A Monster-Filled Trailer For The Witcher Season 2 Is Here
Over Halloween weekend we got a bit of a treat from Netflix in the form of a new trailer for The Witcher season 2. In this glimpse of The Witcher, we get to see where the core characters of Geralt, Ciri, Yennefer, and even dear Jaskier ended up after the dramatic conclusion of the first season. But the focus of this trailer was certainly on the many monsters of The Witcher. And they look stunning and fearsome, thanks in part to what appears to be a significant budget upgrade for the special effects after the success of the first season. So what can we expect from season 2 of The Witcher? Let’s dive into the trailer and find out.
Deeper Characterization And Character Bonds For Season 2
If the first season of The Witcher was all about Geralt’s solitary existence as a lone (white) wolf, then season 2 will show us how far he has come. Instead of the lonely existence we saw last season, now Geralt has a number of people whom he cares about and is trying to protect. Foremost among these characters is of course the young princess Ciri, who spent the majority of the first season running for her life. Now that Geralt and his “child of surprise” have finally met up, the two of them will make a surprisingly formidable team fighting monsters and mankind alike.
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In an effort to protect Ciri, Geralt has taken her home to the Witcher stronghold of Kaer Morhen. This is where we meet some of the other people Geralt holds dear, including his mentor Vesemir. Together the Witchers will train Ciri as a warrior, as Geralt knows that in order to survive she must learn to fight. And Ciri must also learn to control her mysterious magic as she begins to learn more about who she truly is – and how important she is to the fate of the world. Ciri acknowledges that this fight is hers as well. As the heir to Cintra she must find a way to reclaim her place and save her country. Because it seems that war with Nilfgaard is inevitable, and Ciri is at the heart of the conflict.
Found Families For Lonely Characters
Anya Chalotra as Yennefer | Image via Netflix
Elsewhere in the world is another character whom Geralt cares for deeply, Yennefer of Vengerberg. Presumed dead after the Battle of Sodden at the end of last season, Geralt begins this season unaware that Yennefer is still alive. Gravely wounded after the battle, we see a bloody and anguished Yennefer in this trailer. Eventually we know that Yennefer must reunite with Geralt, as we see a brief glimpse of her riding across an open field with Ciri at her side. In the books by Andrzej Sapkowski, these three characters form an unconventional family. Showrunner Lauren Hissrich has also spoken about how season 2 will focus on ‘found families,’ and the bonds that Geralt shares with others.
Look At All The Monsters
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But enough about families and developed characterization, let’s talk about the monsters. As we said above, it certainly looks like the CGI budget got a significant upgrade for season 2 of The Witcher. The monsters look extremely realistic and deeply scary. And there are quite a few of them on display, drawing from the books for lore as well as the video games for aesthetic. First up we have a friendly monster, who is really just a man living under a curse. His name is Nivellan, played by none other than Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) himself. We know that he is (mostly) harmless because he is sitting by the fire having a friendly chat with Geralt. Instead of meeting the end of his silver sword.
Magic & Monsters Out Of Slavic Folklore
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But there are plenty of other monsters for Geralt to fight in season 2. We get a glimpse of a bruxa – a type of vampire who appears as a woman in white screaming at Geralt. Elsewhere we see some of the sorcerers – including Istredd – gazing upon a house that seems to move and watch them. This is a reference to the Baba Yaga who is a powerful Slavic witch. And one of the best known figures of Eastern European folklore.
And finally the most impressive monster on display in the trailer for The Witcher season 2 is the Leshen. This nature spirit takes the form of a monstrous tree. Leshens are often revered as gods by the local populace. In the trailer we see Geralt and Ciri fighting back to back against the Leshen, wildly swinging at the roots that attack them. The Leshen is a creature of ancient magic, just like Geralt and Ciri themselves. But we are confident that our favorite Witcher (and Witcher in training) will prevail in the end.
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What other monsters did you spot in the trailer for season 2 of The Witcher? What character are you most looking forward to seeing when The Witcher season 2 airs on December 17? Let us know in the comments and join the conversation with Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today!
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.