The Witcher 2: the new teaser confirms the plot of the premiere

The Witcher 2: the new teaser confirms the plot of the premiere

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Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich has revealed the new teaser trailer for The Witcher 2 in which she confirms that the premiere of the highly anticipated second season will adapt a particular original tale by Andrzej Sapkowski.

The Witcher 2: the story protagonist of the first episode

The news came via an official tweet in which Lauren S. Hissrich said she was particularly excited to be able to give life to one of her favorite stories from the Geralt of Rivia Saga, the series of novels by Andrzej Sapkowski on which this live-action series starring Henry Cavill is based. The story in question is A Grain of Truth in the original language. She then added:

“It is the story of a father and daughter who find themselves in a place that does not seem entirely safe for them. And, of course, we meet Nivellen, who is played by the incomparable Kristofer Hivju. And we can explore his character and also his past history with Geralt. It's really the perfect kick-off for the second season because it's about family, it's about the secrets we keep from each other and it's about the monsters that we are sometimes inside of us. "

Nivellen is a man turned into a beast by a curse. In the tale, Geralt meets Nivellen as he investigates the deaths of two people and ends up in the manor of the cursed man. We already know that the Netflix version will be different from the original story, however, because Ciri will be involved: in the original material, there is only Geralt. Hivju, who plays the character of Nivelen, is best known for playing Tormund Giantsbane on the HBO series Game of Thrones.

THE WITCHER Season 2 premiere episode is adapting the Andrzej Sapkowski short story A Grain of Truth. Here’s what you need to know about how @LHissrich is bringing the beloved Witcher tale to life with Geralt and Ciri.

- Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) August 5, 2021

The Witcher 2 is coming to Netflix on December 17th. In the meantime, you can enjoy the first season, which you can always find on Netflix at this address.

You can buy many collectible items, video games and the original novels of the Saga of Geralt of Rivia by Andrzej Sapkowski in this very rich page on Amazon.

‘The Witcher’ Season 2 Premiere Will Adapt This Short Story About Geralt of Rivia

The Witcher Season 2 doesn’t arrive on Netflix until December, but showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich gave fans an idea of what to expect from the premiere. During a video clip, she revealed which of Andrzej Sapkowski’s short stories the first episode of the season will adapt. That offers fans insight into what will happen at the beginning of The Witcher‘s sophomore season, as well as an idea of where it could head after.

‘The Witcher’ Season 2 will focus heavily on Geralt and Ciri’s relationship

Henry Cavill as Geralt and Freya Allen as Ciri hugging in Season 1 of

Henry Cavill and Freya Allen in ‘The Witcher’ | Netflix

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The first season of The Witcher saw the show’s three main characters on completely different timelines, but season 2 will feature a more straightforward plot. Much of its story will revolve around Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) and his relationship to Princess Cirilla (Freya Allen).

The two characters were linked by the Law of Surprise prior to Ciri’s birth. However, destiny led them back to one another at the end of season 1. The new episodes will see Geralt guiding the girl safely to the witcher fortress of Kaer Morhen, where she’s likely to begin training as a witcher herself.

In the books, Ciri’s training is outlined in Blood of Elves, which the second season of The Witcher is likely to adapt. However, before it delves into the novel, it looks like the series will wrap up its adaptions of select short stories.

Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich says the season 2 premiere will be based on this short story

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Season 1 of Netflix’s The Witcher brought the short stories from The Last Wish to life, but it didn’t get to all of them. That’s why the premiere of season 2 will delve into another story in the collection — one of Hissrich’s favorites. In a video posted to the Netflix Geeked Twitter account, the showrunner shared which tale the premiere will cover.

“I’m so excited that, in season 2, we get to bring one of my favorite short stories to life,” Hissrich said. “It’s been the worst-kept secret that we’ve had, but we are adapting ‘A Grain of Truth’ for the opening of our season 2 of The Witcher.“

“A Grain of Truth” sees Geralt running into a cursed man named Nivellen, whose face has been turned into that of a monster. Nivellen recounts the tale of his curse to Geralt, and the two discuss fairy tales — a topic that thematically fits with the journey Geralt is about to embark on.

Of course, there’s more to Nivellen than meets the eye. And while viewers will need to wait until season 2 to see how his story plays out, they can anticipate a compelling performance from Game of Thrones alum Kristofer Hivju, who will portray the character.

‘The Witcher’ tweaked ‘A Grain of Truth’ to include Ciri

Freya Allen as Ciri in

Freya Allen as Ciri in ‘The Witcher’ Season 2 | JAY MAIDMENT /Netflix

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Although Ciri doesn’t appear in “A Grain of Truth,” Hissrich noted that they were able to work her into the story. Since she and Geralt will travel together moving forward, her inclusion makes narrative sense. It also opens up new possibilities to tie Nivellen’s tale into hers.

“After season 1, I thought maybe that our chance to finish the short stories, that we lost that,” Hissirch said. “And instead, we were able to adapt this story and bring Ciri into it. It’s a story of a father and a daughter coming together in a place that doesn’t quite feel safe for them.”

“It’s really the perfect kickoff for season 2 because it’s about family,” Hissrich added. “It’s about the secrets that we keep from each other, and it’s about the monsters that we are inside sometimes.”

If Hissrich’s words about the premiere apply to the rest of the season, it sounds like fans have a lot to look forward to. The Witcher Season 2 arrives on Netflix on Dec. 17, 2021. All eight episodes will drop on the streamer at once, so fans will learn which other parts of the books Hissrich adapted for season 2 then.