THE WITCHER: SEASON 2 on Netflix is bigger, better, and just an overall treat to watch. I was looking forward to experiencing this next part of the glorious adventure and was not disappointed. Read our The Witcher season 2 review here!

THE WITCHER: SEASON 2 is the continuation of the Netflix series that became as big a hit as expected.  That’s no small feat in itself. However, coming out with the follow-up season is almost the real test.

Fortunately, season 2 of The Witcher picks up in a very clever way. Both expanding on the universe, we came to know in season 1 and introducing more characters. If this sounds like it’s too much, then don’t worry. It’s still easier to follow than Game of Thrones (which, for the record, I also enjoyed).

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Our review of The Witcher season 1 here >

Also, you can continue reading our The Witcher season 2 review below. All episodes in the second season are out from December 17, 2021.

A very familiar kind of annihilation

In season 2 of The Witcher, we are witnessing a very familiar kind of annihilation. The kind we’d also refer to as “the holocaust”, “genocide” or “ethnic cleansing”. Instead of this happening on the basis of religion or the color of your skin, it’s on the basis of your race.

No, not skin color, but rather elves versus man. That kind of race.

Some of the language used in that storyline of The Witcher is made from slightly paraphrasing some very familiar proverbs and sayings. For example the “First they came for the…” by Martin Niemöller is the background for some key dialogue.

If all of this sounds too dark and dreary to you, then don’t worry, there is more to season 2 of The Witcher Overall, it is bigger and better (probably due to a bigger budget), which makes it a real pleasure to watch. I was looking forward to experiencing this next part of the glorious adventure and was not disappointed.

Well, I could always do with more scenes featuring Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra), but she is still a big part of the story. She’s just so damn awesome. Then again, Ciri is really preparing for battle as well in this second season.

The Witcher: Season 2 – Netflix Review

Enjoy the old, welcome the new

The Witcher season 2 is still all about the title character, Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), but there is plenty of room for other characters as well. Including, of course, Ciri (Freya Allan). Geralt knows he can’t be there to protect her at all times, so Ciri begins battle training. All of this takes place at the “winter home” of all the Witchers.

The de facto leader of this home of the Witchers is Vesemir, who is portrayed by my fellow Dane, Kim Bodnia. You may also know Kim Bodnia for his role on the awesome series Killing Eve. He looks very different in The Witcher season 2, but you can still recognize him. If nothing else, then when he laughs!

Another rather unrecognizable actor is Eamon Farren as Cahir. I mean, he plays the same character as during season 1, but now he has longer hair and a beard after having been locked up for quite some time.

And yes, the always singing and cheeky bard, Jaskier (Joey Batey), is also back – but not until a few episodes into season 2.

Watch The Witcher season 2 on Netflix!

Lauren Schmidt is (still) the creator of this Netflix series (or the adaption into a series). If you enjoyed season 1, then I cannot imagine you won’t like this second season as well. Some of the stories are very “on the nose” in terms of things, we recognize from the real world. But hey, art has always imitated real life.

The two first episodes are directed by Stephen Surjik (The Umbrella Academy, Lost in Space, See) and make sure the second season is off to a great start. Sarah O’Gorman (Cursed, The Last Kingdom) directs the next two, which really got me hooked on this story and the very real-life analogies.

The season has 8 episodes that you will no doubt be binge-watching. Both due to the amazing creatures that show up and the very engaging storyline.

Season 2 of The Witcher is out with all eight episodes from December 17, 2021.

Plot

Convinced Yennefer’s life was lost at the Battle of Sodden, Geralt of Rivia brings Princess Cirilla to the safest place he knows, his childhood home of Kaer Morhen. While the Continent’s kings, elves, humans and demons strive for supremacy outside its walls, he must protect the girl from something far more dangerous: the mysterious power she possesses inside.

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