Ahead of the release of the second season of Netflix’s The Witcher, the lead protagonist Henry Cavill — who plays Geralt of Rivia — raised fan anticipation by talking about how his character would have closer links with the books in the second season.
Created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and based on the eponymous book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, the series amassed a wide cult-like following due to the incorporation of a wide variety of fantasy and supernatural elements. The second season will premiere on the 17th of December, 2021. Although the new season was scheduled for an earlier release, the pandemic halted production for an unprecedented amount of time.
Sapowski’s 1990s novels had sparked interest in the Witcher-verse with numerous games and spin-offs grabbing the interest of gaming fans. The popularity of the games led to Netflix adapting it into a hit live-action series.
The first season of the show was based on the short story collections The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny. The first season saw Geralt finally coming closer to comprehending his destiny that would include Princess Ciri, played by Freya Allen.
According to Cavill, the second season will have a more accurate characterization of Geralt, in close relation to the original source materials. Instead of the occasional grunts, he would “speak more” and display his “intellectual” side. While there will not be a complete change in character for the gloomy, brooding witcher, he will definitely be more closely aligned with the portrayal in the books.
“This season, I really wanted to make sure that we represented the book’s Geralt more accurately, and that we saw him speak more,” he said. Talking about how closely he was invested in the process, he said, “I pushed really, really hard for that. I wouldn’t say cheery. He’s still Geralt of Rivia, but he’s definitely coming across as more of an intellectual.”
Cavill also added, “It’s a hard life, monster hunting… I wouldn’t recommend it.”
The second season would dive deeper into Geralt and Ciri relationship as the latter is mentored by the professional witcher.
Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming season.