It’s finally here. The Witcher Season 2. After almost 2 years of waiting for the sophomore season of the popular Netflix TV show, the second season is out and about. And the fans are excited about it. We know we are here at IndieGala.
But It’s not like we didn’t touch on the lore of The Witcher before. We already announced the second season (several months ago in fact) and we loved that. But things are different now. The second season is already on Netflix and I had the opportunity to binge it. I had 8 hours of uninterrupted peace and quiet to binge the second season of Witcher… And now I have a lot to say about my Netflix and chill sessions last night. But first… A little backup is needed.
The Witcher Season 2: The Games Are Still Awesome
Oh yes, they are. My personal favorite is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt but perhaps some other time I’ll tell you more about my gaming trials and tribulations in a Filmaholic Gamer Review. But for now, I’ll offer some cool games for you to check out.
Now. We don’t have the Witcher series on hand. But we do have plenty of other games and even sales. Have you visited our new Scratchy Sale? It will last until January and you can find over 600 games in it. Of course, you will get some special festiv gifts. Also you can purchase the games with your favorite Cryptocurrency. Don’t miss it! Click here and pick the best game for you.
But speaking of the games, Elden Ring is currently one of our pride and joys. The highly anticipated game is currently on pre-order here at IndieGala. And even before the premiere is still one of our bestsellers. Get it here. Dark Souls is always a good idea too since it’s from the director of Elden Ring (Hidetaka Miyazaki) and yes. It’s also available for purchase here at IndieGala. But let’s get back to the topic at hand.
What’s The Second Season of Witcher Is All About?
Well, the second season picks up right after the events of season 1’s final episode, in which two important things happened. One, Geralt (Henry Cavill) and his ward Ciri (Freya Allan) finally found each other. But at the same time, a huge battle ended. And after Geralt’s on-again, off-again love interest Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) channeled some dark forces to temporarily defeat an entire army.
Convinced Yennefer’s life was lost, Geralt now brings Princess Cirilla (Ciri) 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.
The Witcher Season 2: Is It Any Good?
Well, it’s an improvement from the first season that’s for sure. The key difference in the second season is the emotional dynamic in the surrogate father/daughter relationship storyline between Geralt and Ciri. The fans waited that for so long, and the TV show delivered. Also, the second season knows what works and what doesn’t work, when it comes to the transfer of the source material to the small screen. And although there are flaws in the second season as well, the sophomore season seems more contained and focused. For some reason, Geralt is more likable, but I think it’s mostly because Henry Cavill appears more comfortable in the role now.
Jaskier has got some new hairdo and some new songs as well. But there are some clear and visible changes (dare I say improvements) in the structure, tone and character development. Some of the characters are better explained now (Fringilla first comes to mind here), the tone is more subdued and calmer throughout the 8 episodes. As I previously mentioned, Cavill seems more relaxed and settled in the role of Geralt, and it clearly showed in the second season. But the true MVP’s were Graham McTavish as Sigismund Dijkstra. The head of the Redanian Intelligence. And yes. Kim Bodnia as Vesemir. Geralt’s mentor and father figure. He was truly amazing and I loved him in every scene he was in.
You Have Henry Cavill To Thank For The Improvements In The New Season
Look, there’s no denying that Henry is probably the biggest nerd in Hollywood. He’s a gamer, collector and all-around geek. And he’s not shy about it either, which is awesome. Just recently he expressed his longtime dreams and aspirations to star in the adaptation of the Warhammer series. A live-action series of Warhammer no less. And he also would like to make a Mass Effect TV show. Considering the success of The Witcher, who knows? Maybe Netflix will let him.
But despite the troubles of the ongoing COVID pandemic, the production of the second season of Witcher was halted because of injuries. And as ING put it in their article:
Henry Cavill And How Witcher Season 2 Almost Derailed His Career As An Action Star
Honestly, it’s kinda true. The actor likes to do his own stunts, and along with performing your own stunts, come the injuries. So in an interview with IGN, he talked about how difficult one particular injury was during the production of the second season. Which as the title suggests… Almost derailed his career as an action star. But Cavill credits physiotherapist Freddie Murray for his successful recovery. And he was especially helpful in navigating the often tricky process of balancing recovery with the needs of production.
“We did our best to stick to his rules of no more than five hours on my feet every day, but unfortunately production requires more time, so we had that very delicate balance of doing the right thing for my healing and then doing the thing that production needed me to do,” Cavill says in the interview.
And if you’re still having some doubts about the geeky nature of Henry, by all means. Take a look at this video in which he explains all of the swords used in the Tv series. His passion is almost palpable in every second of the video.
The Second Season And The Original Books: What’s In And What’s Out?
Well, season two puts a tight focus on the events of Andrzej Sapkowski’s second novel, Blood of Elves. With a slight continuation into the third novel, Time of Contempt. Furthermore, season 2 follows a more linear timeline. Compared to the first season which jumped around in time causing some confusion for viewers. Also, season two opens with an adaptation of the short story “A Grain of Truth,”. Which is awesome of course, and at the same time introduces Geralt’s (Henry Cavill) old friend Nivellen (Game of Thrones vet Kristofer Hivju).
And here’s the kicker. Blood of Elves originally lacks monsters. There are just not that many in the book. But judging from the game’s appeal people really like to see Geralt battling monsters. So, they continued to create new monsters for Season 2. Not to mention, the start of Elves is also missing Yennefer, who vanishes after the Battle of Sodden Hill. But some changes were made in that storyline as well. As you’ll clearly see if you watch the TV show.
The Witcher Season 2: Games, Spin-Off Series, And More
As we previously mentioned, there are plenty more monsters in the second season of The Witcher. Solely because of the audience that is more familiar with the game series. Rather than the book series. But you should pay closer attention to one particular scene in the second episode. You’ll catch a quick glimpse at a replica of the Wolf medallion Geralt of Rivia dons in his interactive adventures. A nice nod to the game series don’t you think?
Oh and if you can’t get enough of the Witcher, then you’re in luck. Netflix announced The Witcher: Blood Origin. The upcoming mini-series adapted from The Witcher book series by Andrzej Sapkowski. It will star Sophia Brown, Lenny Henry and Michelle Yeoh among others. Furthermore, the mini-series will be set 1200 years before the events of the television series. Yes. Blood Origin will depict the creation of the first Witcher, as well as the events leading to the “Conjunction of the Spheres”. Oh, and It will also explore the ancient Elven civilization before its demise. Are you hyped? We sure are.
What Are Your Thoughts On The Second Season Of The Witcher?
Do you like it? Or it’s a dud in your opinion? Let us know. We’d love to know your thoughts on it. Hit that comment section and tell us all about it.