Despite not even having premiered yet, The Witcher has officially been picked up by Netflix for a second season. Having been called Netflix's answer to Game of Thrones, the show boasts not only a fantastical storyline with an immersive universe but also huge, intense and cinematically spectacular battles.
And, like Game of Thrones, there's a lot of material already written for the show to work with. Let's take a look at everything we know so far about The Witcher and what to expect in Season 2.
What will we see in The Witcher Season 1 and Season 2?
As with Game of Thrones, The Witcher is not an entirely new story. It's actually based on a series of books by Andrzej Sapkowski, which have already been adapted to video games. According to showrunner Lauren Hissrich, the show will focus on the books and go in a completely direction direction from the video games. Although Lauren hasn't revealed exactly where in the books the show will start, she has given some hints.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, she said that she read The Last Wish, a book of stories around "the witcher", Geralt of Rivia, and she fell in love with the family within the pages. "These three characters — Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri — really rose to the surface," she said. "If you take all the other fantasy elements away, you still have three characters who are this broken disjointed family who really need each other even though they don’t want to admit it. And that was one of the most appealing things to me."
The Last Wish tells multiple stories and is actually not considered a part of The Witcher saga. But it is an introduction point to Geralt, who will be the main character of the Netflix show and is played by Henry Cavill. If The Last Wish inspired Lauren, we may see that the first season is based around that book, with the show adding more to the stories to form a plot for the first season and set up the true saga for the start of the second season.
Lauren will not be adapting these stories alone and, in fact, the original author is on hand as a creative consultant for the show. With Andrzej involved in the series, fans of the novels should expect that they will see much of what they've read come to life on screen.
How does the story play out throughout the books?
Though there are many characters throughout The Witcher universe, Geralt serves as the center of the stories throughout the five novels in the saga. Geralt is "the witcher" throughout the books, until the weight of being the monster hunter becomes more than he can bear. The other character at the heart of the story is Ciri, who is Geralt's adopted daughter.
Geralt struggles to protect Ciri, but, as the books go on, Ciri comes into her own power. Ciri will be played by Freya Allan, in her first recurring television role. Should the show continue for more seasons, we should expect to see Ciri's story play out more as she comes into her own, especially as Lauren has stated that she intends to make Ciri a more "fully formed character."
The Witcher's first season is set to drop on Netflix on December 20.