When Netflix confirmed that The Witcher would receive a second season on the streamer, creator-showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich noted that the show’s team was keen to “continue telling the stories of Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri.” That tiny tease is the first morsel of concrete information we have to go on when speculating about what kind of narrative territory into which The Witcher season 2 will veer. Based on Hissirch’s words, the upcoming bundle of episodes is set to center around the core triad of the series’ inaugural season — and that makes perfect sense given that Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri are the central trio of Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher novels and short stories, upon which the Netflix show is based.
Taking that delectable — if pint-sized — nugget and using it as the frame upon which a weave of speculation can be spun, one might look to what stories about Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri the freshman season of The Witcher told in order to guess what the sophomore turn could entail. Throughout its first eight episodes, The Witcher adapted tales from Sapkowski’s The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, the two short story collections that precede the central Witcher saga. Ciri is first introduced in Sword of Destiny, which comes second in the chronology but was published ahead of The Last Wish and tells of important events like fall of the Kingdom of Cintra. Geralt is, unsurprisingly, the man who carries the frame story of Sword of Destiny, which is comprised of various shorts focused on flashbacks of Geralt’s life.
It stands to reason that season 2 of The Witcher will focus on the first few books of the main Witcher saga: 1994’s Blood of Elves, 1995’s Time of Contempt, and/or 1996’s Baptism of Fire. If and when The Witcher receives a subsequent season, it will probably continue tackling the other entries in the saga — those being 1997’s The Tower of the Swallow and 1999’s The Lady of the Lake. Perhaps The Witcher will even sprinkle in some lore from the 2013 standalone novel Season of Storms.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. The truth of the matter is that no one involved with The Witcher has said anything explicit about the plot of the series’ forthcoming second season. All we know is that the Witcher creative team was “very, very careful with choosing which stories” they told on season 1 — so they’ll likely do the same with season 2 — and that what fans have already seen of the show is just the foundation for where thing will go next, since season 1 planted “all of the future seeds that we need to tell stories in later seasons.”
Speaking with CinemaBlend, Hissrich teased that The Witcher season 2 will only expand on the characters and plots showcased on season 1: “This season, of course, carried a lot of weight because you’re setting up the entire world. You need to set up all of the characters, you need to set up the politics, you need to start to understand what a witcher is and what they do and how that’s changing in the dynamics of the world. The first season carries a lot of weight, but there’s a lot of things that we did this season to set up events that we know we want to happen in season 2 and beyond.”
In a separate conversation with GamesRadar, Hissrich doubled down on these comments, saying that “all of the relationships that we’ve been setting up in season 1 actually start to come into fruition in season 2.” She further noted, “What’s great about season 2, I can tell you, is that, in what we’ve written, the story becomes much more focused. There’s a stronger drive in the story […] Characters start meeting and interacting more. That goes well sometimes. It doesn’t go well sometimes. But it’s kind of like, all of those building blocks that we set up for the world, finally start to come together into something a little more concrete.”
Hissrich has also said that she has seven seasons of the series mapped out, so there’s much, much more Witcher goodness to come… if Netflix chooses to make it so.