Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher
Season two is coming, huh? Good. I could use the money…

Move over, Mando. And get ready to toss another coin, o’ Valley of plenty. Pre-production on Season 2 of Netflix’s The Witcher is officially under way. How do we know? The Witcher, himself, Henry Cavill told us!

Hello everybody, I’m back. I have been enjoying my Christmas break, perhaps a little too much at some points, but now it is back to work. Pre-production will be starting very shortly on Witcher season 2. I see that you’ve all enjoyed Witcher season one, thank you very much for that, and I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’ll be giving you updates on here as time goes on. Of course, you are to expect many more of my thrilling and exciting cardio videos every morning.

Henry Cavill

Nothing is known about season two’s plot right now, but based on season one’s success, expect bigger and better things from our golden-eyed monster hunter. We’ll likely see the connection story between Geralt and Cirilla since they finally found each other in the first season’s final minutes. Hopefully, we’ll also see some more of the monsters Geralt is hired to deal with.

The Witcher
Pffft! And they said “Golden-Eye” was a Bond film…

How did The Witcher do on Netflix?

That’s a loaded question. By the numbers, it surpassed The Mandalorian in viewership. Business Insider put together numbers from data collection company Parrot Analytics, and the verdict is in. The Witcher was the most on-demand show in the US at the end of the year. Final score: The Mandalorian – 115 million demand expressions, and The Witcher – 127 million. That’s pretty spectacular, since Stranger Things held that title for 21 straight weeks prior to The Mandalorian debut. It is possible that both could be dethroned since season two for The Mandalorian isn’t until Fall of 2020 and into 2021 for The Witcher. What show do you think could take them down?

Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher
Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher

What did the critics have to say?

The Witcher‘s success is in spite of critics poor reviews. Rotten Tomatoes has it at 59% fresh, however the audience score holds its own at 93%. A social media comment I saw not long ago sums up nicely the value of film critic reviews. It said that “people who base their viewing preferences on critics should be required to wear tin foil hats so the rest of us can recognize who the idiots are.” I don’t like calling people idiots, but in this case, I have to agree. It’s a medieval fantasy show based on a popular book series and its descendant video game. If you’re expecting Academy Award performances, look elsewhere. If you’re expecting some grim magic and gore, monsters, and a little medieval nakedness, The Witcher might just be the show for you.

Princess Ciri, Geralt and Yennifer.
The Witcher cast: Princess Cirilla, Geralt and Yennifer.

To be fair, the show’s first season involved a messy timeline that jumps around quite a bit. Likewise, some of the story is choppy in parts. It could have also used a few more monsters since the word “monster” happens to be in the phrase “monster hunter”, and that’s what Geralt is. Where it wins is in the visual effects and the Game of Thrones-type back drop and story-telling. The Witcher fills part of the void that Game of Thrones left. Some will not agree with that comparison, but it’s true. While it’s not on the same epic depth as GoT, it has the same feel. Sometimes that’s all fans need.

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For those who prefer the video games and books to the show, toss a coin to your Witcher on their official games page here. If you want to keep up with news on the Netflix series, do that here. If you want the best in geek pop culture, follow That Hashtag Show as we speculate on The Witcher and The Mandalorian. Until season two begins, my friends!