The Witcher season 2: Cast, release date, trailer and everything we know so far

Find out what we know so far about the second instalment of Netflix’s hit fantasy series starring Henry Cavill.

By Becky Gamester-Newton Published: 30 November 2021 - 2.04pm
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The Witcher is a fantasy series based on the book by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski.

Since its release on Netflix at the end of 2019, it has grown a huge fan base keen to know when they can expect its next instalment, what it’ll be about and who will be in it.

Find out everything we know about season 2 so far…

What is the release date for The Witcher season 2?

Netflix has confirmed that The Witcher season 2 will premiere on Friday, December 17, 2021.

First-look images of Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia were released back in October 2020. Filming restarted in August 2020, after a delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Witcher cast

Netflix has revealed the full cast – and all the main characters are set to return.

Henry Cavill in The Witcher season 2 Netflix

Henry Cavill stars as Geralt of Rivia, while actors Freya Allan (Princess Ciri), Anya Chalotra (Yennefer), Jodhi May (Queen Calanthe), Joey Batey (Jaskier), Anna Shaffer (Triss), Eamon Farren (Cahir), MyAnna Buring (Tissaia), Jeremy Crawford (Yarpen Zigrin), Lars Mikkelson (Stregobor), Terence Maynard (Artorius), Therica Wilson Read (Sabrina), Tom Canton (Filavandrel), Lily Cooper (Murta) and Royce Pierreson (Istredd) will all be back.

And several new cast members have also been confirmed: Adjoa Andoh (Nenneke), Kristofer Hivju (Nivellen), Liz Carr (Fenn), Graham McTavish (Dijkstra), Kevin Doyle (Ba’lian), Simon Callow (Codringher), Chris Fulton (Rience), Yasen Atour (Coën), Agnes Bjorn (Vereena), Paul Bullion (Lambert), Basil Eidenbenz (Eskel), Aisha Fabienne Ross (Lydia), Kim Bodnia (Vesemir), Cassie Clare (Phillippa Eilhart), Carmel Laniado (Violet) and Mecia Simson (Francesca).

What’s The Witcher season 2 about?

The following short season 2 synopsis has been revealed by Netflix:

"Geralt is convinced that Yennefer died in the Battle of Sodden at the end of season 1, and brings Princess Cirilla to his childhood home of Kaer Morhen because he believes it to be safe. However, will she ever be safe from her mysterious power?"

Princess Cirilla and Lambert in The Witcher season 2 Netflix

Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich said at WitcherCon in July 2021: “At the end of season 1, we have what I think is one of the sort of most emotional scenes that we've done, which is Geralt and Ciri finding each other after they've both been searching all season… And it seems like we've got a father figure and daughter figure, and everything's going to be perfect at that point, except for they've never met.

"So it was really fun to start season 2 thinking about, well, they're not a family yet. How do they grow to be one? What do you do if you are a person like Geralt, who has sworn he doesn't need anyone in the world whatsoever? And then he's presented with a girl who is now solely in his care.

"And we have Ciri, who's used to being under the care of people but has basically been running from everyone for an entire season and now being told that this person is going to take care of you.

"It was really fun to start season 2 kind of them a little uncertain about how to be with each other, and they have to really grow into that. We wanted to make sure that felt like an authentic relationship, that they weren't just bonded at the very beginning."

The Witcher season 2 trailer

Netflix released the teaser trailer at the same time as the WitcherCon event in July 2021:

The Witcher season 1 is streaming now on Netflix.

The Witcher season 2 premieres on Netflix on Friday, December 17, 2021.

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