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Everything We Know About The Witcher Season 2

Catch up with the latest news about season 2 of Netflix fantasy hit series starring Henry Cavill as monster hunter Geralt of Rivia.

by | June 11, 2021 | Comments

The Witcher keyart Anya Chalotra as Yennifer, Henry Cavill as Geralt, Freya Allan as Ciri (Netflix)

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With its gruff hero, powerful sorceress, mysterious young heroine, and a bard with a catchy tune, Netflix’s production of The Witcher caught the attention of fans new and old as it adapted the tales of author Andrzej Sapkowski into something distinct from its source and the successful video game series while also amplifying the best elements of entire Witcher concept. But season 1 was, literally, just the beginning. Utilizing short stories detailing Geralt of Rivia’s (Henry Cavill) exploits before he was drawn into the Continent’s great political struggle, the second season will begin to drawn material direct from the long-form Witcher novels and offer more meaning to the title character’s meandering.

And with the second season teased during Netflix’s Geeked Week — including fan event “WitcherCon” on July 9 — we thought we would take a look at everything we know about the series and, perhaps, conjure up some ideas about its future.


Which Actors Will Return for The Witcher Season 2?

Henry Cavill in The Witcher season 2

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Clearly, there’s no Witcher without the Witcher, but Cavill will indeed return as the taciturn Geralt. And as seen in the first Witcher novel, he will be escorting Ciri (Freya Allan) to Kaer Morhen, where he was trained in the art of monster hunting. Allan will also return while Anya Chalotra continues on as Yennefer — the currently missing sorceress who no doubt has a price on her head after the events at Sodden Hill. Additionally, Joey Batey will return as Jaskier, but it remains to be seen if the bard can whip up another song as catchy as “Toss a Coin to Your Witcher.” We’re happy to see him try, though.

Other returning faces include MyAnna Buring as Tissaia, Anna Shaffer as Triss Merigold, Therica Wilson Read as Sabrina, and Mahesh Jadu as Vilgefortz – all of whom were in a bad way at the end of the first season, but seemingly regroup following Sodden Hill. Of course, it always possible they will all live in Yennefer’s memories.


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The Brotherhood is also represented by Terence Maynard as sorcerer Artorius Vigo, Lars Mikkelson as the Black Sun-obsessed Stregobor, Mimi Ndiweni as Nildgaard’s prominent mage Fringilla Vigo, Royce Pierreson as the pragmatic Istredd, and Lilly Cooper as mage-in-training Murta.

Tom Canton will also return as elvish rebel Filavandrel, as will Eamon Farren as Cahir, while Jeremy Crawford returns as dwarven adventurer Yarpin Zigrin and Wilson Radjou-Pujalte as Dara, Ciri’s elven friend who left her path last season.


Who Are the New Cast Members for Season 2 of The Witcher?

ADJOA ANDOH in BRIDGERTON season 1

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New cast members revealed by THR in March 2021 include Adjoa Andoh (Bridgerton’s Lady Danbury) as Nenneke, chief priestess at the Temple of Melitele; Cassie Clare (Brave New World) as Philippa Eilhart, leader of the Lodge of Sorceresses; Graham McTavish (Outlander) as Dijkstra, head of Redania’s special forces; and Chris Fulton (Bridgerton) as Rience, a mage instructed to find Ciri. Liz Carr (Silent Witness) and Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral) will also appear as Fenn and Codringher, a pair of lawyers who run a firm/detective agency in Dorian. Also, Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey) will play Ba’lian, a reportedly new character — although it is always possible the name is an alias.


Game of Thrones s7ep6 Kristofer Hivju (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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Previously announced cast include Game of Thrones’ favorite Wildling Kristofer Hivju, who joins up as Nivellen, a cursed man of Redania whose beastly nature may not necessarily make him a monster; Agnes Bjorn as Vereena, a person of some importance to Nivellen; Yasen Atour and Paul Bullion as Coen and Lambert, respectively, a pair of Witchers who train Ciri in the novels; Basil Eidenbenz as Eskel, a compatriot of Geralt’s time at Kaer Morhen who also participates in Ciri’s training; Aisha Fabienne Ross as Vilgefortz’s aide Lydia; Mecia Simson as Francesca, a member of the Chapter with an interesting lineage; Kim Bodnia as elder Witcher Vesemir; and Carmel Laniado as Violet, a young girl whose whimsical tendencies mask a sadistic side.


What Is the Plot for Season 2 of The Witcher?

Freya Allan in The Witcher season 2

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Netflix’s season 2 synopsis: “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.”

Like the first season’s copious flashbacks, the second may begin well after the battle at Sodden Hill and Ciri’s meeting with Geralt. The first long-form Witcher novel, Blood of Elves, opens with Ciri already at Kaer Morhen and recalling many of the events she experienced in the first season of the television show. If the program continues to follow the established format, her training may form the narrative loop of her flashbacks, while she and Geralt leave Kaer Morhen for Temple School in Ellander in the present day story.



Alternatively, we may see the pair on the road to Kaer Morhen with Jaskier trailing along as they face more trouble from monsters and Nilfgaard. The addition of Nivellen — who appeared in a Witcher short story predating the events of Blood of Elves — to the plot suggests Geralt will spend at least one episode doing his normal job. Perhaps Ciri is there for the experience.

On a more macro level, the Northern Kings will have either won the war against Nilfgaard or remained in a saber-rattling stance after witnessing the Battle of Sodden Hill from afar. Considering a second war with Nilfgaard breaks out in the narrative of the novels, we expect the television show may just turn the two conflicts into one – a war they can actually dramatize (budget permitting) as Ciri continues her training.


Anya Chalotra in The Witcher season 2

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Meanwhile, Yennefer’s disappearance could continue to be a plot point, or she may immediately return to the action and aid the other sorcerers in whatever plan they form next. The Brotherhood is still up for grabs, even if there is considerable support of Nilfgaard at this point.

Granted, all of this depends on how much material The Witcher plans to cover in a given season. Considering the first year covered many of the short stories and Ciri’s recollections of life on the run following the Nilfgaard attack, we can safely assume it will follow the shape of Blood of Elves — the new additions to the cast guarantee it.


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But then again, events from the stories and novels have already been remixed and there is no guarantee we’ll see all of Ciri’s time at Kaer Morhen or the Temple School before season 2 concludes.

But no matter what map the series follows in its second year, one theme has been virtually guaranteed by executive producer Lauren Schmidt Hissirch — the waning of monsters. As in the novels, fantastical creatures are becoming rarer as the Continent (a loosely European realm) marches closer to modernity. The disappearance of monsters also means Witchers are becoming fewer in number. And while referenced in passing during the first season, this change in the world will be addressed in the upcoming episodes.


Who Will Direct Season 2 of The Witcher?

Joey Batey as Jaskier in The Witcher season 1 (Katalin Vermes/Netflix)

(Photo by Katalin Vermes/Netflix)

As with season 1, the second year will consist of eight episodes — the seeming new standard for genre shows on streaming services. Directors include Umbrella Academy’s Stephen Surjik, Cursed’s Sarah O’Gorman, The Last Kindgom’s Ed Bazalgette, and Meet the Patel’s Geeta Patel. Hissrich remains the program’s showrunner and executive producer.


When Does Season 2 of The Witcher Premiere on Netflix?

The Witcher trailer screencap (Netflix)

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Sit back and rest a spell — there’s still a bit of a wait for season 2. No specific launch date for the second season of The Witcher has yet to be revealed and production continued into April 2021. And when you add post-production and special effects to the time table, it is possible the program will not return until 2022. That may feel like a long way off, but so did the first season for fans of Geralt’s adventures in books and video games.


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That said, with fan event WitcherCon planned for Friday, July 9, the season 2 premiere feels very, very close. Here are details on the event from Netflix:

WitcherCon brings together the worlds of The Witcher video games and the TV series. The event will feature:

  • A variety of entertaining and interactive panels spotlighting the people who brought The Witcher to life in-game and on-screen.
  • Breaking news, exclusive behind-the-scenes and never-before-seen reveals from across The Witcher franchise.
  • Intimate looks into the creativity and production behind CD Projekt Red’s games, including the upcoming mobile game The Witcher: Monster Slayer, comic books and fan gear, and Netflix’s live-action series The Witcher plus merchandise, as well as the anime film Nightmare of the Wolf.
  • Expert explorations into the lore, legends, monsters, and origins of the Continent.

Available on both Twitch and YouTube, WitcherCon will first air on July 9 at 7 p.m. CEST/1 p.m. EDT. Fans will be able to watch WitcherCon across two separate streams, with each one containing exclusive content. The second stream, which also airs on Twitch and YouTube, will begin at 3 a.m. CEST/9 a.m. EDT on July 10.

The Witcher season 1 is now streaming on Netflix


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