Netflix’s The Witcher season 2 has been hit with a number of setbacks over the last year for a variety of different reasons. The most recent setback came after actor Henry Cavill suffered an injury and was forced to step back from the project.
The actor has since recovered and has now returned to set to complete filming on the Kaer Morhen scenes. At least one of his costars, Paul Bullion, who will appear as Lambert in the upcoming season, confirmed his return to set as well on social media.
Back on set for @witchernetflix … A postponed Christmas gift from a friend.
Lambert is growing a thick skin indeed ….
— Paul Bullion (@PaulBullionLive) January 18, 2021
As a result of this latest setback, it has also been reported that Season 2 is now scheduled to wrap filming in March 2021, where it was originally scheduled to complete in February. Although no official release date for Season 2 has been announced, it has been speculated that the premiere of Season 2 will now likely occur in Fall 2021 instead of the previously estimated release date of August.
Cavill suffered an injury to his hamstring in December while on an assault course at Arborfield Studios, where The Witcher is currently filming. The stunt involved a harness that raised Cavill more than 20 feet into the air.
The Witcher Season 2 originally began filming in February 2020, but was forced to come to a halt in mid-March due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that caused industry-wide shutdowns across the globe. After approximately four months, the United Kingdom gave the film industry permission to continue filming, on the condition that certain health and safety protocols were implemented. Production resumed on The Witcher in August, but was forced to shut down for two weeks in November after certain individuals on set tested positive for COVID-19.
Season 2 of The Witcher will adapt the events and characters of Andrzej Sapkowski’s Blood of Elves, which sees Ciri training at Kaer Morhen under the tutelage of Geralt of Rivia and his fellow witchers: Lambert, Eskel, Coën and their mentor, Vesemir. It should be noted that photos from the set have revealed significant deviations from the source material as well as other major changes, such as the look of the controversial Nilfgaardian armor.
Netflix is currently developing several spinoff projects, including The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, an animated tie-in film centered on the life of Vesemir; and The Witcher: Blood Origin, which takes place 1,200 years before the events of the ongoing series and will explore the history of the Continent.
The Witcher stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, Freya Allan as Ciri and Joey Batey as Jaskier. Season 1 is now available on Netflix.