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Netflix has had its fair share of hit shows, and among them is The Witcher starring Henry Cavill. This is a series with quite a storied history, as it’s an adaptation and not an original work. So what’s the source material for this popular show, and how will it top a stellar first year in its sophomore season? Let’s take a closer look at what The Witcher‘s second season will be all about. 

What is The ‘Witcher?’ 

Henry Cavill as Geralt on Netflix's 'The Witcher.'
Henry Cavill as Geralt on Netflix’s ‘The Witcher.’ | Katalin Vermes/Netflix

Before it was a popular series on Netflix, The Witcher was originally a series of popular books. It sits firmly in the fantasy genre, similar to Game of Thrones. Following the success of the books, it then became a series of video games as well that also proved popular. 

According to IMDB, it follows the exploits of a monster hunter named Geralt of Rivia. The TV show incorporates elements from the novels into the story it’s telling. What’s interesting about the show is that while Geralt hunts monsters, at times the people he encounters prove both more dangerous and more deadly than any magical beast. 

Cavill was already a household name coming into the series having played Superman on the big screen, but it’s safe to say his turn on the show has only increased his star power. He drew rave reviews for his performance and the show was a critical and commercial success.

What was season one of ‘The Witcher’ about? 

Entertainment Weekly reported that in season one of the series, Geralt attempts to move across the Continent with a pair of fellow travelers accompanying him: a sorceress and a princess. It’s Geralt’s duty (the cause of which is at first unrevealed) to protect the princess, a young woman named Ciri.

The sorceress, Yennefer, is someone Geralt meets as he travels across the Continent who becomes entangled with his makeshift family. Season one follows Ciri, Yennefer, and Geralt’s separate storylines before all three culminate in the season finale. The show follows the Nilfgaard Empire’s invasion of the peaceful kingdom of Cintra. In the end, Geralt is able to defeat the Nilfgaardians. 

While season one had a happy ending, there is plenty fans have been left wondering about for the future of the series. So what’s next for The Witcher? Will there be a season two, and if so, when will it premiere? 

What will season two of ‘The Witcher’ be about?

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It should come as no surprise that The Witcher is returning for a second season. According to Inverse’s preview of the upcoming season, it’s set to launch in 2021.

Production began in January but was stalled due to COVID-19. There’s no set date for a release as it will obviously be a bit delayed. Fall or winter of 2021 is the most likely time frame for release. The season will contain the same number of episodes as the first season: eight. 

So what will this season be about? Plot details are light at the moment as the show hasn’t even concluded filming yet. But there are some tidbits we know from interviews with a well-placed source: the showrunner, Lauren Hissrich. From a narrative perspective, season one was a bit all over the place as it told stories from intersecting timelines. Hissrich has said season two may be more of a traditional, linear narrative as the main characters’ stories have all aligned. 

Another interesting aspect set to be explored in season two is the presence of Witchers beyond Geralt. Hissrich said that the show may introduce viewers to more Witchers, which would certainly expand the universe a bit. In fact, two confirmed new characters named Coen and Lambert are Witchers, so this is certain to happen.