I don’t want to have to retract this article immediately.
I have to say, there’s something oddly fitting about Geralt of Rivia being one of the only fictional bad asses left standing; continuing to kick (fictional) ass regardless of this global pandemic. OMG, bless Dandelion though; I bet he’s mummified himself in bog roll and armed to the teeth with Dettol. #Samesies.
Yep, as the rest of the entertainment world falls like dominoes as result of the spread of coronavirus – shutting down production after production after production *sobs* – it seems that season 2 of The Witcher is determined to power through global hysteria.
According to a new report from Redanian Intelligence (who are pretty reliable when it comes to Witcher tea, I have to say), as of right now, filming for season 2 – which is said to be far “more intense” than its preceding season – continues swimmingly. The good news comes after Netflix announced that it has shelved production on all scripted series and dramas being produced in the US and Canada, as a precautionary measure in response to the COVID-19 threat. The Witcher, however, is currently based in the UK, where no such measures (or any, really, but don’t get me started) have been introduced… yet.
Redanian Intelligence sources report that as of right now (their findings were originally reported on 14th March 2020), production, as a whole, remains unaffected by coronavirus. Obviously, we are living in seriously unpredictable times and this could change imminently; but it’s comforting to know that right now Geralt is powering through.
I bet all those hot, steamy baths help ward off infection.
According to Redanian Intelligence’s juicy report, filming this week continued at Kaer Morhen with Henry Cavill, Freya Allan and Kim Bodnia all present. Apparently, Cavill was seen wearing his infamously sexy black contacts…
Production is allegedly set to continue next week, but there’s a strong change I’ll be reporting that Netflix has shut down production across the pond by then, too. Alas.
Netflix announced plans for a second season of The Witcher on 13th November 2019 (long before the first season had even dropped). Production began in early 2020 in London, shortly after that. As things stand, the second season is expected to drop on Netflix sometime in 2021, but, to be honest, your guess is as good as ours on that one.
But in these turbulent times, it’s oh so important to focus on the positive, and right now, Cavill and co are still shooting – ’cause monsters (and Yennefer) are scarier than coronavirus. So there.
As of this morning, 1,140 have tested positive to COVID-19 in the UK; of those 1,140, 18 have fully recovered and 21 have died. Right now, countless others across the country remain in self-isolation for seven days, as per the government’s request.
Stay safe, Geralt. That sword of yours is big and sexy and all, but it’s hardly going to cut through COVID-19.
Images via Getty and Netflix
Having worked in children's media and publishing for almost a decade, Ben is thoroughly excited to now be able to swear in stories and features. He is such a big fan of Disney and Horror films that he started an LGBTQ+ podcast called 'Once Upon A Scream'. His mum listens. You can contact Ben at [email protected] Twitter: @PulsfordBen / Instagram: @thebenmidlerFollow