Update: Netflix has confirmed The Witcher season 2 (opens in new tab) will resume production August 17 with a cheeky, Jaskier-inspired Tweet.
I’m dusting off my lute and quill,I have some news, some mead to spill:After all the months we’ve been apartIt’s time for production to restart.The Witcher and his bard – who’s flawless,Will reunite on set 17 August.June 22, 2020
As we previously reported, production was rumored to resume in the first week of August, according to Production Weekly (via Redanian Intelligence (opens in new tab)). However, while the rumors weren't far from the truth, the series will return to production in the third week of August rather than the first.
Either way, I'm sure we can all agree that The Witcher season 2 resuming production is absolutely ace. I blew through the first season in a weekend and have been craving more Geralt and Ciri and Yennefer ever since. If you're looking for something to hold you over, check out The Witcher books (opens in new tab).
Previously: In an interview with Deadline (opens in new tab), Arborfield Studios managing director Bob Terry confirmed that the studio would be finalizing safety measures in the next few weeks for a reopening shortly after. Arborfield is the main studio in London that Netflix uses to film and produce The Witcher series.
Filming on the second season of The Witcher was underway when, in March, Netflix shut down Arborfield. At that time, the rapid spread of the coronavirus had recently been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, and The Witcher actor Kristofer Hivju had just tested positive for the coronavirus. Now, as UK public health and government officials release new health and safety guidelines, several prominent UK studios are preparing to welcome back productions.
If The Witcher season 2 (opens in new tab) does resume filming soon, there's a good chance it will still release within Netflix's vague 2021 window. But, whenever it releases, it sounds like we're in for an even more compelling season than the first. In an interview (opens in new tab) with GamesRadar+ in December, showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich described season 2 as being "much more focused" and having "a stronger drive" than season 1.
With the addition of a handful of castmembers earlier this year, we now know everything there is to know about The Witcher season 2 cast (opens in new tab). With Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane from Game of Thrones) playing an all-new character and Peaky Blinders actor Paul Bullion (opens in new tab) playing Lambert, a fan-favorite from the games, there's a lot to be excited for in the next season of The Witcher. That said, we don't want anyone returning to work on the show until it's absolutely safe to do so.
Until then, here are the best Netflix shows (opens in new tab) to stream from the safety of home right now.