Netflix has released the first trailer upcoming second season of their hit fantasy drama The Witcher, which is currently slated to return later this year on December 17.
In Season 2, convinced Yennefer’s life was lost at the Battle of Sodden, Geralt of Rivia brings Princess Cirilla to the safest place he knows, his childhood home of Kaer Morhen. 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.
Check out the trailer for The Witcher Season 2 below:
The second season is picking up with the White Wolf of Rivia taking the princess to Kaer Morhen for safekeeping, where she will begin her training to become a more powerful warrior. Meanwhile, the end of the trailer reveals that Yennefer is alive and that Vesermir issuing a warning to Geralt.
The series stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Freya Allan as Princess Ciri, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, MyAnna Buring as Tissaia, and Joey Batey as Jaskier. Joining them in the second season are a bulk of new characters portrayed by Kristofer Hivju (Game of Thrones), Kim Bodnia (Killing Eve), Paul Bullion (Peaky Blinders), Yasen Atour (Young Wallender), Agnes Bjorn, Basil Eidenbenz (Fast and Furious 9), Aisha Fabienne Ross (The Danish Girl), Mecia Simson (Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model) and more.
The trailer continues to showcase an understanding of the visual iconography that fans associate with the world of The Witcher. A big reason for that would be the individuals behind the scenes as well. Everything from directors like Alik Sakharov, who has helmed episodes of The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Rome, and Sex and the City to name just a few. Not to mention DoP Romain Lacourbas (Ozark) who is lensing several season two episodes. He brings a textured depth-of-field that showcases both the immense production design to some of the series more spectacular location sets.
Additionally, Netflix also released a short featurette for The Witcher Season 2. The featurette highlights the series’ female leads – Anya Chalotra’s Yennefer and Freya Allan’s Ciri – as they looked back on each of their character’s journeys in the first season. They also tease fans on what’s next for their characters in the new season including Ciri’s character growth.
The show’s sophomore season will have a more straightforward narrative timeline, ditching the multiple timelines while also introducing other witchers. Production on The Witcher Season 2 began in February but was quickly put on hold when series newcomer Kristofer Hivju tested positive for the coronavirus in March.
The trailer, featurette, and additional announcements all debuted during the first-ever WitcherCon. The global digital convention presented deep dives into the making of The Witcher games, live-action series, and an anime film, in addition to a host of panels that included cast members Anya Chalotra, Freya Allan, Mimî M. Khayisa, Paul Bullion, and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.
Look for The Witcher Season 2 to debut on Netflix on December 17th.