Yesterday, Henry Cavill revealed on his Instagram a first look at his Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher season 2, and today, we’ve received another look at what is to come in the next season.
The Witcher’s Twitter account has shared their first photos of Ciri in The Witcher season 2. Check them out right here:
The post highlighting this look at The Witcher season 2 features two photos and the caption: “She gave tearful goodbyes on a most violent night. Now this child of surprise is preparing to fight.” The account also replied to the original post, “What will destiny bring tomorrow?” hinting that more reveals are coming soon, with many theorizing this could include a new photo of Anya Chalotra’s Yennefer.
This new photo of Freya Allen’s Ciri in The Witcher season 2 shows a massive change for the character. After being introduced as a princess, these two photos present Ciri looking like a warrior in a wintry landscape. The second photo, which shows a closeup of a hand on a sword further shows that in fact, this “child of surprise is preparing to fight.”
The Witcher season 2 will feature an impressive lineup of new characters when it returns. Most notable is Kristofer Hivju, who played Tormund on Game of Thrones. Also joining the cast is Yasen Atour (2016’s Ben-Hur) as Coen, Agnes Bjorn as Vereena, Paul Bullion (Peaky Blinders) as Lambert, Thue Erset Rasmussen (the upcoming F9) as Eskel, Aisha Fabienne Ross (The Danish Girl) as Lydia and Mecia Simson as Francesca.
The Witcher season 2 began filming in London at the beginning of the year, but was paused in March for two weeks due to COVID-19, when Hivju was confirmed that he had tested positive. The Witcher returned to pre-production in July and continued filming in August. As of now, Season Two is planned for a 2021 release, although a specific release date has yet to be announced.
After its first season, The Witcher became one of Netflix’s most watched original series, and the streaming service is doing everything they can to continue this success with The Witcher season 2. At the end of 2019, Netflix released a list of their most popular series of the year. While the list doesn’t give actual statistics for how many people watched these shows, The Witcher was according to them, the second most-watched show of 2019, behind only Stranger Things’ third season. Rounding out the top five were The Umbrella Academy, Dead to Me and the second season of You.
Netflix seems poised to build out the books of Andrzej Sapkowski with an abundance of offerings beyond just The Witcher season 2. Earlier this year, Netflix announced they are making The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, an animated spin-off that will act as an origin story to Geralt’s mentor, Vesemir. The Witcher’s showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich is working on the film with writer Beau DeMayo. Netflix also announced in July 2020 that Hissrich is also developing a live-action prequel limited series that will show the beginning of the Witchers. This prequel series will be set 1,200 years before Geralt. Declan de Barra, a writer on such shows as The Originals and Iron Fist, is set to be the showrunner.