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What To Expect From 'The Witcher' Season 2

By Robin Burks

Production has officially begun on the second season of the Netflix hit series The Witcher. In the series, Henry Cavill stars at Geralt of Rivia, a man possessed with supernatural powers that help him fight off monsters, although his destiny revolves around a mysterious girl, Ciri.

The first season of The Witcher wowed fans and critics alike, with many referring to the show as the next Game of Thrones, Netflix decided to go big with the series and gave it a second season before a single episode ever aired.

Here's what fans can expect in season 2 of The Witcher.

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Season 2 will feature new faces

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The cast of The Witcher season 2 will greatly expand. Netflix recently announced a lot of new actors cast in roles for the show. Peaky Blinders actor Paul Bullion will join the cast as Lambert. Games of Thrones' Kristofer Hivju will portray Nivellen, Other actors recently announced for the series include Yasen Atour as Coen, Agnes Bjorn as the vampire Vereena, Mecia Simson as the Elf Queen Francesca, Thue Ersted Rasmussen as Eskel and Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia. Geralt is about to make many more friends and enemies.

More backstory for Geralt

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Season 1 of The Witcher featured a lot of back story, but most of it was focused on the female characters: Ciri and Yennefer. However, season 2 will finally delve into more of Geralt's earlier life, potentially even including how he became a Witcher in the first place. The show's creator, Lauren Hissrich, recently teased what fans will potentially learn about the man from Rivia. She said:

"You'll learn a lot more about Geral. You'll get to know where he came from and why he is the person he is in season one."

Season 2 will be more linear

Ciri in 'The Witcher

One thing that confused viewers was the various timelines being shown during the first season of The Witcher. The good news is that the second season won't follow that same format. Instead, it will be far more linear with fewer flashbacks. Season 1 ended with each of the character's timelines coming together into one. Hissrich said:

"That’s where we ended season one. That’s absolutely where we will pick up in season two. The stories will be told in a much more linear fashion. They won’t all be one story. It’s not like all three are together and happy all the time. But, I do want to employ some different ways to look at time series-wide."

Ciri's story will become more central

Ciri in The Witcher

Fans who are familiar with the books already understand how central Ciri's story is to the overall tale being told in The Witcher. Season 2 will focus more on her character, as well as her new relationship with Geralt. Hissrich said:

"As expected from the saga, Ciri really takes center stage in season two. The whole world is after her, and she has to find safety and respite with Geralt (and eventually, Yennefer). Problem is, they’re complete strangers. She doesn’t know Geralt, doesn’t see why she should automatically trust him, and really doesn’t love when he starts making big decisions in her life — especially when she’s still mourning the loss of her grandmother in Cintra. For his part, Geralt dutifully wants to protect Ciri, but also doesn’t know anything about being a dad, and certainly doesn’t know how to balance that with the need to continue doing his job. There’s some comedy in how these two come together and eventually bond, but that belies a deeper reflection on what it means to become a family. "

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