The creators of Netflix’s The Witcher series are aiming to get Season 2 out in 2021 and confirm that it will be more linear than the first season.
This comes from showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich who responded to questions from The Witcher fans in a Reddit AMA session on January 7, 2020. “We don't yet have a target launch date for S2, past 2021,” she said in one response. “We don't want to rush the product. That doesn't benefit anyone.”
One of the recurring topics brought up in the AMA was about the non-linear structure of the first season and whether that would be replicated in Season 2. “The story will be much more linear, now that the three characters' stories have started to intersect,” Hissrich confirmed.
She also went on to explain why the first season was non-linear in the first place. “The narrative structure was put in place so that we could tell Geralt's short stories (the foundation of the whole Witcher world, in my opinion), while Ciri and Yennefer could also be a part of the action,” she said in one answer.
In another response, Hissrich revealed that there was originally another timeline that followed Renfri in her youth. It was cut due to being too confusing which meant that more scenes had to be shot in the scenes she’s with Geralt in order to give her character more nuance.
She adds that one thing they learned from Season 1 was to make the scripts shorter so they don’t have to cut the product down in editing as much.
Hissrich also admitted that the team “dropped the ball” on aging Jaskier over the course of the show, revealing that they tried Jaskier out wearing a hat but didn’t use it in the end, and she also took onboard the idea of giving him facial hair.
“It's hard to show the passage of time when everyone looks the same, so we'll be approaching that differently in S2,” Hissrich said.
We noted in our The Witcher Season 1 review that the show is “unconventional and messy” but that “there are plenty of things to enjoy in its individual components.” Regardless, Netflix’s The Witcher has become the most in-demand streaming show across the world.
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