Season 2 of The Witcher has surpassed 142 million hours of viewing on Netflix.
The Witcher is based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy novel series, which has since been translated into a series of popular RPG video games and, most recently, a Netflix series.
The Witcher follows the adventures of Geralt of Rivia, played by Henry Cavill, a monster hunter who comes up against a variety of human and inhuman foes.
Season 2 finds Geralt protecting Ciri (Freya Allan) at his childhood home of Kaer Morhen, while also anticipating the looming threats beyond the walls.
The Witcher Season 2 is Netflix’s most popular series
The Witcher season 2 is directed by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and stars Anya Chalotra, Joey Batey, MyAnna Buring, Anna Schaffer, Eamon Farren, Royce Pierreson, and Mimi Ndiwen, in addition to Cavill and Allan. The show has already been renewed for a third season, with Cavill previously stating that he plans to play the character till the finish.
In addition to the main series, The Witcher includes an animated spinoff series called The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf that launched earlier this summer and tells the origin tale of Geralt’s tutor and fellow witcher, Vesemir.
The Witcher season 2 premiered over the weekend, and Netflix’s Top 10 ranking has been updated to reveal that the series has dominated viewing on the platform, with 142 million views so far. The Witcher season 1 is in second place with 49 million views since last week, with the second season trending at #1 globally. This is a huge success for both the show and Netflix, adding another feather to the streamer’s already outstanding hat when it comes to original streaming entertainment.
Cavill accepted his part as Geralt with zeal, despite injuries, Covid delays, bad weather, and long shoot schedules. The actor earned a name for himself as Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (and subsequent DC pictures), and while he says he’d like to return to the character, he’s been busy with a number of high-profile franchise roles in the meantime. The actor recently wrapped filming on Matthew Vaughn’s Argylle, the first episode of a planned spy series, and is preparing to star in Chad Stahelski’s Highlander revival.