Let the monster hunting begin anew! The popular Netflix fantasy/horror series The Witcher will restart its production schedule Aug. 17.
The show–which heads into its second eight-episode season set to air next year–was sidetracked back in March (as so many shows were) by the COVID-19 pandemic and also was personally affected by the virus.
Deadline reported that cast member Kristofer Hivju tested positive for the coronavirus, which led Netflix to prevent any further infection by implementing a deep-clean of the UK set.
The production formally announced the resumption of shooting this summer on its Twitter account. The tweet, in poetic form, read: “I’m dusting off my lute and quill, I have some news, some mead to spill: After all the months we’ve been apart, It’s time for production to restart. The Witcher and his bard–who’s flawless–will reunite on set 17 August.” Not exactly Shakespeare, but a noble effort.
As fans know, The Witcher–shooting at Arborfield Studios, some 40 miles west of London–is based on the book of the same name and stars Henry Cavill (best known as everyone’s favorite Man of Steel) as Geralt of Rivia, a magically enhanced monster hunter known as a “Witcher”.
Geralt–who is linked by destiny to Princess Siri (Freya Allan)–is joined on his journeys by Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra), an elf sorceress, and Jaskier (Joey Batey), a traveling bard.
Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich said Season 2 will draw inspiration from The Last Witch and The Sword of Destiny–short stories set prior to the timeframe of The Witcher novel–as well as from Blood of Elves. “A lot of what we’ve set up in Season 1 will come into play in Season 2,” Hissrich said. “There will be a big mix of things.”
No debut date for Season 2 of The Witcher has yet been announced–only that it will air in 2021–so keep reading Horror News Network for more updates on this Netflix series.