Netflix has finally released the second season of The Witcher, the adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy novels (which is arguably better known for its popular game adaptations).
Despite receiving a mixed reception from fans and critics, the first season of The Witcher still managed to end up one of the most popular series on Netflix at the end of 2019 – we imagine the catchy bard song definitely played a part in that.
We’ve rounded up everything we know about season 2, including the cast, plot, trailers and more – plus the first rumours about season 3 and beyond.
If you want to know what other big streaming shows you have to look forward to, then check out our piece of the best shows coming to Netflix.
The Witcher season 2 release date and episode titles
As first announced at WitcherCon, season 2 of The Witcher arrived on 17 December 2021. There are eight episodes in total, and all the episodes are available to watch now.
Face your fears. Find your destiny. The Witcher Season 2 premieres December 17 on Netflix. pic.twitter.com/BmfcJzCfVb
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October 29, 2021
We also have the titles for every episode in the series:
Episode 1 – A Grain of Truth
Episode 2 – Kaer Morhen
Episode 3 – What Is Lost
Episode 4 – Redanian Intelligence
Episode 5 – Turn Your Back
Episode 6 – Dear Friend
Episode 7 – Voleth Meir
Episode 8 – Family
According to LADbible, showrunner Lauren Hissrich has stated that she’s got a lot more mapped out beyond season 2. The story could in fact last up to seven seasons, which would equate to around twenty years worth of content when you add in the time for filming, production and post-production.
How to watch the next series of The Witcher
As this is a Netflix original like Sex Education, it should come as no surprise that it’s exclusive to the streaming service. If you’ve not yet got a Netflix subscription, you can sign up on the website and take a look at our list of the best streaming services to see how it stacks up to the competition.
Who’s in the cast for season two?
It should come as no surprise that the three main characters are reprising their roles. Henry Cavill will return as Geralt of Rivia, Freya Allan will return as Princess Ciri, and Anya Chalotra will return as Yennefer.
Other major supporting characters coming back include Joey Batey as Jaskier (we’re already anticipating all the new songs), Anna Shaffer as Triss, and Eamon Farren as Cahir.
Netflix has also announced some new cast members, which includes Kristofer Hivju – the actor who played Tormund Giantsbane in Game of Thrones. It’s safe to say we’re pretty stoked.
The Continent just got a little bigger. Here’s the new cast of #TheWitcher Season 2:
Yasen Atour as Coen Agnes Bjorn as VereenaPaul Bullion as LambertKristofer Hivju as NivellenThue Ersted Rasmussen as EskelAisha Fabienne Ross as LydiaMecia Simson as Francesca
— NX (@NXOnNetflix)
February 21, 2020
Since then things have changed a little though, as scheduling conflicts have forced the show to recast Eskel, despite the fact that he’d already shot some scenes. He’ll now be played by Swiss actor Basil Eidenbenz.
“Sadly, due to the rescheduling because of Covid-19, I will not be portraying Eskel in The Witcher,” Rasmussen said on Instagram. “I’m sure season 2 will be absolutely amazing and now I get to watch it as a fanboy instead of as a Witcher.”
Killing Eve actor Kim Bodnia plays Vesemir, arguably the biggest character from the books that we haven’t properly met yet on the show – he’s the mentor who trained Geralt up as a Witcher in the first place. Bodnia seems like good casting, though no doubt it will disappoint fans hoping for a certain Skywalker to take on the role.
In December, some more casting announcements were made. Emily Pollet (best known for Emmerdale) will play a codenamed character, currently listed as Human Mother G. Rebecca Hanssen (best known for Dixi) meanwhile will play Queen Meve of Lyria and Rivia.
Newcomer Cayvan Coates and Peaky Blinders star James Eeles have also been cast in unnamed roles for the season.
The Witcher season 2 trailers
After many clips and teasers, the first full trailer for season 2 of The Witcher is here. There are glimpses of familiar monsters, a look at Ciri in action, and the return of our favourite bard (who has made some new friends). Take a look below:
The first teaser trailer for season 2 of The Witcher gave us a first look at Ciri – and what she’ll experience in training to be a Witcher:
Then there’s the road to season 2 trailer, which recaps all the key events to be aware of:
Then there’s a first look at Geralt and Ciri together, as Geralt prepares to deal with a well-known monster from The Witcher series: a Bruxa.
There’s a second clip of Geralt reconnecting with an old friend, Nivellen:
We also have a taking head with showrunner Lauren Hissrich, who discusses how the premiere episode will adapt the Andrzej Sapkowski short story A Grain of Truth.
THE WITCHER Season 2 premiere episode is adapting the Andrzej Sapkowski short story A Grain of Truth. Here’s what you need to know about how @LHissrich is bringing the beloved Witcher tale to life with Geralt and Ciri. pic.twitter.com/Y0J11I3UMx
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August 5, 2021
What will the plot of season 2 be?
Whilst the first season drew inspiration mainly from the short stories The Last Wish and The Sword of Destiny, the second season will continue to combine elements from these stories, mixed in with parts of the novel Blood of Elves.
The official synopsis is as follows:
“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.”
This means that we’re likely to see Geralt and Ciri’s father-daughter-esque bond develop as he begins training her, and we’ll likely explore the princesses elven heritage, her hidden powers and magical abilities that were all hinted at in the first season.
The training will take place in Kaer Morhen, Geralt’s childhood home – so we’ll be meeting more Witchers, including Eskel and Lambert.
We’ll also see a continuation of the battle between the two kingdoms, and the repercussions that this has on the rest of the continent.
One major change that’s planned for the next season is the structure of the narrative, as Hissrich confirmed in an interview with The Wrap that the multiple timelines will no longer be present now that the storylines have been confirmed.
In addition, the same interview confirmed that this season will focus more on the family bond between the characters. Hissrich discussed how we can expect the dynamic between Geralt and Ciri to unfold; “They will argue. They will fight. It will be two strangers coming together for the first time and being told, ‘Nope, you’re gonna be together forever.’ I think that their growth together into being a father and daughter is one of my favourite parts of the series.”
In addition, Nilfgaard – along with the knight Cahir – are still on the hunt for Ciri. Her training will perhaps come in handy if she comes in contact with these forces.
The first season briefly introduced us to Triss, who in the games is one of the possible love interests for Geralt – the other being Yennefer. During the storyline of the games, players are forced to choose between the two to pursue a romance, so it could be possible that we’ll see Geralt face a similar dilemma in season 2.
Yennefer and Ciri will both undergo significant changes to their characters in season 2. Yennefer will be captured as a prisoner of war and will make unlikely alliances (via Den of Geek). In addition, the two characters will meet for the first time – which will have an impact on the choices that Yennefer makes.
Joey Batey – the actor who plays Jaskier – told the Metro that his character will go to some dark places, and feel out of his element. This could include a scene resolving his and Geralt’s parting at the end of season 1, in which the two left things on very bad terms.
Will there be a season 3 of The Witcher?
Even though season 2 only just arrived, there’s now been confirmation of a third season of The Witcher from Hissrich, during Netflix’s Tudum event. Considering the popularity of the show, this comes as no surprise:
Let’s do this, baby. ♥️⚔️🐺 pic.twitter.com/vJ1HMFAs0z
— Lauren S. Hissrich (@LHissrich)
September 25, 2021