• Network: NETFLIX
  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 20, 2019
Season #: 2, 1
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
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  1. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Dec 10, 2021
    92
    The Witcher’s interpretation of its original text offers up something new—and that’s refreshing, both within this story and for fantasy TV at large.
  2. Reviewed by: Carly Lane
    Dec 10, 2021
    91
    The biggest strength for this fantasy show follow-up, and the one that kept me returning for all six episodes given out, is the found family it offers in Geralt and Ciri as they settle into familiarity and trust with one another — with Cavill and Allan effectively playing the kind of duo worth building a long-running franchise around.
  3. Reviewed by: Kayla Cobb
    Dec 10, 2021
    90
    The Witcher Season 2 is the best kind of adaptation. It takes something known and creates something wholly unique while always respecting its source material. No matter if you’ve read and played everything or if you’re entirely new to this world, you’re going to have a blast.
  4. Reviewed by: Clint Worthington
    Dec 10, 2021
    83
    Complaints are minor: I’ll take having to learn a few more goofy character names if it means making its whole ensemble more interesting. So far, The Witcher Season 2 holds on to just enough of its arched eyebrow to survive.
  5. Reviewed by: Jarrod Jones
    Dec 10, 2021
    83
    The Witcher’s second season is vastly more confident about leaning into the high fantasy and higher stakes of Sapkowski’s lore, opting to let characters such as the wizened witcher Vesemir (Kim Bodnia) speak of forgotten histories instead of taking safer, more randy detours. Encouraging still is its stronger focus on maintaining a sense of narrative momentum (gone is the needlessly confusing time-hopping format of season one), at last bestowing upon The Witcher a sense of direction and purpose.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Rivera
    Jan 6, 2022
    80
    The show has earned a sizable amount of goodwill in an impressively short time, and even if we can no longer see the destination, The Witcher still feels like a hell of an adventure.
  7. Reviewed by: Angie Han
    Dec 16, 2021
    80
    While the characters are still reeling from battle, the show itself feels much more assured in the first six (of eight) episodes sent to critics for review. The narrative arc is cleaner, with everyone on the same timeline. The characters are better explained — including key supporting players like Fringilla (Mimî M. Khayisa), who felt frustratingly opaque in season one.
  8. Reviewed by: Alim Kheraj
    Dec 15, 2021
    80
    This is where the second season of The Witcher truly excels: the chemistry between Cavill and Allan – who are both excellent – is undeniable, and Geralt’s evolution from gruff and detached to stern but caring father figure is one of the season’s true delights.
  9. Reviewed by: Ed Power
    Dec 10, 2021
    80
    The series carves out a niche of its own. It’s a no-holds-barred beat-'em-up brimming with bad monsters, bad men and bad hair. And if you like this sort of thing – blockbuster viewing figures suggest lots of us do – The Witcher season two is sure to cast a spell.
  10. Reviewed by: Boyd Hilton
    Dec 10, 2021
    80
    More accessible than its complicated first season, Netflix’s multi-tentacled fantasy builds on a commanding lead performance from Henry Cavill while leaning into its horror elements to increasingly impressive effect.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Truitt
    Dec 17, 2021
    75
    Everything’s played a lot straighter, and it’s missing the hot-blooded camp quality the series initially embraced. The show at its core is still pretty enjoyable for a dark fantasy, and the reappearance of rock-star tunesmith Jaskier (Joey Batey), plus new characters like the flame-conjuring rogue mage Rience (Chris Fulton), help in that regard.
  12. Reviewed by: Niv M. Sultan
    Dec 16, 2021
    75
    The Witcher still suffers from the tendency of many fantasy tales to casually mention myriad names of cities, characters, and phenomena to the point of bewilderment, but the proceedings feel far clearer this time around thanks to the season’s tighter focus and the steady drip of context afforded by Yen’s journey.
  13. Reviewed by: Lauren J. Coates
    Dec 13, 2021
    75
    “The Witcher” season two marks a distinctly new direction for the bloody and fantastical Polish epic: slowing down, changing its plot structure, and embracing a more down-to-earth attitude towards both narrative and character. Though the predictability and slower pacing means the series lacks the bite it had in season one, season two of “The Witcher” will likely still satisfy fans of the games and TV series alike.
  14. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Dec 19, 2021
    67
    Watching the foundation get laid isn’t always exciting, but it does feel like showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich is building toward rousing sequences and cares about each of the characters equally. Whether you feel the same doesn’t really matter. “The Witcher” is in it for the long haul, and even if Season 2 feels longer than it should, you won’t regret the ride.
  15. Reviewed by: Jack Seale
    Dec 17, 2021
    60
    It’s a between-the-wars season that works hard to keep us entertained while we wait for Big Gerry to be given something momentous to do. We’re waiting a little too long, though.
  16. 60
    The Witcher is most engaging when exploring the alliances and allegiances between Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri and when using those three to consider Nivellen’s insistence that “Monsters are born of deeds alone. Unforgivable ones.” But in its attempt to build a bigger world, the series falls prey to more fantasy tropes than it masters.
  17. Reviewed by: Nick Hilton
    Dec 10, 2021
    60
    For all that the acting and writing is frequently ropey – “You’d be married off to the nearest Lord of Bad Breath” and “They lick the boots of humans, the same boots that will eventually crush their necks” are two of the main offenders – it has the pleasantly self-effacing air of a show that knows its first season wasn’t a home run.
  18. Reviewed by: Eammon Jacobs
    Dec 10, 2021
    60
    Overall, yes, The Witcher season two has a few missteps along the way with some questionable decisions and meandering storylines. But if you’re looking for more horrific monsters, riveting fights, and magical mysteries, then there’s plenty to love.
  19. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Dec 16, 2021
    55
    Two years after its debut The Witcher returns to Netflix, looking every bit as brawny as its maiden flight and less messy structurally. Although the series developed a solid following (unlike some of the streamer's other recent fantasy efforts that met the executioner's ax), the show remains uneven and somewhat impenetrable to anyone not truly invested in it, which isn't helped by the long layoff.
  20. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Dec 17, 2021
    50
    “The Witcher” constantly struggles to balance its dialogue-driven scenes with pushing the plot forward. It can be an exhausting show in terms of pace—every single episode feels longer than it actually is.
  21. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Dec 16, 2021
    50
    Cavill remains fine as Geralt, with his absurd physique and long white hair. He has mastered the art of the humorous grunt and it’s still fun to watch him handily slaughter dozens of men at a time or take on some comic-book looking creature. But there was an audacity to this show’s first season that now seems buried beneath plot complications.
  22. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Dec 16, 2021
    50
    A lot of what made the series charming has been set aside. ... Overall, you probably know whether you’re the kind of viewer who’s willing to add another complicated Brothers Grimm-meets-Middle Earth saga to your schedule. And if you like your costumed fantasies mythology-forward and you find the mechanics of world building to be an end in themselves, then this new, more mysterious and portentous season of “The Witcher” may be for you.
  23. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Dec 10, 2021
    40
    Drained of its bawdier and more comical ingredients (even Joey Batey’s bard Jaskier is relegated to a brief, and underwhelming, appearance), The Witcher plods along on its wayward course, piling on complications that, by and large, fail to consistently create the type of urgent stakes—or sense of import—that a large-scale endeavor such as this demands.
User Score
3.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 751 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Dec 17, 2021
    0
    Everything that I loved was worn out and mutilated before my eyes. For those who have read books, it will be very painful to look at it. IEverything that I loved was worn out and mutilated before my eyes. For those who have read books, it will be very painful to look at it. I have one question: Lauren, why did you treat us so cruelly? Full Review »
  2. Dec 19, 2021
    1
    I'm huge fan of witcher universe. First I read all books (in summary six times now) then I played all 3 games, each of them on the premierI'm huge fan of witcher universe. First I read all books (in summary six times now) then I played all 3 games, each of them on the premier day. 1 season of the Witcher has a lot of flaws but they managed to show the roughness of the world and a bit of dry humor similar to that found in Andrzej Sapkowski's prose. In Season 1, the stories were very flat, but it stuck more or less to the source material.

    All what was good in season 1, season 2 is lacking. Yes few things improved like CGI, costumes but that is all. After 1 episode of season 2 i was exited, yes they change a lot but it felt ok and I was hoping for more. However, the following episodes were some kind of misunderstanding. All characters except Geralt and Jaskier depict completely different characters that have nothing to do with Sapokowski's prose. The same goes for the story, the writers stick to the overall frame of the story, but at the same time turn everything else into empty and weak stories. When Henry Cavill who is a huge fan of the witcher world, in interviews says that he had to intervene in order to smuggle more Geralt from book, you should know that something is going wrong with the show. If in subsequent seasons they continue to maintain the level of departure from the source material and a simultaneous misunderstanding of it, the series will be a disaster or another weak Netflix adaptation.
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  3. Dec 18, 2021
    0
    The story is just ridiculous. And because of that also very boring. I fast forwarded many scenes. It's a very bad show and a disastrousThe story is just ridiculous. And because of that also very boring. I fast forwarded many scenes. It's a very bad show and a disastrous Witcher show. Only Cavil tries to make it as close to the source material as possible. But still it's not even close. Full Review »