Andrzej Sapkowski, a Polish novelist, praises the team behind Season 2 of The Witcher for their work adapting his works. Netflix’s The Witcher, based on Sapkowski’s stories, premiered its first season in late 2019 and soon became one of the streaming service’s most popular products.
Netflix renewed The Witcher for a second season even before it premiered, assuming the fantasy series will appeal to fans of both the source material (and video games). Season 2 will be released on December 17th, which is later this week.
Season 1 introduced audiences to Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia, the witcher who travels the Continent fighting monsters for money, based on Sapkowski’s The Last Wish. While the book centered mostly on Geralt, the television series adopted a non-linear narrative to bring Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra) and Ciri of Cintra (Freya Allan) on par with the title character.
All three timelines fully converged at the end of Season 1, with Geralt finding Ciri and Yennefer becoming a prisoner of Nilfgaard. Season 2 will introduce a slew of new witchers, including Kim Bodnia, Yasen Atour, Paul Bullion, and Basil Eidenbenz, in addition to returning cast members Anna Shaffer (Triss), Joey Batey (Jaskier), and MyAnna Buring (Tissaia).
The Witcher’s official Twitter account has just released what is probably the most important early review of the second season of the series. Author and creator Sapkowski praises showrunner Lauren S. Hissirch, saying he liked season 2 and can’t wait for season 3.
Here’s what he had to say:
Season 2 will adapt Blood of Elves, taking Geralt and Ciri to Kaer Morhen, the old fortress where witchers are trained, where season 1 was based on The Last Wish. As Geralt takes on the role of mentor, the two will meet Vesemir (Bodnia), Geralt’s mentor/father figure, whose origins were detailed in the anime film The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf.
Apart from Nightmare of the Wolf, The Witcher’s success has inspired a live-action prequel series called The Witcher: Blood Origin, a family-friendly series, and, of course, a season 3 of the flagship series that has already been confirmed.