Much like the rest of the entertainment industry, production on the hit Netflix series The Witcher was halted amid the ongoing global situation. Following the recent announcement that production on the show would resume on August 17th, it is now being reported that filming for the second series of The Witcher will not end until February 2021. While this is not a definite date, should filming go on for that long it is very unlikely that audiences will be seeing the second series in the Summer of 2021 as was originally planned.
It means that filming on The Witcher will have taken up to 8 months, with the original schedule set to have filming end in August, but now that is where the next phase of filming will begin. Sadly, this being the case, audiences may well be waiting a little longer to return to the world of The Witcher, with the second series more likely to hit Netflix later next year.
The first season of The Witcher follows a Witcher named Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. Set on a fictional, medieval-inspired landmass known as "the Continent", The Witcher explores the legend of Geralt and princess Ciri, who are linked by destiny to each other. The first season tells a non-linear story and follows the three main protagonists at different points of time, exploring formative events that shaped their characters, before eventually merging into a single timeline. The series is based on the fantasy drama book series of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski.
The Witcher stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, Freya Allan as Ciri, and Joey Batey as Jaskier. Several new cast members will be joining Cavill on his adventure through the monster-infested world of The Witcher including Robin Hood's Yasen Atour as Coën, Monster's Agnes Bjorn as Vereena, Peaky Blinders star Paul Bullion as Lambert, Fast and Furious 9's Thue Ersted Rasmussen as Eskel, The Danish Girl star Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia, acting newcomer Mecia Simson as Francesca, and Game of Thrones alumni Kristofer Hivju as Nivellen. The second season will also introduce fan-favorite character and witcher trainer Vesemir, played by Killing Eve's Kim Bodnia.
Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich recently divulged some details about the second series, saying that while Geralt of Rivia started out in the first season as a single-minded mercenary, season 2 will evolve that arc. "It's all protecting the sort of internal -- we call it his white knight syndrome -- his internal desire to be a hero and the sort of human emotions that he can't help but let filter through, even though he's determined to tell everyone that he doesn't have an emotional capacity," she said.
"I think a lot of that conflict is fun to play, and it's kind of all going to explode in Season 2. All of the times that we saw him withhold, all the times that we saw Geralt sort of internalize things as opposed to externalize, in Season 2 he's going to be confronted with that a lot more and has to make some different choices." This comes to us from Redanian Intelligence.