There’s no exact date, but at least there’s a four-month span: Netflix announced today that The Witcher will return in the fourth quarter, which is financial speak for “fall.”
The second season of the epic fantasy series has been delayed, like so many things, by the pandemic. Last year, it was “the first major TV drama made in the UK” to shut down production due to the coronavirus. In August, the show began filming again, only to have to pause once more when crew members tested positive for the virus. Earlier this month, the show cheerily celebrated the end of filming—and now we have a faint idea when we’ll get to see the product of their efforts.
Season two’s summary offers little to theorize on:
Convinced Yennefer’s life was lost at the Battle of Sodden, Geralt of Rivia brings Princess Cirilla to the safest place he knows, his childhood home of Kaer Morhen. While the Continent’s kings, elves, humans and demons strive for supremacy outside its walls, he must protect the girl from something far more dangerous: the mysterious power she possesses inside.
But casting announcements suggest that the second season will pull story from the Witcher books Blood of Elves and Time of Contempt, and delve into Ciri’s magic and combat training at the hands of both Geralt and Yennefer. Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has also said that season two will explore Fringilla’s past, provide a more complex look at the Nilfgaardians, and be more linear than the first season.
The Witcher will return to Netflix sometime between September and December of this year.