Following our first look at a typically burly looking Henry Cavill sporting a new set of armor as the monster-hunter Geralt for the second season of The Witcher, Netflix has now released the official synopsis, giving us a good idea of what to expect when the show returns. You can check out the synopsis for the second season below, which will pick up after the first season's finale and the Battle of Sodden.
"Convinced Yennefer's life was lost at the Battle of Sodden, Geralt of Rivia brings Princess Cirilla 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 must protect the girl from something far more dangerous: the mysterious power she possesses inside."
The first season ends with Geralt believing Yennefer to have died in battle, leading him to take Ciri to Kaer Morhen, where he was raised and trained to be a Witcher. Along with exploring Geralt's past, the synopsis also teases Ciri's manifesting powers, something that is sure to prove dangerous.
The hugely popular first season of The Witcher introduced audiences to Man of Steel star Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster hunter, who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. Set on the 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 in time, exploring formative events that shaped their characters, before eventually merging into a single timeline. This convoluted plotting received a lot of criticism, with the second season of The Witcher looking to avoid this by reportedly telling a much more linear story.
The second season will also see several new characters introduced including Robin Hood's Yasen Atour as Coën, Monster's Agnes Bjorn as Vereena, Peaky Blinders star Paul Bullion as Lambert, The Favourite star Basil Eidenbenz 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 and fan-favorite character and Witcher trainer Vesemir, played by Killing Eve's Kim Bodnia. They join Cavill in the lead alongside Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, Freya Allan as Ciri, and Joey Batey as Jaskier.
The Witcher recently returned to filming following a pause in production. Whilst the second season does not yet have an official release date, it is likely that Netflix will debut the series late next year. A third season of The Witcher has also seemingly been confirmed thanks to the Writer's Guild of America West directories, which now lists a 'seasn 3'. The streaming giant is also planning to make a spin-off, The Witcher: Blood Origin, a six-part live-action series that will take place hundreds of years before the main series, and will explore the origins of Witchers and the very first Witcher. This comes to us courtesy of the Netflix streaming app.