Now that most of us have greedily binged all eight episodes of Netflix’s The Witcher, attention turns to what the recently confirmed second season of the fantasy show has in store for us. While the first season was a clear hit with viewers, there’s no denying it had a few… minor problems.
Thankfully, showrunner Lauren S Hissrich has started talking about the direction the next season of The Witcher will go in, and it seems to address one of the biggest complaints from season one.
But alas, I’m getting ahead of myself. To discuss this any further will involve delving into slightly spoilery territory. With that in mind, if you’ve yet to sample the delights of The Witcher, I would advise you turn away from this place now. That’s your warning. Scroll past the image below at your own risk.
Okay, so there’s no getting round the fact that The Witcher could be regarded as a little confusing at times, right? It was already arguably hard enough for complete newcomers to the fantasy world to get into, with its dense lore and large cast of characters. That in itself wouldn’t have been that much of a problem though… if the show didn’t insist on jumping between plots in the past and the present.
It’s not that this is a bad idea in itself, it’s that the non-linear approach really wasn’t made entirely clear. In fact, it took some viewers several episodes to realise what was actually going on. In our own review of the first few episodes, our very own Mike Diver noted that the show’s “unusual structure” took “as many as five episodes to properly make sense of”.
The good news for those of who found the first season of The Witcher a little hard to follow is that the second season will be more focused. Hissrich recently participated in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), where she explained: “The story will be much more linear, now that the three characters’ stories have started to intersect.”
She also promised that the jump forward in time would be made a lot clearer, admitting that they “dropped the ball” on aging Jaskier up over the course of the show. To be fair, he does kind of have a baby face, bless him. “It’s hard to show the passage of time when everyone looks the same, so we’ll be approaching that differently in [season two],” Hissrich said.
This echoes what the showrunner told GamesRadar in a previous interview. “The story becomes much more focused,” she said of season two. “There’s a stronger drive in the story, because all of the relationships that we’ve been setting up in season one, actually start to come into fruition in season two.”
Beyond the structure of the show, Hissrich also teased “fun new characters” joining the story. She also said that they’ve been saving some “tidbits of Witcher lore” for when we meet more Witchers in the show. Does this mean the fan campaign for Mark Hamill to play Geralt’s mentor and fellow Witcher Vesimir could come to fruition in season two? We’ll have to wait and see.