Netflix's 'The Witcher' Officially Renewed For Season 2
The Witcher doesn't even hit Netflix until December 20th, but that hasn't stopped the streaming service from officially confirming a second season of the fantasy/horror show.
The news came via the official Netflix US Twitter account, which noted that "Geralt's adventure is only beginning." How terribly exciting for all of us.
Geralt's adventure is only beginning....
The Witcher has been renewed for Season 2! pic.twitter.com/6iPrUFeujI
- Netflix US (@netflix) November 13, 2019
This exciting revelation comes days after The Witcher showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich revealed that she has no less than seven seasons of the gritty fantasy show currently mapped out. She even teased that the show could, in theory, run for 20 years. There's an awful lot of source material to be adapted from those gorgeous Andrzej Sapkowski novels, see.
The Witcher's first season will run for eight episodes, and will adapt certain elements and plots from the first two books:The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny.
"When destiny hurtles Geralt toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile continent together," reads the official synopsis.
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The show will not draw from the CD Projekt RED series of games. It probably never will, even if it does end up running for 20 years. Hissrich told GameSpot a few months back that even in the "extreme long vision", there's more than enough source material to work with in the novels.
Don't expect to see the plot of The Wild Hunt on the silver screen any time soon then. As sad as that might make me, I'm up for experiencing some new adventures with a new Geralt (sorry Doug Cockle). I've played The Witcher 3 to death to be fair, so it's probably time to move on.
The Witcher, according to Visual Effects Supervisor Julian Parry will be more "grounded horror" than fantasy. This comes from a recent interview with SFX in which he explained a little bit about the intended tone of the upcoming show. That certainly tracks with what we've seen from the series so far, especially in the fantastic second trailer that dropped a few weeks back.
"I definitely think it leans more towards horror," Parry told SFX. "We're definitely taking the fantasy out. I can honestly say we're not fantastical. I mean, it's fantastical but in a grounded horror sense. For example, with a Striga [a woman cursed to live as a monster], that's one gnarly-looking thing. That's very unpleasant!"
While I can't imagine that The Witcher will actually run for 20 years, as great as that would be, the fact that it's already been renewed for a second series means that seven season plan is looking a lot more likely.
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