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Witcher Season 2 Is Fixing One Key Problem With Henry Cavill’s Geralt

The Witcher season 2 will see Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia speaking a bit more than he did in season 1, thus fixing one of the show’s key problems.

Netflix The Witcher is coming back with a second season, and according to Henry Cavill, it will fix one key problem with Geralt of Rivia that was pointed out by many in season 1. One of the most popular worlds in the fantasy genre is that of The Witcher, a series of novels and short stories created by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The Witcher’s popularity grew when it branched out to video games, and after being adapted into a movie and a TV series in Poland in 2001 and 2002, an English adaptation finally arrived in December 2019 thanks to Netflix, and it was an instant hit for the streaming giant.

Netflix knew well what it has in The Witcher and renewed the series for a second season ahead of the release of the first one, and fans are now counting the days until the release of season 2. Netflix’s The Witcher approached the characters and stories in a very peculiar way, following three characters in different places and points in time, with their paths converging towards the end of season 1. These characters are Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), the title witcher; Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra), a powerful sorceress; and Ciri (Freya Allan), the crown princess of Cintra who has powers of her own. The Witcher season 1 was also a hit with critics, who praised Cavill’s performance as Geralt, but there’s also one detail about his performance that didn’t sit well with most fans, and it’s how little Geralt spoke.

Throughout The Witcher season 1, Henry Cavill’s performance as Geralt of Rivia was mostly non-verbal, relying more on grunts and facial expressions, and of course, fans of the books and video games quickly pointed this out as an odd choice for the character. Although the Netflix’s series has taken some inspiration from the video games, it’s mostly based on the book series, and in it, Geralt is a lot more talkative but without being a cheerful or optimistic person (like, let’s say, fan-favorite Jaskier, for example), and showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich even admitted that Geralt is “incredibly talkative in the books”. Now, in an interview with Total Film, Cavill shared that for The Witcher season 2, he wanted to make sure they represent “the book’s Geralt more accurately” and that he will speak more in this new season, but that won’t change his personality.

While Cavill gave a great performance as Geralt in The Witcher, by choosing to keep the character mostly silent he inevitably prevented most of his personality from shining through. A silent Geralt of Rivia was a decision Hissrich made because she felt Geralt’s chatty nature would be too much for the series, and admitted that a big part of his dialogues in the first episode was cut because it “didn’t feel real or how a person would actually talk”, while Cavill added the grunts as they were his way of letting the other actors know that he wasn’t going to say a word. All this gave Geralt a more mysterious, darker, and isolated vibe and personality, which fit his arc in season 1 as he was traveling alone, was later joined by Jaskier, pushed the bard away later on and found himself alone again before finally finding Ciri. The Witcher season 2 will see Geralt and Ciri working together and traveling to Kaer Morhen to keep the young princess safe and to train her, which will inevitably lead Geralt to open up a bit more, so having him speak more will definitely fit his season 2 arc.

Netflix’s The Witcher already experimented with making seemingly small changes to the characters, like a silent and stoic Geralt, and learned that not all these were for the benefit of the series. Giving more dialogues to Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher season 2 is a wise decision, and fans can rest assured knowing that his personality won’t change much, but he will be more open to exchanging more words with other characters and, hopefully, fewer grunts.

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