The Witcher Season 2: First Photos Are Revealed

Netflix announced in late June that production on Season 2 of The Witcher is scheduled to resume on August 17, following a hiatus due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. No further details were provided regarding how long filming would take or when audiences would be able to expect the second season to air. A new report may provide audiences with some indication of when the series will return.

Redanian Intelligence has reported that the series is currently scheduled to wrap principal photography in February 2021, bringing the total length of filming for the upcoming season to eight months. Prior to the shutdown, filming was scheduled for six months, taking place from February 2020 to August.

It should be noted that The Witcher — along with other major productions currently in the U.K. — was given the green light to continue filming on the condition that it adhered to newly implemented health and safety regulations. This includes limiting contact between departments where possible, sterilizing sets on a daily basis and more. This has resulted in several projects extending production schedules.

Production for Season 2 originally began in February. According to showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich, enough material had been filmed for at least an episode before a shutdown was ordered in mid-March. This followed reports that actor Kristofer Hivju, who will play Nivellen in Season 2, had contracted COVID-19. The actor has since recovered.

No official release date has been announced for Season 2. Hissrich has stated in the past that it was left intentionally ambiguous in order to accommodate for potential delays.

Details regarding Season 2 are scarce. The showrunner has revealed that the show’s writers, including Hissrich herself, revised scripts and various details during the shutdown. The precise changes to character arcs and the overarching plot are currently unknown. Previous reports from the set suggest that the upcoming season will continue to adapt Sword of Destiny as well as Blood of Elves.

Season 1 of The Witcher introduced Geralt of Rivia, Yennefer of Vengerberg and Princess Cirilla of Cintra. Taking place across several decades, the show followed each of the three characters as their destinies became entwined, despite attempts by some to resist, in the midst of an invasion of the Northern Realms from the mysterious Nilfgaardian Empire from the south of the Continent. Season 1 adapted Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny.

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.