Netflix has released an action-packed trailer for the upcoming second season of The Witcher starring Henry Cavill.

The Witcher

Based on the books by author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher is an adult fantasy series that follows the adventures of Geralt of Rivia (Cavill).

The trailer focuses on the ongoing war between the North and South on the Continent and viewers see clips of Geralt of Rivia battling a number of strange creatures from the Witcherverse.

Here it is:

The Netflix synopsis for the new season reads:

“Convinced Yennefer’s life was lost at the Battle of Sodden, Geralt of Rivia brings Princess Cirilla to the safest place he knows, his childhood home of Kaer Morhen. While the Continent’s kings, elves, humans and demons strive for supremacy outside its walls, he must protect the girl from something far more dangerous: the mysterious power she possesses inside.”

Back in September, The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich responded to criticism following the announcement of a spin-off series.

Netflix recently announced a third season, a second anime feature film and a family-friendly spin-off series were all in the works.

The latter has attracted criticism due to the franchise’s adult nature. In response, Hissrich has explained how she believes adapting The Witcher universe for children could benefit everyone.

Responding to concerns on Twitter, Hissrich wrote:

“I agree, The Witcher is a dark, mature universe. I’d go further. It’s controversial. Political. A microcosm of humanity, for all its goodness and evil.”

“But I believe – STRONGLY believe – that the moral dilemmas and ethical grayness that adults love in this universe can be extrapolated to stories that kids in this chaotic world desperately need, and could benefit from.”

“I say this as the mom of an 8-year-old and a 10-year-old. They’ve begged me to watch the show. They can’t. It’s not appropriate, too mature and dark, as you say.”

“But if I can sit with them and watch a version they love, one they can laugh at, one they feel ‘gets them’ and their small but meaningful place in the world – but that can also serve as a foundation from which to talk about big topics, racism, sexism, what it means to be a monster? And how we can fight back against those bleak black holes of humanity, so everyone knows there’s a place for them? Then I’m in.”

Addressing directly concerns about appealing to a younger audience, she added:

“And yes, I hope this extends the brand viewership. I love The Witcher world. And I want more people to love it, too, no matter their age. Don’t you?”

The Witcher

The Witcher’s second season is set to be released on Netflix on December 17th.

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