After a difficult schedule that included at least one coronavirus-related delay, The Witcher season 2 has finally wrapped production, Netflix confirmed Friday. To celebrate the season’s completion, Netflix released a new behind-the-scenes video on the production — and threw in a couple of sneak peeks at what’s coming next for Geralt, Ciri, and everyone else.
The behind-the-scenes video is hosted by Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, who took some time to explain exactly how big and complicated the production was this time around. The crew of over 1,200 people and 89 cast members spent 158 days shooting, according to Hissrich. On top of that, there were sometimes as many as two or three camera crews shooting at the same time. Of course, since this is The Witcher, that means many of the scenes were filmed outside and often in some very cold weather.
While most of the video is focused on the details of shooting The Witcher season 2, we do get a few looks at characters like Geralt and Ciri in their costumes, and a few shots of mysterious and foggy fields. Hissrich doesn’t leave fans totally empty handed though. She mentions that they’re getting into the story of Blood of Elves in this season, which should serve as a nice preview for the season’s plot.
Blood of Elves is the first full-length Witcher novel — the previous entries had been short story collections — and tells the story of Geralt and Ciri’s earlier time together in training at Kaer Morhen (as well as some things we won’t spoil here). Based on the end of season 1, this always seemed like the most likely story for the second season, but it’s nice to know for sure. Then again, based on the first page of the season’s script, which Netflix released in December, it seems possible we’ll be getting a few flashbacks too.