'The Witcher' season 2 on Netflix — release date, cast, plot, trailer, and everything we know

Henry Cavill as Geralt in The Witcher Season 2
(Image credit: Jay Maidment/ Netflix)

The Witcher season 2 is on its way and a thrilling new trailer has now arrived. 

Geralt of Rivia declares in it: “This continent was meant for no one. None of us will have any peace until there are no monsters left in the world.”

Season 1 was amongst the most-watched shows of 2019 and was loved by fantasy and video game fans alike, so it's no surprise plenty of people are excited for The Witcher season 2.

The first season, one of the best Netflix series ever, left us with plenty of unanswered questions, as Yennefer's fate is unknown, Nilfgaard's army is defeated (for now at least), and Geralt of Rivia is finally united with his Child of Surprise. So we're sure there's plenty to look forward to in the future.

Where will season 2 take us? Here's everything we know so far.

'The Witcher' season 2 release date

Netflix has confirmed that The Witcher season 2 will land on Dec. 17, 2021.

The extended delay has been caused by several gaps in production over the last year. The series was forced to halt production in March and was affected again in November following some positive Covid test results.

In addition to this, lead actor Henry Cavill suffered a hamstring injury and had to take a break from filming. But an Instagram update suggests he's on the up, with the actor writing, "We are in lockdown here in the UK so I'm using my once a day outdoor exercise to go for my first jog since my hamstring injury! (More on that another time).

"It wasn't fast, and it certainly was far, but it has been a major step in my recovery, and my first step to getting back into the groove after a Christmas that may have involved more than a few cups of mulled wine, and an exceptionally fat Turkey."

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Who stars in 'The Witcher' season 2?

Many cast members will be reprising their role in the second season, so fans will see the likes of Anna Shaffer, Joey Batey, Eamon Farren, MyAnna Buring, Lars Mikkelson, and Terence Maynard back on their screens very soon.

Some new faces are joining the cast too. Peaky Blinders star Paul Bullion will play Lambert in the new season, Young Wallander's Yasen Atour joins as Coën, and Game of Thrones star will play Nivellen. 

Plus former Silent Witness star Liz Carr is another newcomer, playing a lawyer called Fenn. Talking to us about the part, Liz says: "Fenn and Codringher are a legal team and detective agency, who run their outfit from a dusty old bookshop. If you want to know anything in this world, then they’re the people to ask, and Istredd wants answers to Cirilla’s bloodline, who she is, and where she comes from. But whether they can tell him remains to be seen…"

What will happen in 'The Witcher' season 2?

Netflix has already released a synopsis of season two. It reads, "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." Sounds intense!

We do know that there are four new Witchers on the way to the show. Since we're apparently spending some time at Witcher training ground, Kaer Morhen in season 2, it makes sense that we'll be seeing multiple monster hunters showing up.

Freya Allan as Ciri in The Witcher Season 2

Ciri (Freya Allan) is set to be a major player in The Witcher season 2. (Image credit: Netflix / JAY MAIDMENT)

When the second series wrapped production earlier this year, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich also teased that there were "plenty of new characters and storylines and, of course, monsters to explore as well." 

We also got a sneaky preview of what's to come for Ciri thanks to a new teaser during Netflix Geeked Week. At just 12 seconds long, it doesn't give much away, but we got a few glimpses of Freya Allan in action as Ciri, as well as a mysterious dagger and some cryptic runes.

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As we're nearing the release of season 2, Netflix has started to tease more of the show. 

On Nov. 25, they released a brief clip of Geralt in action against a centipede-like beast called a Myriapod, one of the new monsters set to appear in The Witcher season 2. And we have episode summaries for the new series below...

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What happens in episode 1 of 'The Witcher' season 2?

Called A Grain of Truth, the makers tease: "Assuming Yennefer was killed at the Battle of Sodden Hill, Geralt and Ciri embark on the long journey to Kaer Morhen, home of the Witchers. When they stop for the night with Nivellen, they discover a curse has been bestowed on Geralt’s old comrade — and the truth isn’t all he’s hiding."

What happens in episode 2?

Called Kaer Morhen, the makers tease: "Ciri settles into her new home with the Witchers at Kaer Morhen, but their safe haven is infiltrated by a new breed of monster. Meanwhile, Yennefer and Fringilla are captured by elves, but their lives are spared when Francesca, the new leader of the elves, discovers they share the same mysterious dream."

What happens in episode 3?

Teasing the third episode, What is Lost, the makers say: "Suspicious that this new breed of monster has a connection to Ciri, Geralt takes the girl into the woods to track and kill the beast, but discovers another far more aggressive creature to overcome. Yennefer returns to Aretuza where she is accused of treachery and forced to prove her allegiance to the North."

What happens in episode 4?

Called Redanian Intelligence, the makers reveal: "Triss Merigold arrives at Kaer Morhen and uncovers a link between the new monsters arriving on the Continent and monoliths. Vesemir discovers Ciri could hold the key to the Witchers’ fates, and Yennefer reunites with Jaskier, who agrees to assist on her mission but becomes ensnared in his own misfortune."

What happens in episode 5?

Titled Turn Your Back, the makers tease: "Geralt teams with Istredd on a journey to the fallen monolith on the outskirts of Cintra, Yennefer forges a desperate deal with a familiar demon, and Triss discovers the true identity of Geralt’s child surprise."

What happens in episode 6?

Called Dear Friend, the makers reveal: "Geralt resolves to take Ciri to the sanctuary of the Temple of Melitele but their visit is cut short when a bounty hunter arrives to take the princess hostage. Yennefer and Geralt’s paths cross and the sorceress escapes with Ciri under her wing."

What happens in episode 7?

Called Voleth Meir, the makers tease: "Francesca sets out on a deadly quest for revenge while Fringilla spills blood to retain her power. When Yennefer has a change of heart, Geralt trades information for her betrayal. But it may be too late."

What happens in episode 8 of 'The Witcher' season 2?

The makers are yet to reveal an episode summary for the final episode. So we expect it to be huge!

Is there a 'The Witcher' season 2 trailer?

The Witcher season 2 got its first trailer at Netflix's "Tudum" event, earlier this year. To put it simply, it looks pretty epic. Watch it below:

And now a further trailer has been released. Amusingly, Geralt of Rivia comments: “I’ve lived through three supposed ends of days — it’s all horse s***.”

Will there be a 'The Witcher' season 3?

It wasn't just a new trailer that Netflix announced during its "Tudum" event. As reported by The Wrap, The Witcher has gotten an early season 3 renewal from the streaming service. There are no real details about season 3, unsurprising since we're still a couple of weeks away from season 2's debut.

In addition to another season of The Witcher, Netflix is expanding its Witcher universe with a prequel series, The Witcher: Blood Origin, as well as a second anime feature following The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, as well as a new kids and family series.

Lucy Buglass
Senior Staff Writer

Lucy joined the WhatToWatch.com team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes, reviews and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.

She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story, Stranger Things and Black Mirror but she is also partial to a quiz show or a bit of Say Yes to the Dress