Witcher Season 2: Trailer (Out), Review, Cast, Release Date

The Witcher is one of the most popular game franchises to be released in recent memory. And the TV adaptation starring Henry Cavill portraying the titular character Geralt of Rivia was released back in 2019, and safe to say it became as successful as the games and the books. With fans eagerly awaiting the next season of the series, Netflix dropped the trailer to the second season and it looks like the show will take it to the next level.

The Witcher is  created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, based on the book series of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. With the fictional, medieval-inspired landmass known as "the Continent" as setting, the show explores the legend of Geralt of Rivia and Princess Ciri, who are linked to each other by destiny. In addition to Henry Cavill, the show stars Freya Allen and Anya Chalotra playing the roles of Ciri and Yennefer respectively.

The first season mainly deals with Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer at different points of time, exploring the various events that shape their characters that eventually merge into a single timeline, detailing the invaders from Nilfgaard, culminating at the battle for Sodden Hill. The season finale saw Geralt fighting monsters, falling unconscious at one point and having visions of his mother, Visenna, and of his mentor, Vesemir. Ciri and Geralt fall into a trance and meet each other in the woods, continuing Ciri’s destiny. The second season has now got an official release date of December 17, 2021 as announced during the Witchercon, which also saw the announcements of the episode names. The series will be available to stream exclusively on Netflix.

SEASON 2

It is reported that season 2 will mainly deal with Ciri having the spotlight set upon her. From what Netflix has stated, it looks like Geralt brings Princess Ciri to the safest place he knows, his childhood home of Kaer Morhen. While the Continent’s kings, elves, humans and demons strive for supremacy outside its walls, he has to protect her from something even more dangerous: the power that she possesses. It will therefore be a season that sees Geralt turn into a father figure for Ciri, at the same time dealing with his fellow Witchers and the Nilfgaardian rule, with tensions between humans and non-humans arising. 



CAST

While Cavill , Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan are all set to return for the second season, we will also see three new characters joining them. These being Lambert (played by Paul Bullion), and Coën (played by Yasen Atour). In addition, there have also been reports of the show having recast the upcoming role of Eskel, who will be played by Swiss actor Basil Eidenbenz. The changes had been due to Covid 19 situation last year. Also joining the cast is Joel Adrian playing the role of Hemrik. Other than the two changes the majority of the cast is returning for season 2. We have Jaskier (Joey Batey) and Triss (Anna Shaffer). Eamon Farren as Cahir, Tissaia (MyAnna Buring), Filavandrel (Tom Canton), Stregobor (Lars Mikkelson), Artorius (Terence Maynard), Sabrina (Therica Wilson Read), Murta (Lilly Cooper), Yarpen Zigrin (Jeremy Crawford) and Istredd (Royce Pierreson) and Mimî M Khayisa returning as Fringilla Vigo in the series. In March this year, Netflix revealed seven more characters that were added to the cast.Adjoa Andoh as Nenneke, Liz Carr as Fenn, Simon Callow as Fenn's partner Codringher, Graham McTavish as Redanian armed forces head Dijkstra, Chris Fulton as the mage Rience, Cassie Clare as Redanian royal advisor Philippa Eilhart and Downton Abbey's Kevin Doyle as Ba'Lian, a new character.

WHAT WE KNOW 

The second season will mainly cover five books, starting with Blood of Elves, and center on Ciri, her importance as a magical royal with Elven heritage, her relationship with Geralt, her continuing efforts to survive, and how all this shapes the events taking place on The Continent. The foundation for this was already laid in the first season, that adapted the the very start of Blood of Elves in the siege, the downfall of Cintra, and Ciri's subsequent escape. In addition to the relationship between Geralt and Ciri, we might also get to see him dealing with some sort of internal conflict, as stated by the writers.


Article is contributed by Pranav

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