The first season of Netflix’s The Witcher ends just as the elements of the story slot into place, which left us wanting more as the season drew to a close. Fortunately, the series will be returning for a second season, and Netflix has confirmed some of its key casting decisions for round two.
While we don’t have any firm information about the Witcher Season 2 storyline, it’s clear from the cast that Geralt won’t be the only witcher running around anymore. Three more witchers will be featured in Season 2: Coen, Lambert, and Eskel.
Coen is a witcher who appears only in the Witcher novels, and will be played by Yasen Atour, who has appeared in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, 2016’s Ben-Hur, and the 2018 adaptation of Robin Hood. Hailing from Poviss, Coen eventually trained Ciri in the art of sword fighting.
Lambert will be more familiar to fans of the Witcher videogames, having appeared in all three of them. In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, you can run into Lambert by taking an ekimmara contract, and later on he’ll take part in the battle of Kaer Morhen. Netflix says Lambert will be played by Paul Bullion, who played Billy Kitchen in Peaky Blinders and appeared in The Bastard Executioner in 2015.
Eskel also appeared in The Witcher 3, and like Lambert helps out with the defence of Kaer Morhen, ultimately assuming responsibility for guarding the keep once the battle was over. He’ll be played by Danish actor Thue Ersted Rasmussen, who you may have seen in the series Sunday and Sygeplejeskolen.
The Continent just got a little bigger. Here's the new cast of #TheWitcher Season 2:
Yasen Atour as Coen
Agnes Bjorn as Vereena
Paul Bullion as Lambert
Kristofer Hivju as Nivellen
Thue Ersted Rasmussen as Eskel
Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia
Mecia Simson as Francesca
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) February 21, 2020
The casting announcement also reveals that we’ll be seeing some of the story of Nivellen and Vereena, a kind of Witchery take on Beauty and the Beast. Nivellen is a cursed Redanian man who has lived as a hairy beast, and will be played by Kristofer Hivju – perhaps best known for his portrayal of Tormund Giantsbane in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Agnes Bjorn plays Vereena, the fearsome bruxa who falls in love with Nivellen in his dilapidated manor.
Rounding out the casting announcements are Aisha Fabienne Ross (Alleycats, The Danish Girl) as the sorceress Lydia, and Mecia Simson (He Who Has It All, The Hunt) as the elven sorceress Francesca Findabair, a character from the novels who is briefly mentioned in The Witcher 2: Assassin’s of Kings.
There’s still no official word on whether Mark Hamill will be joining the cast as Vesemir, but we do know that the production has employed an ‘intimacy coordinator,’ which we assume means more sex. Everything else we know so far about The Witcher Season 2 can be found right here.