When the Witcher Series first aired back in December 2019, Netflix were yet to commence their public Top Ten listings. Perhaps if it had, then there’s little doubt that the epic fantasy series starring Henry Cavill as the infamous Geralt Of Rivia.
The series could’ve undoubtedly catapulted to the top. The massive hit was what earned the show an immediate season 2 renewal for Netflix, and fans were overjoyed.
But the widely known coronavirus cut the joy short due to its social distancing laws and lockdown rules.
Which forced Netflix to halt production on its second season and sent the entire crew working on it back home to be with their families with no clue on when they might get back to work.
While filming The Witcher Season 2, actor Krisofer Hivju, who you guys will definitely remember from Game of Thrones as Tormund Giantsbane unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19 according to Comicbook.
His test results immediately halted all production operations on time, a break which was eventually taken until further notice.
In season 1 of the show, Hivju did not appear. He only recently played the role of Nivellan, a personality portrayed as a “charismatic, funny guy” in the source material.
An official statement from Netflix about the production halt reads as follows:
We paused production prior to becoming aware of [Hivju’s diagnosis], but as a further precaution we will be closing production offices and Arborfield immediately and arranging for deep cleaning and disinfection. This means no one will have access to production offices or Arborfield during that time.
And now that the popular series is eyeing a production date for its second season, we now have a much clearer idea of when the new season will air. While the re- filming is starting this August the release window will be early next year.
Although it won’t be airing anytime soon. We expect the second season of the Witcher to air around early 2021.
The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, claims that the upcoming season is going to deliver a more focused storyline, in which the characters and their individual storylines will overlap in significant ways.
The Witcher season 2 is gently shaping up to be far better than its predecessor.
Season 1 of the Witcher is available right now to stream all episodes directly on Netflix.