The first season of The Witcher was a huge success for Netflix and gave good reason to cheer among fans of both the best-selling novels and the games on which the show was based. Now the series is gearing up for a second season. Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich spoke to TheWrap in a new interview regarding what the upcoming season will add to the show's plot.
"Probably my favorite additions for Season 2 are the new witchers. Really, in Season 1, we got to know Geralt and he's our prime example of a witcher. And then there is one other witcher, Remus, who we meet in Episode 103, who quickly dies (laughs). So 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."
The Witcher follows the exploits of Geralt of Rivia, a magically-enhanced monster hunter, played by the impossibly buff Henry Cavill. But Geralt is not the only witcher in the books or the games, and fans will be thrilled to hear season 2 will see the introduction of other fan-favorite characters belonging to Geralt's brotherhood.
One aspect of season 1 that Netflix audiences had a problem with was the multi-timeline approach to unveiling the plot. This made it hard to keep track of the many separate incidents that were taking place in separate time periods until Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri finally met. Now, the show will offer a much more streamlined plot for season 2.
"Obviously, it was one of the most controversial parts of Season 1 and I didn't expect it to be as controversial as it was. But it's something I still stand behind, in terms of storytelling. The goal was to get to know each of these characters individually, and the only want to do that was to separate their timelines."
"What's great though is they have intersected now. 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 story wise 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. Because, if you can imagine, if we were in three different timelines (in Season 1) and then flashed forward or flashed back, we would have been in four or five or six timelines - even I know that's too much. So I think it will be a lot easier for the audience to follow and understand, especially a new audience coming in. But there are still going to be some fun challenges with time."
Production on the second season of The Witcher was underway when the global lockdown hit, and shooting had to stall. Now the cast and crew are waiting for the all-clear signal from the studio so they can get back to work charting the next chapter of Geralt's adventures on screen. This news first generated over at The Wrap.