‘The Witcher’ Is Adding A New Character For Season 2

Season 1 of The Witcher adapted stories written by Andrzej Sapkowski, with a few surprises added in. Characters are changed from the books and new characters such as Dara, the elf boy who befriends Ciri during the first season, are added. It seems that season 2 of The Witcher will continue in this tradition of adapting the books while adding in some original aspects, including characters. A new character and actress are set to join the show.

A new face will be in ‘The Witcher’ season 2

Carmel Laniado of The Witcher season 2
Carmel Laniado at the Dolittle special screening | Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

The actress set to join the cast of The Witcher in season 2 is Carmel Laniado. According to an interview with Schön Magazine, she is a 15-year old British actress. She says “being an actress had always been a huge aspiration of [hers].” She also describes seeing the play School of Rock and watching children acting and realizing “that [she] wanted to be part of that industry desperately.”

And so far she’s off to a good start with roles in A Christmas Carol, a 2019 BBC/FX miniseries, and Dolittle, with Robert Downey Jr. portraying the titular character. And now, Netflix’s hit fantasy series The Witcher.  In her interview with Schön Magazine, Laniado talks about what she learned while filming Dolittle.  While filming the movie, she realized that she needed “to just enjoy the process.” 

She learned to not worry about if every scene was perfect or not. According to an interview with Screen Rant, “there was so much around [her] that [she] could learn from.” She also learned “so much about the lighting, the sound, the makeup, and the costumes.” Being in Dolittle also allowed her “to be able to meet new people and talk to new people.”

And now she’ll be able to meet even more new people with her role in The Witcher.

Meet the “smart” and “sadistic” new character in ‘The Witcher’

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According to Deadline, Laniado’s character will be a secondary one. Her name is Violet and she seems to be a complex character. Deadline describes her as “ a young girl whose playful and whimsical demeanor is a front for a smarter and more sadistic character.” 

Sounds like this character will fit in well in the dark and dangerous world of The Witcher. Violet will play a part in “a minimum of three episodes”, Deadline reports. As for who or what she’ll be, it is unknown at this time. However, IGN suggests that she might play a part in Ciri’s storyline.

Since season 2 of The Witcher will be a lot more linear than season 1 was, most likely Violet will meet Geralt as well. That is if she meets Ciri at all. She might also play a role in Yennefer’s storyline, which is still somewhat separate from Geralt and Ciri’s. Violet is also, according to IGN and Redanian Intelligence, an original character created for the show.

Fan reactions to the casting of Violet in season 2 of ‘The Witcher’

Anya Chalotra, Henry Cavill, and Freya Allan of The Witcher season 2
Anya Chalotra, Henry Cavill and Freya Allan at the premiere of The Witcher (Wiedzmin) in Poland | Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Netflix

Though we haven’t seen Violet in action yet, fans still have some feelings about the character. A fan on Twitter “can’t wait to see what Violet is all about.” This fan “would have [their] doubts about an original character in an established story but” the fan feels that showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich “has earned [their]…trust.”

 While another fan is “worried” because this fan feels Hissrich “hasn’t earned [their] trust yet.” Meanwhile, fans on Reddit are speculating on the character’s identity. One Reddit user has this to say: “if this is another original character it means she will take away precious time from more important stuff.” This Reddit user says that “[inventing] original characters…would be done at the cost of the existing story.”

 Another Reddit user suggests that the character is not original, but rather a combination of several characters from the books. This user suggests that Violet will befriend Ciri but be “jealous and suspicious of her.”  A different Reddit user hopes “she will be more meaningful than Dara was.”