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Anyone who's played through The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt or read a few of its inspirational fantasy novels penned by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski will know that the titular witcher of the series, Geralt of Rivia, ultimately becomes something of a father figure to Ciri, a girl who he is 'awarded' as a result of the Law of Surprise.
Ciri is a Child of Surprise to the white-haired monster hunter, but not actually his daughter. However, the pair's relationship ultimately becomes comparable to that of father and daughter - but such was the wide-ranging groundwork laid by 2019's first season of Netflix's adaptation of Sapkowski's books that the pair didn't even meet until the final episode, and the end of it at that. Season two, though, will change that, steadily showcasing a softer, but still serious side to Geralt, who is again played by Superman actor Henry Cavill.
Watch the teaser trailer for season two of The Witcher below - it's streaming from December 17, 2021...
Cavill has started the promo rounds for the return of The Witcher, and spoke to Entertainment Weekly (via CBR) about how Geralt takes to having a daughter-like figure by his side, in addition to facing the usual threats from warring kingdoms, power-hungry rulers, shape-shifters and sorceresses and, naturally, loads of monsters.
"While he hasn't necessarily been someone who craved children, he does take quite naturally to being a protector," the actor explained. He then expanded: "What I'm trying to do is bring [out] more of that intellectual, philosophical, wise Geralt." No doubt we'll see a tenderness that was often put aside for the twin blades of silver and steel in the first season - and yes, in the books he only has one sword on his back, we're so past that whole thing.
Season two of The Witcher begins on Netflix on December 17 - a Christmas treat, and no mistake. Alongside Cavill's Geralt, Freya Allan returns as Ciri, the princess of Cintra (we witnessed the sacking of the city in season one); Anya Chalotra again plays Yennefer of Vengerberg, Geralt's on-off romantic interest and general badass sorceress; and Joey Batey will strum his way through the further adventures of Jaskier (Dandelion, in the video games). Toss him a coin, why don't you - or your subscription fee will suffice - and then get stuck into that song in Beat Saber.
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