With the second season about to begin production, Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher is adding a Game of Thrones vet and more for Season 2.
With its debut in December of last year, Netflix’s highly-anticipated The Witcher series managed to deliver a strikingly faithful adaptation of the massively popular book series, which also inspired CD Projekt Red’s acclaimed series of games. Though the series launched two months ago, its popularity has not waned at all and still ranks as one of Netflix’s most popular series ever. Given its success so far, it’s no surprise that Netflix appears to be stocking up for the series’ second season with a bigger scope and an even bigger cast.
Netflix has officially announced a few of the new faces that will be joining the cast of The Witcher for its second season which is in the beginning stages of production, with seven new cast members to join the series. You can find the full list from Netflix below:
The Continent just got a little bigger. Here’s the new cast of #TheWitcher Season 2:
Yasen Atour as Coen
Agnes Bjorn as Vereena
Paul Bullion as Lambert
Kristofer Hivju as Nivellen
Thue Ersted Rasmussen as Eskel
Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia
Mecia Simson as Francesca
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) February 21, 2020
The most prominent name among the new cast members announced for the series’ second season is Kristofer Hivju, who many will most likely recognize as Tormund Giantsbane from HBO’s Game of Thrones, who will be playing the role of Nivellen. Given his work on Game of Thrones and for playing a fan favorite character on the series, it’s not a huge surprise that The Witcher would bring on a familiar face from the most popular fantasy series of the last decade. This isn’t the first time, however, as actor Vladimir Furdik (who played the Night King on Game of Thrones) was the fight choreographer for the first season of the show.
Alongside Hivju, the additional new cast members all come from various backgrounds in the film and TV industries, such as Paul Bullion from Peaky Blinders, Thue Ersete Rasmussen from the upcoming Fast 9, Aisha Fabienne Ross from The Danish Girl, and more.
One of the most curious omissions from the new cast announcements, however, is that the new roster of actors and characters doesn’t include Vesemir, who is one of the most iconic characters from both the book series and CD Projekt Red’s games. While it hasn’t been confirmed just yet whether Vesemir will actually appear in the second season, it’s a pretty safe assumption that he’ll eventually make his way into the Continent and the story of Geralt of Rivia. One of the longest-standing rumors has been that Mark Hamill has been offered the role of Vesemir for the second season, and while that’s unconfirmed at this time, presumably the series would want to bring on an esteemed, well-known actor to play the role and drive anticipation for the second season.
The first season of The Witcher series is available to stream right now on Netflix, with the series’ second season currently in production. At this time, Season 2 is expected to potentially debut sometime in 2021.