The second season of The Witcher on Netflix was scheduled to premiere in early 2021, but that now looks somewhat unlikely. A new report claims production on the season season of Netflix's adaptation has halted immediately over the coronavirus.
The report comes from dedicated Witcher site Redanian Intelligence. It cites emails going out to multiple crew members informing them that production would be halted for the next two weeks. Deadline also reports that production will be pausing for a couple weeks.
According to the report, it's possible that the production shutdown will be extended if necessary. Given the current situation around the rapid spread of the coronavirus on mainland Europe (where the second season of The Witcher is currently being filmed) it's hard not to imagine production being halted for a lot longer than just two weeks.
We'll report back on any further developments surrounding the second season of The Witcher being affected by the coronavirus. As the report from Redanian Intelligence notes, the second season was due to wrap production in August 2020, before debuting on Netflix in early 2021.
In late December 2019 when The Witcher first launched on Netflix, it garnered some pretty astounding viewership numbers, with over 76 million households having tuned in to the adventures of Geralt as of January 2020. Don't forget, there's an animated Netflix movie of The Witcher meant to debut at some point later this year, that will focus entirely around Vesemir, Geralt's mentor. We'll have to wait and see whether the animated movie is also affected by the second season of The Witcher being potentially delayed.