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We’ve known for a while that Netflix will be pouring a lot of resources into its new Henry Cavill-led series The Witcher. The new show has a bit of a built-in fanbase, which is presumably why the subscription streaming service has already signed on for Season 2. As it turns out, the creative team is already working on the upcoming season, and now we have some indication of when it might be happening.
Speaking this week, Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has started talking about Season 2 of the series to various outlets. She has said that Season 2 is already in the works and could be filming as early as the spring in an interview with Collider. Then, she expounded about Season 2 quite a bit more with Games Radar, noting that the current season on Netflix offers the building blocks for what will come next.
What’s great about Season 2, I can tell you, is that, in what we’ve written, the story becomes much more focused. There’s a stronger drive in the story, because all of the relationships that we’ve been setting up in Season 1, actually start to come into fruition in Season 2.
Although that sounds vague, Lauren S. Hissrich has actually confirmed the show knows much of the direction it will go in next time around, noting,
We’re not shooting yet, but we have a pretty good idea of where we’re going with all of the stories.
Again, the show is expected to start filming Season 2 sometime in the spring of 2020. It's also worth noting the showrunner had previously said she has “seven seasons” of The Witcher already mapped out, although she recently told CinemaBlend she would have the ability to write a whole more should Netflix give the the opportunity to do so. Or, per what Lauren Schmidt Hissrich told us:
It's funny, because I said in an interview that I could write seven seasons. I also said I'm sure later that day I could write twenty seasons if given the opportunity. I could keep writing the show for a very long time. As long as people are interested in it and as long the source material is there to organically build from.
The Witcher really does already have a built-in fanbase, thanks to both novels, video games and more that came before the Netflix series. A lot of fans have really praised Henry Cavill’s version of Geralt so far, and while Netflix hasn’t released any official numbers for the new series yet, it has already been renewed for Season 2, which does show confidence in the project.
That said, the critical opinions for the series have been less kind, and Lauren S. Hissrich has beeen open about being far more thrilled about the audience response than the critical one. The Witcher will be able to expand its lore far more in Season 2 and perhaps that’s when the critical and fan opinions will align.
For now you can catch the first eight episodes streaming on Netflix or see what else is coming soon with our full guide to the streamer in 2020.