Netflix series The Witcher was renewed for a second season before the first season had even premiered, so it’s no surprise that it was reportedly the most popular streaming show in the world at one point (and the second-most popular series of 2019 on the industry-leading streamer after Stranger Things).
We finally have some information about the debut of season 2 of The Witcher, including some of the first photos from the season, so what’s next for Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri? Here’s everything we know about the second season of The Witcher so far.
That’s a wrap!
Filming of The Witcher season 2 has officially wrapped. Now, we wait with bated breath for a release date.
That’s a wrap on Season 2! The White Wolf awaits you back on The Continent. pic.twitter.com/SqrAbeelob
— The Witcher (@witchernetflix) April 2, 2021
As the long process of filming season 2 of The Witcher amid the coronavirus pandemic drags on, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has provided updates from the set of the show and various locations. In February, Hissrich marked the one-year anniversary of when the season began filming with a beautiful photo from the set that she posted on Twitter. Production endured a long delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s been one year since we started shooting The Witcher S2.
So much has changed since last February. But when I look back at those cold gorgeous nights in the woods, one thing remains constant: I still feel like the luckiest woman in the world. pic.twitter.com/kxmFelvn9Y
— Lauren S. Hissrich (@LHissrich) February 12, 2021
Choose your own set adventure
Production on Season 2 of The Witcher resumed in December. and the show’s official Twitter page let fans in on some of the fun. The account started doling out set photos based on a “Choose Your Own Adventure”-style poll.
Today, you’ve chosen destiny.
Honor the witchers who came before, now look around and let your curiosity explore. pic.twitter.com/DIKddBNY72
— The Witcher (@witchernetflix) December 16, 2020
In October 2020, Netflix revealed the first photo of Henry Cavill as Geralt in season 2 of The Witcher.
New armour, same witcher. Here’s your first look at Henry Cavill as Geralt in @witchernetflix Season 2. pic.twitter.com/Hx7UCpzrTW
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) October 5, 2020
The titular monster hunter is seen sporting a new set of armor in the photo, while looking as stoic as ever.
A month later, set photos caught sorcerers and sorceresses Yennefer, Cahir, Stegobor, and Vilgefortz hanging out between shots.
Sorcerers and sorceresses were spotted on The Witcher’s set today by Peter Lau (via Facebook) pic.twitter.com/U4iKkPS5Kc
— r/NetflixWitcher (@netflixwitcher) November 2, 2020
New cast members
One of the most important additions to the cast of The Witcher was announced in late February 2020, with Killing Eve actor Kim Bodnia (below) cast as Vesemir.
As fans of the Witcher franchise know well, Vesemir is one of the oldest witchers still alive, and a father figure to Geralt. One of the only survivors of the infamous massacre at Kaer Morhen that eliminated nearly all of the witchers from the school where Geralt was trained and raised, Vesemir is fiercely protective of the few remaining witchers and also becomes a mentor to Ciri during her early years with Geralt.
A week earlier, Netflix confirmed a group of new cast members joining The Witcher in season 2.
The Continent just got a little bigger. Here’s the new cast of #TheWitcher Season 2:
Yasen Atour as Coen
Agnes Bjorn as Vereena
Paul Bullion as Lambert
Kristofer Hivju as Nivellen
Thue Ersted Rasmussen as Eskel
Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia
Mecia Simson as Francesca
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) February 21, 2020
The second season of The Witcher is poised for a Game of Thrones crossover of sorts, as actor Kristofer Hivju (below) has joined the cast. Hivju portrayed fan-favorite character Tormund Giantsbane in the hit HBO series, and will play cursed nobleman Nivellen in season 2 of The Witcher.
Game of Thrones’ Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) Helen Sloan/HBO
Agnes Bjorn will portray Vereena, a woman with a close connection to Nivellen in Andrzej Sapkowski’s “Witcher Saga” novels. Both Aisha Fabienne Ross and Mecia Simson will play sorceresses in the second season, with Ross playing Lydia and Simson playing the elf Francesca.
Thue Ersted Rasmussen was originally cast as Eskel, a fellow witcher from the School of the Wolf, where Geralt trained. However, due to scheduling concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rasmussen was forced to step down from the role. He was quickly replaced by Basil Eidenbenz, according to a Den of Geek report. Eskel is a key character in both the novels and the popular video game franchise they inspired, and one of Geralt’s closest friends.
The two remaining characters on the list were first reported to be joining the series a few weeks before Rasmussen’s initial announcement.
Peaky Blinders and The Bastard Executioner actor Paul Bullion (above) will portray Lambert, another witcher from the School of the Wolf. Lambert’s presence in season 2 suggests fans will learn more about Geralt’s early years and the training he endured to become a witcher.
Also joining the season 2 cast will be Strike Back actor Yasen Atour, who will portray the witcher Coën. A lesser-known witcher hailing from the School of the Griffin, Coën played an important role in Ciri’s formative years in The Witcher novels.
Production on season 2 of The Witcher resumed August 17, 2020. To make the announcement, Netflix channeled the poetic skills of Geralt’s favorite bard, Jaskier, on Twitter.
I’m dusting off my lute and quill,
I have some news, some mead to spill:
After all the months we’ve been apart
It’s time for production to restart.
The Witcher and his bard – who’s flawless,
Will reunite on set 17 August.
— The Witcher (@witchernetflix) June 22, 2020
In the U.K., Arborfield/Longcross Studios opened for business during the late summer after being among the first U.K. studios to close due to the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic took a toll on Hollywood, prompting numerous production delays and forcing studios to postpone premieres. The Witcher was no exception, as Netflix reportedly Go to Source