In the wake of the very popular success of “The Witcher” TV series adaptation at Netflix, showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich recently participated in a Reddit AMA to discuss where the lavish fantasy show is going in the next season.
An adaptation of the Andrzej Sapkowski novels (which also inspired the CD Projekt Red video game series), Henry Cavill stars in the series as the stoic and heroic Geralt of Rivia alongside Anya Chalotra as the sorceress Yennefer and Freya Allan as Ciri.
SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE FIRST SEASON
In terms of an air date, Hissrich says they do not yet have a target launch date for the second season beyond sometime in 2021. She adds: “we don’t want to rush the product. That doesn’t benefit anyone.”
The first season involved separate storylines and unfolded in three different time periods before coming together and having the three characters’ stories intersect. As a result, the second season will be much more linear.
Production wide it will also be more efficient, Hissrich saying: “the scripts are now MUCH shorter – so we’re not having to cut down the product in editing as much.” She also admits it was difficult to show the ageing of characters and the passage of time, so they’ll approach that differently in the second season.
Asked about queer representation she says: “one of my favorite things about the books is that they are full of subversion. Yes, we’re gonna represent… you can always introduce more characters as you go along in a show. We’ll be doing that as well – there’s a whole new set of fun characters coming in S2.”
One thing that won’t be coming is one particular subplot from the first ‘Witcher’ novel: “no one wants to see Triss have diarrhea for three episodes.”
Head over to Reddit for the full AMA.