The Witcher Showrunner on How COVID-19 Will Affect Season 2

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Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich says when production resumes on The Witcher, the experience will be completely different from season 1.

“It’s going to impact story. It will have to. But one of the best things about being a writer on set is that I’m there to make those changes as we need them,” Hissrich told The Wrap.

Production on Netflix’s fantasy epic halted back in March with the onset of COVID-19. The series recently tweeted production would resume August 17.

Hissrich says the team used the extra time during lockdown to really hone the scripts for season 2.

“Really, in terms of writing, we’ve just been honing a lot over the last eight weeks. Really digging back into scripts, making some big shifts, especially in the emotional journeys of our characters and making sure that everything we’re writing feels really grounded and true,” said Hissrich.

COVID-19 Hit The Show Personally

In addition to the production shutdown, the cast was personally affected by COVID-19. Kristofer Hivju (Game of Thrones), who joined the cast for season 2, actually contracted the virus.

Hivju shared his experience with COVID-19 on social media. Luckily, his case was mild. Hivju recovered and will presumably be back on set when filming resumes August 17. He will play Nivellen, a man cursed to take on the appearance of a monster.

What Do We Know About The Witcher Season 2?

Since production halted over three months ago, we don’t have as much season 2 preview content as we would like. What we do know is who will be joining the cast for the new season. 

In addition to returning stars Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, and Freya Allan, a ton of new cast members will appear in season 2:

  • Kristofer Hivju (Game of Thrones) as Nivellen
  • Kim Bodnia (Killing Eve) as Vesemir
  • Yasen Atour (Yound Wallender) as Coen
  • Paul Bullion (Peaky Blinders) as Lambert
  • Thue Ersted Rasmussen (Fast and Furious 9) as Eskel
  • Aisha Fabienne Ross (The Danish Girl) as Lydia
  • Agnes Bjorn as Vereena
  • Mecia Simson as Francesca

You can stream season 1 of The Witcher now on Netflix. Be sure to check back to That Hashtag Show for more updates about The Witcher.

Source: Comicbook

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