The Witcher Universe is Expanding – a Review of Season 2

The Witcher Season 2 graced our screens back in December, expanding the Witcher universe created by the Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. Not only has this series captivated audiences and left them begging for more, it has also added to the already huge gaming fanbase. Season 2 held the number one spot on the UK’s Netflix top 10 list for multiple weeks and for good reason. So, the real question is why should you watch the second season and why is it better than the first?

I will now give a quick recap of the first season for those who may have forgotten or who may not be aware of the books, games and now TV franchise. The series follows three main characters linked by fate along their respective timelines to where they eventually meet.

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Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), the protagonist of this story, is a Witcher. Witchers are humans-turned-mutants that possess supernatural abilities to hunt and kill monsters. We are then transported to a different timeline to get to know young Ciri (Freya Allan), the Princess of Cintra. We meet her when her kingdom comes under attack and she must escape under the instruction of her grandmother, the Queen, but is followed and must find a way to find Geralt, a man she doesn’t know.

Our final main character is Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), an unsuspecting, soon to be powerful mage who is plucked quite literally from the gutter and works on honing her powers to advise the most prestigious courts of the kingdoms.

If you were questioning whether to carry on after season 1 or even start the season, trust me when I say it’s worth it

Whilst the first series was incredibly successful, when comparing it to the second, one could also argue there’s room for improvement. The producers took liberties with Sapkowski’s work in order to provide some backstory for some of the characters, namely Yennefer. This however resulted in her plot seeming to be quite slow moving and frustrating to get through (but trust me it’s worth it). Her story starts way back before the Witcher and Ciri’s respective timelines, but her arc does allow the viewer to understand how she got to be where she was and how it affected her personality. Luckily, if you weren’t a fan of this, it is all cleared up in the second season with a more coherent singular timeline which allows for easier watching.

The special effects, stunts and action scenes in both series are phenomenal as they transport you to a whole other world. The TV show had a lot to live up to when comparing to the incredible graphics of the video games, but I found it to be successful. Even more so in Season 2, the stunts and special effects were more thought out and integrated into the storyline therefore more purposeful and believable, thus not taking away from the plot as it did ever so slightly in Season 1.

In terms of the characters, we see much more depth into their exact purpose and develop a real attachment to who they are. We see a much softer side to Geralt and in contrast a much stronger side to Ciri, of which they balance each other well. Yennefer is reintroduced and her story again intwines this time with both Ciri and Geralt creating an interesting dynamic. Yennefer is harder to read in this series but that makes her so much more intriguing, and some of her decisions leave the viewer confused and intrigued.

Overall, I urge you to watch The Witcher. If you are a fan of action, fantasy, mystery and/or Henry Cavill you will absolutely love this season. If you were questioning whether to carry on after Season 1 or even start the season, trust me when I say it’s worth it. If you are already a fan, you’ll be happy to know that The Witcher has become its own franchise on Netflix. We are getting an origin story from the Elves (who are briefly introduced in an episode in Season 1 and more integrated in Season 2) and the kingdoms before The Witcher‘s time. There are multiple behind the scenes episodes, an animated film, as well as series of Beastiary episodes to let you understand the monsters the Witcher is faced with. The Witcher is creating its own universe and I can’t wait to see what Season 3 and all the other projects bring to this amazing story.