When is The Witcher season 2 Released on Netflix? Here is Everything to Know
There is no specific release date for Witcher’s second season yet, but we know the series won’t return until 2021, especially after the recent shutdown that four crew members test positive for COVID-19 in November.
Prior to this development, model Lauren Schmidt Hissrich confirmed the timeframe during the Reddit AMA: “We don’t have a target release date for the second season last 2021. We don’t want to rush the product. This is of no benefit to anyone.”
The spread of the coronavirus caused producers to stop filming for five months between March and August, which means they have a lot of catching up, and hopefully the recent disruption isn’t excessive.
Earlier, Henry Cavill shared a photo of himself in makeup after a long photo shoot, revealing that regular COVID-19 testing is being done to protect cast and crew.
The caption read: “We have been cleared of COVID and cause bubbles. We are tested twice a week here in Cair Morhn!”
Given the popularity of the show, Netflix won’t want to put too much of a break between seasons one and two, so ending work on subsequent episodes will likely be a priority.
The Witcher season 2 plot & spoilers
Season 1 was based on a collection of short stories set before the Witcher saga, The Last Wish, and The Sword of Destiny, with the following series set to more of that material as well as the first major installment, Blood of Elves.
“Much of what we prepared in Season 1 will play into it in Season Two,” Hesrich told RadioTimes.com. “We’re going to get into some things from the Blood of Elves. But I also think there are things that we wanted to adapt from The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny that we didn’t have time to do.
“So having fun in Season Two, knowing we can come back and revisit some of these things, is really exciting. There’s going to be a great mix of things.”
Blood of Elves sees Geralt protect and train Freya Allan’s Ciri, but given that some of Ciri’s story was actually filmed in Season 1, it is unlikely to be a direct adaptation of those events.
However, details of the new story indicated that Ciri would head to Witcher Kaer Morhen’s stronghold where (based on the new photos above) she could take a Witcher-type training, as in the books. In December 2020, Netflix released a series of apparently images of Kaer Morhen, which apparently confirm this news.
One thing we do know is that the series will feature more Witchers alongside Henry Cavill’s Geralt, including fan-favorite writers and games for Vismair, Quinn and Lambert.
“Really, in Season 1, we got to know Geralt and he’s our prime example of The Witcher,” said Hisrich. And then there’s another witcher, Remus, whom we met in Episode 103, and who dies quickly.
“So for us it was really about bringing Geralt back to his roots and kind of learning about where he came from, what his story was and what his sense of family was.”
Hesrich went on to explain that the ongoing coronavirus crisis may require changes to the story they initially planned, due to restrictions on TV production as a result of the pandemic.
“It will affect the story,” she said. But one of the best things about being a set writer is that I am there to make these changes as we need them to.
“Really, as far as writing is concerned, we’ve just fine-tuned a lot over the past eight weeks. Really dive into scenarios and make some big shifts, especially in the emotional journeys of our characters and making sure everything we write looks real and right.”