The first official Witcher event, a collaboration between Netflix and CDPR, titled WitcherCon has come and gone, revealing the premiere dates for Season 2, Nightmare of the Wolf, first look at much-anticipated characters and much more. If you missed the event, don’t worry, here is everything related to The Witcher Season 2 and the anime film Nightmare of the Wolf
The Witcher Season 2 release date and teaser
We’ll start with the big guns. WitcherCon officially announced the date for The Witcher Season 2, coming to Netflix on December 17, 2021 along with a long-awaited first look teaser.
READ MORE: Frame by frame analysis of The Witcher Season 2 first teaser trailer
The announcement came along with an official poster, focusing on Geralt and Ciri. Their relationship and bond seems to be a major focus of the upcoming season.
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf date announcement, teaser and Vesemir reveal
Second biggest thing we got from WitcherCon was a teaser for The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf anime film along with its release date: August 23, 2021.
A little later we also got a smaller, but significant first look at our beloved Uncle Vesemir, who is not yet the wise and sometimes grumpy uncle that we know.
Rounding that up, we had a Making Of featurette for the film, where Lauren Hissrich and the creators of Studio Mir take us behind the scenes of Nightmare of the Wolf:
Last but not least, Netflix released a poster for Nightmare of the Wolf
First-look photos of new and returning characters
During WitcherCon we also got three first-look photos featuring Geralt and Ciri from Episode 1, Ciri and Lambert from Episode 3 and Jaskier from Episode 5.
Episode titles of The Witcher Season 2 and their logos
In another quite intriguing video, we got the titles of all episodes from the upcoming season. Well, all but one, the season finale. As with Season 1, each episode has its own logo designed by artist Michal Niewiara. Go look up his ArtStation.
Fun fact, we did know three of those titles, but thought they could be work-in-progress and subject to change and didn’t realize they were the real ones. Here they are in a list:
- Episode 1: A Grain of Truth
- Episode 2: Kaer Morhen
- Episode 3: What is Lost
- Episode 4: Redanian Intelligence
- Episode 5: Turn Your Back
- Episode 6: Dear Friend
- Episode 7: Voleth Meir
- Episode 8: ???
Featurettes with Anya Chalotra, Freya Allan and Lauren Hissrich
In the first half of WitcherCon we got Converging Destinies, a featurette with Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan, taking us behind the scenes of Season 2, although not revealing too much. Still, we can glimpse some interesting sets.
In another featurette, showrunner Lauren Hissrich takes us Inside Kaer Morhen where we can see shots from the games, Season 2 and even Nightmare of the Wolf:
The Yennefer teaser
While not a part of WitcherCon itself, a small teaser featuring Yennefer was released between the two streams. It was expected two weeks ago, right after the Geralt and Ciri teasers, but better late than never.
PANEL: The Witcher Season 2: Deck of Destiny
The first panel that we saw was The Deck of Destiny featuring showrunner Lauren Hissrich and cast members Anya Chalotra (Yennefer), Freya Allan (Ciri), Mimi M. Khayisa (Fringilla) and Paul Bullion (Lambert) with host Julia Hardy and a special appearance by Joey Batey (Jaskier). We’ll focus more on what everyone said about Season 2 in a deeper article highlighting the panels.
During the panel we also got a small glimpse of the leshy from Season 2:
PANEL: Tales from the White Wolf: A Spotlight Conversation with Henry Cavill
In the closing panel of the event, host Josh Horowitz sat down with Henry Cavill in a conversation about The Witcher and they touched a little bit on Season 2 as well. Again, we’ll dive into what Henry said a little later.
Humans of the Continent: Crew who helped make The Witcher come to life
In another series of segments, WitcherCon highlighted the work of the crew who work tirelessly behind the scenes to deliver the best version of the show that is possible. We got featurettes with Puppeteers Matt Fraser and Dan Gregory, Armorer Nick Jeffries, Lens Technician Ashruti Patel, Base PA Gerogia Rolfe and Assistant Director Jordan McInnis.
PANEL: Geralt of T-Rivia
In a more lighthearted panel, showrunner Lauren Hissrich, writer and showrunner of Blood Origin Declan de Barra participated in a fun quiz along with Acting quest designers of CDPR Philipp Weber and Blazej Augustynek about the world of The Witcher books, games and series. Watch it below:
The Witcher 3: Complete Edition to feature free DLC with Netflix items
In a true CDPR fashion, we got the tiniest bit of info about the upcoming next-gen upgrade for The Witcher 3. What linked it to Netflix was that we’ll get a free DLC consisting of various items inspired by Netflix. Swords, armor and perhaps more. Details were scarce. Coming when it’s ready, naturally:
A word from Andrzej Sapkowski
Last, but certainly not least WitcherCon opened with a message from the most important person in the Witcher universe: author Andrzej Sapkowki himself who welcomed everyone watching and expressed hope to meet us in person next time, perhaps WitcherCon 2022!
And this was it for the Netflix side of WitcherCon. We’ll be analyzing and digesting all the things that came our way, so stay tuned for that!