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Production Begins On 'The Witcher' Season 2 As The Show Adds Seven To Its Already Impressive Cast

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By Joshua Williams

Fans of the popular Henry Cavill Netflix series, The Witcher can now rejoice as season 2 has begun production in the UK. According to Deadline, the series has added seven new cast members to its already impressive roster. These new cast members include Yasen Atour (Young Wallender) as Coen, Agens Bjorn as Vereena, Paul Bullion (Peaky Blinders) as Lambert, Thue Ersted Rasmussen (Fast and Furious 9) as Eskel, Aisha Fabienne Ross (The Danish Girl) as Lydia, Kristofer Hivju (Game of Thrones) as Nivellen, and recent graudate Mecia Simson, as Francesca.

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Who's Set to Return?

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Henry Cavill is set to return along with actresses Anya Chalotra as the sorceress Yennefer and Freya Allan as Ciri. The series will be helm by Stephen Surjik whose also set to direct the first two episode. When asked about the reaction and popularity of the first season, showrunner and executive producer Lauren Schmidt Hissichk said, "The reaction to season one of The Witcher set a high bar for adding new talent for the second season." Hissichk expressed her appreciation for Sophie Holland and her casting team for finding the right people to "embody these characters."

How Succesful Was Season One of 'The Witcher'?

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The Witcher centers on the character Geralt of Riva and princess Ciri. Based on the book series of the same name, the show debuted on Netflix to mostly praise from both fans and critics. Erik Kain of Forbes wrote that although the show is at first a slow-burn, it does "slowly but surely finds itself a fantastical slice of bloody, schlocky fun." However, there are some who found the first season quite boring, adding that the show just doesn't get past its slow pacing.

But Look At Those Numbers

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The Witcher season one did gained tremendous numbers when it first debuted on Netflix. According to Parrot Analytics, the show, in its U.S. debut, managed to become the third most watched "in demand" original streaming series, behind Stranger Things and The Mandalorian. When Netflix released the list of their most popular TV shows of 2019, it was revealed that The Witcher came in second place with a reported viewership of about 76 million total. Sales for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 2019 were greater than in 2018, which meant interest in the series grew after the launch of the first season.

Netflix on a Roll?

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With season 2 reported to make its debut sometime in 2021, it seems Netflix is on a roll. The success of the first season along with their other shows such as Stranger Things keeps Netflix at the center of the streaming wars. Its too early to tell whether interest for the The Witcher season 2 will help boost the series towards the very top of the most watched list for original programming, but at least we all have something to look forward to.

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