Netflix To Recast A Major Character For The Witcher Season 2 Because Of COVID-19 Scheduling Conflicts

Netflix To Recast A Major Character For The Witcher Season 2 Because Of COVID-19 Scheduling Conflicts
Credit: Netflix

Season two of Netflix‘s The Witcher recently restarted production after being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but unfortunately, the virus has caused scheduling conflicts that have forced the show to recast a major character who was set to be introduced during the show’s second season.

Thue Ersted Rasmussen, who had already filmed scenes as a Witcher named Eskel, will be unable to continue filming for the show due to the production delay, and thus, the actor released a statement regarding his role in the show’s second season, saying that he won’t be able to continue due to a scheduling conflict.

“Sadly, due to the rescheduling because of Covid-19, I will not be portraying Eskel in The Witcher,” he wrote. “It’s heartbreaking, of course, but I mostly feel happy and grateful for the days I got to spend on set earlier this year. Everyone was extremely engaged and passionate about the project and it was a truly inspiring experience.

“I wish everyone on the show the best of luck with the rest of the production. I’m sure season two will be absolutely amazing and now I get to watch it as a fanboy instead of a Withcer.”

You can check out his Instagram post regarding his role in season two of Netflix’ The Witcher below.

Other than Rasmussen, who will be replaced, there are several people who are joining the cast of The Witcher for season two.

  • Kristofer Hivju as Nivellen
  • Yasen Atour as Coen
  • Agnes Bjorn as Vereena
  • Paul Bullion as Lambert
  • Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia
  • Mecia Simson as Francesca
  • Kim Bodnia as Vesemir

Lauren Hissrich, who is the writer and showrunner, has said that the show’s second season will be more linear than the first season, which featured multiple timelines. But, season two will pick up right where season one left off with all three main characters — Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri — being on the same timeline.

“Obviously, it was one of the most controversial parts of Season one and I didn’t expect it to be as controversial as it was,” Hissrich told The Wrap. “What’s great though is they have intersected now. So what we’ll see in Season two is that all of our characters are existing on the same timeline.”

As of this writing, there’s no release date set for the second season of The Witcher, but we do know that, like with season one, it’ll span eight episodes.