With production for season two of Netflix’s The Witcher scheduled to resume on August 17, Henry Cavill is preparing himself for the show’s upcoming second season by reading and responding to some of the criticisms about its first season, specifically the people who were critical of his performance.
Cavill, who plays Geralt of Rivia, recently spoke with Vanity Fair about The Witcher’s second season, where he responded to those who weren’t a fan of his performance in season one by saying that he “thrives” on people praising and criticizing how he went about playing Geralt during the show’s first season. Essentially, everything that’s written about him, as long as it’s constructive, is something that he’ll take into consideration while preparing for the show’s upcoming second season.
“For me, it’s vital to go about and read — I’m on all the Reddit forums. I’m reading all the reviews. I’m literally trying to get everyone’s information. Some of it is not useful, and other criticisms are incredibly useful. I take it all in, and I look forward to bringing it even closer and closer to Sapkowski’s writing.
“I think any of those criticisms, they often lie in things like I was saying — we don’t have the advantage of a long involved conversation or dialogue with Geralt, so they are criticisms which I think I was prepared for. For me, it’s about seeing that, understanding it, and working out how I can do my job better within the framework provided, how to appease and make those people feel comfortable that I do actually understand this character — and love this character just as much as they do.”
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The timeline for the show’s first season was all over the place, as showrunner Lauren Hissrich attempted to cover a ton of ground in just one season, and that caused some pacing issues for viewers. Also, the show didn’t outright say that its three main characters were on different timelines, which left some viewers confused.
Thankfully, the second season will be far more linear than the first one was, with all three main characters — Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri — will be on the same timeline.
As of right now, there’s no timetable for when The Witcher’s second season will be released. Before production was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it looked like season two was going to be released in either the spring or summer of 2021, which probably means that its release will be pushed back to either the fall or winter of 2021.