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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Netflix Has Renewed 'The Witcher' for a Third Season Before Its Second Season Even Streams

The Henry Cavill-starring series returns this December after a two-year gap — and there's a third season, a second anime film, and a kids and family series in the works.
By Sarah Ward
October 07, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
October 07, 2021
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Get ready to toss a coin to your witcher, again. Then, get ready to toss more coins in the future. Actually, get ready to throw a whole heap of round-shaped currency — because Netflix isn't just bringing back The Witcher for a second season, but is also expanding the whole Witcher universe in multiple ways.

Fans already knew that the show itself will finally return on Friday, December 17, two years after the streaming platform aired the first season. But Netflix has also just renewed it for a third season before that second season even airs. It's also planning to release a second animated film and a new Witcher series for kids and families, adding to already-in-the-works prequel series The Witcher: Blood Origin and the recently released animated flick The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. Basically, the service is committing to the Henry Cavill (Zack Snyder's Justice League)-starring fantasy show — and to his icy locks — in a big way, and for all audiences.

Need a refresher on the story so far? Haven't watched the first season yet? If the series' name sounds familiar, that's because The Witcher is based on the short stories and novels of writer Andrzej Sapkowski — and, as well as being turned into comics, it was adapted the video game series of the same name. A Polish film and TV show also reached screens in the early 2000s, although they were poorly received.

In the Netflix show, Cavill plays the witcher of the title: Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter who prefers to work — aka slay beasts — alone in a realm called The Continent. But life has other plans for the lone wolf, forcing him to cross paths with powerful sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra, Netflix's Wanderlust) and young princess Ciri (newcomer Freya Allan). In the first season, the latter harbours a secret, because of course she does, with the series blending plenty of fantasy staples such as magic, royalty, fighting factions, battling hordes, fearsome creatures, a heap of sword-swinging and many a scenic location.

After stepping into Superman's shoes and facing off against Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible — Fallout, The Witcher marked Cavill's return to TV a decade after starring in regal period drama The Tudors. As well as Chalotra and Allan, the first season also featured Jodhi May (Game of Thrones), MyAnna Buring (Kill List), Lars Mikkelsen (House of Cards) and Australian actor Eamon Farren (Twin Peaks).

Netflix initially dropped the first trailer for season two back in July, which'll cover a homecoming, include more all-round eeriness, and also serve up more time with both Geralt and Ciri. He's bringing her to his childhood home of Kaer Morhen, where he'll need to keep protecting her — from her powers, and from The Continent's kings, elves, humans and demons, who are battling for supremacy.

If you're keen for a bigger glimpse, the platform has also released a couple of other clips and trailers to tide you over until December:

The Witcher's second season will hit Netflix on Friday, December 17. The show's first season is currently available to stream.

Published on October 07, 2021 by Sarah Ward

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