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The Witcher season 2 release date, cast, trailer and photos

The Witcher season 2
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Get another coin to toss because The Witcher season 2 is returning to Netflix — though not anytime soon. Production has resumed on The Witcher season 2 after a coronavirus pandemic delay and Netflix has released the first photos of Henry Cavill's Witcher (in his new armor!), Ciri training under his tutelage and Yennefer's fate after the finale.

The first season followed Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, as well as the sorceress Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) and princess-on-the-run Ciri (Freya Allan). 

Season 2 will continue to build out the world of The Witcher, which is based on the book and story series by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. The Witcher's creatores have teased new characters, more creatures and even bigger battles.

Here’s everything we know about The Witcher season 2 including its release date, cast, plot, and more.

The Witcher season 2 release date

The Witcher season 2 does not yet have a release date.

Netflix renewed the series for a second season in November 2019 — before the first season had even premiered. The eight-episode season began production in early 2020 in London for a planned debut in 2021. But all of that was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Witcher season 2, along with most film and TV productions, was put on hold. But filming resumed on August 17, following health and safety protocols.

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Since filming for the first season lasted about seven months and then the show premiered seven months after that, some had thought The Witcher Season 2 would debut March or April 2021.

With the roughly 5-month pause in filming, The Witcher season 2 estimated release date is now around September or October 2021.

The Witcher season 2 trailer

With filming still underway, it's a little early to expect a Witcher season 2 trailer. But perhaps the Netflix gods will toss us a brief teaser toward the end of 2020. 

The Witcher season 2 photos

While Netflix has yet to release a trailer, the streamer did unveil a couple of images of Geralt in some brand-new armor. The first one is at the top of this article and is more of a close-up of the back of Geralt's head. 

The second one is, as they say, quite a thirst trap.

The Witcher season 2 new armor

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The show also posted images of Ciri, seemingly learning how to fight under Geralt's tutelage. "Looks like somebody has been spending time with a witcher," the caption reads on Instagram. On Twitter, the post reads: "She gave tearful goodbyes on a most violent night. Now this child of surprise is preparing to fight."

Netflix also shared two photos of Yennefer, assuring fans, "Fear not, she's out there somewhere." That may be, but her face is bloody and her hands are tied up." 

On Twitter, the show teased, "She used her full might, and the battlefield burned. Then she vanished from sight, But Yen will return."

Fear not, she's out there somewhere. The Witcher

A photo posted by @witchernetflix on Oct 7, 2020 at 5:00am PDT

The Witcher season 2 cast

Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan are all confirmed to return as the three main characters Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri.

Also confirmed to reprise their roles are:

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  • Joey Batey as traveling bard Jaskier
  • MyAnna Buring as sorceress Tissaia de Vries, mentor to Yennefer
  • Anna Shaffer as the court mage Triss Merigold
  • Eamon Farron as Nilfgaard army commander Cahir
  • Tom Canton as Filavandrel, king of the elves
  • Mimi Ndiweni as Fringilla Vigo, a sorceress who allies with the Nilfgaard
  • Lilly Cooper as Murta
  • Jeremy Crawford as Yarpin Zigrin
  • Mahesh Jadu as Vilgefortz
  • Terence Maynard as Artorius
  • Lars Mikkelson as Stregobor
  • Royce Pierreson as Istredd
  • Wilson Radjou-Pujaltes Dara
  • Therica Wilson Read as Sabrina

As for new cast members, Hissrich teased on Reddit that, "There’s a whole new set of fun characters coming in S2." That includes LGTBQ+ characters. "One of my favorite things about the books is that they are full of subversion," Hissrich said. "Yes, we’re gonna represent." 

Netflix revealed those new cast members on Twitter on Feb. 21: 

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Fans will be especially excited to see Nivellen, a man cursed to turn into a beast who comes across Geralt in Sapkowski’s short story "A Grain of Truth." The character will be played by Kristofer Hivju, who played Tormund Giantsbane in Game of Thrones.

A bit of breaking news:

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This casting is great for fans of Killing Eve, but it's a bit of a downer for those who clamored for Star Wars legend Mark Hamill to play Vesemir. Hamill was not opposed — even if he has no idea who or what Vesemir and The Witcher are.

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The showrunner explained to IGN, "Mark has always been of interest to me and interest to the project. We have not contacted his agent yet because we’re not casting the role quite yet, but that being said, I am loving what’s happening on the internet. And I’m loving all of the fan reaction to it. Obviously, we’ve seen what a huge fanbase The Witcher has, and to add that to a Star Wars fanbase... it makes my mind explode a little bit."

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The Witcher season 2 plot

The Witcher season 2 will pick up where season 1 left: after Geralt and Ciri finally met.

Season 1 juggled a few different timelines. In the "past," Geralt and Yennefer crossed paths several times (and engaged in a torrid romance), all while Geralt knew Ciri was his "destiny" — even if they didn’t meet until the finale. 

That finale also featured the Battle of Sodden Hill, in which Yennefer unleashed a massive force of magical power against the invading Nilfgaardian army — and then disappeared. 

According to Netflix's official synopsis of season 2, "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."

Season 2 will also see Geralt help Ciri train in her mysterious powers. As for Yennefer, her status is unclear, but it’s safe to say she’ll reappear somehow, but she’ll be dealing with the aftermath of the battle.

"She took a big risk at the end with that firepower, and it doesn't work out so well for her," Hissrich told Business Insider.

As for the destined-to-meet duo, the showrunner teased, "You'll get to know where [Geralt] came from and why he is the person he is in season 1." Meanwhile, Ciri is "not looking backwards anymore or looking back at her family in Cintra anymore. She's trying to build a new family."

Hissrich has said that season 2 will draw from Sapkowski’s novel Blood of Elves, as well as unused parts of the stories in The Last Wish and The Sword of Destiny.

In her Reddit AMA, the showrunner explained, “We’re approaching S2 in a similar way we did with S1: what are the stories Sapkowski was telling, and why? What building blocks do we need to set up future stories? Is there anything we missed from S1 that we want to include? And what will work on television? For instance — no one wants to see Triss have diarrhea for three episodes. So what are we trying to glean from that in the books, and how do we present that onscreen?”

One thing some viewers may feel relief over is that season 2’s storytelling will be more linear, with much less timeline-jumping, though Hissrich said, “We'll continue to use flashbacks when we need it, or other devices."

(For anyone who remains confused about when certain events happened, check out Netflix’s interactive Witcher map and timeline, which also contains a secret message in the Elder language that translates to, "When something ends, something begins.")

That map will expand and get more detailed as the show explores more of the mythology, history, culture, and politics. "We decided to save some tidbits of witcher lore until… you actually meet more witchers," Hissrich teased. 

Another area the show will delve into is Nilfgaard, the powerful empire that attempts to invade Cintra in season 1. 

"We felt like we needed to set up a 'bad guy' in S1 — but it’s our hope that we've added enough layers to Cahir and Fringilla that the audience thinks 'Wait, but THEY don’t seem insane. So what do they see in Nilfgaard? Maybe there's more there than meets the eye?'" Hissrich said. 

"Perhaps we didn’t go far enough in S1, to see more behind Nilfgaard's curtain — but it will definitely be explored more thoroughly in S2."

The Witcher season 2 spinoff movie

Before The Witcher season 2 premieres, fans may get a treat in the form of a Witcher anime movie. Netflix announced that an animated spinoff film is in the works from Hissrich and writer Beau DeMayo. Learn more about The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf.

The Witcher season 2 soundtrack

Count us among fans who are excited to listen to The Witcher season 2 soundtrack because season 1's soundtrack was so good. It's available for purchase Jan. 24 on Spotify and iTunes for $9.99. The track list runs 55 songs long (!) and includes the single "Toss a Coin."

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