In search of a brand new lucrative franchise, it looks as though Netflix has latched onto The Witcher to be its cash cow, with a second season on the way alongside a family-friendly spin-off and further anime content.
Jumping the gun before the release of season two, star Henry Cavill and showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich recently announced that the show would be back for a third series in the future, as well as a second anime film to join The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf.
Animated by Studio MIR, the film stars a younger version of Vesemir, the mentor of Geralt in Netflix’s series. In a statement from the showrunner of The Witcher, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf shows a larger brotherhood of Witchers ahead of the popular show’s second series.
The official plot synopsis released by Netflix outlines more of the anime film’s plot, detailing: “The world of The Witcher expands in this anime origin story: Before Geralt, there was his mentor Vesemir — a swashbuckling young witcher who escaped a life of poverty to slay monsters for coin”.
Continuing, the synopsis reads, “But when a strange new monster begins terrorizing a politically-fraught kingdom, Vesemir finds himself on a frightening adventure that forces him to confront the demons of his past”.
The Witcher season two is set to premiere on Netflix on December 17, 2021, as confirmed by official sources.
During the first-ever WitcherCon in July 2021, Netflix confirmed the news, two months after talking about how The Witcher would be back for the second season by the end of this year. Hissrich had confirmed previously that they were trying not “to rush the product” as “that doesn’t benefit anyone”.
Take a look at the trailer for the much anticipated second series below.