The Witcher Season 2 Will Differ From The Books In This Key Way

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The Witcher Season 2 will have one big change from the books.

While The Witcher was already a popular franchise from the books and the video game, the Netflix series helped it reach a whole new level of popularity. The A-list status of Henry Cavill to help bolster the character of Geralt into the mainstream eye. And, on the whole, it was fairly well-received. Sure, there were some folks who weren’t fully captivated by it, but the series had plenty of those who loved it. And given the ratings, it’s sure to do pretty darn well for its second season.

But what can we expect from the new season of the series? After all, the first season was renowned for its odd structure. In an effort to spread the focus evenly among the trio of players, it warped the timeline. As a result, we didn’t fully understand what was going on until near the end. So, what key way will Season 2 differ from its predecessor?

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Speaking with TV Guide, showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich discussed that very thing.

“Well, what’s really fun about Season 2 is that in the books, [after] Geralt and Ciri meet in that moment in Sodden … when we come back in the next book, we’ve actually skipped a lot of time. … Well, we found in writing the show that we didn’t actually want to skip over those first months of them getting to know each other.

“That’s part of the fun, is to take these characters, as you say, who understand that they’re each other’s destiny — not really embracing it, but accepting that this is what they need to do to continue walking through The Continent. And then see like, what would that really be like? What would it be like for two strangers to come together and feel like that’s what they’ve been driving for for the entire season? They finally got together and then they’re like, ‘Oh, I don’t know you at all. You are a stranger.’

“And you know, Geralt, of course, has no experience with parenting, with children, with having a sort of continuous relationship in his life. He’s a vagabond of sorts. He’s a traveler. He purposely doesn’t establish long relationships and now he has one that’s going to be with him for a very long time. And for her, for Ciri, we started her journey in Season 1 really about what it would be like for a princess who’s been protected her entire life to suddenly be thrust out on her own.”

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“And one of the things that I love doing in Season 1, she has this final moment where she’s actually not running away from the problem. In Episode 7, she picks up this stick, literally, and charges toward the problem. And it’s this slight shift in Ciri where she’s not going to run anymore. And now we get to see her with that new attitude, with this kind of lovely stubbornness and grit that she’s built over Season 1, but then give her a father figure who’s suddenly going to start telling her what to do again.”

This is a great point from Hissrich. The entire first season was a big build-up to Geralt and Ciri meeting. As such, I want to see what happens when they start interacting. As a viewer, it’d be a bit disappointing to smash cut to months later, with her in the midst of training. Just how would a socially awkward dude like Geralt adapt to having to raise a young teen? There is indeed a lot of fun territory to be explored that isn’t even addressed in the books — at least not according to Hissrich.

How do you feel about this change? Does it sound like the right thing to do? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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