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With the advancement of streaming services, we have seen many trends take place in the TV and film space. One of these is shortening the regular season from more than twenty episodes to eight or even six. Another is the opportunity for bigger name actors to take advantage of these shorter seasons and move away from feature films. One series that has benefited greatly from these two changes is The witcherstarring Henry Cavill.
If the series, based on novels and games of the same name, had been regulated to syndicated TV, audiences would have gotten a little more. Supernatural and less Game of Thrones. Instead, Cavill was able to step away from his busy schedule (isn’t he the most sought after actor in Hollywood?) to take the lead. The result was a Season 1 that left fans wanting more.
Now that filming is done, when will that happen? The witcher season 2 coming out?
The witcher season 1 recap
The first season largely follows three different protagonists as they move through their individual storylines. The first is Geralt of Rivia (Cavil), a legendary witcher from the School of the Wolf. The second is the sorceress Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), who follows her ascension as a magician for the court of Aedirn. Finally, the third follows Ciri (Freya Allan), a royal family forced into exile after the invasion of Nilfgaard.
It is revealed throughout the episodes that these seemingly concurrent stories are actually decades apart. As the stories move in and out of the timeline, the characters begin to see how they relate to each other as they become intertwined. Yennefer is known as the love of Geralt’s life, and they form an uneasy relationship.
Season 1 leaves us with the battle for Sodden Hill. Many mages have died and Yennefer unleashes a powerful stream of fire, halting the battle. All the while, Geralt defends a random farmer from monsters before he gets hurt. He is taken to his farm, where he meets Ciri. There is an instant connection and they know their fates are linked.
The witcher season 2
Season 2 will attempt to up the fantasy stakes by focusing on some of the more important, more existential questions about The witcher universe, from the origins of monsters to why a young princess’s screams cause earthquakes. The result could be a show with a more ambitious, epic feel and one that could potentially lose some of the personality that made it such a hit in the first place.
These issues would mirror the trajectory of the books, but would feel more pronounced in a live-action series where so much depends on the characters and their performances.
The story picks up immediately after the events of the final episode of season 1, where two crucial things happened. Geralt and his ward Ciri finally reached each other after spending the past eight episodes seemingly in parallel across an entire continent.
At the same time, a colossal battle ended after Yennefer, the mage and Geralt’s love interest, channeled some dark forces to temporarily defeat an entire army. These events left the cast in some exciting places, and that’s exactly where season 2 kicks off.
Season 2 introduces some major new faces. Among them: Geralt’s mentor and father figure, Vesemir (Kim Bodnia), who desperately wants to prevent witches from becoming extinct, a dark mage named Rience (Chris Fulton) who is tasked with finding Ciri, and Nenneke (Adjoa Andoh), a priestess who helps in guiding Geralt through this new (for him) territory.
When does The witcher season 2 coming out?
The new season premieres on December 17, with all eight episodes airing simultaneously. The trailer for the upcoming season gives us our first look at some of the monsters that Henry Cavill’s Geralt will undoubtedly face.
Geralt is front and center of the trailer, so he will continue to play an important role alongside the other two central figures, Yennefer & Ciri. The trailer implies a new world threat that our characters will have to deal with, even as Geralt jokes that he’s already experienced three so-called ends of the world.
With a bigger budget, we can only assume that Geralt and the rest of the cast will be fighting bigger, bolder monsters than we saw in the previous season.
Are you excited to see The witcher season 2 coming out? When are you going to binge it? This will replace Game of Thrones? Or does this stand alone?
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