The Witcher Receives A Second Season Renewal Ahead Of Series Premiere
by Erik Amaya
This may be a familar statement for streaming series, but The Witcher will return for a second season.
The announcement was made by showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich (via Slashfilm) who wrote in a Twitter post, “I’m so thrilled to announce: Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri will be back for more adventures… in Season Two.” The series stars Henry Cavill as the world-weary Witcher Geralt of Rivia, Anya Chalotra as the magically inclined Yennefer, and Freya Allan as Ciri. The program is part of Netflix’s push into fantasy territory, alongside The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, as all the streaming services attempt to find a new program to sit the pop-culture phenomenon throne vacated by Game of Thrones earlier this year.
An early second season renewal would suggest an extreme confidence in the program, but it seems streaming platforms greelight new series with at least two seasons in mind to mitigate start-up costs. This is true of many Netflix reality programs like Queer Eye and animated shows like Voltron: Legendary Defender. It has not always been the case with live action series though. Most notably, The Get Down was cancelled after one season.
Of course, The Witcher may represent a more long-term investment on Netflix part, even if their algorithim suggests viewers drop off a show after 30 episodes. At the same time, that may the exact right amount of time The Witcher needs to tell its story.
The Witcher debuts December 20th on Netflix.