‘The Witcher’: October 2021 Netflix News Roundup for Season 2 and Spin-offs

Review Ethan / 2023-01-24 20:19:51

Redanian Intelligence returns to What’s on Netflix to take us through the big headlines regarding Netflix’s The Witcher universe. Here’s your October 2021 roundup of what’s new for The Witcher.

Netflix released new Witcher content with the animated film The Witcher Nightmare of the Wolf in August. This movie introduced Vesemir to the world. The next Netflix Witcher release is now the second season. It will drop on Netflix on December 17. There are still a few months before Geralt and Yennefer reunite. However, Netflix graciously provided new footage from season 2 at their TUDUM event.

Another prequel, The Witcher: Blood Origin, is currently being shot in different locations across the United Kingdom. Pictures and casting information have started to leak from this set. Lauren Hissrich, the showrunner for The Witcher: Blood Origin has also announced three additional Witcher projects. For all that and more, read our roundup of the month’s news from the Continent.

The Latest Witcher News

  • Officially announced the Witcher Season 3 and two other Witcher projects
  • New footage of Season 2 revealed at Netflix’s TUDUM event
  • The Witcher: Blood Origin stars The Last Kingdom, Knightfall and many more
  • Crew and cast of Blood Origin were spotted filming in the UK, and behind-the scenes video
  • The Witcher Season 2 features Shadow and Bone's composer

Officially announced the Witcher Season 3 and two other Witcher projects

Though we were all expecting some new footage of season two to be revealed at Netflix’s TUDUM event, a reveal by showrunner Lauren Hissrich caught us all by surprise. The showrunner confirmed The Witcher's third season, which was in production for some time (as reported by us previously), and she announced two new Witcher projects.

A second animated film is the first in this new series. It's set within the Witcher universe. This comes as no surprise, as the series’ first anime film was well received by the fanbase. The second animated film is not yet known if it will feature a sequel or another Vesemir adventure.

The other new Witcher project revealed at TUDUM was a big surprise: Netflix is now developing a “fun-filled kids and family series” set on the Continent. The showrunner quickly responded to fans' backlash about the series shortly after it was revealed.

“The Witcher is a dark, mature universe. I’d go further. It’s controversial. Political. The microcosm of humankind, with all its good and bad. But I believe — STRONGLY believe — that the moral dilemmas and ethical grayness that adults love in this universe can be extrapolated to stories that kids in this chaotic world desperately need, and could benefit from.”

“I say this as the mom of an 8 year old and a 10 year old. They’ve begged me to watch the show. They can’t. It’s not appropriate, too mature and dark, as you say. But. If I can sit with them and watch a version they love, one they can laugh at, one they feel “gets them” and their small but meaningful place in the world — but that can also serve as a foundation from which to talk about big topics, racism, sexism, what it means to be a monster? And how we can fight back against those bleak black holes of humanity, so everyone knows there’s a place for them? Then I’m in. Yes, this will increase brand viewers. I love the Witcher universe. It's a world I love and want to see it loved by more people, regardless of their age. Don’t you?”

New footage of Season 2 revealed at Netflix’s TUDUM event

The main event in The Witcher’s portion of TUDUM was the new footage from season two, which includes two full clips from the season’s first episode. This episode will adapt the short story A Grain of Truth, which parodies the fairy tale of “The Beauty and the Beast”. Guest-starring as the Beast is Game of Thrones alum Kristofer Hivju (better known as Tormund Giantsbane), who’s submerged in makeup, costuming, and CGI as the season’s first new monster. In the clip, Henry Cavill’s Geralt discusses the nature of witchers with Hivju’s Nivellen.

A second scene from the episode was also shown. This clip teases a fight between Geralt and a bruxa (the “Beauty” in this parody of the fairy tale is somewhat of a beast herself). This one also features Freya Allan’s Ciri, who will be joining Geralt in Nivellen’s mansion in the Netflix adaption of the short story. This is one of two significant deviations from the novels confirmed in the new footage, the other being that Geralt and Nivellen are “old friends” in the Netflix adaption (whereas, they did not know each other in the book).

Last but not least, Netflix has revealed a new “Road to Season 2” trailer which includes footage from both seasons. The greatest highlight in the trailer is the debut of Kim Bodnia‘s Vesemir, who’s approximately a hundred years older than the Vesemir we meet in the anime film Nightmare of the Wolf. The trailer includes new footage of Anya Chalotra’s Yennefer, as well as appearances from Jaskier, Fringilla, Cahir, and Tissaia. If you’re interested in an in-depth breakdown of the new footage, check out our frame-by-frame analysis.

The Witcher: Blood Origin stars The Last Kingdom, Knightfall and many more

Mark Rowley The Witcher Blood Origins

Netflix is currently marketing Nightmare of the Wolf season 2 and The Witcher series 2, but production on the Witcher's third movie, The Witcher: Blood Origin is in full swing. The Conjunction of the Spheres is a prequel that will take place hundreds of years prior to the main show's storyline. It will cover the events leading up to the Conjunction of the Spheres, which was when the worlds of men and elves collided. Redanian Intelligence, which has just begun filming, has discovered some new members.

Famous for the role of Finan in Netflix’s Viking drama The Last Kingdom, actor Mark Rowley has been cast in the role of Prince Alvitir. We have no further information about the role at the moment, but it’s possible this character is a sibling to the previously revealed character Princess Merwyn (Mirren Mack).

British actress Claire Cooper who’s had significant roles in Knightfall, Hollyoaks and Snatch will portray Aevenin. Though we don’t know anything about her role in the show, this particular name may have originated from Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels. Aevenien, the character mentioned in the novels is also named. She is the mother to Ithlinne (daughter-of Aevenien). The Witcher's second season will introduce Ilithinne through a vision or flashback sequence. If Aevenin from Blood Origin is actually Ilthinne’s mother, this would serve as the prequel’s second major connection to the main series following the casting of Eredin in the prequel and season two.

Additional cast members revealed throughout September include Guy Rhys (Doctors, Emmerdale) as Cavaro and Aidan O’Callaghan (Wolfe, The Rook) as Kareg.

Crew and cast of Blood Origin were spotted filming in the UK. A new Behind-the Scenes video was also produced.

Filming is underway at various locations in the United Kingdom. More pictures from Blood Origin are appearing every day.

The Witcher filmed a reuniting between Geralt, Yennefer and Frensham Little Pond for Season 2. For many days, the Blood Origin crew and cast filmed scenes at the pond with several actors and additional extras. Thanks to some talented onlookers, we were able to share the first-ever look at these actors in their costumes, including a possible first look at Michelle Yeoh’s character Scian and Laurence O’Fuarain‘s Fjall.  Additionally, the Daily Mail was able to obtain high-quality pictures of Lenny Henry who plays the druid Balor at this location, and Sophia Brown‘s Eile was also present.

Shortly after filming was completed at the pond, production relocated to Yorkshire’s Ilkley Moor and Ilkley Quarry, where scenes were filmed featuring a massive elven army. O’Fuarain was among the cast members on location, and he shared an image on Instagram suggesting that he is “halfway through” the filming of the series.

Declan de Barra, Blood Origin's showrunner shared behind-the scenes footage from Arborfield Studios in Iceland and during the TUDUM. This video, which is linked at the start of the section, gives an entertaining look at cast members on-location but does not reveal any new information about the plot.

The Witcher Season 2 features Shadow and Bone's composer

Joseph Trapanese The Witcher

The Witcher’s first season was praised for its unique soundtrack, composed by Sonya Belusova and Giona Ostinelli, who were responsible for “Toss a Coin to Your Witcher” as well as every other audible treat in the show. We don't know whether they will return to their original roles, but we now know that Netflix has added another composer.

According to Joseph Trapanese’s Incite Management page, the Shadow and Bone alum will be composing music for The Witcher season two. Fans of Shadow and Bone can confirm that Trapense has a lot to offer and that he will be a fantastic composer for season 2. Other than Netflix’s Shadow and Bone, Trapanese has composed the soundtrack for Tron: Legacy, Oblivion, Raid and The Greatest Showman.

Our October roundup includes Witcher news. With all these Witcher projects in the works, the Continent is growing much larger, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store. Follow the Redanian Intelligence twitter page for all the latest Witcher news and memes.

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