(Pocket-lint) – Netflix is days away from releasing the second season of The Witcher. The first season was a huge hit for the streaming service, filling a gap in the market left vacant by Game of Thrones.

Its adult storylines and whirling action have attracted plenty of new fans, alongside the legions already well on board thanks to the successful CD Projekt Red games. Those fans have plenty to be excited about, as positive early reviews for the second season have begun to trickle out.

Now that the second season’s release is right around the corner, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know.

The Witcher season 2: Release date

The Witcher’s second season will debut on Netflix on 17 December 2021 at 12am PT.  Netflix announced the date during the inaugural WitcherCon.

The Witcher season 2: Plot rumours

From what we can tell, the second season picks up where the first season ended, with Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) meeting up with exiled Princess Cirilla. The duo goes to Kaer Morhen – the mountain fortress where Geralt trained – so that Ciri can become a witcher, too. But it doesn’t look easy.

For those who’ve read the books or played the games, the story is a known quantity, but we don’t know how closely Netflix is going to stick to the established canon. Still, it looks like this season will offer more of the same, as the empire in Nilfgaard seeks to get Ciri back at any cost. Of course, there’s also the looming big bad of the Witcher story, The Wild Hunt, a group of spectral wraiths whose appearance foreshadows doom.

In the books and video games, the Wild Hunt set their sights on Ciri, but they’ll have to go through Geralt to get her. 

The Witcher season 2: Cast and crew

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich is The Witcher’s creator and showrunner. It is executive produced by Schmidt Hissrich. Tomek Baginski, Jason F. Brown, Sean Daniel, Mike Ostrowski, Steve Gaub, and Jarosław Sawko also executive produce.

In addition to Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia, season two has a huge cast. Here’s the list of characters known so far:

  • Henry Cavill plays Geralt of Rivia
  • Freya Allan plays Princess Cirilla, aka Ciri
  • Anya Chalotra plays Yennefer of Vengerberg
  • Joey Batey plays Jaskier
  • MyAnna Buring plays Tissaia de Vries
  • Eamon Farren plays Cahir
  • Mimi M Khayisa plays Fringilla Vigo
  • Anna Shaffer plays Triss Merigold
  • Mahesh Jadu plays Vilgefortz
  • Royce Pierreson plays Istredd
  • Kim Bodnia plays Vesemir
  • Tom Canton plays Filavandre
  • Mecia Simson plays Francesca Findabair
  • Wilson Mbomio plays Dara
  • Basil Eidenbenz plays Eskel
  • Paul Bullion plays Lambert
  • Yasen Atour plays Coen
  • Kristofer Hivju plays Nivellen
  • Agnes Born plays Vereena
  • Terence Maynard plays Artorius Vigo
  • Lars Mikkelsen plays Stregobor
  • Shaun Dooley plays King Foltest of Temeria
  • Graham McTavish plays Sigismund Dijkstra
  • Chris Fulton plays Rience
  • Aisha Fabienne Ross plays Lydia
  • Simon Callow plays Codringher
  • Liz Carr plays Fenn
  • Adjoa Andoh plays Nenneke 

The Witcher season 2: Trailers and featurettes

Below is a selection of the most interesting trailers, teasers, and behind-the-scenes looks for season two. 

The Witcher Season 2 | Official Trailer | Netflix

The Witcher: Season 2 Teaser Trailer | Netflix

Road to Season 2 Trailer | The Witcher

Season 2 First Look Clip: Nivellen | The Witcher

The Witcher | Season 2 Production Wrap: Behind The Scenes | Netflix

The Witcher season 2: The last season?

Netflix is continuing to bank on The Witcher’s success. It’s already greenlit a third season of the show. This means we don’t have to worry (yet) about the risk of cancellation ending any storylines prematurely. There’s also a live-action prequel series coming, called The Witcher: Blood Origin.

Netflix also made the surprise announcement that it’s working on an animated show in the Witcher universe for kids. If that sounds a little bit of an odd fit, it could come as a relief to any parents getting tired of telling their kids they can’t watch the show itself.

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Writing by Maggie Tillman. Originally published on .

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