Almost one and a half years have passed since The Witcher premiered on Netflix, and while the streaming service has yet to announce an exact release date for the show’s second season, the streamer has recently confirmed that the sophomore run of the Henry Cavill-fronted series is arriving before the year ends.
During the Netflix Q1 2021 earnings interview on Wednesday, Netflix co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos revealed that The Witcher season 2 will be released in the fourth quarter of the year. Though the show’s eight-episode second season already wrapped filming earlier this month, its post-production is expected to take several months due to the large number of visual effects involved.
“What happened I guess in the first part of this year is a lot of the projects that we’d hoped to come out earlier did get pushed because of the post-production delays and COVID delays in production and we think we’ll get back to a much steadier state in the back half of the year, certainly in Q4 where we’ve got the returning seasons of some of our most popular shows like The Witcher and You and Cobra Kai,” said Sarandos.
Filming for The Witcher season 2 started in London in early 2020, but was halted for two weeks in March of that year due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. Around that time, series actor Kristofer Hivju tested positive for COVID-19.
The show resumed filming last August but it was halted once again after a number of crew members had tested positive for COVID-19. Production resumed two weeks later last November, and continued in December despite Cavill’s on-set injury. Season 2 finished production on April 2nd.
In addition to Cavill, his fellow main cast members Freya Allan and Anya Charlota are also confirmed to reprise their roles as Ciri and Yennefer, respectively.