Netflix took a gamble when they released the high-budget fantasy series The Witcher last year. Despite having an intellectual property that succeeded as both a book series and video game series, such adaptations can be a risky business. Lucky for them, however, the show was a success. The second season was supposed to premiere in January of 2021, but like so many other shows in 2020, it might have to be pushed back.
What is ‘The Witcher’?
The Witcher started as a book series about Geralt, a monster hunter for hire in the book’s fantastic setting. The titular witchers are a rare breed of monster hunters with unique skills that make them legends of their era. They’re mutated humans who embrace science and magic to gain superhuman strength that goes beyond the others in the world.
The books were the brainchild of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. Eventually, the Polish adventures got translated and distributed throughout the world.
Now, on top of a book, television show, and video game, The Witcher is also a popular comic series and tabletop RPG. The Witcher exists in a world that crosses between the types of fantasy tropes found in Game of Thrones while mixing them with classic mythology found in countless Hercules adaptations.
Like so many other fantasy worlds, the show has a rich world called The Continent that is filled to the brim with memorable monsters, creatures, and characters. This is why it is such a hit across multiple platforms. As such, when Netflix announced a series based on it, the expectations among fans of games, books, and comics, were sky-high.
What happened in season one?
The first season focused heavily on two characters: Anya Chalotra’s Yennefer and Cavill’s Geralt.
Throughout the first season, we learned about the abusive past that Yennefer suffered through before becoming adept at magic at the cost of her ability to have children. Meanwhile, Geralt travels across the world, slaying monsters and trying to make some purpose after being abandoned as a child.
The pair lived separate lives before eventually meeting in the middle of the season. The couple falls madly in love with one another and joins together to fight an evil that spreads across the country.
After the Kingdom of Cintra fell, however, things got even more challenging. The season ended with a battle on Sodden Hill before Geralt and Yennefer met another character named Ciri, who appeared throughout the series as a prophet.
This laid groundwork for season two. However, those who thought they’d get the show in January might be greatly disappointed to know that they will have to wait a little while longer.
When will Season 2 come out?
Season two was confirmed by Variety before season one came out. The writing was on the wall that Netflix had another hit on their hands. At the end of the season, the cliffhanger implied that it was never meant to be a single-season affair.
After season one followed so many divergent storylines, season two is believed to be a more linear tale. Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich confirmed this in a Reddit AMA.
Season two is believed to be an adaptation of the novel Blood of Elves. In that story, Ciri is targeted by assassins and forced to learn more potent magic. She eventually crosses paths with Yennefer and Geralt.
As for the season 2 premiere date, there have been some conflicting reports. Some initially believed the series to be on-pace for a January 2021 premiere, but The Hollywood Reporter reported that Season 2 would release in fall 2021.
This was all before the global pandemic. Cavill confirmed production started in Jan. 2020; however, the COVID-19 outbreak put that all on hold. Inverse reports production resumed in Aug. 2020.
Now, fans will likely have to wait until the fall of 2021 or later to continue the adventure. The creative team noted pre-pandemic that they wouldn’t rush the creation of the series. This likely remains the same now. Hissrich said in a January 2020 Reddit AMA: “We don’t yet have a target launch date for S2, past 2021. We don’t want to rush the product. That doesn’t benefit anyone.”