Netflix's THE WITCHER (12/20/19)
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In its letter to shareholders released Tuesday along with its fourth-quarter earnings, Netflix offered what has become its customary sprinkling of select viewership data but also explained a larger change in its methodology.

 

“As we’ve expanded our original content, we’ve been working on how to best share content highlights that demonstrate popularity,” the letter said. Given that we now have titles with widely varying lengths – from short episodes (e.g. Special at around 15 minutes) to long films (e.g. The Highwaymen at 132 minutes), we believe that reporting households viewing a title based on 70% of a single episode of a series or of an entire film, which we have been doing, makes less sense. We are now reporting on households (accounts) that chose to watch a given title.”

 

Using the updated approach, the company said it had its best result yet for a first-season original TV series with The Witcher. Through its first four weeks of release, 76 million member households chose to watch the action fantasy.

 

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11 hours ago, piper said:

I couldn’t make it through the first episode. I was so bored...

I made it through a handful of episodes that I actually watched and the rest were in the background. I’m sure it’s way cool if you read the books or played the games but I’m all set if I have to go down the reddit hole or YouTube to make heads or tails of what’s going on. 

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The second season of Netflix series The Witcher will go back into production on August 17, the streamer announced today.

 

Deadline first revealed that the show’s UK shoot was halted in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cast member Kristofer Hivju tested positive for the virus, leading the streamer to conduct a deep-clean of the set to prevent further infection.

 

Slowly but surely we are starting to see some major UK projects head back into production on Brit shores. We had the scoop that Universal’s Jurassic World: Dominion is set to be the first major studio movie to re-start filming proper in the UK on July 6 at Pinewood Studios, with extensive coronavirus preventative measures in place.

 

The Witcher shoots at Arborfield Studios, which is around 40 miles west of London. Henry Cavill stars in the fantasy drama based on the book series which has previously been adapted into a hit video game franchise.

 

 

 

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The Witcher season 2 will take viewers to Kaer Morhen, a very special place in the stories of Geralt and Ciri – here’s why. Based on the book series of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher made its debut on Netflix in December 2019 and was so well-received by critics and viewers that it might be the streaming giant’s biggest first TV season ever. Netflix was well-aware of the success and popularity of The Witcher books and video games and renewed the series for a second season before the first one was out.

 

Netflix’s The Witcher approached Sapkowski’s characters differently than in the source material, and instead of just following the title witcher, it focused on three characters in different places and points in time, whose paths converged towards the end of the season. These characters are Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), an enhanced monster hunter known as a “witcher”; Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra), a powerful sorceress with a tragic past; and Ciri (Freya Allan), the crown princess of Cintra who was in the process of discovering her powers. Geralt and Ciri are bound by the Law of Surprise, and they finally found each other right at the end of season 1, and the next season will take them to a very important place in The Witcher’s universe: Kaer Morhen.

 

Kaer Morhen is an old keep where the witchers of the School of the Wolf were trained. This fortress can only be reached by “The Witchers Trail”, which young witchers nicknamed “The Killer” as it’s a very dangerous road in which a few Witchers-to-be have died. The place was attacked by an enraged mob led by mages and priests who saw witchers as abominations and killed most of the teachers and students living there, and this is known as the “Sacking of Kaer Morhen”, an event mentioned in season 1. One of the few survivors of this massacre was Vesemir (to be played by Kim Bodnia), who some time later met Visenna, a sorceress who gave her child, Geralt, to train as a witcher. Kaer Morhen, then, saw the training of witchers like Vesemir, Geralt, Eskel (Basil Eidenbenz), and Lambert (Paul Bullion), these last two set to appear in The Witcher season 2.

 

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A hair and makeup artist on Netflix's The Witcher has revealed that Season 2 has wrapped filming.


Jacqueline Rathore posted an Instagram story on Wednesday, sharing a photograph of a barren corkboard with a bunch of pins tacked to it. The colorful text overlay confirmed that production had wrapped on the second season of The Witcher. However, Rathore quickly followed up with a second story to clarify that most of the work was "done," but filming was expected to officially wrap on April 1.

 

Cameras started rolling on The Witcher Season 2 back in February 2020, but production was paused shortly thereafter as Netflix paused filming on all of its films and TV shows in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These delays prompted the shoot to be rescheduled, which resulted in Thue Rasmussen dropping out of the cast, having originally signed up to portray Eskel in Season 2.

 

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Netflix confirms The Witcher season 2 will premiere in late 2021. The streamer's adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski's fantasy novels premiered in December 2019 amid a wave of eager anticipation. Netflix's high hopes for The Witcher were clear, with the series getting renewed for season 2 before the first even arrived. The Witcher stars Henry Cavill as magically enhanced monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, and the first season followed the events of short stories that take place before the main novels' start. As a result, the series received some criticism for its confusing timelines.

 

Nevertheless, The Witcher proved to be a hit, and the second season has been eagerly awaited by fans. Many were already bracing for a sizable hiatus due to the epic scope of the show, but matters were further complicated by the coronavirus pandemic. The Witcher season 2 was forced to stop filming multiple times throughout last year and suffered an additional setback when Cavill was injured on set. Finally, work on season 2 wrapped in early April, leaving only post-production work to be completed.

 

Though The Witcher season 2 has yet to receive an official premiere date, fans now have a general idea of when to expect it. Netflix co-CEO and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos confirmed the late 2021 debuts of several new seasons during an investor video for the company's first-quarter financial results (via Deadline). This includes The Witcher, which Sarandos said will arrive in the fourth quarter of 2021 (or, October through December). The same was said for You season 3 and Cobra Kai season 4.

 

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