The Witcher Season 2 will be out soon and we’ve received great trailers and interviews sharing some of what’s to come. Season 2 is heavily based on the first novel of The Witcher series, Blood of Elves. During an interview with Sci-Fi & Fantasy collector’s magazine, showrunner, Lauren Hissrich, and actors, Henry Cavill and Freya Allan, talk about season 2.
The Witcher showrunner, Lauren Hissrich, shares what will be different from the first novel. Hissrich also shares how season 1 and 2 will be different:
For instance, Blood of Elves lacks monsters. There’s just not very many. But we know from the games that people really like to see Geralt battling monsters, so we continued adding more monsters to Season 2.
In Season 1, especially with all those short stories from Sapkowski’s The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, we embraced different tones. Going into Season 2, it had been my intention to keep doing it that way, let it go with the flow, but the stories are a bit more intense. We lean into those darker elements, and I think they perfectly suit the stories. The only thing we really tried to be consistent about was keeping [Geralt’s] sense of humor.
How Will Season 2 Be For Geralt And Ciri
Henry Cavill and Freya Allan discuss Geralt and Ciri’s relationship:
For me, it was important that Geralt let go of his reluctance about his Child of Surprise this season, Cavill shares. He has decided to take this particular path, so he will do it to the best of his ability.
When she sees him, Allan says. It’s just that sense of relief—here, potentially is her future—and I think there’s an idea of “hopefully, I’ve found my protector,” someone who could potentially guide her in being able to defend herself in that world.
We will get to meet other Witchers in season 2 like Vesemir and Kaer Morhen. Ciri has traveled so far and has been through so much on her journey to Geralt. Known for his lack of emotions, Geralt is trying to protect an extremely sheltered princess. She will now make death and brutality her new normal:
It took some getting used to! There are more [Witchers] than in the books, so Kaer Morhen was comparatively busy, Cavill says. It was important to us to show the male affection and softness that lives within these mutant slayers of monsters.
She definitely wants to be a Witcher. However, this is where Geralt and her have a bit of knocking of heads because Geralt wants to protect her—and that doesn’t involve her becoming a Witcher, says Allan.
What I think is so fascinating is the debate around Witcher emotions. It’s easier to pretend they don’t care what anyone thinks about them after they kill someone. Then you introduce Ciri into this—this vulnerable teenage girl who’s lost everyone—and you get to see more range. The Witchers kill monsters, even it (sic) they care about Ciri, adds Hissrich.
With season 2 episode 1, Allan and Cavill discuss a little of what the two will be going through:
Whatever happens in Episode 1 triggers her main fear that everything around her falls apart, from people being harmed to people dying. And that fear is important for the rest of the season, shares Allen.
Cavill adds, without giving away too much, let’s say Ciri has to face some of her own demons, while Geralt faces a monster or two.
The Witcher Season 2 will stream on Netflix on December 17.
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Source: Redanian Intelligence