After being delayed for a long time by COVID Season 2 of Netflix's "The Witcher" thrusts Geralt, Ciri (Freya Allen), Yennefer, and the rest the cast of witchers and elves into a darker world with deadly monsters, even more dangerous politics.
After the Battle of Sodden Hill, Season 1's finale, Geralt believes Yennefer is dead. He spends most of the season teaching young Ciri the dangerous art of witchers at Kaer Morhen. He reunites with Vesemir, his former mentor and father figure, at his childhood home and witcher testing grounds. He also catches up with his fellow witcher brethren who are skeptical of Geralt's new Ward. As Ciri pushes herself for becoming the first female witcher she discovers that she has a mysterious and world-threatening power. This is related to a new breed monster that is popping up on the Continent. Her blood could be the key to the creation of more witchers in the future.
Geralt's and Ciri’s relationship is warm and loving, with the discipline and discipline of a teacher, which both actors enjoyed exploring.
Cavill told Variety that those are his favorite parts of Geralt. It builds a love of the character, because he isn't always available. I wanted to be able to understand him, that he acknowledges her trauma. He has also been through trauma so he will be careful around her. He will allow her to bring her thoughts and experience to him. It's a gentle-softly approach. Freya walked the fine line between being shy and withholding, but also being open and friendly. She was also slowly finding the trust that she needs for Geralt, as well as the other mountain dwellers.
Allan describes Geralt as "an inspiration for [Ciri], and a mentor, and a father." The wait between Seasons 1 & 2 allowed Geralt to grow as an actor and person. She also gained some experience filming Netflix's "Gunpowder Milkshake", which she filmed after Season 1. She is able to compete in monster battles, and eventually earns the respect of Kaer Morhen's witchers.
Variety reports that she rethought the way she approached the job after being so overwhelmed by Season 1 and new to it all. "I entered Season 2 with a completely different energy. After the COVID lockdown, I felt that it was different when my return came. I feel more confident in my ability to trust my instincts and what I've seen and use that information in my character.
Cavill describes Geralt's and Yennefer’s reunion as "it lent into the emotion, more so than it the sexual." We wanted to show the characters' relationship in that way and not make it a steamy scene. Geralt felt lost forever. But then she was back, to his delight.
The scenes with Geralt were the most difficult for Chalotra. Shortly after reuniting her with her witcher flame, Yennefer betrays her and abducts Ciri to regain her magical abilities, which she lost at the Battle of Sodden Hill.
I struggled with Geralt. Although I loved Henry's work, it was difficult to meet Geralt this season as a changed Yennefer. Variety reports that she is meeting the person who makes herself most vulnerable. She's already in a very vulnerable place. It was really difficult for me to navigate this. This season, Geralt and her relationship are still in need of a lot more work.
Could Yennefer or Geralt have a family? Chalotra believes that fate has more to offer them than their lives and the fates of the Continent.
"Some characters are meant for each other, particularly the three orphans in the middle of the story." She says that their paths are meant for each other.
Cavill is not so certain. "Unfortunately Geralt cannot be a father. It's hard to say no because he is sterile. [Laughs] He is sterile, so I believe he has father-like tendencies. We see this with Cirilla. But he can't have babies.
Netflix now streams Season 2 of "The Witcher",