On July 9, 2021, Netflix, and many of the cast and head production, hosted the event “WitcherCon,” which was a collaboration between Netflix and CD Projekt Red as a love letter to the fans, and a sneak-peek of what’s in store for the future of the franchise on both the gaming front and TV side.
Netflix has officially released a slew of new information regarding the future of the series including the news that “The Witcher” season 2 will hit the streaming service Dec. 17, 2021. Netflix has also confirmed that season 2 will consist of eight episodes, with the streaming service dropping the titles for each.
Episode listings and title are as follows:
- Episode 1 – A Grain of Truth
- Episode 2 – Kaer Morhen
- Episode 3 – What Is Lost
- Episode 4 – Redanian Intelligence
- Episode 5 – Turn Your Back
- Episode 6 – Dear Friend
- Episode 7 – Voleth Meir
- Episode 8 – [REDACTED]
Season 2 of The Witcher will continue the adventures of Geralt of Rivia, played by Henry Cavill. Anya Chalotra (Yennefer), Freya Allan (Ciri), and Joey Batey (Jaskier) all return for the second season, alongside series newcomers Yasen Atour as the witcher Coen, Agnes Bjorn as the bruxa Vereena, Paul Bullion as the witcher Lambert, Thue Ersted Rasmussen as the witcher Eskel, Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia, Kristofer Hivju as Nivellen, and Mecia Simson as Francesca.
The Witcher Season 2 will premiere on Netflix December 17.
In regards to the gaming side of the franchise, a next-gen update for “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” is confirmed to be coming to the PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC this year, and the update will include free DLC (Downloadable content) inspired by the Netflix series. CDPR did confirm that the DLC is not only exclusive to the next-gen version. The update will be available for every version of the game, including the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
Additionally, the next-gen post update will be free for everyone who already owns the game. As of now, no further plot details have been revealed.
The streaming service also announced that its upcoming anime film, “The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf,” will premiere on August 23.
The anime film will focus on Geralt of Rivia’s mentor, Vesemir, as a powerful new threat faces the Continent. A teaser trailer was released and a brief synopsis from Netflix reads: “The anime film tells the story of Vesemir, a swashbuckling young witcher who escaped a life of poverty to slay monsters for coin…”
“The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf” is being handled by Korean animation house Studio Mir, which is best known for its work on beloved animated series The Legend of Korra and Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defender. The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich is serving as producer.
The film will be a prequel, of sorts, and the character of Vesemir has been confirmed to appear in season two of the series and will be portrayed by actor Kim Bodina (“Killing Eve,” “The Bridge”). The official character synopsis for the character reads “charming relic of the witcher Golden Age, Vesemir is the oldest and most experienced witcher in our series.” A survivor of the Massacre at Kaer Morhen, which nearly exterminated the witchers, Vesemir is “fiercely protective of the remaining few, whom he sees as an endangered community who can find glory on ‘the Path’ slaying monsters.”
“The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf” will premiere Aug. 23, 2021 on Netflix.