Netflix revealed the release date for The Witcher Season 2 at its WitcherCon streaming event, following up with a trailer for the new episodes not long after. Judging by the first look at the new season, the series will raise the stakes for its three main characters, throwing all-new challenges their way. Princess Cirilla (Freya Allen), or Ciri, will also take on a much bigger role this time around. That’s clear in most of the promotions surrounding the upcoming second season — but what else did the trailer reveal about Season 2’s plot?
‘The Witcher’ Season 2 will focus heavily on Geralt and Ciri’s relationship
Season 1 of The Witcher took place across three different timelines, keeping the show’s main characters mostly separate from one another. The three storylines converged toward the end of the season, which concluded with Princess Ciri finally tracking down Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill).
Geralt and Ciri are connected by the Law of Surprise, but that’s not all they have in common. Ciri spends most of the first season on the run because of her powers, which reveal that she’s a Witcher as well. Geralt will be able to help her hone those powers in the new season — and it looks like that’s exactly where things are headed.
The trailer for The Witcher Season 2 promises to make Ciri and Geralt’s relationship the focal point of the new episodes. In fact, the majority of the clips show the two of them together — and Geralt appears to take on a fatherly role. The footage shows Ciri struggling with the path she’s on, while Geralt tries to ease her fears.
Geralt and Ciri are headed to Kaer Morhen in Season 2
Kaer Morhen, home of the Witchers’ Guild, will feature prominently in the upcoming season. When The Witcher shared its Season 2 release date on Twitter, the account included artwork of Geralt and Ciri overlooking a stronghold in the mountains. The trailer confirmed the two are traveling toward the fortress, where Ciri will train as Geralt did.
The footage gives fans a first look at some of the other Witchers they’ll meet in the upcoming season as well. Unfortunately, it doesn’t delve into their characters in too much depth, but Geralt also mentions Vesemir, a fan-favorite character from the franchise.
The new episodes of ‘The Witcher’ may not be kind to Yennefer
Yennefer of Vengerberg’s (Anya Chalotra) fate left off on a cliffhanger during The Witcher‘s first-season finale. The trailer doesn’t show much of her, but the very end reveals she’s still alive. It also confirms she’s fallen into enemy hands. Recently released images showed Yennefer in chains, but the trailer confirms it’s the Nilfgaardian army holding her captive. Fringilla (Mimi Ndiweni) stands over her when she wakes up, and it’s obvious that Yennefer doesn’t have the strength to take on the rival sorceress.
The new footage also features a heart-wrenching moment where Tissaia de Vries (MyAnna Buring) calls out for her pupil. This seems to take place directly after the Battle of Sodden, and it drives home the severity of what’s happened. However, Tissaia’s distress may indicate there’s some hope for Yennefer as well. It’s possible the other sorcerors from Aretuza will set out to save her, since Ciri and Geralt appear preoccupied.
Whatever Yennefer’s fate, The Witcher Season 2 doesn’t look to be kind to her. Fans won’t know for sure how her story plays out until the new episodes drop this December, but the trailer certainly seems to confirm their worst fears.