Netflix’s adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher debuted at the end of 2019 with mixed reactions from critics. Netflix reported that the new show had over 76 million viewers. This was, however, shortly after the streaming service changed its metric for measuring viewership. Regardless of metrics, the show did prove to be a hit with fans, and a second season was quickly ordered. Production for it actually began in February 2020. Various tidbits regarding new cast members being added were popping up almost daily. Then the pandemic hit, and, of course, much of the world was shut down.
As many industries begin to restart, so too are television and movie productions. Fan site REDANINAN INTELLIGENCE has reported that the show is now rescheduled to resume production in August. Originally, there were optimistic hopes of season two getting released around the end of 2020 or early 2021. This seems unlikely now after such a long delay. Even with the delay, it is possible that its impact could be minimal on the release date, since they did get a start on it early in the year.
Casting Updates, Game of Thrones Alumni Reunited
Meanwhile, there has been a lot of casting news to cover for the new season. To date, the core actors have all been announced that they will reprise their roles. Fans can expect to see Geralt, Yennefer, Ciri, and Jaskier back with the same faces. Giant Freakin Robot has reported on numerous additions as well. It seems that the show will be utilizing some former Game of Thrones alumni in the new season. Actress Natalie Dormer is rumored to be involved, having been sighted at a filming area. Actor Kim Bodnia is officially tied to the show, playing Witcher mentor/trainer Vesemir. Those who have played Wild Hunt will quickly recognize how integral his character is to the pivotal monster hunters. A new villain named Nivellen is also going to be introduced. This cursed character will be portrayed by Kristofer Hivju.