I mean, it had barely even landed on the streaming service and yet it was announced that season 2 had gone into pre-production.
If you remember, star Henry Cavill us all on social media:
“Hello everybody, I’m back. I have been enjoying my Christmas break, perhaps a little too much at some points, but now it is back to work.
“Pre-production will be starting very shortly on Witcher season two. I see that you’ve all enjoyed Witcher season one, thank you very much for that, and I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’ll be giving you updates on here as time goes on.”
Geralt’s popularity has been immense, and now, just a month after its release, Netflix has announced it’s on track to become the platform’s ‘biggest season one TV series ever’.
In its shareholder letter for Q4 2019, Netflix revealed that in The Witcher’s first four weeks of availability, 76 million ‘member households chose to watch’.
Those big wigs are usually pretty elusive when it comes to crunching the numbers, but they have provided criteria as to how they work out viewing figures.
They say their statistics include anyone who watched at least two minutes of content on Netflix – even if they then turned off the programme. They justify this by saying that if someone watches two minutes of a show, they made an intentional choice to watch it and likely watched it all.
The metrics seem a little sketchy to me, and in all honesty it sounds like they’ve moved the goalposts on viewing figures in order to bump the numbers up and sound more impressive.
As I say, info on season two is scarce at best at the mo’, but there was one small development that peaked fans’ interest recently.
Word on the street is that Game Of Thrones’ Tormund – actor Kristofer Hivju – is joining The Witcher for its second season.
Speculation started after a Witcher-related Instagram post appeared on the account of season two director Stephen Surjik. Strangely, he used used a number of hashtags in the caption, including ‘Witcher Netflix’, ‘Henry Cavill’, ‘Anya Chalotra’ and ‘Kristofer Hivju’.
The inclusion of that glorious ginger-bearded man is a bit out of left-field, especially because he’s in no way affiliated with the first season like the other two actors mentioned.
Understandably, the post got plenty of people talking, which was only fuelled by the fact Surjik deleted the post, implying that he made a mistake in posting it in the first place.
Then, The Witcher experts Redanian Intelligence decided to do some more digging and found Hivju has recently followed three Witcher-related social media accounts.
The show is expected to return to Netflix in ‘early 2021’,
Stay tuned for more Witcher news.
Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent editor, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over several features and investigative pieces, arguably letting The Hook audience in on way too much of his personal life.