After more than a year of waiting, the premiere date of The Witcher season 2 on Netflix is finally just a few months away. The first-ever WitcherCon brought fans the first official announcement about exactly when Season 2 of Netflix's The Witcher will premiere. In addition, the online celebration of all things The Witcher also treated fans to a few more glimpses of the upcoming The Witcher season.
Below is everything that you need to know about Geralt of Rivia's return on Netflix later this year.
When is The Witcher season 2 premiere date?
The good news is that we now know the premiere date for The Witcher season 2. The bad news is that it won't be here for a while.
The eight-episode follow-up season to Netflix's The Witcher will drop on December 17, 2021, which is still a couple of months away. However, when you consider that production continued well into April 2021, it's much sooner than the early 2022 premiere date that many people feared.
Is there a The Witcher season 2 trailer available?
Netflix has done a great job teasing season 2 of The Witcher over the past couple of months. The biggest teaser just dropped at WitcherCon, and is a full two-minute trailer that offers an extensive look at what fans should expect from The Witcher once season 2 arrives in December 2021.
What are the episode titles for The Witcher season 2?
Netflix has already revealed the episode titles for nearly all but a single episode of season 2 of The Witcher at WitcherCon.
Here are the episode titles as follows:
- A Grain of Truth
- Kaer Morhen
- What is Lost
- Redanian Intelligence
- Turn Your Back
- Dear Friend
- Voleth Meir
The title for the eighth and final episode of the second season of The Witcher is being kept under lock and key, for now.
Which characters and actors are returning for The Witcher season 2?
Obviously, Henry Cavill will return as the series' protagonist, Geralt. Also returning is Freya Allan as Ciri, who Geralt is escorting to his alma mater of sorts, Kaer Morhen. Another returning character is Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, who will have to live with a huge bounty on her head following what happened at Sodden Hill.
Fan-favorite Joey Batey is confirmed to be returning in season 2 of The Witcher as Jaskier. Don't expect him to have an encore performance for his now-iconic song, Toss a Coin to Your Witcher.
MyAnna Buring (Tissaia), Anna Shafer (Triss Merigold), Therica Wilson Read (Sabrina), and Mahesh Jadu (Vilgefortz) will also return in season 2 of The Witcher 2 as well. However, it is not yet known if they all survived following the events of the end of season 1 or if they'll all be living on in the memories of Yennefer.
The Brotherhood will also be returning in season 2 of The Witcher. This includes Terence Maynard (Artorious Vigo), Lars Mikkelson (Stregobor), Mimi Ndiwni (Fringilla Vigo), Royce Pierreson (Istredd), and Lilly Cooper (Murta).
Lastly, Tom Canton (Filavandrel), Eamon Farren (Cahir), and Jeremy Crawford (Yarpin Zigrin), as well as Wilson Radjou-Pujalte (Dara) will all return.
Who are the new cast members for The Witcher season 2?
While season 2 of The Witcher will have its fair share of familiar faces, some new ones will be arriving as well.
Chief among the new additions are Bridgerton's Adjoa Andoh as Nenneke and Brave New World's Cassie Clare as Philippa Eilhard. The other new characters coming in The Witcher season 2 include Outlander's Graham McTavish as Dijkstra and Bridgerton's Chris Fulton as Rience, with Silent Witness' Liz Car and Four Weddings and a Funeral's Simon Callow both taking up roles as Fenn and Codringher.
We've also received reports that Downton Abbey's Kevin Doyle will be playing a new character named Ba'lian in season 2. Some believe that this is merely an alias to cover up his true role.
Here are the other new cast members for The Witcher season 2:
- Game of Thrones' Kristofer Hivju as Nivellen
- Agnes Bjorn as Vereena
- Yasen Atour as Coen
- Paul Bullion as Lambert
- Basil Eidenbenz as Eskel
- Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia
- Mecia Simson as Francesca
- Kim Bodnia as Vesemir
- Carmel Laniado as Violet
Will The Witcher season 2 follow the plot of Blood of Elves?
The synopsis for season 2 of Netflix's The Witcher reads as follows:
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. 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.
Just in case you didn't know, Netflix's The Witcher isn't based on CD Projekt RED's The Witcher series of video games. Both are based on the same source material, which is the Polish series of novels, Witcher. But, where the games tend to take some liberties with the source material, the show adheres a bit more to the books, albeit with minor alterations.
Having said that, most speculations point to season 2 of The Witcher following the events of the first long-form Witcher novel, Blood of Elves.
For those who haven't read the novel yet, Blood of Elves starts with Ciri already training at Kae Morhen. Much of the opening pages see Ciri recalling the events that were shown during the first season of Netflix's The Witcher. If season 2 uses a similar format, we can expect Ciri's training to make up most of the flashbacks while the present-day story follows Geralt and Ciri leaving Kaer Morhen to go to Ellander's Temple School.
Of course, with Jaskier in tow, we might end up seeing a trio instead of a duo as they face off against all sorts of troublesome monstrosities along the way.
With Kristofer Hivju joining The Witcher as Nivellen for season 2, we can assume that Geralt will spend two episodes, at most, showing Ciri the ropes in person as he does some witching.
On the grander scale of things, the novels show a second war between the Northern Kings and Nilfgaard taking place. Since that may be a bit too costly, the show might take both wars and turn it into a single big one so that it doesn't take up too much away from Ciri's training.
Of course, there are other plot points that season 2 of Netflix's The Witcher can explore such as the disappearance of Yennefer and The Brotherhood.
With the new additions to the cast members of season 2 of The Witcher all but guaranteeing that the plot will follow the events of Blood of Elves, the only question now is just how much the TV show will choose to deviate from its source material.