The first-ever WitcherCon was a three-hour event dedicated to everything and anything The Witcher. Here were all the major announcements from the event.
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It safe to say that The Witcher is currently enjoying its moment in the sun. The books that started everything are loved by fans. The Witcher video games have been played by millions. The live-action adaptation of The Witcher from Netflix was a hit. As fans eagerly wait for news on what happens next with The Witcher universe, Netflix, and CD Project Red, the developers behind The Witcher games, blessed fans by holding the first-ever WitcherCon, an event dedicated to all things The Witcher.
The 3-hour virtual event had a lot of things for fans of the series including special short-form content, first looks at upcoming projects, musical interludes, never-before-seen insights about the games, as well as a number of interactive panels featuring the cast of The Witcher live-action series. While no new game was announced, we were shown world premiers of new trailers for Netflix’s Witcher projects. Here were all the major announcements.
TRAILER FOR THE WITCHER SEASON 2
The biggest news out of WitcherCon was the premier of a new trailer for season two of the live-action The Witcher series. We also got a release date of December 17, 2021, which should serve as an early Christmas present for Witcher fans. Season two will see both Geralt and Ciri, who reunited at the end of Season one, spend time at Kear Morhen, the home base for the Witchers. There, Ciri will learn to home in on her powers not just from Geralt but from other characters like Lambert and Vesemir. We also get a peek at Yennefer after the final battle of season one.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM SEASON 2
During WitcherCon, series showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich said that one of the main themes of season two will be the relationship between Geralt and Ciri. “At the end of season one, we have what I think is one of the sort of most emotional scenes that we’ve done, which is Geralt and Ciri finding each other after they’ve both been searching all season…And it seems like we’ve got a father figure and daughter figure, and everything’s going to be perfect at that point, except for they’ve never met.”
She continues, “And so it was really fun to start season two thinking about, well, they’re not a family yet. How do they grow to be one? What do you do if you are a person like Geralt, who has sworn he doesn’t need anyone in the world whatsoever? And then he’s presented with a girl who is now solely in his care. And we have Ciri, who’s used to being under the care of people but has basically been running from everyone for an entire season and now being told that this person is going to take care of you. So, it was really fun to start season two kind of them a little uncertain about how to be with each other, and they have to really grow into that.”
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich all teased at the new characters we are going to meet in season two. “We are getting to see Dijkstra for the first time and sort of the Redanian Kingdoms. I know a lot of fans are excited to meet Philippa for the first time, Codringher and Fenn, Rience, Nenneke. There are so many, but I would have to say Vesemir is the one I’m looking most forward to our audience meeting. Vesemir is so integral to the story that we’re telling this season. Obviously, we’re returning to Kaer Morhen for the first time, and in a season that is about Geralt becoming a father to Ciri, it felt so important to meet who his father figure was. And you end up with this multi-generational story because Vesemir and Ciri have a story as well.”
Freya Allan, who plays Ciri, talked about the training Ciri will go through in the new season. “[Training] was one of the things I was most excited about for season two because I love doing all that. I love the stunt department. We have the best people involved, and they’re so much fun and get the best out of you. But yes, Ciri begins training and it actually becomes one of her main kind of drives. She’s very determined, and she really wants to become a great fighter and become a Witcher.”
Series star Henry Cavill, meanwhile, said that for season two, Geralt is going to be more open than he was during season one. “Once you get into a scenario with Cirilla, and the Witchers and his home space and with those people who he already knows, I was of the opinion that you had to let him be verbose and be philosophical and speak more and be intellectual because that’s what he is. He’s not just a big old white-haired brute.”
TRAILER FOR THE WITCHER: NIGHTMARE OF THE WOLF ANIME FILM
Aside from news about the live-action series, WitcherCon also gave us the first teaser for The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. The anime film will follow Vesemir, a Witcher who mentored Geralt during his training days. The movie will explore Vesemir’s backstory as a young Witcher as he deals with a dangerous new power threatening the world. The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf was originally announced back in 2020. The feature is being co-produced by Netflix Animation and Studio Mir, the team who worked on shows like Netflix’s Dota Dragon’s Blood and Legend of Korra. The anime film premiers on Netflix on August 23, 2021.
Of course, all of this is on top of the fact that there is also another Witcher live-action spin-off series in the works called The Witcher: Blood Origin, which recently cast Michelle Yeoh as a sword-elf warrior. There are also rumors that CDPR is working on another Witcher game or an upgraded port of The Witcher 3 for next-gen consoles.
If you missed or want to re-watch WitcherCon, you can check it out here.
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