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The Witcher showrunner promises to 'dig deeper' into the bad guys in season 2

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The Witcher on Netflix turned out to be a lot better than we expected—good enough to open the door to bigger and better things in The Witcher season 2, including an expanded cast and the addition of Vesemir, Geralt's grizzled mentor. Unfortunately, before it could get started in earnest, Netflix very understandably mashed the brakes on production of all its shows in March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The show's status has been up in the air since then, but over the weekend showrunner Lauren Hissrich offered a glimpse at what fans have to look forward to when the upcoming season arrives.

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For those who haven't watched the series, Cahir is a knight of the Nilfgaard Empire who's pursuing Princess Ciri amidst the chaos of the invasion of Cintra, while Fringilla is a sorceress assisting in the task. They are, nominally at least, bad guys, and that's all there is to say about it at this point, unless you want to proceed to the next paragraph, which will contain some pretty big potential spoilers.

Seriously now. 

Netflix's The Witcher series is based on the novels rather than the games (although naturally there's going to be some crossover), and in the novels Cahir Mawr Dyffryn aep Ceallach, as he is formally known, is a notable dude. As in the series, he was sent to capture Ciri and bring her back to Nilfgaard, but it all went very sideways, leading to a lengthy stay in the dungeons, a righteous ass-kicking, and ultimately a brief, strained partnership with Geralt, before meeting an untimely demise that proved he wasn't necessarily bad, just, you know, complicated.

Fringilla Vigo, a member of the Lodge of Sorceresses, doesn't seem to be as well developed a character in the novels (although, ironically, she appeared in The Witcher 3, unlike Cahir) but she appears to be playing a fairly central role in the Netflix series.

Okay, we're back to spoiler safety now. 

Unfortunately, there's still no new word about when The Witcher season 2 will resume production or be broadcast. It was slated for sometime in 2021 when the new season was announced, but the world is a very different place these days: Series star Henry Cavill, having apparently painted all his Warhammer miniatures, is now buffing up his culinary skills, while the rest of the cast is throwing down in some competitive baking.

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Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.