Netflix's THE WITCHER (12/20/19)
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Netflix and CD Projekt Red have unveiled the schedule for WitcherCon, the first-ever virtual event dedicated to The Witcher universe.

 

Hosted by Julia Hardy, the event will consist of two live streams that will both contain exclusive short-form content and production insights. Available on both Twitch and YouTube, the events will stream on July 9 at 1 p.m. ET and July 10 at 9 p.m. ET. The full schedule is as follows:

  • The Witcher Season 2: Deck of Destiny (Panel Guests: Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, Anya Chalotra, Freya Allan, Mimî M Khayisa, Paul Bullion): The cast and showrunner of Netflix’s “The Witcher” will draw cards from a deck of fan questions that will determine the path of the panel and the immediate fate of the guests. The session promises surprise reveals and backstage insights about filming the second season.
  • CD Projekt Red’s Memories from the Path - Stories Behind The Witcher Games: The developers behind the long-running games tied to The Witcher franchise discuss how they brought their immersive stories to life — before revisiting old memories, uncovering forgotten artifacts, and reminiscing about their favorite moments from the franchise.
  • Geralt of T-Rivia (Panel Guests: Błażej Augustynek, Philipp Weber, Declan De Barra, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich): Key creators of the Witcher games and “The Witcher” Netflix series team up to test their knowledge of the wider Witcher universe. In this pub quiz-style game, behind-the-scenes tidbits and spoilery sneak peeks are prized just as much as the correct answers.
  • CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher: Beyond Video Games (Panel Guests: Rafał Jaki, Bartosz Sztybor, Łukasz Woźniak): Details about the upcoming comic books and board game inspired by the franchise are promised in this session.
  • Tales from the White Wolf: A Spotlight Conversation with Henry Cavill, hosted by Josh Horowitz: To close out WitcherCon, fans will hear from Geralt of Rivia himself, Henry Cavill, who will sit down with moderator Josh Horowitz for an in-depth conversation about fantasy, destiny, and the wider Witcher Universe.

 

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WitcherCon gave us all sorts of new details on season 2 of The Witcher, and one of the most exciting first looks we received is of the new Witchers joining the cast. Season 1 of The Witcher featured one other Witcher other than Geralt, but they didn't last long. In season 2 we will get (at least) four new Witchers that fans will know from the books and the games, including Vesemir, Eskel, Lambert, and Coen, and Netflix and CD Projekt Red finally gave us our first look at them at the big event, which you can see below.

 

The new Witchers include Kim Bodnia as Vesemir, Paul Bullion as Lambert, Yasen Atour as Coen, and Basil Eidenbenz as Eskel, and we will likely meet them at Kaer Morhen, the home base of the Witchers from the School of the Wolf. As you can see they are all gathered in the main hall of Kaer Morhen, including the ever-elusive Vesemir, who is seated near the back.

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The Witcher's first season brought several short stories from Andrzej Sapkowski's The Last Wish to life, but there was one particular story that didn't end up making it in before season 1 came to a close. That would be the third story of The Last Wish A Grain of Truth, which is a fan favorite for several reasons, and the good news is that the story will be in the mix for The Witcher season 2. In fact, the story will act as the show's season 2 premiere, and will finally give fans their introduction to Nivellen, who will be brought to life by Kristofer Hivju. Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich previewed the Grain of Truth adaptation in a new teaser for season 2.

 

"I am so excited that in season 2 we get to bring one of my favorite short stories to life. It's been the worst-kept secret that we've had, but we are adapting A Grain of Truth for the opening of our season 2 of The Witcher, and I have to say after season 1, I thought maybe that our chance to finish the short stories...that we lost that, and instead we were able to adapt this story and to bring Ciri into it," Hissrich said. "It's a story of a father and daughter coming together in a place that doesn't quite feel safe for them, and of course, we really get into Nivellen who's played by the incomparable Kristofer Hivju, and we get to explore his character and his backstory with Geralt as well."

 

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The second season of The Witcher might be the most anticipated TV show for the remainder of 2021 for a variety of reasons. The first season of the Netflix series ended on a pretty major cliffhanger, leaving many fans dying to know what would happen next. And while Season 2 will obviously answer many of those questions, the show's leading man, Henry Cavill, seems much more excited about the exploration of his character, Geralt of Rivia, that will take place in the coming slate of episodes. 

 

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly in a new interview, Cavill opened up a bit about what fans can expect to see from Geralt in Season 2 of The Witcher. Specifically, Cavill said that Geralt's relationship with Ciri grows quite a bit in the second season, leading him to become more of a father figure in her life. "He's got this deep down White Knight Syndrome, even though every time he acts upon it, it gets him into some serious trouble — and puts him and everyone else in a worse position than initially intended," Cavill explained. "But with Ciri, she's definitely bringing out the paternal side of Geralt. While he hasn't necessarily been someone who craved children, he does take quite naturally to being a protector."

 

While the role that Geralt will be taking in Season 2 of The Witcher will be a bit different when compared to Season 1, Cavill also said that he wanted to explore the character's depth a bit more. "I really wanted to avoid him being too one tunnel. Even though he may be dark and mysterious at times, I wanted him to come across as this incredible character that [Sapkowski] wrote," Cavill said of the depth that Geralt has. "Those are things that I really pushed for and tried very hard to get into the show."

 

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