Lauren S. Hissrich, the showrunner for Netflix’s The Witcher series, shared more on what to expect from the second season of the hit series.
With its debut this past December, Netflix found its next hit with the first season of The Witcher, which almost immediately became one of its most-viewed new original series ever. While the first season of the show itself was mostly well-received, one of the more common critiques of the first season was its use of a non-linear narrative structure. With the events of Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer’s storylines taking place at different points in time, many viewers and critics felt that the story’s presentation was confusing, with Season 2 seemingly addressing that sentiment.
In an interview with TV Guide, The Witcher showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich shared more details on what to expect from the upcoming second season of the hit fantasy series. Specifically, Hissrich provided some insight into the timeline of Season 2, and directly commented on the reception of the first season in regard to its non-linear storytelling.
Hissrich stated that the multiple timelines of The Witcher‘s first season was “obviously one of the most controversial aspects of the show,” and while she defended this approach to telling the story, she acknowledged that some audiences found this storytelling device to be confusing. In that regard, Hissrich explained that Season 2 of the show “will be a lot easier to follow,” and that the next season “aligns all of our characters on a similar timeline.” While the show seemingly will still utilize a structure taking place over different periods of time, Hissrich stated that its approach will be done “in a different way” that should hopefully be more appealing to audiences.
Alongside the different approach to how Season 2 will be told, Hissrich also shared that in the next season of The Witcher, its storylines will “start to become a little more cohesive.” Specifically, she added that the different narrative paths for the main characters like Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer will “start overlapping a lot more,” while also providing a more varied mix of “different genres and different tones” that we’ve come to see from the show, such as dark humor, romance, and more emotional story beats and themes.
Production on the second season of the series had begun earlier this year overseas, until Netflix had suspended filming for the show due to the coronavirus pandemic beginning to take hold around the world. While the cast and creative team have been at home over the past few months waiting for conditions to improve, it was recently confirmed by Netflix that the show’s production team will resume filming in August. At the moment, the second season was planned to debut sometime next year, but it’s unclear just yet whether that will be impacted by the delay in production.
The first season of The Witcher is currently available to stream on Netflix, with Season 2 expected to release sometime in 2021.