Many of the stories featuring Geralt of Rivia are, at their core, mystery stories with a medieval fantasy twist. The first season of the show operated primarily on a mixed-timelines premise that was confusing at times and definitely didn’t work for everyone, but season 2 seems to be digging into that mystery premise based on a page of the first episode’s script posted by Netflix to Twitter this week.
The story starts with a merchant and his family traveling alone by carriage, finding themselves looking for lodgings in an empty town. The merchant turns his back for a second and then back around to find his wife missing, his daughter covered in blood.
Geralt narrates over it. “You dogged my every footstep. But struck down others I passed on my way. Why?” he begins. “I was meant to end up alone, wasn’t I? So I would finally begin to be afraid?”
It’s a dark place to start for an already dark show, and fans of the books might recognize this as hinting at the short story “A Grain of Truth.” The story is a clever one, so we won’t spoil it here.
This post is just the latest in a string of posts Netflix is hashtagging #Witchmas. The streaming service dropped a first look at the logo for the upcoming Witcher animated series, some set photos from season 2, and a new episode of the Witcher’s Bestiary web series.
The Witcher Season 2 is currently in production. Production has stalled a couple times due to interrupts pandemic-related and otherwise. Netflix has not yet set a premiere date for the show aside from saying its coming in 2021. The pandemic has almost certainly made that date even harder to nail down.
The Witcher, based on the same characters and novels as the game from CD Projekt Red, stars Henry Cavill as the titular Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, with Freya Allan as Ciri and Anya Chalotra as Yennefer. Season 2 is set to add Kim Bodina (Killing Eve) as Geralt’s mentor, Vesemir and Game of Thrones’ Kristofer Hivju as Nivellen, among others.