. A priestess of Melitele who knew Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) as a child.
Game of Thrones’ Kristofer Hivju will appear as Nivellen. Outlander’s Graham McTavish will star as Dijkstra, the head of the Redanian Secret Service. Downton Abbey’s Kevin Doyle will play Ba’lian, an elf seeking refuge in The Continent. Bridgerton’s Chris Fulton will play Rience, the mage whose mission is to find and kill Ciri (Freya Allan), and Peaky Blinders’ Paul Bullion will star as Lambert, just to name a few.
What Will Happen?
Right now, not much is known about season 2. However, Netflix has revealed that we will see Geralt take Ciri to his childhood home of Kaer Morhen in the wake of the Battle of Sodden at the end of season 1.
Geralt believes Yennefer to be dead after the Battle. He focuses on protecting Ciri as Continent Kings, elves, humans and demons continue to war around them. Together, Geralt and the Cintra princess must come to terms with the power residing within her.
The synopsis 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,” its synopsis reads.
“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.”
In an article on Digital Spy, Hissrich says: “What I would say is that season 1 is very much about building blocks. It’s about constructing the world, and setting up these characters, and putting them on paths, and knocking those dominoes over.” And promises a much “more intense” second season.
“When you get to season two, all of those things start to come to play, which is that characters start meeting each other – sometimes getting along, sometimes not. All those things that we set up – Geralt and Yennefer, Geralt and Ciri, Yennefer and Ciri – all of the different kingdoms that you just barely hear about in season one, start rising to the surface in season two.”
Check out the trailer here:
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