Considering that Netflix dumped something like $80 million into ‘The Witcher’, it’s no surprise that the streaming service isn’t stopping after eight episodes. ‘The Witcher’ has been renewed for a second season prior to the release of the first. The series was created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, based on the writings of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The books previously inspired a popular video game series. Henry Cavill stars as Geralt of Rivia, with Freya Allan Princess Ciri, and Anya Chalotra as the sorceress, Yennefer. Season 1 will arrive on Netflix on December 20.
In a statement, Hissrich exclaimed:
“I’m so thrilled that before fans have even seen our first season, we are able to confirm that we’ll be returning to The Continent again to continue telling the stories of Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri.”
With $80M invested, the budget of each episode is in the $10M+ range. That’s much higher than what HBO spent on ‘Game of Thrones’! There’s a lot riding on ‘The Witcher’, so not surprisingly Netflix wants to supply at least 16 episodes to entice viewers.
The cast of ‘The Witcher’ also includes Joey Batey as Jaskier, MyAnna Buring as Tissaia, Tom Canton as Filavandrel, Eamon Farren as Cahir, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson as Eist, Adam Levy as Mousesack, Jodhi May as Queen Calanthe, Lars Mikkelsen as Stregobor, Maciej Musial as Sir Lazlo, Mimi Ndiweni as Fringilla, Royce Pierreson as Istredd, Wilson Radjou-Pujalte as Dara, Anna Shaffer as Triss, Amit Shah as Torque, and Therica Wilson-Read as Sabrina.
Based on the best-selling fantasy series of books, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
To get your first exposure to ‘The Wicther’, tune into Netflix of December 20!
Source: TV Line