After numerous delays, 'The Witcher' Season 2 finally wraps filming. Showrunner teases plenty of new characters, storylines, and monsters to explore in the upcoming season.
'The Witcher' Season 2 finally finished filming, and we all know what that means: the much anticipated season is coming out very soon.
The fantasy drama starring Henry Cavill, based on the books by Andrzej Sapkowski, is a huge hit when it was released on Netflix in 2019.
The streaming giant has confirmed the show's return for season 2, even before season 1 premiered.
The series faced a lot of roadblocks due to the pandemic, but now that production is finally complete, there is no stopping 'The Witcher' from coming back to slay those monsters.
Here's everything you need to know about 'The Witcher' Season 2.
Filming for season 2 finally finished on April 2021. The show shared the great news to fans alongside a photo of Henry Cavill on the set.
"That's a wrap on Season 2! The White Wolf awaits you back on The Continent," the post read.
That's a wrap on Season 2! The White Wolf awaits you back on The Continent. pic.twitter.com/SqrAbeelob— The Witcher (@witchernetflix) April 2, 2021
Filming for the second season began in London in early 2020 but also suffered delays due to the pandemic, just like most shows worldwide.
Kristofer Hivju and several crew members tested positive for the Covid-19 virus during filming, halting productions several times.
In December 2020, production hit another roadblock after Henry Cavill reportedly got injured in the set.
"The filming has been hit because of what happened to Henry. He was on an assault course and injured his leg," a source told The Sun.
The source added that Cavill was unable to walk properly, nor wear the heavy armor required for the scenes due to his leg injury.
Initial Release Date: 2021
Netflix has not shared the official return date for 'The Witcher,' but now that production has finally wrapped up, a late 2021 release date looks possible.
Season 2 has initially been planned for a 2021 release. Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich said in a Reddit AMA a year ago that they "don't yet have a target launch date for season 2, past 2021."
Hopefully, the plans have not changed.
We will continue to watch out for future announcements from Netflix and update this article once we get new information.
We've never run short of first-look photos from 'The Witcher', thanks to Netflix and the team.
We had our first look at Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri while season 2 shooting is ongoing. Ciri is holding a weapon, suggesting that she could be training up as an honorary Witcher at Kaer Morhen. In the canon story, Ciri ultimately becomes a Witcher, and it's not impossible for the Netflix adaptation to pick up on this plotline.
By December 2020, Netflix gave 'The Witcher' fans a Christmas present by releasing more set photos of the show.
We also get to see a Behind-The-Scenes video as filming wraps for Season 2, which you can see below.
The exact plot details are still kept under wraps, but we already have a lot of puzzle pieces by now, the picture is almost coming clear.
The recent BTS video shared above teased plenty of new characters, storylines, and monsters to explore as the new season "dig into the Blood of Elves and beyond."
For starters, we already know that the upcoming season will be a lot more straightforward.
Hissrich told GamesRadar+ in 2019 that the season 2 story will be much more focused, now that they have already established the character relationships in the previous season.
“What’s great about season two, I can tell you, is that, in what we’ve written, the story becomes much more focused. There’s a stronger drive in the story because all of the relationships that we’ve been setting up in season one, actually start to come into fruition in season two.” Hissrich said.
Hissrich added that the characters will be meeting and interacting more in the upcoming season, teasing, "That goes well sometimes. It doesn’t go well sometimes."
We are also expecting to see more of Cahir and Fringilla, after Hissrich tells Twitter back in April 2020: "I can't wait to dig deeper into Cahir and Fringilla in S2... who they are, why Nilfgaard is important to them, and where they'll go from here.... it's one of my favorite parts of the new season."
One of the anticipated parts of the show is the slew of monsters that Geralt has to face.
Netflix shared the first page of the script for The Witcher season 2, episode 1, which teases a monster haunting a poor merchant and his family.
Season 2 will have a total of 8 episodes, with Stephen Surjik, Sarah O'Gorman, Ed Bazalgette, Geeta V. Patel directing two episodes each.
Netflix has already revealed the full casting list for the upcoming season.
Henry Cavill (Geralt), Anya Chalotra (Yennefer), and Freya Allan (Ciri) are already confirmed to return for the upcoming season, together with Jaskier (Joey Batey).
We will also see MyAnna Buring as Tissaia, Eamon Farren as Cahir, Tom Canton as Filavandrel, Lilly Cooper as Murta, Jeremy Crawford as Yarpin Zigrin, and Terence Maynard as Artorius.
Lars Mikkelson will star as Stregobor, Mimi Ndiweni as Fringilla Vigo, Mahesh Jadu as Vilgefortz, Royce Pierreson as Istredd, Wilson Radjou-Pujalte as Dara, Anna Shaffer as Triss Merigold, and Therica Wilson Read as Sabrina.
The show will not be complete without introducing us to new characters.
One of the most notable cast addition is Kristofer Hivju, who will be playing Nivellen, a man turned into a monster. Hivju is best known for his role as Tormund Giantsbane from 'Game of Thrones'.
The following cast members will be joining Hivju in this continent:
Yasen Atour as Coen, Agnes Bjorn as Vereena, Paul Bullion as Lambert, and Basil Eidenbenz as Eskel.
In case you missed it, the role of Eskel has been recast after Thue Ersted Rasmussen was unable to return due to scheduling conflicts. Basil Eidenbenz took over the role.
We will also see Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia, Mecia Simson as Francesca, and Kim Bodnia as Vesemir.
Philippa Eilhart (played by Cassie Clare), an important political figure from the source material, will be introduced in season 2.
Adjoa Andoh will play Geralt's mother figure. Graham McTavish will play spymaster Dijkstra. Liz Carr will star as Fenn, Simon Dallow as Codringher, Kevin Doyle as Ba'lian, and Chris Fenton as Rience.
The trailer is not available as of this writing yet, but it will be here soon now that the season is about to enter post-production.
We will continue to update this article once we get new information.