Netflix has given the green light to a second season of The Witcher, the adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski's fantasy novels (though now better known for the popular game adaptations).
Despite receiving a mixed reception from fans and critics, the first season of The Witcher still managed to end up one of the most popular series on Netflix at the end of 2019 - we imagine the catchy bard song definitely played a part in that.
We've rounded up everything we know about season 2; including the cast, plot, release date and more. If you want to know what other big streaming shows you have to look forward to, then check out our piece of the best shows coming to Netflix.
The Witcher season 2 release date
Though nothing firm is on the cards just yet, we highly suspect that season 2 won’t be arriving until 2021 at the very earliest. Radio Times confirmed that showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich had considered a late 2020 release, but that in the end it would be too much of a stretch to hit that date.
Filming did kick off earlier this year (as confirmed by Henry Cavill - AKA Geralt of Rivia - on Instagram) but the ongoing pandemic has put a halt to this for now after Kristofer Hivju tested positive for the virus, so the release date may get pushed back even further.
According to LADbible, Hissrich has also stated that she’s got a lot more mapped out beyond season 2. The story could in fact last up to seven seasons, which would equate to around twenty years worth of content when you add in the time for filming, production and post-production.
How to watch the next series of The Witcher
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The cast of the next series of The Witcher
It should come as no surprise that the three main characters will be reprising their roles. Henry Cavill will return as Geralt of Rivia, Freya Allan will return as Princess Ciri, and Anya Chalotra will return as Yennefer.
Other major supporting characters set to come back include Joey Batey as Jaskier (we're already anticipating all the new songs), Anna Shaffer as Triss and Eamon Farren as Cahir.
Netflix has also announced some new cast members, which features Kristofer Hivju - the actor who played Tormund Giantsbane in Game of Thrones. It's safe to say we're pretty stoked.
The Continent just got a little bigger. Here's the new cast of #TheWitcher Season 2:— NX (@NXOnNetflix) February 21, 2020
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
Following that announcement Netflix also confirmed that Killing Eve actor Kim Bodnia will play Vesemir, arguably the biggest character from the books that we haven't properly met yet on the show - he's the mentor who trained Geralt up as a Witcher in the first place. Bodnia seems like good casting, though no doubt it will disappoint fans hoping for a certain Skywalker to take on the role.
What will the plot of season 2 be?
Whilst the first season drew inspiration mainly from the short stories The Last Wish and The Sword of Destiny, the second season will continue to combine elements from these stories, mixed in with parts of the novel Blood of Elves.
This means that we’re likely to see Geralt and Ciri’s father-daughter like bond develop as he begins training her, and we’ll likely explore the princesses elven heritage, her hidden powers and magical abilities that were all hinted at in the first season. We’ll also see a continuation of the battle between the two kingdoms, and the repercussions that this has on the rest of the continent.
One major change that's planned for the next season is the structure of the narrative, as Hissrich confirmed in a Reddit AMA that the multiple timelines would change, now that the stories have come together. We can't confirm yet whether this means no multiple timelines - or just less of them - but either way, it won't be as complicated as the first season.
The first season also briefly introduced us to Triss, who in the games is one of the possible love interests for Geralt - the other being Yennefer. During the storyline of the games, players are forced to choose between the two to pursue a romance, so it could be possible that we’ll see Geralt face a similar dilemma in season 2.
The Witcher: Nightmare Of The Wolf movie tie-in
If waiting until 2021 for more content from The Witcher seems like your personal version of hell, then you're in luck. Netflix announced on Twitter that an anime movie called The Witcher: Nightmare Of The Wolf is currently in development.
The rumors are true, a new Witcher story is in the works! The anime film, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, will take us back to a new threat facing the Continent. Brought to you by the Witcher team @LHissrich and @BeauDeMayo, and Studio Mir the studio behind Legend of Korra.— NX (@NXOnNetflix) January 22, 2020
Beau DeMayo is writing the screenplay - the same writer who also worked on episode three of The Witcher on Netflix, Betrayer Moon, alongside Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. This feature will also be developed by the Korean company Mir animation studio, the studio behind Voltron: Legendary Defender on Netflix.
At this current time, no more details have yet been revealed, other than that this series will explore 'a new threat facing the Continent'. We still don't know if the Netflix cast will be voice-acting in the series. Watch this space for more details as they emerge.