The prophecy states, “the time of the sword and ax is nigh.” Those words cannot be more true as the second season of “The Witcher” boasts another adventure of cryptic supernatural enemies and monster-slaying galore.
Currently, “The Witcher” has two seasons released, with a total of sixteen episodes. The series debuted in 2019, with the second season being released in December 2021. According to IMDB, the show sits at an 8.2/10 rating.
“The Witcher” shifts from a non-linear storytelling style that occurred during the first season to a more linear, chronological format, as the new episode begins right after the climax of the previous season’s finale.
Viewers are reunited with “The White Wolf” Geralt of Rivia (played by Henry Cavill). Geralt tries to unravel the mystery of his Child Surprise, Ciri (Freya Allen). The relationship between these two characters is really flushed out, and makes them more complex and relatable.
The series also focuses on Geralt’s love interest, Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Charlota). Yennefer seeks to regain her magic after a powerful spell stripped her of her abilities. Of course, this leads to Yennefer’s quest intertwining with that of Geralt’s.
The series is good at explaining side characters in greater detail, such as Cahir (Eamon Farren), Fringilla (Mimi Ndiweni), and Triss Merrigold (Anna Shaffer). The show also introduces us to new characters that drive the plot further such as Sigismund Dijkstra (Graham McTavish), who uses his magical and political power to push empires against each other.
The season is filled with plenty of monsters from the lore developed in “The Witcher” novels and video games prior to the show’s debut. The show also includes surprise appearances and shock endings that will leave questioning character motives and beliefs. Old evils arise, and a seemingly harmless fairy tale evolves into an apocalyptic threat.
In my opinion, season two really adds something special to the series. The linear timeline allows the show to feel more natural. Seeing events occur in real-time makes it much easier to keep track of everything going on.
Additionally, the dialogue in this season is really special. It showcases the relationships characters have with one another, and there are some genuine touching and philosophical moments.
If you were a fan of season one, or if you thought about maybe giving up because of the weird timeline, give the show another shot. The structure and dialogue bring everything together and makes “The Witcher” feel like a fantasy show frontrunner. To read about season one, see here.