‘The Witcher’ Season 2: When Will Netflix Release New Episodes?

After initial doubt of what Netflix could do with adapting The Witcher books to live-action streaming, it’s turned into a big hit. That’s mostly thanks to the creative team listening to fan advice after the initial previews ribbed Henry Cavill’s appearance as Geralt.

Once fixes were made, it truly did become an example of how compelling fantasy storytelling could be. While some think it’s in the same wheelhouse of Game of Thrones, a few fans contend it improves on the fantasy genre in numerous ways.

For one thing, it doesn’t populate its world with too many characters and instead, it focuses on the destinies of three key figures. Some of that played out well in Season One, but everyone wants to know when Season 2 will air. By magic, everyone will have to wait a quick year.

‘The Witcher’ became one of the few shows spanning 40 years in its first season

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Not many shows can span a vast amount of time in eight episodes and somehow still have a logical narrative. This is exactly what The Witcher managed to do in its debut season, though it was also a jumble in keeping track.

Some might have found the process a little confusing, outside of being necessary to set up the backstory of Geralt. Plus, let’s not forget all the flashbacks of Ciri (Freya Allan) and Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), the two women tying into Geralt’s life eventually.

Yes, there are a lot of other characters in the cast, yet not on the grand scale Game of Thrones attempted. It’s worth arguing there were too many characters to keep track of in Game of Thrones, hence some character development getting the short end.

Despite the focus on Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer in The Witcher, things might change in the second season as they start to interact in the present timeline.

‘The Witcher’ Season 2 is expected to be more linear

According to The Witcher’s showrunner, Lauren S. Hissrich, things are going to be a little easier to follow once Season 2 is underway. Those who worried about a second season won’t have to because it’s already on the slate.

Hissrich says the above three characters will all be in the same scenes together, bringing a better sense of straightforward storytelling. Somehow author Andrzej Sapkowski took nearly two books to explain all the backstory of these characters and made readers stick with the overarching narrative.

Season 1 basically stuck with those first two books, which means the next season will progress into the next two books. As with most additional seasons involving complex narratives and special effects, it’s going to take a while before fans see it on Netflix.

The most recent updates say it’ll probably air later this year or in 2021 already. Production will reportedly begin in February, proving it won’t be like a Game of Thrones scenario where fans were sometimes left hanging for two years between seasons.

All of the writers have accumulated enough material for a long run

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When including two introductory short stories, plus a final standalone novel, there were eight books in The Witcher saga. Having this much material to mine from has already inspired Hissrich to say the show could run 20 years, with seven being the least.

She and the writing team are preparing for such a thing, and it seems likely based on the popularity. One thing she’s mentioned is they have enough material stowed away to expand on the story, including beyond the books.

All fans should be grateful for this since so many writing teams dig themselves into holes with similar elaborate shows. Nothing has to be reiterated about how Benioff and Weiss found themselves in deep in how they were going to end Game of Thrones.

Other writing teams sometimes just wing it in finding their way through a narrative labyrinth. The Witcher already being plotted out should make for some rich storytelling while keeping the fantasy genre alive after everyone thought Game of Thrones exhausted anything more.