Finally, some good news, as The Witcher season 2 has now returned to filming, with showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich and series director Stephen Surjik confirming that they have now returned to the valley of plenty after much delay. Filming on the series was put on hold back in March due to the ongoing global situation, as well as new cast member Kristofer Hivju falling ill.
But now, fans can start tossing coins to their hearts content, as Hissrich and Surjik took to social to celebrate their return to filming the second season. "It's T minus 3 min to ignition and lift off for our second run at Witcher S2," Surjik said in a message on Instagram. "Everyone is being cautious but spirits are high," he added, before showing off the new communication system, which is designed to reduce "close contact among crew."
Surjik also took to Twitter to praise showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich saying, "First day back after mid spring lock down on Witcher S2. Learning to social distance with my show runner /Exec producer, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. She can conjure narrative and character with a muscular control like the great Houdini."
Hissrich responded in kind saying, "It's our fourth show together, and the farthest we've ever sat apart, but @SSurjik and I are ready to do this."
The situation looks very different on set compared to what the cast and crew are used to, and it remains to be seen how this might affect the finished series. There is more good news though as, thanks to the updates from Hissrich and Surjik, it appears that The Witcher is now ahead of schedule following the recent news that filming was not due to begin until August 17.
Whilst the second season of The Witcher does not yet have an official release date, it is likely that, with filming now staring up again, that Netflix will debut the series late next year.
The first season of The Witcher follows Geralt, a mutated monster hunter known as a "Witcher", 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. A Witcher live-action prequel has also been announced for Netflix.