All the ways you can watch ‘The Witcher’ season 2 online for free
A fantastic world, magic, monsters, and a dark & tormented hunter connected to a princess by destiny. This is the promise of one of the most famous fantasy franchises not named Lord of the Rings. Add to that a man who embodied Superman and is on a massive fanbase’s lips to play James Bond, and you have the recipe for one of the biggest behemoths in the world on the largest streaming service.
Henry Cavill suited up as Geralt of Rivia, a magically enhanced monster hunter known as The Witcher. The series is based on a series of novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, set on a fictional landmass known as The Continent. The book series was also adapted into a best-selling game franchise of the same name. Here’s where you can watch season 2 and get your monster hunting fix online.
The Witcher season 1
The series opens with a serene & peaceful scene of a cute little deer foraging near a river. At first, you can be forgiven for thinking you’re watching the wrong show. Still, it quickly evolved into a battle between the Witcher himself, Geralt of Rivia, and a monster, known as a kikimora, when Geralt is catapulted out of the river with the monster hot on his tail.
Geralt is a brooding, grim, and coarse mutant who grunts a lot in response to questions posed to him. He’s physically imposing, his voice is deep and guttural, and it’s apparent that Cavill spent time learning his combat craft to make his version of the character as believable as possible. Geralt gives the strong, silent type a whole new meaning.
The timeline of The Witcher is a little confusing early on in the season. Vague references are sprinkled throughout the dialogue about humans being worse monsters than Geralt hunts. Also, destiny is mentioned often. One thing is clear: every action is not only ruled by fate, but no one can escape from their destiny either.
Where season 1 left off
The Witcher season 1 ends with Yennefer’s fate unknown, Nilfgaard’s army (temporarily) defeated, and Geralt of Rivia finally united with his Child of Surprise, Ciri. Drawing on Andrzej Sapkowski’s books of short stories The Sword of Destiny & The Last Wish, and the first novel Blood of Elves, the first season of the Netflix show establishes the three core characters and their place in the Continent.
When The Witcher begins, the three main characters’ stories are very far removed from one another. Yennefer’s begins a few decades before Geralt’s, and Geralt’s begins approximately a couple of decades before Ciri’s (he claims the Law of Surprise in episode 4, “Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials,” which takes place 12 years before Ciri’s story begins in the series premiere).
In the season finale, “Much More,” all three storylines converge around the Battle of Sodden Hill, with Yennefer fighting in the center of the battle and Geralt & Ciri in the woods not far away.
Yennefer & Geralt’s timelines start to run parallel to one another by episode 5, “Bottled Appetites.” Still, it’s not until the very last few moments of The Witcher season 1 that Geralt finally catches up to Ciri. Her plans to travel to Skellige waylaid, Ciri is taken in by the motherly Zola, while Geralt is rescued from near-death by Zola’s husband, Yurga.
Ciri runs away from Yurga & Zola’s home shortly before Geralt arrives, but Geralt senses her nearby and runs into the woods. The two finally find each other there, fulfilling their destiny, and embrace as though they’ve known each other for years.
Where you can watch seasons 1 & 2 online
The Witcher season 2 is almost here. The Netflix show about our favorite monster hunter returns on December 17th, 2021, for its second season, and we will see Geralt & Ciri travel to Witcher Keep Kaer Morhen. Other popular Witcher characters, including Vesemir, Eskel, and Lambert, are slated to show up, and from the sounds of it, we might also see a different side to Geralt in season 2.
The Witcher season 2 release date is Friday, December 17th, 2021. The entire eight-episode season will be available to watch on Netflix starting at midnight PST. That’s 3 am Friday on the U.S. East coast and 8 am in the U.K. In July, the season 2 release date was announced during WitcherCon (a digital event collaboration between Netflix and CD Projekt) and put the second season two years after the first one.
At this point, since this is a Netflix original, subscribing to the streaming service is the only way to catch Geralt in action online. Although you can undoubtedly find some shady sites that you can stream for free, the quality is never the same, and the risks of viruses are high. The Witcher is a series of fantastic scenery & locations, best watched at its highest quality on its home platform.
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