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The Witcher's Future Explained: Every Upcoming Show & Movie

The world of The Witcher will continue to expand at Netflix with more shows and movies, and here’s what the future holds for Geralt and other characters. The fantasy genre is home to a variety of worlds with their own mythologies, and one of the most popular ones is that of The Witcher, created by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The Witcher is a series of short stories and novels that became widely popular after branching out to video games, and after being adapted into a movie and TV show in Poland in 2001 and 2002, an English version arrived at Netflix in December 2019.

Netflix’s The Witcher approached the source material differently with a non-linear narrative that was confusing at times (as it was set in different places and points in time) but allowed the audience to get to know the three main characters of the story: the title witcher Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra), and Ciri (Freya Allan), the crown princess of Cintra who has powers of her own. The streaming giant was well aware of what it has in The Witcher and renewed it for a second season before the first one was out, and its popularity and success have even made way for other TV shows and movies.

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The world of The Witcher is very extensive and full of a variety of characters and creatures, so one TV show wasn’t going to be enough to explore it all. The Witcher has already gotten an anime prequel movie titled The Nightmare of the Wolf, which focused on the backstory of Vesemir, Geralt’s mentor, but there are other stories waiting to be told. During Netflix’s virtual TUDUM event, plans for more TV shows and movies from the world of The Witcher were announced, and here’s what the future holds for the show.

As mentioned above, The Witcher was renewed for a second season before the first one was released, and it will arrive on December 17, 2021. The Witcher season 1 was based on the books The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, which are short story collections, and season 2 will jump into the main saga as it will be mostly based on the novel Blood of Elves. As such, The Witcher season 2 will follow Geralt and Ciri on their way to Kaer Morhen, the old keep where the witchers of the School of the Wolf were trained, like Geralt and his mentor, Vesemir (Kim Bodnia). Ciri will be trained there by Geralt, Vesemir, and fellow witchers and Geralt’s childhood friends Eskel (Basil Eidenbenz), Lambert (Paul Bullion), and Cöen (Yasen Atour), but this doesn't mean their problems are over. Outside the walls of Kaer Morhen, Yennefer has been captured by the Nilfgaardian army and a variety of creatures continue to create chaos, and only a witcher like Geralt can help.

Similar to what happened to The Witcher season 2, a third season has been officially announced ahead of the release of season 2. Of course, plot details on The Witcher season 3 are currently unknown as it’s to be seen where season 2 will take Geralt, Ciri, Yennefer, and more, but if the writers and producers decide to continue adapting the books in order, then season 3 could cover the novel Time of Contempt. However, it’s worth noting that The Witcher season 2 is going back to The Last Wish with the story “A Grain of Truth”, which introduced Nivellen (Kristofer Hivju), so it’s possible season 3 will also adapt some short stories from The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny to further expand this universe.

In July 2020, Netflix announced a spinoff prequel TV series titled The Witcher: Blood Origin. Unlike the prequel movie The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, which is an animated feature and told part of the backstory of Vesemir (and featured a young Geralt right at the end), Blood Origin is a live-action miniseries and it’s set 1200 years before the events of the main TV series. Blood Origin will explore the origin of the witchers and the story of the very first witcher, and will also follow the events that led to the Conjunction of the Spheres, when the worlds of men, monsters, and elves became one. Joining the cast of The Witcher: Blood Origin are Sophia Brown, Laurence O’Fuarain, Michelle Yeoh, Lenny Henry, Mirren Mack, Dylan Moran, and Jacob Collins-Levy.

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Along with the announcement of season 3, Netflix revealed that a new animated movie is also in the works. This decision is most likely thanks to the success of The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, the first animated movie from this version of Sapkowski’s stories, which was very well-received by critics and viewers. Details on the story of this new animated movie are unknown, so it could be a continuation of Nightmare of the Wolf (more so as season 2 will feature Vesemir), focus on another character from the main series, or tell a story separate from the main series.

Perhaps the biggest surprise from The Witcher during Netflix’s TUDUM event was the announcement of a “kids and family series set in the world of The Witcher”. This garnered a lot of criticism from viewers who don’t feel the universe of The Witcher can be translated into kid-friendly material, but it’s actually a wise move from Netflix, as the content of the main series is more mature, dark, and gory, meaning it’s not for all viewers. A kid-friendly Witcher series would make this universe accessible to a wider audience and bring more fans into it. Of course, details on the story of the kid and family-friendly The Witcher spinoff are a mystery, so it’s unknown if it will be all about Geralt and Ciri or if it will focus on other characters with less dark stories.

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