The Witcher’s debut season quickly captured the imaginations of millions of viewers, as Henry Cavill transformed into monster-hunter Geralt of Rivia and took some much-appreciated on-screen baths.
The first season of the Netflix fantasy drama played with timelines, exploring the pasts of Geralt, Crown Princess Cirilla (Freya Allan) and Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra) before bringing the stories together into a single timeline which culminated in the epic battle for Sodden Hill.
When season two arrives on our screens in December, however, there will be a big change to this narrative style, as star Cavill has told Entertainment Weekly that the second season will not feature the varying timelines that season one was characterised by.
However, he has teased that instead we can expect “multiple cliffhangers throughout a [single] episode”, which is bound to keep fans on the edge of their seats.
We can also expect to see a slight change in Geralt himself, as Cavill has explained that he tried to “bring [out] more of that intellectual, philosophical, wise Geralt” in season two as opposed to the “grumpy, dark, mysterious hero” that we saw in the first season.
“I really wanted to avoid him being too one tunnel,” he said. “Even though he may be dark and mysterious at times, I wanted him to come across as this incredible character that [The Witcher series author Andrzej Sapkowski] wrote.
“Those are things that I really pushed for and tried very hard to get into the show.”
Netflix has kindly provided some details about what we can expect from season two, with Geralt set to bring Princess Cirilla to his childhood home of Kaer Morhen after believing that Yennefer has lost her life at the Battle of Sodden.
“While the Continent’s kings, elves, humans and demons strive for supremacy outside its walls, he must protect the girl from something far more dangerous: the mysterious power she possesses inside,” the synopsis reads.
Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich also recently shared a teaser about the opening of season two, revealing that the show has adapted short story A Grain of Truth.
“It’s a story of a father and daughter coming together in a place that doesn’t quite feel safe for them – and of course, we really get into Nivellen who’s played by the incomparable Kristofer Hivju, and we get to explore his character and his backstory with Geralt as well,” she said.