Netflix Orders A Second Season for The Witcher Ahead Of Premiere

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BY November 13, 2019

One month until the premiere of The Witcher series on Netflix, and a second season has already been ordered. Showrunner Lauren Hissrich announced the news today via Twitter. 

The second season of The Witcher begins production in early 2020, and will film in London. Star Henry Cavill will return to play Geralt of Rivia for the second season, along with Anya Chalotra as the sorceress Yennefer. Freya Allen is also onboard to play the young Ciri. This means that the second season will likely continue drawing from the earlier books by Andrzej Sapkowski. If  the show ever decides to catch up to the popular video game Witcher 3, the character of Ciri will have to age at least a decade as she is a young woman in that era and the show will depict her as a child. 

Witcher’s second season will also span eight episodes, the same as the first season. It currently has a release date set for 2021. Renewing the series before the first season airs is a strategic move that indicates that Netflix expects The Witcher to be a hit. With a large pre-existing fanbase, the odds are high that The Witcher will be heavily streamed. By renewing it early, Netflix will be ahead of the game and ready to release another season within a year after the first. 

Hissrich says “I am so excited that before viewers dive into season one, we are already able to confirm that we’ll be returning to The Continent again to continue telling the stories of Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri, and to showcase more of the amazing work that our cast and crew have delivered.”

The Witcher How Much Bathtub Geralt Will We See In The Second Season of The Witcher? | Image via Netflix

The Full Cast For The First Season Of The Witcher Is Revealed

A full cast list is also now available on IMDB for the first season of The Witcher. It reveals several notable characters and who will be playing them. Joey Batey will play the bard Jaskier. This character appears in the video games under the name Dandelion, and is one of Geralt’s closest friends. (Apparently Jaskier is the Polish version of the name and Dandelion arose from a weird translation from book to game). Anna Shaffer will play the sorceress Triss Merigold, and Lars Mikkelson will appear as the wizard Stregobor. 

Running through the cast list shows some familiar names for fans of the game and books alike. But there are some characters notably missing from the first season such as the sorceress Phillipa Eilhart, or spymaster Dijkstra. This indicates that season one will not delve into the political turmoil that drives the conflict of the first two Witcher games. It is possible that the second season may bring us these characters and storylines. But only time will tell what stories the first season will tell and how they will lead into the following season. With two seasons ordered, will The Witcher break the Netflix curse and get more than three season? We will have to watch to find out.

The Witcher will premiere on Netflix on December 20th. For more adaptation news and reviews, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today.

Featured image via Netflix

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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.

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