It has been two lengthy years for followers of The Witcher, anticipating a second season, however that lengthy wait is almost over. Netflix dropped a brand new trailer for its massively common sci-fi/fantasy collection, starring Henry Cavill as a solitary monster hunter with magical powers.
(Some spoilers for S1 under.)
As I’ve written previously, The Witcher relies on the popular books by Andrzej Sapkowski. The collection was one of many streaming platform’s high ten reveals of 2019, regardless of boasting a reasonably difficult narrative construction: three separate timelines spanning 100 years. It performed a bit of quick and free with the supply materials, however that turned out to work fairly properly.
Cavill’s Geralt of Riva, the titular Witcher, has a future that’s linked to Crown Princess Ciri (Freya Allan) and sophisticated by his emotions for a sorceress, Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Cholatra), who’s one-quarter elf. The primary season drew on two brief story collections, The Final Want and Sword of Future, to observe the three principal characters at completely different cut-off dates, finally converging in a battle to defend Sodden Hill towards Nilfgaardian invaders. Within the season finale, Geralt and Ciri lastly meet, whereas Yennefer has mysteriously disappeared after unleashing a stream of fireside on the invaders.
The first trailer dropped final month throughout Netflix’s Tudum global fan event. We noticed numerous Geralt in motion, slaying monsters whereas ruminating on the truth that “evil is evil,” whether or not mentioned evil is lesser, larger, or simply plain middling. We additionally caught glimpses of the Nilfgaardian invaders and of Geralt embracing Ciri, whom he swore to guard. And we noticed Yennefer captured behind enemy strains, being informed that the struggle has simply begun.
A significant theme for S2 appears to be the monsters that lurk inside human beings, maybe worse than the precise monsters that plague the Continent. Per the official premise:
Satisfied Yennefer’s life was misplaced on the Battle of Sodden, Geralt of Rivia brings Princess Cirilla to the most secure place he is aware of, his childhood residence of Kaer Morhen. Whereas the Continent’s kings, elves, people and demons attempt for supremacy exterior its partitions, he should defend the lady from one thing way more harmful: the mysterious energy she possesses inside.
We get much more monster slaying on this new trailer—together with an enormous tree-like determine that appears a bit like one in all Tolkien’s Ents—but it surely additionally depicts Ciri coaching to change into a monster-hunter herself at Kaer Morhen. In the meantime, Yennefer should deal with the Nilfgaardian Empire’s continued aggression and the intensifying struggle between North and South. And Jaskier the touring bard (Joey Batey) finds himself imprisoned with solely rodents for firm. He makes the perfect of it, as Jaskier is wont to do. (“I made new buddies, recover from it.”) At one level, Geralt is warned that the world is “performing unusual lately” and that the “finish of days” may very well be nigh. Geralt is refreshingly unconcerned. “I’ve lived for 3 supposed finish of days,” he replies. “It is all horses**t.”
All eight episodes of The Witcher S2 drop on Netflix on December 17, 2021. The collection has already been renewed for a 3rd season. There are two animated spin-off movies, one in all which is already out, referred to as The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, in regards to the origins of Geralt’s mentor Vesemir. (Kaer Morden options prominently in that collection.) There may even be a live-action prequel restricted collection, The Witcher: Blood Origins, starring Sophia Brown and Michelle Yeoh. It is set 1,200 years earlier than Geralt’s time, exploring the origin of the Witchers. There is a kids’ TV series within the works, too.
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