The first season of the hit Netflix series The Witcher brought many disparate timelines to the screen. And it looks as though the second season will continue in this vein, albeit in a somewhat different manner. According to reports, season 2 of The Witcher will focus on Geralt’s found families. This includes his newfound family of Ciri and Yennefer, as the three grow to understand and love one another. But it will also include a focus a on Geralt’s family of Witchers, and his youthful training at Kaer Morhen. That means there will be flashbacks, and more overlapping timelines in season 2 of The Witcher.
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Season 2 of The Witcher Brings Geralt Back To His Roots
In a recent interview, showrunner Lauren Hissrich gave more details on what to expect from season 2 of The Witcher. “It was, for us really, about getting Geralt back to his roots and sort of learning where he came from and what his story is and what his sense of family is… For Geralt, it’s his brothers, it’s the brotherhood of the witchers,” Hissrich says. “So I’m really excited to get back in and meet Vesemir, his father figure, for the first time and all of these men that he was raised with since he was seven years old.”
The flashbacks will likely show Geralt as a youth training to become a Witcher at the stronghold of Kaer Morhen. It is possible that the show will draw from the Polish comic Zdrada, by Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski. This comic is based on a rejected short story in the Witcher universe that details a young Geralt’s training. We know that Sapkowski works closely with the showrunners. So it is possible that he has provided more detailed information than the books or video games have shown.
Witchers must undergo intensive training and magical trials in order to gain their superhuman abilities. In the second season, we will see Geralt’s training and also meet his brotherhood of Witchers. Hissrich says “I’m really excited to get back in and meet Vesemir, his father figure, for the first time and all of these men that he was raised with since he was seven years old.” The character of Vesemir will be played by Danish actor Kim Bodnia, who is no stranger to training killers after his stint on the hit show Killing Eve.
Vesemir from The Witcher 3 Video Game
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The Witcher Will Continue To Have Overlapping Timelines
According to Hissrich, season 2 of The Witcher will not only have flashbacks to Geralt’s youth but it will also bring us flash-forwards. “So what we’ll see in Season 2 is that all of our characters are existing on the same timeline. What that allows us to do storywise though is to play with time in slightly different ways. We get to do flashbacks, we get to do flash-forwards, we get to actually integrate time in a completely different way that we weren’t able to do in Season 1.”
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Fans of the show criticized the first season for the confusing way the timelines were laid out. All three characters were portrayed at different stages of life in the first season. The non-linear format meant that characters who died in one episode suddenly appeared in the next, depending on what story was being told. Hopefully season 2 of The Witcher will make the flashbacks and flash-forwards more coherent and easier to understand for the audience.
There is no release date as of yet for season 2 of The Witcher on Netflix. But we will of course be following news of the show closely. To stay up to date, be sure to follow 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.