The Witcher Season 2 is available to stream on Netflix right now.
The Witcher Season 2 is on the way. That’s correct, Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s bestselling novels will be released soon. And, to be honest, we can’t wait for it to hit Netflix.
We’ve already watched the first six episodes, so read on for a spoiler-free look at the plot, potential surprises, and more in our Witcher season 2 review.
We’ve been away from the Continent for almost two years, so we’re sure you’re itching to see Geralt, Ciri, Yennefer, and the rest of the crew again. We wouldn’t be shocked if you are, considering The Witcher season 2 is also one of the most anticipated TV shows of 2021.
You’ll want to know everything there is to know about The Witcher season 2 before Netflix’s big-budget fantasy show returns to our screens. We’ve assembled everything you need to know about the film ahead of time, including the release date, cast, narrative details, trailers, episode names, and more.
Don’t forget to give your Witcher a coin toss. Let’s get started now that you’ve done that.
The Witcher season 2 release date
The Witcher Season 2 will be released on December 17, 2021.
For those who aren’t aware, it will also consist of eight episodes, similar to its predecessor. You can skip forward to the relevant section below if you want the skinny on season 2’s episode names, as well as who wrote and directed each piece.
‘The Witcher season 2 trailer’ Have a look at the most recent teaser
In late October, the last trailer for The Witcher season 2 was released, giving us a better idea of what the show’s next instalment will be about.
The most recent trailer contains several major spoilers for the show’s second season. “Until there are no monsters left in the world,” Geralt declares, ushering in images of magic, murder, and monsters, as well as magnificent panoramas of the Continent and terrifying portents regarding Ciri’s power.
If you haven’t seen it yet, you may do so above, and then continue reading to see the first season 2 teaser, which was released on July 9 as part of the Witcher Concelebration:
Given how much of the first season revolved around Geralt’s quest to fulfil the Law of Surprise that binds him to Ciri, the orphaned heir/Lion Cub of Cintra, it’s no surprise that the first season 2 trailer takes up where they left off.
Geralt takes Ciri under his wing and leads her to Kaer Morhen, his childhood home and a safe house for his Witcher brethren, which is overseen by his tutor and fellow Witcher Vesemir.
In the aftermath of season 1’s climactic Battle of Sodden Hill, the final member of The Witcher’s pivotal triumvirate, Yennefer of Vengerberg, is briefly seen. Fringilla, the Nilfgaardian wizard who played a key role in Cintra’s downfall, finds her and simply says, “Welcome back…”
Showrunner Lauren S Hissrich told Vulture, “We’re looking further into [Fringilla’s] backstory and how she wound up at Nilfgaard.” “Who she is as a person and how she and Yennefer ended up on such opposed paths.”
There are also two new first-look films for the program, one of which focuses on Geralt’s connection with the new character Nivellen and the other of which shows Geralt defending Ciri from a new monster.
What are the titles of ‘The Witcher season 2 episode’?
- At WitcherCon, seven of the eight-episode titles for Season 2 were announced. Since then, we’ve learned who wrote and directed each of the films. Take a look at the following fresh information:
- Declan de Barra wrote A Grain of Truth, and Stephen Surjik directed it.
- Kaer Morhen (Stephen Surjik, director; Beau DeMayo, writer)
- What is Lost (writers: Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and Clare Higgins; director: Sarah O’Gorman) is a film directed by Sarah O’Gorman.
- Sneha Koorse wrote Redanian Intelligence, and Sarah O’Gorman directed it.
- Turn Your Back (Haily Hall wrote the screenplay; Edward Bazalgette directed the film).
- Dear Friend (writer: Matthew D’Ambrosio; director: Louise Hooper) is a film directed by Louise Hooper.
- Voleth Meir
The title of the eighth and final episode is supposedly so top-secret that we’ll have to wait to find out what it is. However, the ones that have been shown provide some insight into The Witcher season 2.
‘A Grain of Truth is based on a short story in Andrzej Sapkowki’s novel The Last Wish, which stars Kristofer Hivju, who plays Nivellen in Game of Thrones. And ‘Kaer Morhen’ is the name of a fortress where Witchers are trained, as well as Geralt’s childhood home.
Meanwhile, ‘Redanian Intelligence’ refers to Redania, a country on the Continent with an amazing intelligence network – the name of a news site dedicated to The Witcher is likewise Redanian Intelligence. ‘Dear Friend’ could be a reference to a letter Geralt addressed to Yennefer in the Witcher books (though nothing is confirmed).
Voleth Meir, on the other hand, is a new character played by Ania Marson. Voleth Meir is elven for ‘Deathless Mother,’ and the character appears to play a key role in Ciri’s story. Again, no spoilers here; you’ll have to wait until the end of the season to learn more.
Who is playing ‘The Witcher season 2 cast’
For The Witcher season 2, here is the entire cast list for the actors who appeared in season 1:
- Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill)
- Yennefer of Vengerberg is played by Anya Chalotra.
- Ciri, Cintra’s Lion Cub, is played by Freya Allan.
- Mimî M Khayisa as Fringilla Vigo Joey Batey as Jaskier
- Triss is played by Anna Shaffer.
- Cahir My is played by Eamon Farren.
- Tissaia is played by Anna Buring.
- Filvandrel is played by Tom Canton.
- Stregobor is played by Lars Mikkelsen.
- Artorius is played by Terence Maynard.
- Sabrina Spellman is played by Theresa Wilson.
- Murata is played by Lilly Cooper.
- Yarpen Zigrin is played by Jeremy Crawford, and Istredd is played by Royce Pierson.
The following is a list of new characters:
- Vesemir is played by Kim Bodnia.
- Nivelles is played by Kristofer Hivju.
- Adjoa Andoh in the role of Nenneke
- Fenn is played by Liz Carr.
- Codringher is played by Simon Callow.
- Dijkstra is played by Graham McTavish.
- Kevin Doyle in the role of Ba’Lian
- Rience is played by Chris Fulton.
- Philippa Eilhart is played by Cassie Clare.
- Lambert is played by Paul Bullion.
- Yasen Atour in the role of Con
- Eskel is played by Basil Eidenbenz.
- Henrik is played by Joel Adrian.
- Francesca is played by Mecia Simson.
- Aisha Lydia is played by Fabienne Ross.
- Verena is played by Agnes Bjorn.
- Violet is played by Carmel Laniado.
- Queen Meve is played by Rebecca Hanssen.
- TBC: Alastair Parker
While Geralt was a lone (White) wolf in Season 1, Season 2 will introduce us to a few other Witchers.
We already know that Kim Bodnia (Killing Eve) will play Vesemir, the main character in the animated Witcher prequel film Nightmare of the Wolf. Paul Bullion, Yasen Atour, and Basil Eidenbenz will play fellow Witchers Lambert, Con, and Eskel, respectively, while Joel Adrian will play another Witcher named Hemrik, according to Redanian Intelligence.
Lambert and Eskel will be familiar to fans of the book games. Given that these monster-slaying experts are often seen to be a dying breed, it’s fascinating that the producers are tossing in extra Witchers for season 2. While other Witcher schools such as the Cat and Bear are mentioned in the novels, Geralt’s faction appears to be one of the only Witcher factions actively fighting the monster danger facing the Continent.
Other arrivals include Kristofer Hivju, who will play Nivellen, a man cursed with a monster’s body. In the first episode, dubbed ‘A Grain of Truth,’ we’ll meet him.
Netflix announced the addition of seven new characters to the ensemble in March 2021. Adjoa Andoh (Bridgerton) played Nenneke, a priestess of Melitele in the books; Liz Carr (Silent Witness) played Fenn; Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral) played Fenn’s partner, Codringher; Graham McTavish (Outlander) played Redanian armed forces head Dijkstra; Chris Fulton (Clique) played the mage Rience; Cassie Clare (Grace) played.
Francesca is played by Mecia Simson (Brave New World), Lydia is played by Aisha Fabienne Ross (The Danish Girl), and Verena is played by Agnes Born (Just a Thought).
At least one character from The Witcher games will appear in Season 2 of The Witcher.
The clever, powerful Queen Meve of Lyria and Rivia, introduced in the game Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, will be played by Rebecca Hanssen, according to Redanian Intelligence (Enola Holmes). The videogame links will continue with actor Alastair Parker, who portrayed Cleaver in The Witcher 3 (also via Redanian Intelligence), who will appear in an unspecified role.
What is the story plot of ‘The Witcher season 2’?
We’ve already watched the first six episodes of The Witcher Season 2, so we’re familiar with most of the plot. However, we’re not going to give anything away here: everything you’ll read below is based on our past speculations regarding the show’s second season. Instead, read that to gain a clearer picture of what might occur.
To begin, here’s Netflix’s official description of the show’s return:
“Geralt of Rivia brings Princess Cirilla to his childhood home of Kaer Morhen, convinced that Yennefer’s life was lost at the Battle of Sodden. While the Continent’s kings, elves, humans, and demons fight for supremacy on the outside, he must safeguard the girl from a far more terrifying threat: the unknown power she possesses within.”
According to showrunner Lauren S Hissrich, this season is about Geralt being a father figure to Ciri, so expect that bond to drive season 2. In his new father role, Geralt – a man who rarely uses words when a grunt will suffice – might become more communicative.
At WitcherCon, Henry Cavill commented, “It was vital to me to get Geralt as near to the novels as the vision and plot would allow” (via Redanian Intelligence). “I wanted him to be more verbose and scholarly, as befitting a man who has lived for 70 years and has a philosophical bent.” He can be gloomy at times, but he also has a lot of wisdom. He’s been around a while. He is a good guy with some bad moments, and he is capable of extreme violence, but his motives are pure. As much as possible, I wanted to reflect that.”
One of the most talked-about aspects of The Witcher season 1 was how it told stories in multiple locations and across a non-linear timeline, resulting in a multi-tale anthology of sorts (the now-released official Witcher map and Witcher timeline help make sense of the show).
While she feels “the audience is tremendously sophisticated,” Hissrich told Vulture that she had “misunderstood what everyone was searching for in their amusement.” “I love to be challenged when I’m watching TV,” she remarked but admitted that this wasn’t true for everyone.
Season 1’s climax, on the other hand, tied all the loose ends together well, laying the groundwork for The Witcher season 2’s plot and structure. Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer are now in the same timeframe, according to Hissrich, and their stories will be presented simultaneously. Freya Allan (Ciri) and Anya Chalotra (Yennefer) will be acting together for the first time this season, which should make things easier to follow.
“Season 1 came to a close at that point. In season two, we will undoubtedly pick up where we left off in the first. The stories will be delivered in more chronological order. There won’t be a single storey for all of them. It’s not like the three of them are always happy and together. However, I’d like to try a few alternative approaches to looking at time series as a whole.”
That isn’t to say we won’t see any more of Geralt’s episodic monster-hunting escapades as we saw in season 1. Hissrich says he’ll be mining “various short stories” for The Witcher season 2 – including the aforementioned “A Grain of Truth” – and that flashback scenes are possible.
Other adjustments are on the way for next year. The Witcher season 2 will enhance the wrinkly Nilfgaardian armour that some fans on the internet disliked. According to Hissrich, who spoke on Flickering Myth’s Writer Experience podcast, “The armour of Nilfgaard will be completely different. You have the option to go back and alter your course in season 2 if you want to.”
When asked for a teaser about The Witcher season 2 by Pure Fandom, Hissrich simply said, “Without spoiling anything, I will say that there’s a crop of new monsters, a new cost to magic, and new and unexpected pairings of our favourite characters.”
The Witcher season 3 is coming and there may be more seasons to come
The Witcher’s first season defied the notion that it was simply here to fill a Game of Thrones-shaped void in our lives. It confidently told stories in its unique style and provided a magical world that had previously captivated people’s minds on Xboxes and PlayStations.
While we are unlikely to see much spillover from the games in the Netflix program – according to author Sapkowski, they are a “free adaptation combining parts of [his] work,” rather than canon – we know fans will enjoy many subtle references to the games, as they did in season 1.
The Witcher might also last a long time on Netflix – a third season has already been confirmed, and Lauren S Hissrich claims to have planned out concepts for a total of seven seasons.
We’re quite sure there’s enough source material remaining for that, too. Cavill has stated that he’s willing to stick with Geralt’s storey for the entire seven-season run. He told the Hollywood Reporter, “Absolutely.” “As long as we can keep telling fantastic stories that pay tribute to [Andrzej] Sapkowski’s work,” says the author.
And it’s easy to understand why they think it’ll work, given that they have the whole Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer stories to tell. It transports them over the Continent to a wide range of settings and exposes us to some of the best fantasy characters available. Ciri’s growth provides a solid foundation for future stories in The Witcher universe that incorporate themes of family and love, as well as mystery and magic.
There’s also a prequel series called ‘The Witcher Blood Origin‘ in the works, which Hissrich claims will “surprise” viewers, as well as another animated film and a more kid-friendly Witcher series.