Netflix renews The Witcher series for a second season, production begins early 2020

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Nov 17, 2019 12:36 PM

While we’re all sat here impatiently twiddling our thumbs and waiting for The Witcher to come to Netflix, the streaming giant has put its money where its mouth is and renewed the show for a second series already.

In a post on Twitter, Netflix US said “Geralt’s adventure is only beginning… The Witcher has been renewed for Season 2!” along with an accompanying image of Geralt of Rivia’s two swords - one steel, one silver, for slaying humans and monsters respectively.

Production of Season 2 is due to begin early next year in London, with the second 8-episode run expect to debut on Netflix at some point in 2021.

Series 1 of The Witcher is scheduled to hit Netflix on December 20th, starring  Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, and Freya Allan as Ciri. The initial run will be for eight episodes, although it’s unclear if Netflix will target a longer format approach going forward should Series 1 become a roaring success.

From the outset it would appear Netflix is banking on this becoming its Game of Thrones. That’s one heck of a tall order but The Witcher already has a solid fan base and the trailers we’ve seen so far show some degree of promise. It’s betting big with this Season 2 commitment, that’s for sure, which at least indicates to us that Season 1 of The Witcher is being well received internally and during test screenings.

The Witcher Series 1 will premiere on Netflix next month, on December 20th, 2019.

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09:03 Nov-18-2019

They are awfully confident in this series. I've still not seen anything that'll have me really interested but they seem to have.

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16:03 Nov-17-2019

Next Game of Thrones? Yeah, not gonna happen. Mark my words... :D

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01:18 Nov-19-2019

I would hope not. GoT really didn't care at the end, this was bad for both viewers and actors. They rushed it and ultimately prevented it from being an all time classic...now we all have this sour taste.


But we do have the goodness of Season 4 GoT which had everything cool...

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19:19 Nov-19-2019

Yep, the final seasons were so lazy and we're most likely never going to get the books...which is a damn shame. I hate it when things are left unfinished. :D

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12:50 Nov-17-2019

Shouldn't they have at least waited for audience's response?

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14:06 Nov-17-2019

I guess they're extremely confident in success of the show.

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15:15 Nov-17-2019

I think its more they plan to continue to throw money at original content. This is as good a bet as any.

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09:21 Nov-18-2019

It'll have been test screened, they've already got a fairly decent idea of audience reaction

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10:06 Nov-18-2019

I don't think test screening is in any way indicative of the quality or appeal of a show or a movie. Test screening audience is heavily controlled, in some cases even hand picked, and that kinda completely screws your reactions.

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12:05 Nov-18-2019

Of course it is, or they wouldn't do it? Test screenings have been used for 80 years, it's commercial suicide not to for entertainment which is engineered for mass appeal. They're not going to greenlight a second season of a TV show without being reasonably sure of the review/audience number metrics, Netflix will have an insane amount of data between test screenings and its standard user tracking systems.

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16:06 Nov-18-2019

A fair point.

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16:10 Nov-18-2019

I should add it's not a perfect system though and it could well end up underperforming, at which point the second series becomes a big financial hit (Netflix is used to losing money though, it seems)

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