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The Witcher season 2 was confirmed before season 1 even hit our Netflix screens because apparently, the streaming giant was sure we’d all be horny as fuck for Henry Cavill and look, they’re not wrong. But ever since season 1 wrapped up in 2019, there has been a void in my heart that can only be filled by a shirtless Geralt of Rivia.

The first season was so popular that it actually ended up being Netflix’s most successful first season ever, with over 76 million people watching at least two minutes of the show in the first few months following the premiere. This is quite the achievement, given the list of the best Netflix original series of all time (which we’ve rounded up HERE) is pretty stacked.

So, on account of the fact that I have a burning desire to be thirsty at work today, I thought I’d take a look at everything we know about The Witcher season 2.

WARNING: Spoilers ahead, don’t keep reading if you haven’t seen season 1 of The Witcher. You’ve been warned.

The Witcher Season 2 Release Date

Unfortunately, we don’t have an official release date for the second season just yet. The road to season 2 of The Witcher has been rocky to say the least, so don’t get too excited.

Originally, showrunner Hissrich had 2021 as a ballpark estimate but at this point, it’s unclear if they’ll meet that deadline.

“We don’t yet have a target launch date for season 2, past 2021,” she wrote in a Reddit AMA.

However, industry publication Deadline reported that season 2 should drop by the end of the year.

Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said as much during a presentation about the company’s financial results.

“What happened in the first part of this year was that a lot of the projects that we’d hoped to come out earlier did get pushed because of the post-production delays and Covid delays and we think we’ll get back to a much steadier state in the back half of the year,” Sarandos said, per Deadline.

“We have the returning seasons of some of our most popular shows like The Witcher and You and Cobra Kai.” 

The back half of the year is basically Q4 on the business calendar, which begins October 1 and wraps up December 31.

The Netflix show had to halt production in March 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic (thanks ‘rona!), but it resumed in August only to be shut down *again* in November for COVID reasons.

Oh, and then Henry Cavill (aka Geralt, aka my boyfriend) injured his leg on set in December, which resulted in him taking a short break from filming to recover, according to Deadline.

But thankfully, it looks like he healed up quickly,

“We are in lockdown here the UK so I’m using my once a day outdoor exercise to go for my first jog since my hamstring injury,” he wrote on Instagram in January.

“It wasn’t fast, and it certainly [wasn’t] far, but it has been a major step in my recovery, and my first step to getting back into the groove after a Christmas that may have involved more than a few cups of mulled wine, and an exceptionally fat Turkey,” he wrote.

But thankfully, we know season 2 is coming, we just don’t know exactly when.

The Witcher Season 2 Cast

The three main cast members Henry Cavill (Geralt), Anya Chalotra (Yennefer) and Freya Allan (Ciri) are all confirmed to be returning for The Witcher season 2, which is hardly surprising considering their characters are still in the books that the show is based on.

“I’m so thrilled that before fans have even seen our first season, we are able to confirm that we’ll be returning to The Continent again to continue telling the stories of Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri,” showrunner and creator  Lauren Schmidt Hissrich said in a statement when Season 2 was first confirmed.

Additionally, most of the cast from season 1 including Triss (Anna Shaffer), Jaskier (Joey Batey), Cahir (Eamon Farren), Tissaia (MyAnna Buring), Stregobor (Lars Mikkelson), Artorius (Terence Maynard), Filavandrel (Tom Canton), Murta (Lilly Cooper), Sabrina (Therica Wilson Read), Yarpen Zigrin (Jeremy Crawford), and Istredd (Royce Pierreson) will all be back in season 2.

But season 2 will also see a bunch of new additions including Paul Bullion of Peaky Blinders fame and Krisofer Hivju from Game of Thrones.

In March, Netflix announced seven more new cast members who are set to join the show in season 2, including some of your favourites from Bridgerton, Outlander and Downton Abbey.

However, thanks to COVID, one of the actors Thue Ersted Rasmussen, who was set to play a fellow Witcher named Eskel had to pull out of the show due to scheduling conflicts.

“It’s heartbreaking, of course, but I mostly feel happy and grateful for the days I got to spend on set earlier this year,” he wrote on Instagram at the time.

He will now be replaced by Basil Eidenbenz, a 27-year-old Swiss actor who has previously starred in historical drama Victoria.

The Witcher Season 2 Trailer

We don’t have a trailer for season 2 yet, largely because COVID has basically said “fuck you Henry Cavill, I don’t want to see you shirtless.” It’s all very sad, I know. And yes, I feel as though this entire virus is a personal attack on anyone who is horny for Henry Cavill.

But thankfully, he did give us a wee little sneak peek of season 2 on his Instagram in late 2020 and hooooooo boy, I am keen to see what is under that armour.

“‘It may turn out,’ said the white-haired man a moment later, ‘that their comrades or cronies may ask what befell these evil men. Tell them the Wolf bit them. The White Wolf. And add that they should keep glancing over their shoulders. One day they’ll look back and see the Wolf.’” – From the writings of Andrzej Sapkowski,” he captioned the photo on Instagram.

Netflix is yet to give us a trailer, but they did bless us with the first page of the season 2 script on Twitter last year as a Witchmas gift.

Season 2. Page 1. Where will #TheWitcher take us this season? #Witchmas,” Netflix wrote on Twitter.

The Witcher Season 2 Plot

We already know that The Witcher season 2 is set to be “more intense” than the first season, according to Digital Spy.

“What I would say is that season one is very much about building blocks. It’s about constructing the world, and setting up these characters, and putting them on paths, and knocking those dominoes over,” Hissrich said in an interview.

“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 of the different kingdoms that you just barely hear about in season one, start rising to the surface in season two.

“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.”

And although we’ve still got no word on a release date for season 2, Netflix has been kind enough to give us an official sneak peek in the form of a synopsis.

“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,” 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.”

Will The Timelines Be Jumbled Like In Season 1?

Short answer: no.

The first season of the show was actually based on the first two books in The Witcher series – The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny – neither of which are actually in the main series. Basically, these books set the scene and give everyone’s backstory before the real shiz begins.

But thankfully, everyone is finally going to be existing on the same timeline in season 2, which will make for a much easier Netflix binge.

“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 storywise 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,” Hissrich told The Wrap.

Which Books Will Season 2 Be Based On?

Netflix is yet to confirm this for a fact, but the next book in the series – the first book in the official saga – is Blood of Elves.

Basically, this is where the story *really* begins, and you can think of season 1 as a sort-of prequel to the real stuff.

If you haven’t already, you’re going to want to head to Netflix and binge all of the first season before The Witcher season 2 drops (hopefully) later this year. But it’s probably wise to avoid the books if you want spoiler-free watching.

What Other The Witcher Projects Are In The Works?

If two seasons of The Witcher isn’t enough for you, you’re in luck because they aren’t stopping there.

For starters, Netflix is giving us The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, an animated film that is also the work of Schmidt Hissrich.

“Presenting your very first look at the “Nightmare of the Wolf” logo. The Continent’s future is bright,” the show wrote on Instagram back in December.

Additionally, there’s a live-action prequel series entitled The Witcher: Blood Origins in the works. This project was first announced back in July and is set 1200 years before Geralt.

Unfortunately, this means no shirtless Cavill but honestly, I’ll take what I can get. Inject The Witcher straight into my veins.

We’ll be sure to update this story as more information about The Witcher season 2 becomes available. In the mean time, you can stream season 1 on Netflix now. Go on, do it. There’s a shirtless Henry Cavill waiting for you! If that doesn’t do it for you, have a perve at our list of the sexiest movies on Netflix HERE.

Once you’re done with The Witcher, head to our round-up of the best new Netflix series HERE to find a fresh obsession. You’re welcome.

Image: The Witcher / Netflix