Warning: this article contains (mild) spoilers for The Witcher season one, so only read on if you’re all caught up.
Thanks to WitcherCon, a joint venture between Netflix and video game publisher CD Projekt Red held this past Friday (9 July), we now not only know when the show is returning to screens but have a load of first-look images and an official teaser trailer to enjoy, too.
That’s right: we now know The Witcher season two will be landing on the streaming platform on 17 December 2021, just under two years since the first season was released.
Seeing as the first season of The Witcher catapulted the show to number one on Netflix’s ‘most watched TV shows’ list with an impressive 76 million views in its first month (a figure which has only been overtaken once since with Bridgerton’s 82 million views), it’s safe to say 17 December is going to be a pretty big day on the streaming platform’s calendar.
Excited to get stuck in to the new series? Keep reading to check out everything we know about season two of The Witcher so far, including the new teaser trailer and those exciting first-look images.
What will The Witcher season 2 be about?
We know exactly what season two will be about, thanks to Netflix.
In October last year, they released a number of first-look images for the series alongside a full synopsis, which spells out where fans can expect to see Geralt headed in the upcoming season.
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“Convinced Yennefer’s (Anya Chalotra) life was lost at the Battle of Sodden, Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) brings Princess Cirilla to the safest place he knows, his childhood home of Kaer Morhen,” the synopsis reads.
“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.”
While season one of The Witcher was criticised for its slightly confusing time jumps and non-linear storytelling, it’s been confirmed that all the characters will exist on the same timeline in season two, albeit with flashbacks and flash-forwards to fill in important story details.
Who stars in The Witcher season 2?
A more appropriate question might be: who doesn’t star?
Alongside the return of most of the series main characters, including Cavill, Chalotra and Allan, there are a whole host of new faces joining the cast, some of whom you’ll recognise straight away.
Also appearing are Paul Bullion (Peaky Blinders) as Lambert, Yasen Atour (Young Wallander) as Coën, Kristofer Hivju (Game Of Thrones) as Nivellen, Liz Carr (Silent Witness) as Fenn and newcomer Mecia Simson as Francesca.
And that’s not forgetting Graham McTavish (Outlander) as Dijikstra, Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey) as Ba’lian, Agnes Bjorn (Monster) as Vereena, Simon Callow (The Dead Room) as Codringher, Basil Eidenbenz (Victoria) as Eskel, Chris Fulton (Bridgerton) as Rience, Aisha Fabienne Ross (The Danish Girl) as Lydia and Cassie Clare (Delicious) as Phillipa Eilhart.
Do we have any first-look images from The Witcher season 2?
Yes. Last year, Netflix released a series of character images updating fans as to where their favourite characters are headed in the new season. And now, we’ve got some more ‘production stills’ from the set of the show, which provide insight into the kind of moments we can expect to see in season two.
You can check them out below:
Is there a trailer for The Witcher season 2?
While fans of the show have been treated to not one, but two teaser trailers in the lead up to season two, there is now a full-length trailer to whet our appetites with.
You can check out the official trailer released on 29 October below:
In the trailer, we see Geralt stepping up to protect Ciri as he whisks her away from Cintra to the safety of his childhood home, Kaer Morhen.
Earlier this year fans were treated to a shorter 12-second teaser trailer during Netflix’s Geeked Week, a week-long virtual event “celebrating all things genre entertainment” on the platform. It primarily focused on the character of Ciri taking her first steps at being a monster-hunter herself.
In the new full-length trailer, not too many specific details are given away (which is always a good thing) amidst the tense fight scenes. Instead, viewers are left charged and ready for the new season with bated breath. Roll on 17 December …
What has been said about The Witcher season 2?
The Witcher’s showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has dropped a number of hints about what fans can expect from the new season – including the addition of new witchers.
Speaking in an interview with The Wrap, she explained: “Really, in season one, we got to know Geralt and he’s our prime example of a witcher. And then there is one other witcher, Remus, who quickly dies.
“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.”
Echoing this in an interview with Digital Spy, Hissrich added that, while season one was all about “building blocks” and establishing the series’ world and key characters, season two will dive into the action.
“When you get to season two, all of those things start to come to play, which is that characters start meeting each other – sometimes getting along, sometimes not. All those things that we set up – Geralt and Yennefer; Geralt and Ciri; Yennefer and Ciri; all the different kingdoms that you just barely hear about in season one, start rising to the surface in season two.”
She continued: “So the storytelling is a little more intense in a way, and maybe a little more focused and driven in the journeys that we’re telling in season two.”
As Stylist’s digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and women’s issues. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time. You can find her on Twitter at @laurenjanegeall.