Monday, January 17, 2022

The Witcher Season 2 review: This time it is grander and a little too serious

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The Witcher Season 2 was released on 17th December 2021 on Netflix. This series is an adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s novel which is going to continue for its second season after almost two years of the launch of the first one. This series of episodes have captured the imagination of fans across the globe.

The first season of Netflix’s live-action series named The Witcher has quite presented a balancing act. In some other way, we can say that this series has given answers to all the questions of Game of Thrones, which is a bloody fantasy epic with a story that has spanned a continent (and many years). We have seen that there were creepy monsters to hunt each episode, It sometimes gave us comic relief in the form of an irritating poet or lyricist, it has also produced some bath scenes and a full-on orgy. As a whole, we can say it had everything.

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The Witcher Season 2- Review

The Witcher Season 2, this time has tried to take up the fantasy’s stake by focusing the plot on some of the bigger and more subjectivity questions about The Witcher Universe, starting from the origins of monsters to why an earthquake has been created by a young princess’s screams. It has resulted in a show which has a more ambitious and has an epic feel and it has also lost some of the personalities that have made it hit in the first instance. These have created issues that mirror the trajectory of the books but it feels more pronounced in a live-action series which has to depend on the characters and their performances.

After the end of the first season, the two main important things have happened. The first instance was Geralt (a monster-hunting mutant played by Henry Cavill) and his ward Ciri (a princess with strange powers played by Freya Allan) finally reached each other after spending the past eight episodes seemingly running in parallel across an entire continent. Meanwhile, a huge battle has ended after the image — and Geralt’s on-again, off-again love interest — Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) channelled some dark forces to temporarily defeat an entire army. These events have left the cast in some interesting places, which is right where season 2 has started.

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In the second season, it seems that many things are taking place at a time. At the outset, Geralt, always the lone wolf, is now a father figure and takes Ciri with him to Kaer Morhen — a secluded spot in the mountains that serves as the home base for the witchers — in order to keep her safe and plot his next move. Ciri takes this opportunity to train. After spending the first season almost entirely as a victim on the run, she wants to become strong enough to defend herself. Yennefer, meanwhile, is a prisoner of war who is now struggling with a very personal loss.

Season 2 has attempted to give some big, universe-defining questions. It is interesting to see these larger questions at play, but the best part of this complicated setup is that it has let us see the main cast from all new perspectives. Geralt has become such a dad, focused almost entirely on Ciri’s well-being, even if it means upsetting the other witchers who just want to kill things and sleep for the winter. Ciri makes a dramatic turn into an incredibly determined budding warrior, while Yennefer is forced to deal with life after losing a defining part of her life. I won’t spoil too much about Jaskier (Joey Batey) other than to say he is no longer a happy-go-lucky bard — more like a lover scorned after his split from Geralt. (Seriously, just wait until you hear his new hit song.)

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As a whole, it seems that the show is slowly moving away from its focus due to which it has become so distinct. Although season 2 has great momentum along with its great cast still something seems to be missing. The Witcher is full of political intrigue and fantasy drama, but a core part of the appeal is also all of the sex and jokes. While Season 2 is missing both. The Witcher is one of the rare dark fantasy stories where the sex is fun and joyful, rather than frequently tied to violence and rape. Now it’s virtually non-existent. Geralt slice apart monsters and accidentally get caught up in political turmoil as much as anyone was a loving part that has been enjoyed, but a few laughs along the way would be nice.

Cast

The series named The Witcher Season 2’s core cast members remain almost the same with Henry Cavil again playing the lead role as Geralt of Rivia, while Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan are continuing as Yennefer of Vengerberg and Ciri, the Lion Cub of Cintra.

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The other big names that are continuing to include are Tom Canton as Filvandrel and Lars Mikkelsen as Stregobor.

In the first season, Geralt is the only Witcher who has been featured but this second season will bring new characters along with its new cast members.

The new star cast includes Kim Bodnia as Vesemir, Kristofer Hivju as Nivellen, Adjoa Andoh as Nenneke, Liz Carr as Fenn, Simon Callow as Codringher, Graham McTavish as Dijkstra, Kevin Doyle as Ba’Lian, and Chris Fulton as Rience.

Trailer

The trailer is of two-minute long and it was released at the WitcherCon event in the month of July.

The trailer has picked up and shows us Geralt and his attempts to fulfil the Law of Surprise to bind him to Ciri, taking her to Kaer Morhen.

It also shows us a brief glimpse about Yennefer of Vengerberg in the aftermath of the Battle of Sodden Hill which ended season one.

Further, in the month of September, it has also released the trailer, which included highlights from the first season and clips also included the second season, including a sneak peek at Kim Bodnia’s Vesemir.

While another trailer clip was released in the last month.

Here we present the trailer:-

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