Polish book series “The Witcher” by author Andrzej Sapkowski is easily one of the more recognizable multimedia franchises around. Starting with Polish comic books followed by a Polish-made movie and series adaptation, it has since expanded into a three-installment videogame series from Atari and CD Projeckt, as well as an ongoing title on Dark Horse Comics and finally a Netflix streaming series starring Henry Cavill in his first big role following a stint as Superman for Warner Bros. The first season in 2019 was highly in demand, but work on season 2 was temporarily halted, again, by COVID-19. Thankfully, the okay was given to resume.
Comic Book Resources tells us that principal photography for Netflix’s “The Witcher” was ready to pick up where it left off in March, when quarantines and restrictions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic forced production of the second season to halt after only starting in February 2020. The estimated time for when cameras will roll once again is next month, on August 17. But beforehand, production personnel have already started work on set pieces at the shooting location in the United Kingdom, and show-runner Lauren S. Hissrich has already returned there from the US.
While work on “The Witcher” might have originally tried to weather the COVID-19 storm, the team was forced to follow all other production stoppages when an additional cast member for the show’s season 2, Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju, announced that he had contracted the infectious disease. Hissrich notes that before photography was stopped, the production had already shot two whole episodes. The mid-March through July hiatus is believed to have significantly pushed back the expected return date of the series, which is slated for some time in 2021, with the actual month kept purposely vague.
Speculation on the plot for “The Witcher” season 2 pegs that the series could adapt the events of Andrzej Sapkowski’s third book “Blood of Elves,” just as season 1 did for the first two volumes “The Last Wish” and “Sword of Destiny.” This is substantiated by news that Thue Ersted Rasmussen, Paul Bullion, Yasen Atour and Kim Bodnia have been cast as Eskel, Lambert, Coën and Vesemir, all Witchers similar to Henry Cavill’s main character Geralt of Rivia, and also appearing in the third book. The inaugural season of “The Witcher” can be streamed from Netflix since arriving December 2019.
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