The Witcher Showrunner Says Her Favorite Season 2 Characters are the New Witchers

It might almost be time for Witcher star Henry Cavill to stop painting Warhammer miniatures as the Netflix show’s second season is rumored to resume production soon.

And with a second season meaning new characters and monsters, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich spoke to The Wrap about who she was excited to bring to life in upcoming episodes.

“Probably my favorite additions for Season 2 are the new witchers,” Hissrich explained. “Really, in Season 1, we got to know Geralt and he’s our prime example of a witcher. And then there is one other witcher, Remus, who we meet in Episode 103, who quickly dies. So it was, for us really, about getting Geralt back to his roots and sort of learning where he came from and what his story is and what his sense of family is.”

In the world of The Witcher, the grim monster hunters are separated into different schools of training: School of the Cat, School of the Viper, School of the Griffin, School of the Bear, School of the Crane, School of the Manticore, and Geralt’s school, School of the Wolf. Killing Eve’s Kim Bodnia has already been cast as Vesermir, the oldest and wisest Witcher still around, and a surrogate father to Geralt.

“When I talk about The Witcher,” Hissrich continued, “I always talk about how these three characters coming together — Geralt, Ciri and Yennefer — they come together as a family. It’s the most important part of the series for me. And when you start to imagine someone’s family, you also need to understand their family of origin. Sometimes that’s a mother and father, sometimes that’s blood relatives. For Geralt, it’s his brothers, it’s the brotherhood of the witchers. So I’m really excited to get back in and meet Vesemir, his father figure, for the first time and all of these men that he was raised with since he was seven years old.”

Some of the Season 2 Witchers, plus the other new upcoming characters, can be found here – including Lambert, Coën, and Eskel!


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