The Witcher (S02)
In February 2020, Netflix announced Kim Bodnia had been cast as Vesemir, an experienced witcher and a mentor to Geralt. Other additions included Kristofer Hivju, Yasen Atour, Agnes Born, Paul Bullion, Thue Ersted Rasmussen, Aisha Fabienne Ross, and Mecia Simson. In September 2020, it was announced that Basil Eidenbenz would replace Rasmussen in the role of Eskel. In November 2020, Rebecca Hanssen was announced for the role of Queen Meve.
The Witcher (S02)
In January 2020, Netflix announced an animated spin-off film titled The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, focusing on the origin story of Geralt's mentor and fellow witcher Vesemir. Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and Beau DeMayo worked on the film, with production by Studio Mir. It was released on August 23, 2021.
Before all of those aforementioned revelations, "Family" dealt with the showdown between Geralt, Yen, and the witchers of Kaer Morhen - and the "Deathless Mother" Voleth Meir, who is basically the witchers' first-ever enemy and maybe even the reason witchers were created in the first place.
Well, the witchers would once again square off with their oldest enemy after Voleth Meir possessed Ciri, and then killed several of them in their sleep. From there, cornered, Voleth-Ciri creates a monolith in the middle of the keep, erupting out of the Medallion Tree. Vesemir, enraged over the "sons" he just lost at Ciri's possessed hand, wants blood. Specifically, he wants to kill Ciri to stop the Deathless Mother. Other witchers agree, with only Geralt, of course, pleading with them to not give into anger and to consider a course that removes the demon from Ciri.
All of this comes to a head when Voleth-Ciri begins throwing monolith-monster after monolith-monster at the witchers, causing more death and destruction. Ciri, meanwhile, is trapped in a type of mind prison, a memory of a banquet, where she's reunited with not only her grandmother and Mousesack, but her parents.
Before filming in the Dales, The Witcher spent several days in the nearby Lake District, where Cavill was seen across three locations. The beautiful lake of Blea Tarn was graced with the presence of not only Cavill and Allan but also the horse Zeus who portrays Roach in the show. Meanwhile, another sequence was filmed in the caverns of Hodge Close Quarry, this time involving Geralt, his witcher brother Lambert (Paul Bullion), and at least one wolf. Your guess is as good as ours regarding the scene in question.
Throughout the back half of August, filming was held within The Witcher headquarters in Arborfield Film Studios, and very little is known about the scenes that were filmed. However, various cast members took to social media to announce their return to The Witcher set. These include Henry Cavill (Geralt) and his beloved dog Kal, new witchers Paul Bullion (Lambert) and Kim Bodnia (Vesemir), elf actors Tom Canton (King Filavandrel) and Mecia Simson (Francesca), and Agnes Born (Vereena). Other cast members such as Freya Allan (Ciri) and Anya Chalotra (Yennefer) have likely resumed filming as well.
Vesemir: Are you sure you're ready for this?Geralt: I was in a cell beneath the city when Cintra was sacked. I heard it all. Fire, screams, and death. The same sounds that I heard here as a boy, hiding in the cellar, waiting for the humans to come for us. You were the last surviving witcher after Kaer Morhen fell. You and a batch of mutated orphans with nowhere else to go. Were you ready?Vesemir: No.Geralt: But you protected us anyway. Vesemir: No. I taught you how to fend for yourselves.
Eskel is a witcher, and all witchers are mutated in order to fight the monsters that appeared on The Continent at the Conjunction of the Spheres. Effectively, mages created witchers to be monsters capable of killing monsters.
Perhaps Geralt should have remembered that if not for the encounter with the djinn, he might never have met Yennefer and joined his fate to hers. And although he initially rejected the idea of a child of destiny, he eventually formed a bond with Ciri crucial to her survival and his own fulfillment. Those all-important relationships would never have blossomed if not for Jaskier and the unfortunate circumstances that brought together the witcher, the princess, and the sorceress.
Season 2 sees a drastic development in both the stories and characters of Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer. Geralt is no longer only a gruff, monosyllabic monster slayer but a well-worn and thoughtful man who can, on occasion, even communicate his feelings. Cavill insisted on this character development, bringing the witcher's portrayal closer to the one in the original books. Geralt is fiercely protective of Ciri, and their growing father-daughter relationship adds a layer of warmth and humanity to the story.
Those who loved the thrilling monster-fighting scenes in season 1 won't be disappointed. The creatures that Geralt faces are meaner, scarier, and pose a bigger threat. The fights are more refined, the CGI is more impressive, and the stakes are higher. What's more, some of the monsters are more than just side quests allowing the witcher to earn some cash but rather crucial points in Geralt's story, bound to make a lasting impact.
Shockingly enough, Geralt was not the lead vocalist in season 2's symphony of expletives, though he still had plenty of "Hmms" and grunts to contribute. Perhaps because the white wolf is in the throes of adapting to newfound fatherhood this season, he was making an effort to dial back the more profane of his boarish mannerisms. Not that the same can be said for some of the witcher's closest companions. Despite Geralt trying to set an example, there was no shortage of F-bombs dropped throughout the second season.
Tempers heated up in the second episode, mainly attributed to arriving at the witcher keep of Kaer Morhen where we meet Geralt's brethren. Lambert, portrayed by Paul Bullion, and Eskell (Basil Eidenbenz) were the top contributors tying with four fucks each, though Eskell got all of his in within his entrance scene, so we'd have to say he won the race in episode two. Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) and Fringilla (Mimi Ndiweni) also had reason to mutter profanities given the situation they found themselves in.
Ciri got one more pointed expletive in during the eighth and final episode, and King Foltest of Temeria too. Though the big reasons to curse in the finale were mainly reserved for the witchers during the "Monster Mash" at Kaer Morhen. 041b061a72