Season 2 of The Witcher series arrives this December 17, 2021 on Netflix. We will therefore be able to find Geralt, Yennefer, Dandelion but also Ciri. Intrigue, release date, spin-off projects, here is everything there is to know about the continuation of the adventures of the witcher.
The first season of The Witcher was a hit, so Netflix decided to continue the adventure. It’s been almost two years since we met the Geralt played by Henry Cavill and since then, we have longed to see him again. But don’t worry, he’s coming back soon! Intrigues, release date, casting, we take stock of what there is to know about this second season. Of course, we risk a little spoiler the first …
On the same theme: an episode of Witcher season 2 is already available for download on pirate sites before the release on Netflix
📅 When is The Witcher season 2 released?
Netflix will put the entire season 2 of The Witcher online on Friday, December 17, 2021. Like season 1, the second season will air just before Christmas. A nice present.
🔢 How many episodes in The Witcher season 2?
As for the first, this second season of The Witcher includes eight episodes. Lauren S. Hissrich has made it known that we should have less time back and forth now that the story is out. A linearity which should make it easier for spectators who have not read the books to understand. It is true that these different timelines had completely confused laymen, so much so that Netflix had to create an interactive site to explain everything.
👫 Casting: which actors and which new characters in season 2 of The Witcher?
The actors who camped the characters of season 1 are joined by new faces in this season 2 which will introduce new characters. In the returns category, we obviously have the essentials. Henry Cavill is still the witcher Geralt of Rivia, his protégé Ciri is played by Freya Allan, the witches Yennefer and Triss Merigold come to life respectively thanks to Anja Chalotra and Anna Shaffer, and it is Joey Batey who has the role of the minstrel Dandelion.
Among the newcomers, we will have the opportunity to (re) discover Geralt’s witcher companions. At least four of them will be represented on the screen, nothing more normal since this season 2 will take us to Kaer Morhen, the place where the witcher of the Wolf School (which includes Geralt) are trained. Vesemir, Geralt’s mentor, is played by Danish actor Kim Bodnia (Killing Eve). Another character well known to fans of the license, Lambert is played by Paul Bullion, known for his presence in the cast of Peaky Blinders. Yasen Atour brings to life Coën, who will train Ciri in sword fighting. It is the only one of the other witers mentioned here who is not affiliated with the school of the wolf, but with that of the griffin. Finally, Eskel, recognizable by his deep scars, is performed by Swiss actor Basil Eidenbenz.
Kristofer Hivju, who made a strong impression in his role as Thormund in Game of Thrones and also seen in Fast and Furious 8, interprets Nivellen, a cursed man with a monstrous appearance who will cross paths with Geralt. Agnes Bjorn plays meanwhile Vereena, a broux (a kind of female vampire), who fell in love with Nivellen. Still in the arrivals department, Aisha Fabienne Ross is camping Lydia van Bredevoort, the apprentice of the powerful magician Vilgefortz de Roggeveen. The latter participated and survived the Battle of Mount Sodden alongside Yennefer, Triss Merigold and Filippa Eilhart.
Netflix also unveiled the appearance of 7 characters, including several key characters from the saga. Let us quote first Nenneke, the priestess of the Melitele temple. Interpreted by Adjoa Andoh (The Chronicle of the Bridgertons, Invictus, Doctor Who), she will come to the aid of Geralt on his journey by healing his wounds. Season 2 will also see the entry on the scene of Sigismund Dijkstra, played by Graham McTavish (The Hobbit, John Rambo, Preacher) and head of the Redanian intelligence secret service.
The witch Philippa eilhart, main advisor to King Vizimir of Redania, will also be there in the guise of Cassie clare (Mamma Mia !, Beauty and the Beast, Delicious). Netflix also announced the presence of Rience, a dangerous mage on the hunt for a mystical jewel. He is embodied by Chris fulton (Bridgerton, Clique, Estate). Fenn and Codringher, the lawyer duo, will be respectively interpreted by Lizz carr (The OA, Silent Witness, Les Misérables) and Simon callow (4 weddings and a funeral, Inspector Barnaby, Shakespeare in Love).
Finally, the last information concerns an original character from the series, which does not exist in the books or in the video games The Witcher: Purple, camped by Carmel Laniado. Consequently, we do not really know how it will be integrated into the scenario. Violet is a young girl whose playful and whimsical demeanor is a facade hiding a character smarter and more sadistic than she looks. She is expected to appear in at least three episodes of season 2. This is also the case for Ba’Lian, an elf created for the occasion.
When it comes to directing, Lauren S. Hissrich has surrounded herself with new talents. The directors of Season 1 have been replaced by Ed Bazalgette (The Last Kingdom, Doctor Who), Sarah O’Gorman (Jamestown, Cursed), Geeta Patel (Santa Clarita Diet, Meet the Patels) and Stephen Surjik (Daredevil, The Umbrella) Academy), the latter having previously collaborated with Hissrich on Daredevil.
📄 History of The Witcher: what plot for season 2?
If you are here, it is a priori that you agree to be informed about what will happen in the episodes of season 2 of The Witcher. We will recall it one last time, this part contains spoilers on the continuation of the series, as well as on the events of season 1.
Let’s start by taking stock of where we left off. At the end of Season 1, Geralt of Rivia finally manages to find Ciri, being chased by the Nilfgaardians, who are also invading the northern regions. The witch alliance including Yennefer and Triss Merigold resulted in a severe defeat on the Nilfgaard, but the losses are enormous. The next season will pick up from there, and Netflix has released an official synopsis for this season 2:
“Convinced of Yennefer’s death during the Battle of Sodden, Geralt of Rivia takes Princess Ciri to the safest place he knows, his childhood home of Kaer Morhen. As the kings of the Continent, elves, humans and demons fight for supremacy outside its walls, he must protect the young girl from something far more dangerous: the mysterious power she possesses within her ”
Several narrative arcs will intertwine. The two main characters of The Witcher are Geralt and Ciri, finally reunited. If the story follows that of the novel Blood of the Elves, then Ciri will be trained in combat, magic, alchemy, and monster lore by the witchers of Kaer Morhen. We might also learn more about Ciri’s identity, her true origins, and her powers.
While it is not known if this season will cover the entire first novel, we do know that it will adapt some short stories from the franchise. The presence of Nivellen, a monstrous character played by Kristofer Hivju, indicates that the new Un Grain de Vérité will be present on the screen. Change from the book, it should be chronologically after the meeting of Geralt and Ciri, and not before.
Does Netflix have any other plans with The Witcher?
Netflix is very keen on The Witcher. The saga could indeed become the new pillar of the platform. An animated film, The Wolf’s Nightmare, has already been released in the summer of 2021, but this is just one of the many projects underway.
Indeed, a second animated film is currently in production. It will be of the same ilk as the first. A named spin-off Blood Origin is also in development. This one will be interested in the genesis of the order of the witers, 1000 years before the adventures of Geralt. Netflix has also announced that a series designed for children and the whole family is also in the pipeline. Finally, a season 3 has already been confirmed for The Witcher, the mother series.