The Witcher season 1 is a hit show on Netflix. The showrunner has announced the Witcher season 2, and it may be an entire year away, but here is the released date, cast, and storyline of season 2.
Released Date Of Season 2
Lauren S. Hissrich, the showrunner of The Witcher, first announced about The Witcher season 2 and key characters on 13th November 2019, over a month earlier, to the launch of season one.
Hissrich admitted to releasing season 2 in late 2020 but then changer her mind, explaining, “The reality is, [The Witcher] is a huge show, and it takes a long time, and we understood that in Season 1 we were breaking down a lot of the post-production process.”
“And we aspire to make sure that everyone on our team receives the time to do their job and do it to the most excellent of their ability. So we are making sure we have a lot of built-in cushion time for Season 2, so we do not cram anything in at the last moment.”
This makes sense, considering what the showrunner said in the past as:
“The scriptwriting method needs about 20 weeks, all in,” Hissrich said. “Now, what follows after that 20 weeks is, we have a selection of all of the episodes. But then you begin to look back, and you have to depart room in the writing process for organic things to proceed.”
“So let’s say you begin filming, and you realize, ‘Oh, those two characters work even better together than I assumed. And then we will make sure that down the line, we are playing more into that storyline.’”
“So, all of the lines are written,” she added. “It does not mean they would not be rewritten 100 times before someone views them on the air for season two.”
Hissrich also spoke about where the show could go beyond the second season, including where the show might end:
“I am sure, at some point, that I assumed I could write seven seasons, but I am also sure that I said I could write 20 seasons. I will proceed writing this series, as long as it creates sense to write this series. That means taking, organically, from the books and allowing the story to flow, but then also letting the story end when it requires to end.”
So, given season 2 has the same success as the first Series, there could be plenty more in store for Geralt and his crew.
Storyline Of Season 2
The first season of the series is based on Sapkowski’s The Last Wish and The Sword of Destiny collections of short stories [albeit not all of them], and showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has validated that the next series will include unused portions of those stories with first “Witcher saga” novel Blood of Elves.
“A portion of what we have set up in season one of the series will come into play in season two,” the showrunner said.
“We will take into some material from Blood of Elves. But I also believe there are things that we desired to adopt from The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny that we did not have time to do.”
“So to be honored with a season two, and to understand that we can go back and visit some of those things, is very exciting. There will be a big mix of things in season 2.”
Blood of Elves narrates about Geralt takes on the security and training of Freya Allan’s Ciri, but given that some of Ciri’s storyline has already been described in season one, it’s unlikely to be a direct adaptation of those conditions.
We do understand that The Witcher season 2, much like season 1, will happen over different timelines and examine deeper into why monsters and witchers are advancing to extinction.
At the very least, we can expect some monster hunting, sword-fighting, about the war with Nilgaard and the elvish insurgency, as well as a possible center on the prophecies and powers of Princess Ciri.
Cast Of Season 2
Unsurprisingly Henry Cavill will return in season 2 as titular Witcher Geralt of Rivia, with Freya Allan [The War of The Worlds] as the prophesied Princess Ciri. Anya Chalotra will act as a sorceress and love interest Yennefer, and Jodhi May will appear as Queen Calanthe.
The Witcher’s fight choreographer Vladimír Furdík would not return for season 2.
“What’s excellent is that we have now established up all of the dominos for the world, right?” Hissrich said.
“We have Geralt and his journey. We have introduced Geralt to Yennefer. It has not fundamentally gone perfectly. We have everything. We produce all the building blocks in position.”
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