Season 1 of The Witcher hadn't even been released on Netflix when the series was picked up for a second season. While the show was met with some mixed reviews, fans are already itching to know what happens after the star trio has finally been united.
Season 2 has entered production, and new additions to the cast have been revealed. Here's who you can expect to see joining Geralt of Rivia in the upcoming season.
A 'Game of Thrones' alum has been added to Season 2.
Probably one of the most notable new cast members is Kristofer Hivju, who portrayed the fiery yet noble Wildling Tormund in Game of Thrones. Kristofer is coming to the Continent to play Nivellen, a "cursed man" with a beasty side.
In the video games, his character has a sort of love story a la Beauty and the Beast with sorceress Lydia (who will be portrayed by Aisha Fabienne Ross in Season 2). His character is also tied to the bruxa Vereena, a vampire character played by Agnes Bjorn.
Also added to the cast this season will be three new witchers: Yasen Atour as Coen, Paul Bullion as Lambert, and Thue Ersted Rasmussen as Eskel. Fans of the video game will remember Lambert from the many scenes in Kaer Morhen, the witchers' ancestral home, and Geralt's not-so-nice limerick dedicated to him.
Mecia Simson will also join the cast as Francesca, another sorceress like Yennefer.
In addition to all of these exciting new cast members, executive producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich teased on Reddit that the new season will feature some LGBTQ+ cast members.
"One of my favorite things about the books is that they are full of subversion. Yes, we're gonna represent," Lauren replied on a comment asking specifically about LGBTQ+ characters.
She didn't divulge which characters will identify as LGBTQ+, but we likely won't know until the season is released.
Seven other characters from the books and video games were confirmed.
In an exciting announcement for fans of the franchise, seven new characters from the original books and games are confirmed to appear in the second season — and with this news, some big names are being added to the title.
Bridgerton alums Adjoa Andoh and Chris Fulton will play Nenneke and Rience respectfully. Cassie Clare from Brave New World will play advisor Philippa Eilhart.
Liz Carr from Devs will play law firm partner Fenn and A Room With a View alum Simon Callow will join as Codringher, Fenn's partner, while Downton Abbey alum Kevin Doyle will join as Ba'lian.
This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Who is returning for Season 2?
The show's star trio of Henry Cavill as Geralt, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, and Freya Allan as Ciri will all be returning to their roles in Season 2. Joey Batey will also be returning as our beloved yet annoying bard Jaskier, spreading the word to "toss a coin to your witcher."
Other notable returning cast members include Mimi Ndiweni as Fringilla Vigo, Royce Pierreson as Istredd, MyAnna Buring as Tissaia, Jeremy Crawford as Yarpen Zigrin, Lilly Cooper as Murta, Wilson Radjou-Pujalte as Dara, Anna Shaffer as Triss Merigold, Tom Canton as Filavandrel, Mahesh Jadu as Vilgefortz, Therica Wilson Read as Sabrina, Terence Maynard as Artorius, and Lars Mikkelsen as Stregobor.
“The reaction to Season 1 of The Witcher set a high bar for adding new talent for the second season,” Lauren Schmidt Hissrich said in a statement. “Sophie Holland and her casting team have once again found the very best people to embody these characters, and in the hands of these accomplished directors, we’re excited to see these new stories come to life.”
Season 2 of The Witcher is set to drop on Netflix sometime in 2021.