The Witcher Season 2 is the second season of a fantasy drama streaming television series created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, based on the book series of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. The first season – despite its narrative flaws – ranked as one of the most popular on Netflix when it was released in 2019.
The Witcher Season 2 certainly has a more cohesive storyline compared to its predecessor. Season 1 was primarily occupied with world building, establishment of setting and introduction of key characters, while at the same time being weighed down by an ill-judged multiple timelines presentation. None of those issues here, thankfully!
The premise for The Witcher Season 2 is simple enough –
Titular character, Geralt of Rivera (Henry Cavill) is a monster hunter who has sworn to protect Princess Ciri (Freya Allen), a person prized by all the various city-kingdoms of the Continent for different reasons. Unbeknownst to Geralt and Ciri, the demon Voleth Meir (Deathless Mother) is manipulating various key characters – including the mage Yennifer (Anya Chalotra) – in order to possess Ciri and her special powers.
Rumbling beneath the surface of this basic plot are the various political intrigues festering amongst said city-kingdoms, including the plight of the disenfranchised Elves, which helps to keep the drama and tension simmering throughout this second season. However, there are times where it’s difficult to keep the various city-kingdoms apart in the mind of the audience, perhaps a map or location title would have helped here.
Still, there are various relationships that The Witcher Season 2 builds upon in order to keep engagement levels high. Chief of which of course is that between Geralt and Ciri – with the former at least being featured in more conversation above the mumbles and grunts of the debut season. There is more background provided for Geralt’s childhood, his time at Kaer Morhen (The Witchers’ home base) and the sub-plot regarding the Elves is well developed too.
The Witcher Season 2 keeps the series momentum going and by all accounts it appears that Netflix is in the Witcher game for the long run, with spin-offs in the pipeline. Definitely stronger than The Wheel of Time, The Witcher is highly recommended for all fantasy lovers.
Now streaming on Netflix.
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