The Witcher Season 2: New Cast Members And Plot Theories
How many witchers will we see in Season 2 of the series? Which cast members from the previous season will return to the show? Who is the mysterious character named Violet? And finally – what can we expect from the plot of the second season of The Witcher?
First of all, the three main characters – Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri – will return to the second season of The Witcher. So we will definitely see Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan again, as the show will continue to revolve around the Child of Surprise, Cirilla. But we’ll come back to this a little bit later, after we tell you everything we know so far about the newcomers of the show.
Kristofer Hivju as Nivellen
The first season of The Witcher was primarily based on two of Andrzej Sapkowski’s collections of short stories, ‘The Last Wish’ and ‘Sword of Destiny’, and partially on the novel ‘Blood of Elves’, which is why characters from that novel are now appearing. It has already been confirmed that a short story ‘A Grain of Truth’ will be in Season Two. In this story Geralt meets a man who’s been cursed to become a monster, and the Games of Thrones favorite Kristofer Hivju is perfect for this role.
Before he became hugely famous as Tormund Giantsbane, the Norwegian actor could also be spotted in the 2011 movie ‘The Thing’, which is a prequel to John Carpenter's film of the same title. Also, Kristofer was a part of ‘After Earth’ by M. Night Shyamalan and the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise, namely part 8, ‘The Fate of the Furious’.
But let’s come back to The Witcher. The story of Nivellen has a lot in common with the famous fairytale ‘Beauty and the Beast’. So who will play the role of Kristofer Hivju’s character’s love interest?
Agnes Born as Vereena
This character is described as “beautiful, fragile, vulnerable", but also “animalistic” and violent. From the sourcebooks we know that Vereena is a vampire-like creature – bruxa. She only appears once in The Witcher novels, and we can assume that her and Nevellin’s story will be shown as a flashback, telling us of Geralt’s journey. Also, the major message behind ‘A Grain of Truth’’ is to remind us that the world is never black and white, but much more complicated.
We don’t know much about Agnes Born, which is not surprising, as before being cast for her role on The Witcher, she had made only one TV appearance – in the Norwegian series “Monster”. Agnes also performs on stage and is a singer who is especially fond of jazz. These two actors are just the two of many new faces set to appear in the next season of The Witcher. And many of them will play witchers!
Kim Bodnia as Vesemir
Oh yes, Geralt of Rivia is not the only witcher left on the Continent, although the Golden Age of these monster hunters is definitely over. Vesemir is the oldest and most experienced witcher from the School of the Wolf, the only one who survived The Massacre at Kaer Morhen. Despite being only a side character in the books, Vesemir’s role cannot be understated. He served as a father figure to Geralt and other (relatively) young witchers, and eventually to Ciri, too.
Reportedly Mads Mikkelsen and Michael Keaton were offered this role, but both turned it down. Also, fans had high hopes that Vesemir would be portrayed by Mark Hamill, because there are many similarities between the old witcher and the Jedi Master.
Instead, the role went to the Danish actor Kim Bodnia. He has an extensive acting resume, dating back to the late ‘80's, but became recognizable to American audiences after his roles on the series ‘The Bridge’ and ‘Killing Eve’. The showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich revealed in her statement that she “cannot wait for him to bring strength, tenacity, and warmth to the character of Vesemir”. And the next witcher on the show is…
Yasen Atour as Coen
In Sapkowski’s novels Coen is Ciri's friend and trainer in sword fighting. According to Redanian Intelligence, this character is "easy-going and fun" while "charged with training a young apprentice." The actor behind the character, Yasen Atour, can be spotted in such movies as ‘Ben-Hur’ and ‘Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation’. And although he’s been in the industry for nearly a decade, it seems that The Witcher is going to be his biggest project so far.
Paul Bullion as Lambert
Yet another witcher on the show is Lambert. He is described as a “tall, sharp-tongued warrior”, who tends to enjoy life to the fullest, but is definitely a trustworthy character. Fans of both the novels and ‘The Witcher 3’ video game already know that Lambert is impatient and often gets into arguments with Geralt. Paired with Coen, Lambert also helps with training Ciri.
The actor cast for the role, Paul Bullion, is best known for his role of Billy Kitchen in Season 2 of the British hit drama series ‘Peaky Blinders’. He has many other film and TV credits, including ‘Dracula Untold’ and the mini-series ‘Jamaica Inn’. Paul is also well recognized for his stage career.
Thue Ersted Rasmussen as Eskel
According to the books, Eskel is particularly close to Geralt out of all of the other witchers. He and Geralt grew up together at Kaer Morhen after having gone through the witcher trial of the grasses. Eskel is kind of an opposite to Lambert – more cool-headed.
Surprisingly, Thue Ersted Rasmussen has something in common with Henry Cavill, too! It turns out that both actors are huge fans of The Witcher game, so we can expect great chemistry between these two on set. As the Danish actor revealed on Instagram, he is thrilled to be a part of The Witcher:
“LOVED the games. LOVED the first season. Honestly can't believe I'm gonna be part of season 2.”
Rasmussen is an experienced theatrical actor, but he is known mostly for last year’s TV series ‘Sunday’. Also, he has a role in the upcoming ‘Fast & Furious 9’ movie, the premiere of which has been pushed back a year with a new release date in April 2021.
Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia
In the world of The Witcher, there's also a lot of mages and sorceresses. And a new character on the show is Lydia van Bredevoort. In the books, she has been the secretary and close assistant to the mage Vilgefortz, and is not-so-secretly in love with her Master. She has dark hair and almond eyes, and “bears the scars from an experiment gone wrong.”
Aisha Fabienne Ross, who is best recognized for her appearance in ‘The Danish Girl’, fits this description quite well, right? Lydia’s role in the novels, although notable, is not big, and it is now confirmed that Lydia will only appear in two episodes – at least in Season 2. And of course, we also expect Mahesh Jadu to return to the second season as Vilgefortz.
Mecia Simson as Francesca Findabair
This elven sorceress was considered to be the most beautiful woman of the Continent. No wonder Mecia Simson, the winner of "Britain's Next Top Model", has been chosen for this role. Francesca first appears in the novel ’Blood of Elves’ and plays a significant role throughout The Witcher Saga as a powerful sorceress and the Queen of elves.
Also, Redanian Intelligence reports that a British actor Kaine Zajaz will play Francesca’s brother, Gage. He is described as a character with "youthful exuberance and comic warmth", and will reportedly appear in 4 episodes of the second season of The Witcher series.
Carmel Laniado as Violet
According to ‘Deadline’ back in early February, the 14-year-old British actress joined the cast of The Witcher as a supporting character called Violet. You might have seen Carmel Laniado starring opposite Robert Downey Jr. in this year’s fantasy adventure film ‘Dolittle’.
Violet is kind of a mysterious character, as there is no such person in the sourcebooks. So many fans assume that ‘Violet’ is a code name for an important character, whose real identity should be hidden. Also, she is slated to appear in “a minimum of three episodes”, which is more than Lydia’s presence on screen, for example.
So what important role might Violet play? There are two major theories on this. The first one suggests that being roughly the same age as Ciri, Violet might be her friend in the Temple School in Ellander. The other theory is more interesting: the description of this character goes that she is a young girl “whose playful and whimsical demeanor is a front for a smarter and more sadistic character.” The die-hard fans of The Witcher novels suggest that Violet is actually ‘False Ciri’, who was forced to impersonate princess Cirilla at the court of the Nilfgaardian Emperor. Time will tell whose theory is right!
Who else will appear in The Witcher Season 2?
Besides for the leading trio, most of the characters we met in Season One will return to the show, including Anna Shaffer as Triss Merigold, Eamon Farren as Cahir, Mimi Ndiweni as Fringilla Vigo, and Jeremy Crawford as Yarpin Zigrin. Additionally, there is a rumor that Graham McTavish auditioned for the role of Redanian spy master Sigismund Dijkstra. McTavish’s audition tape was leaked – isn’t that perfect irony? – via Redanian Intelligence earlier this year.
Despite the fake names in the scene, so as to avoid any spoilers for the character, the fans quickly put two and two together. Although, we still don’t know whether or not ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Outlander’ star is cast for the role. Apart from all the characters we have already mentioned, there will be “a whole new set of fun characters” in the upcoming season of The Witcher. And (in case you are worried) – Joey Batey will definitely return to the series as the traveling bard Jaskier.
What to expect from The Witcher Season 2?
As we have already mentioned earlier in this article, the series will continue to follow the storyline of the collections of short stories ‘The Last Wish’ and ‘Sword of Destiny’, and the novel ‘Blood of Elves’. But the timeline of the second season will be “much more linear” in comparison with the first. Also, there will be more deep-dives into the Nilfgaardian characters, like Fringilla Vigo and Cahir. But the driving force of The Witcher Saga is, of course, the story of Ciri and the people around her.
So in Season 2 we will see how the relationships between Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer develop. Also, there’s a prophecy that considerably influences their lives… As it has been hinted at the end of the first season, Geralt and Ciri will most certainly visit Vesemir in Kaer Morhen. However, later they will have to leave the stronghold because the mysterious powers that Ciri has needs involvement from somebody more experienced in magic than the renowned monster-hunters.
There is no confirmation on the number of episodes in Season 2, but it’s safe to assume that it will have eight episodes. And as for the release date, the situation is pretty indefinite. In early January this year The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, revealed that there was no "target launch date" for Season 2 yet.
Actor Tom Canton, who plays Filavandrel, teased on Twitter in February that the shooting had already begun. But it had to be put on hold in March because of quarantine. So, unfortunately, the premiere window is somewhere in 2021.