Netflix‘s Henry Cavill-starring fantasy series The Witcher enjoyed strong reviews and a big following, but there was one key criticism mentioned by many: the confusing timelines. Well, if you were among those that found the jumbled timeline narrative even slightly irksome, here’s some good news regarding season 2.
According to series showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, the next chapter of The Witcher will be “easier for the audience follow and understand.” The important factor, you see, is that the lead characters will now be on one timeline.
“What’s great though is [characters] have intersected now,” Hissrich has told The Wrap. “So what we’ll see in Season 2 is that all of our characters are existing on the same timeline.”
Don’t think that this means time jumps won’t be happening. In fact, Hissrich said that “there are still going to be some fun challenges with time,” only that going back and forwards from a timeline base point will make it much easier for us to keep track of.
“Because, if you can imagine, if we were in three different timelines (in Season 1) and then flashed forward or flashed back, we would have been in four or five or six timelines — even I know that’s too much. So I think it will be a lot easier for the audience to follow and understand, especially a new audience coming in.”
Hissrich said they were aware of the criticisms directed at the narrative’s layout and “didn’t expect it to be as controversial as it was.” Nevertheless, “it’s something I still stand behind, in terms of storytelling,” adding that the “goal was to get to know each of these characters individually, and the only way to do that was to separate their timelines.”
The second season was six weeks into filming when the U.K. shoot was forced to close due to the pandemic. Cameras are expected to start rolling again soon. In the meantime, Hissrich explained: “We’re making all sorts of plans and accommodations and waiting for various governments to weigh in with their recommendations. And film commissions and Netflix.”
As to whether these unfolding behind-the-scenes delays and change-ups will affect the narrative…
“And yeah, it’s going to impact story. It will have to. But one of the best things about being a writer on set is that I’m there to make those changes as we need them.”