Your favorite grumbling monster hunter for hire is almost back. Today Netflix made two deeply exciting announcements about The Witcher Season 2. This new season has wrapped principal photography, and The Witcher Season 2 has been officially been confirmed to premiere in 2021. If you’re wondering what it looks like to film a vast fantasy saga that spans multiple countries in the age of COVID, then hey! Do we have a video for you.
The minute and a half clip starts off with something that will make even the coldest heart swoon: a heartfelt speech from Henry Cavill. “From the bottom of my heart, I want to say thank you,” the living embodiment of Geralt of Rivia says.
Filming this upcoming season has been a huge undertaking. It took a total of 158 days to finish principal photography. Filming spanned 15 UK locations with 89 cast members and approximately 1,200 crew members. And all of them had to be masked up and coated in hand sanitizer every step of the way.
“It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since we’ve kicked off this season in typical Witcher fashion — in a freezing cold forest in the middle of the night,” showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich says in the video. “None of us has ever experienced a television season like this before, I’m sure. We cannot wait to show you what Geralt and Ciri and Yennefer and Jaskier and all of your favorites have been up to since we left them at the Battle of Sodden Hill.”
Hissrich also teased that this season will introduce new characters, stories, and monsters. The Witcher Season 2 will tackle Blood of Elves, Andrzej Sapkowski’s third novel in the Witcher saga as well as the first novel that really dives into Geralt’s bigger story. But the real Witcher news of the day was buried in an email.
In an email alerting the press to The Witcher Season 2’s wrap, Netflix shared these seven blissful words: “The Witcher Season 2 — coming in 2021.”
It’s really happening, people. Not in 2022. Not the too hopeful but never descriptive “soon.” We’re getting more bard songs and monster fights this year. Now excuse us while we binge watch Season 1. Again.
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