Netflix’s The Witcher season 2’s production has been expectedly delayed because of the pandemic crisis. Filming was originally scheduled to wrap up this August, but the streamer recently announced that the show would complete principal photography by February 2021.
According to reports, The Witcher season 2 will be filming for a total of eight months, including the months before the pandemic. Production will restart by Aug. 17.
Work on the set started in February before the world came to a halt due to the coronavirus. Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich said that they were only done filming one episode when the shutdown orders of all Hollywood productions came.
Actor Kristofer Hivju, who will be introduced as Nivellen in the second season, also contracted COVID-19 on the set, but he has since recovered.
Changes in Geralt, Ciri and Yennefer
The supernatural drama series led by Henri Cavill as the witcher Geralt of Rivia ended with a cliffhanger in season. Hissrich told TV Guide that fans would see a different Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) in the second season. Everything changes for this character after the Battle of Sodden in season 1.
“[We’ll see] that passion to be alive and be part of something bigger but she’s doing it from a very different position,” the showrunner said.
The relationship of Geralt (Cavill) and Ciri (Freya Allan), who found each other at the end of season 1, will go through some “growing pains,” Hissrich teased. The Witcher season 2 will show the evolution of the dynamics between these two characters, where one is the father figure, and the other is the stubborn child who just started to embrace her independence.
The showrunner said that Ciri will still not be able to properly control her powers. However, she will begin her training in the second season and discover more about herself.
Here comes the witcher family!
The biggest storylines that fans should be eager to watch in The Witcher season 2 will be the introduction of Geralt’s witcher family. The cast has expanded to include Vesemir (Kim Bodnia), Lambert (Paul Bullion), Coen (Yasen Atour), and Eskel (Thue Ersted Rasmussen).
Fans of the video games have been looking forward to Netflix’s version of Vesemir, the most experienced monster hunter of all.
The Witcher season 2 will be mostly adapting the very first novel Blood of Elves, which will explain the whole witcher culture, the brotherhood, and their challenges. Netflix has not yet set a release date for this follow-up season. Given the changes in the production schedule, the show might be ready for streaming in late 2021.
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